After art college in Manchester Kate began work as a freelance illustrator in London where, along with fellow cartoonist David Shenton, accidentally documented L&G (as it was then known) life in the ‘golden age’ of Gay publishing.
Kate's work has appeared in newspapers, magazines, books, indie comics, exhibitions and electronic media - she's drawn storyboards for Hot Animation and Aardman Animations; in 2014, ‘Sally Heathcote: Suffragette’ was published by Cape, which Kate worked on in joint collaboration with Mary and Bryan Talbot – 2012 Costa biography winners for their graphic novel ‘Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes’.
In 2018 she was artist in residence at Wightwick Manor, Wolverhampton, as part of the National Trust’s Women and Power – A Room of One’s Own programme.
Kate's most recent work is a graphic memoir charting the arc of LGBT history (emphasis on the ‘L’) in the UK from 1950 to the present - ‘A Girl’s Guide to Sensible Footwear’ published by Myriad Editions, 2019. Kate received funding from Creative Scotland to write and draw the book.
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