Katie Dale
Katie Dale

All About Katie Dale

Katie loves nothing more than creating characters – both on page and on-stage! She studied English Literature at Sheffield University, spent a year at UNC-Chapel Hill, followed by a crazy year at Mountview drama school, a national Shakespeare tour and back-packing through South-East Asia. She loves all genres and is busily working on a variety of projects from novels to picture books – whilst playing the odd princess/assassin/zombie in-between!

She had her first poem published in the Cadbury Book of Children’s poetry when she was just eight years old and her debut YA/Crossover novel, emotional rollercoaster Some Else’s Life (published by Simon & Schuster in February 2012), won both the Stockport Mad About Books Award and Oldham Brilliant Books Award and is being published all over the world. Her second YA novel, Little White , is a thriller about justice, identity and loyalty and won the UKYA bloggers’ award for “Best Ending”.

At the other end of the scale Katie’s very popular humorous rhyming Fairytale Twists series (Orchard Books) takes a selection of familiar fairy tale characters and reveals their version of events – as you’ve never seen them before!

Katie is based in Cambridge, but is happy to travel to schools all over the country (and has visited schools as far afield as Moscow!)

Katie Dale’s School Visits

Having written books for both younger children and teens, Katie happily visits both primary and secondary schools. A trained actress as well as an award-winning author, she likes to bring an element of performance to her visits and is more than happy to dress up if required (as you can see from the photos!) especially if the school is having a dress up day! Katie is happy to tailor her visit to suit a school’s requirements.

Primary Schools

Katie’s usual visit to primary schools includes up to three presentations/workshops. The visit centres on her “Fairy Tale Twists” series, taking Fractured Fairy Tales as a theme. She has visited lots of different schools and has a variety of tried and tested events and activities for years reception up to year 6 including:
Presentations (suitable for bigger groups)
– Fractured Fairy Tales: reception & KS1 – Pantomime-style Interactive PowerPoint Presentation, “Fairy Tale Quiz”; followed by drama/rhyming activities – heaps of fun!
– Fractured Fairy Tales: KS2 – Interactive Pantomime-style presentation, “Have You Been Disneyfied?” Quiz on Fairy Tale origins and how Fairy Tales get “twisted”, and showing children ways they can twist their own Fairy Tales.
– Becoming an Author (KS2) – Presentation & Q&A – Everything you ever wanted to know about becoming an author! Students are often particularly inspired that Katie wrote the first draft one of her published books when she was only in year 6!

Differentiated workshops for years 1-6, including
– Create your own Fractured Fairy Tale! By looking at different ways of “twisting” a fairy tale, students will devise their very own twist on a traditional Fairy Tale!
– Fairy Tale Crimes Court Case (years 5/6) Could you defend a Fairy Tale Villain? See the other side of the story in this fun workshop as the classroom becomes a fairy tale court!
– Writing in Rhyme – using interactive fun games, students learn to devise their very own rhymes.

– Fairy Tale Reporters! Looking for clues in their favourite nursery rhymes and fairy tales, students devise their own news articles. (differentiated for different abilities/ages)
– Able Writers – How can you make your story stand out, your characters more interesting/believable and take your writing to the next level? Find out in this fun, interactive workshop for more able writers.

*All presentations and workshops can be tailored to last between 30-60 minutes depending on time available, and use a PowerPoint presentation, so will require a laptop connected to a projector and speakers and 2 spare USB ports for USB stick and clicker. Workshops also require pens and paper for all students*

Katie can customise any event to meet your needs, and all include readings and a Q&A and also book or postcard signings if desired. She now also offers the option of collating and showcasing all the pupils’ work (from all ages) into a “Daily Mirror Mirror” Fairy Tale Newspaper!

Secondary Schools

Katie can tailor her visits to the school’s requirements, but her usual sessions at secondary schools begin with a talk on “Becoming an Author” followed (time permitting) by one of the workshops below.
Presentations (any size group)
– Becoming an Author: Katie’s journey to becoming an author, via drama school, USA and elephants! Followed by a Q&A on all areas of writing, publishing and beyond.

Workshops (30 students max)
– Where do Ideas Come From? A workshop to inspire students to come up with their own original plot and character ideas.
– What Would YOU Do? Using someone else’s life as a starting point, students think of ways in which they might see/predict the future and question whether they would really want to. They then use these ideas as a starting point for their own stories.
– Pushing the boundaries – How can you make your story stand out, your characters more interesting/believable and take your writing to the next level? Find out in this interactive workshop for more able writers.
– The Hero’s Journey – What is the hero’s journey? How does it apply to well-known stories, and how can we use it to devise our own plots? Find out in this fun and interactive workshop.
– Poetry – What is poetry? Does it have to rhyme? Can it be cool? Yes!

*All presentations and workshops can be tailored to last between 30-60 minutes depending on time available, and use a PowerPoint presentation, so will require a laptop connected to a projector and speakers and 2 spare USB ports for USB stick and clicker. Workshops also require pens and paper for all students*

Katie can customise any event to meet your needs and all include readings and a Q&A and also book or postcard signings if desired.

Feedback from a school visit:

“Engagement and inspiration is key, and our children were left with both from your visit. The children (and staff) have been talking about your visit since and we cannot wait to welcome you back into school! The children enjoyed your books and the sessions you did with classes were highly regarded. We even had follow up emails and comments from parents praising the visit.” – Kelly Tarrant, Icknield Primary School.

