Kate O’Neil loves words and, in particular, the way they get together in poems. She has taught Speech and Drama for several years at Wollongong Conservatorium of Music and believes that the memorising and performing of poetry has immeasurable benefits for children.
Kate has been writing poetry since she first read it. An early poem, “Gerald the Grasshopper”, was read on Radio 2UE decades ago. Kate cringes when she thinks of it, and is motivated to do better.
In 2014 Kate was short-listed for the inaugural Manchester Writing for Children Prize and three of her poems are included in “Let in the Stars”, the anthology of poems from the competition. Other poems have appeared in magazines including “The Caterpillar” (Ireland) and “The Voice” (Speech and Drama Association NSW ed Zita Denholm), and on the Australian Children’s Poetry blog.
Her poems have won competitions for both children’s and adults’ poetry.