Kate Rigby was born near Liverpool and now lives in the south west of England. She’s been writing for decades. She has been traditionally published, small press published and indie published.
She realized her unhip credentials were mounting so she decided to write about it. Little Guide to Unhipwas first published in 2010 and has since been updated.
However she’s not completely unhip. Her punk novel, Fall Of The Flamingo Circuswas published by Allison & Busby (1990) and by Villard (American hardback 1990). Skrev Press published her novels Seaview Terrace (2003) Sucka!(2004) and Break Point (2006) and other shorter work has appeared in Skrev’s magazines.
Thalidomide Kidwas published by Bewrite Books (2007).
Her novel Savage To Savvywas an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA) Quarter-Finalist in 2012. Three of her novels have received an Awesome Indies Badge of Approval.
She has had other short stories published and shortlisted including Hard Workersand Headboards, first published in The Diva Book of Short Stories, in an erotic anthology published by Pfoxmoor Publishing and more recently in an anthology of Awkward Sexcapades by Beating Windward Press 2018 (all proceeds went to Planned Parenthood).
A shortened version of her blog as a tribute to David Bowie after his death was included in the book: David Bowie I Was There (Red Planet Books 2017)
She also received a Southern Arts bursary for her novel Where A Shadow Played(now re-Kindled as Did You Whisper Back?).
She has re-Kindled her backlist and is gradually getting her titles (back) into paperback
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It's the start of the 1999 Wimbledon Tennis Championships. Break
Point is not only about an obsession with Wimbledon: the game of
tennis itself becomes a metaphor for the other psychological
matches taking place at the house of peevish old Gwen McMahon.
Carers come and go, but who will survive to the final?
She Looks Pale
The title is taken from a schoolgirl levitation ritual, practised
by the mother of narrator Hannah. As a result of Meningitis at
the age of six, Hannah nearly dies leading her parents to become
obsessively over-protective. Her parents gradually dispose of all
methods of modern communication and take Hannah out of school
until one day, tortured by the evils of the world, her father
'disappears' during the Lord's Prayer one mealtime. Hannah's
mother continues the self-imposed isolation. Confined in the
house, Hannah's only contact with the world is either through the
window or through her mother's past.
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Fall Of The Flamingo Circus: Diary Of A Punk
"Fall Of The Flamingo Circus is the story of a strong and
independent girl's childhood and adolescence, her desperate
battle to make something of the fearful hand dealt to her.
Through her eyes we see the realities of poverty in England -
hunger and junk food, boredom and noise at home, snobbery and
notoriety at school - and the fear of a brutal father…over the
years we watch Lauren's voice grow in power and imagination, as
her life - a rebel, a punk, admired by her gang but rejected and
victimised by men - bursts out of its sad confines…but Lauren is
always alone with her restless and furious self: she alone will
discover the pain and loneliness of being different, crazy,
colourful in an England turned grey, obedient and satisfied."
Back cover blurb, paperback, published 1990
Little Guide To Unhip
Have you ever worried about not being quite hip enough? Or maybe
you are one of those who flaunts your unhipness with abandon.
Either way, Little Guide to Unhip is for you. Although it charts
my own personal unhip top 50 with the likes of Gilbert
O'Sullivan, Morris Dancing, Vicar of Dibley, Shopping Trolleys
and Brollies, I picked those characters, characteristics,
attributes or material objects with a universally unhip feeling
to them. Each is given an unhip rating up to five for you to keep
a count of your own and includes personal anecdotes. There is
also a 'bubbling under' list for a further those unhips things
not quite making the top 50.
Savage To Savvy
Psychology graduate, Heidi Harper is appointed to work with
Professor Mala, pioneer of a new project to rehabilitate
dog-reared feral child, Nicki. Heidi is soon asking questions and
her mission takes on sinister overtones. As the truth outs, the
lives of all concerned begin to unravel. Savage To Savvy is a
The Dead Club
An edgy, contemporary tale about death and suicide and its
effects on two families. Death is a fact of life for the
principle characters and especially for Marina Reed who wishes to
join her loved ones at 'the dead club', a place she and her sixth
form friends obsessed about in their youth. Ultimately her
mortido becomes more urgent until it takes her to the edge. The
novel is in fact very much about edges: where the ultimate edge
is between life and death.
Maxine lives in Number 7, the peeling Jewish house, where she has
to stand on cushions to change light bulbs because she doesn't
know anyone well enough to ask for the use of their stepladder.
She is also trapped in an unsatisfactory relationship with her
misanthropist boyfriend Warren who "sits there baiting or
attacking people in the road" and is indiscriminate with his
prejudices. She is longing for a summer of excitement and
Tales By Kindlelight
This bittersweet collection reflects themes for our time, be it
the angst of reaching fifty and a life not quite fully realized
or the sexual assuredness of the younger generation in 'A
Generation Thing'. Sexual experimentation is explored in 'Heads
or Tails' where a woman agrees to share herself between two best
friends, drawing up her own boundaries so that one has her top
half, the other her bottom half, while emerging sexuality is
explored in 'Coats' where a couple of pre-pubescent children
learn about adulthood and sexuality from beneath a pile of coats
at a nineteen-seventies party. In other stories, patterns of
behaviour across generations or within a lifetime are explored as
in 'Family Tradition' where the main character returns home to
break the bad habit of several lifetimes. In 'Cutting Edge' the
sharpness of a pair of scissors is used to reflect stages in the
main character's life as she passes from childhood into adulthood
where the scissors take on a sinister edge, while in 'To The
Wire' a man's life is viewed as a football game, together with
post-life commentary. Other stories explore life from unusual
viewpoints: as in 'Boo' and 'Big Mother' while others still have
voices of a generation as in 'Our Marie' and 'The Colour Of
Flesh'. Whatever your inclination, Tales by Kindlelight has
something for you.
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