3rd of April, 1.30pm: Kate Bingham


Kate Bingham is the author of two novels, numerous screenplays and three collections of poetry. She lives in Archway with her husband and two teenage daughters.

Her novels, ‘Mummy’s Legs’ and ‘Slipstream’ were published by Virago in 1998 and 1999. US and German editions of Mummy’s Legs came out in 2000 and 2001 respectively. Two early screen-plays were commissioned from the BBC and Contagious Films as feature-length single dramas in the 1990s and led to a writing partnership with her old friend Grace Banks. Together, Kate and Grace wrote screenplays under development with Anthony Minghella’s production company Mirage and a casted reading of their script ‘Saint Joan’, sponsored by the Script Factory’s SheWrites mentoring scheme, with Celia Imrie in the title role, was performed at BAFTA in 2011.

In 2006 Kate’s second poetry collection, Quicksand Beach, was short-listed for the Forward Prize, Best Collection, and in 2010 her poem ‘On Highgate Hill’ was short-listed for the Forward Prize, Best Single Poem.

Kate Bingham has been described in The Telegraph as ‘a poet already in complete command of her voice and of her form … a pure pleasure to read’, and in the Sunday Times as having ‘the unusual ability to write convincingly and infectiously about happiness’. In 2006 the Financial Times wrote of Quicksand Beach: ‘There’s something profoundly English about these intelligent, technically accomplished poems: understated, almost self-deprecating, but subtly rewarding.’ Her third collection will be published by Seren Books in 2015.

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