Katie’s Books

prince charmings princess questy goldilocks and the pea

Fairy Tale Twists series

Katie’s very popular 8-book series of humorous rhyming Fairy Tale Twists (Orchard Books) takes a selection of familiar fairy tale characters and reveals their version of events – as you’ve never seen them before! What secret is Granny Riding hiding? Why are Prince Charming and the Not-So-Evil Stepmother so unlucky in love?

What’s it really like being a fairy godmother, or a well-meaning but hapless witch? What changed Goldilocks’ mind about eating peas, what happens when Cinderella’s coachmen don’t want to change back into mice and how can Jack save the day? All this and more, told in rollicking rhyme and illustrated by the fun and fab Matt Buckingham.

Reviews:
5/5 stars Hilarious for the whole family – By Ms. C. R. Handford, (Amazon)

This book [The Big Bad Werewolf] is such a fantastic, clever, funny read for all the family and a perfect length for a decent bedtime story. I love children’s stories that can amuse adults too and this book ticks all the boxes, a pleasure to read (rhythmic), witty illustrations, really comical and intelligently written! I have a 3 year old and 4 year old but I think this even suitable for up to 10 years old.

We enjoyed this so much that we have now purchased the whole series and they certainly do not disappoint. They are so cleverly done, don’t hesitate to purchase.

5/5 stars Fantastically Hilarious – Starsweep
The unfair-y Godmother puts a great twist on the usual princess and prince charming stories, it had me laughing out loud and my 5 and 6 year old daughters loved it too! It has a real feel good factor that promotes having brains and being true to yourself is a much better plan than sitting waiting for prince charming, all in a funny and brilliant rhyme. This book should be on all modern little girls book shelves!

someone elses life

Someone Else’s Life (YA, Simon and Schuster)
How can you face your future when your past it a lie? When Rosie Kenning’s mother, Trudie, dies from Huntingdon’s disease, her whole world falls apart. Not only does Rosie desperately miss her mum, but now she has to face the fact that she could have inherited the fatal illness herself. Until she discovers that Trudie wasn’t her biological mother at all …Rosie is stunned. Can this be true? Is she grieving for a mother who wasn’t even hers to lose? And if Trudie wasn’t her mother, who is? But as Rosie delves into her past to discover who she really is, she is faced with a heart-breaking dilemma – to continue living a lie, or to reveal a truth that will shatter the lives of everyone around her…
Winner of the Stockport “Mad About Books” Award and the Oldham “Brilliant Books Award”.

Reviews:
Beverley, Chicklish –
It is utterly flawless and is perfection in the form of a book; it has everything you could wish for in a book and had me hooked from page one (I had to sneak off to the library at lunch so that I could continue reading it!)

Book Cover Justice –
I. Loved. This. Book. I read through this baby within 24 hours, stopping only because I have kids to take care of and a husband to pay attention to. All my free time was spent sitting in my chair cuddling up with my Nook and a blanket and just devouring this.

Kirkus Reviews –
It reads the way a haunted house might, with the unexpected lurking behind every door…

Jaskirat, Goodreads –
Katie Dale tests the theory of love and conveys it’s true meaning with the help of a blissful cast, exquisite writing, and a lot of meaningful messages that now hold the key to my heart. Someone Else’s Life is a masterfully crafted debut.

little white lies

Little White Lies (YA, Simon & Schuster)

The first time Lou meets tall, dark, and handsome Christian, she knows he’s hiding something. Why does he clam up every time she asks about his past? Why doesn’t he have any family photos and why does he dye his blond hair black? Then suddenly his terrible secret is unveiled to the world – and it seems everything he’s ever told Lou is a lie. Can what the media are saying about him really be true? Should Lou trust him? Or is she in terrible danger? But Christian isn’t the only one keeping secrets. For what if their chance meeting was no accident at all …? As lie follows lie, nothing is as it seems, and soon Lou finds herself ensnared in a web of deceit, her loyalties torn, her emotions in tatters as she faces a heart-wrenching dilemma: should she shatter the lives of those she holds dearest, or betray the guy who, against all odds, she’s fallen in love with? Full of family secrets, surprising twists and unexpected revelations, Katie Dale’s second novel will have readers on the edge of their seats.

Winner of the UKYA bloggers’ award for “Best Ending”

Reviews:
“Hollywood-script-ready…gripping whodunit” – Kirkus Reviews

“An artfully constructed, suspenseful thriller by one of my favourite British YA authors! I loved Katie Dale’s debut novel SOMEONE ELSE’S LIFE so much. Her second book is headed in a much darker direction, a Brit thriller par excellence. Wild chases and the hunt for clues make her second novel so absolutely gripping. She shows the effect and dynamics of public news, an angry mob and a helpless individual caught in a web of lies, false assumptions and lack of chance to explain himself. I’m so excited to hear what will be Katie’s next book.

“Katie Dale’s second novel is equally as strong and compelling as her first…’Little White Lies’ had an intriguing and gripping plot with an emotional intensity which really hits you head on. I’m looking forward to seeing what subject Katie Dale will turn her hand to next as she seems a very versatile author who isn’t afraid of confronting difficult topics.” – A Dream of Books blog

To Make a Booking

To make an enquiry about Katie Dale, or any of the other authors, poets & illustrators listed on this website, please phone Trevor Wilson on +44 (0) 1535 656015, or email him at trevor@caboodlebooks.co.uk