Kat Francois

Theatre - Playwright, Director, Performer. Comedian and Host.

Writer & Spoken Word Artist & Broadcaster.

Schools & Youth Educator, Dance tutor, Personal Trainer

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ORDINARY

 

I was 12 when we first met

You spotted mum and me in the street.

Jumped in the back of your blue Ford

She told me you were my father.

I shyly said hello,

There were some similarities

You had teeny mouse ears just like mine

Our skin colourings matched, dark chocolate.

But I dreamt you would be taller

With a handsome movie star face

Dazzling pearly teeth

And manicured nails.

I dreamt you’d have a deep man voice,

A warm enveloping laugh.

I dreamt that when we met you would hug me

And shower me with love and long lost apologies.

But that did not happen

You were ordinary

You could have been anyone’s father

I made a mental note to ask mum if she was sure.

I took sneaky looks at you

Through the rear view mirror

You smiled

I did not smile back.

 

 

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Kat Francois

 

BBC3 Poetry Slam Champion 2004

 

World Poetry Slam Champion 2005

Kat is a performance poet with many accolades, including being the first person to win a  UK televised poetry slam, held on BBC3 in 2004. Following this success, Kat was invited to take part in the World Slam Championships in Rotterdam, competing over 2 rounds against national champions from Canada, USA, Sweden, Australia, Germany, South Africa. Kat won the competition and was crowned World Slam Champion 2005.

 

By this time, Kat was working full time in the arts having given up her job  to concentrate on doing what she loved.

 

Kat has been published in a number of anthologies. Her first collection, Rhyme and Reason, was published in 2008 and is available to buy here.

 

Kat Francois runs and hosts Word4Word, which is now in it’s 13th year, held at Theatre Royal Stratford East every third Sunday of the month. The last 13 years has seen amazing talent pass through the Word4Word stage…poets, singers and comedians. This is a free event and open mic is avaiable.

 

 

See the events page for details.

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