Kat Lyons (they/them) is the current Bristol City Poet (2022-2024).
Kat is a Queer Bristol-based writer, performer, workshop facilitator and creative producer whose work is grounded in everyday politics and a love of storytelling. They facilitate creative writing workshops for all ages and perform widely at theatres, poetry nights and events throughout the UK, including WOMAD, Shambala and The Eden Project. Kat has presented at the University of South Wales Storytelling Symposium and was nominated for the Jerwood Poetry in Performance Award 2022. Commissions include The Arts Institute Plymouth (5x5x5 Series) and The Cemetery Club (Drop Dead Gorgeous).
As well as co-hosting spoken word nights with Raise the Bar, Kat is the producer and host of SpitFire, a series of poetry events designed to platform older women’s voices. Kat is currently touring Dry Season, a solo spoken word theatre show exploring gender, age and menopause. Their debut poetry collection, Love Beneath the Nails, is published by Verve Poetry Press. They are interested in exploring how poetry connects us to our world and to each other, and in artistic/interdisciplinary collaborations of all kinds.