Kate Scott has lived in Hong Kong, Paris, Scotland, and two tiny villages in France. She now lives in Dorset with her husband and two children.
Poems from her collections Stitches (Peterloo) and Escaping the Cage (HappenStance – www.happenstancepress.com) have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4, and her short fiction on Radio 4 Extra. She was one of four poets-in-residence for the National Trust (West Dorset) which led to a reading hosted by Sir Andrew Motion and Tom Paulin at Kings Place, London (also published by HappenStance as Who’s in the Next Room?).
Kate’s TV writing credits include BIG AND SMALL (CBeebies), CHUGGINGTON (CBeebies), THE HIVE Series 1 and 2 (Disney World), TOOT THE TINY TUGBOAT (Channel 5), DR PANDA, SUPERBUILDERS and the live action show DOG YEARS. She was the script editor for the second series of THE HIVE, the side content of DR PANDA and for the first series of DOG YEARS. She is also a script reader and editor for animated feature films.
Her radio play, Voice, was shortlisted for the Nick Darke Award (2011). She was also longlisted for the BBC Radio Writer’s Prize and in the Writersroom Script Room 10 (2016). Her work has been selected for two stage-play script development events at Salisbury Playhouse and Salisbury Arts Centre and she has had plays performed at the Salisbury Fringe Festival and Pleasance Theatre, London. She currently has a radio play in development with BBC Radio 4. Her scriptwriting is represented by Jean Kitson at Kitson Press Associates (http://kitsonpress.co.uk/client/kate-scott/).
Kate was included in the first Undiscovered Voices anthology with her 11+ novel The Rule of Water. She has written over 20 fiction and non-fiction titles for HarperCollins, Hodder, Pearson Education, Oxford University Press and Penguin Random House. She also wrote a teen dystopian project for IP company FourteenFiftyFour Ltd.
The first book in Kate’s comedy-adventure series (Spies in Disguise, Piccadilly Press), Boy in Tights, won a Lancashire Fantastic Book Award (2015). Her novel for the 8–12s, Giant, was described as ‘fresh and funny… a book that celebrates friendship and the power of being true to yourself’ by Frank Cottrell Boyce. Giant was shortlisted for the North Somerset Teachers’ Book Awards 2017, nominated for the Lancashire Fantastic Book Awards 2018, longlisted for the 2018 Shrewsbury Bookfest Big Book Award, and shortlisted for the Portsmouth Shorter Novel Book Award 2018; Just Jack was shortlisted for the North Somerset Teachers’ Book Awards 2018 (Quality Fiction category) and has also been shortlisted for the Portsmouth Shorter Novel Book Award 2019.
Kate co-founded the Book Pen Pals programme with Sara O’Connor in May 2018 (www.bookpenpals.com). The initiative pairs authors and illustrators with schools to make reading recommendations in postcards. It will be expanding later this year when the digital arm of the programme will be launched. Plans will be announced on the Twitter account @bookpenpals.