Kate Wakeling grew up in Yorkshire and Birmingham. She studied music at Cambridge University, and gained a PhD in Balinese gamelan music at the School of Oriental and African Studies. As writer in residence to Aurora Orchestra, she is co-creator of the Far Far Away series of storytelling concerts, which have featured in many UK locations as well as the Melbourne Festival in Australia. Her first collection of children's poems, Moon Juice, won the CLiPPA Prize in 2017 and was nominated for the Carnegie Medal. Her second, Cloud Soup, was a Book of the Month in the Guardian and the Scotsman and shortlisted for the CLiPPA. Kate has performed her poems at Shakespeare's Globe, the Cheltenham Literature Festival, and many others, as well as running workshops in primary schools. She lives in Oxford.