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Kathryn Apel

Best known for
This is the Mud! - Kathryn Apel
Fencing with Fear - Kathryn Apel
Bully on the Bus - Kathryn Apel
On Track - Kathryn Apel
Too Many Friends - Kathryn Apel

Kathryn Apel

  • Author
  • Literary Consultant
  • Poet

Kathryn Apel has worked as a teacher and literacy coach, but now devotes her time to writing poetry, picture books and verse novels – and talking about writing!

Kathryn is best known for her verse novel, Bully on the Bus, and her shape poem, ‘Big Blue Whale’, which is loved by children across the globe. Her picture book, This is the Mud!, has been read on PlaySchool. She co-ordinates the worldwide January Month of Poetry for kids and adults.


Pumping poetry builds writing muscle – and with so many different forms to choose from, there is a poetry style for everyone! Kathryn tailors activities to best suit your context.

Kathryn engages children and adults with her passion for story and wordplay. She offers assorted poetry workshops for rhymed/unrhymed poetry, using her stunning photographs as inspiration. Kat also employs props and pictures in an interactive session from plan to picture book.

Kathryn also presents writing workshops for adults, and professional development for educators and counsellors.


'What the students learned was phenomenal! As an added bonus, staff came away just as inspired as the students and feeling far more confident in their ability to teach and create poetry.'

Megan DaleyLibrarian - St Aidan’s Anglican Girl School

'I think Kat Apel may be our Book Week treasure. The boys love you! Teachers, students and parents have loved hearing you talk about your books and your family, and all the teachers have been impressed with your style and your activities.'

Michelle WorthingtonLibrarian - Toowoomba Grammar Junior School

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