Kate Barden

writer and performer



A Sea-swimming Storyteller

Kate has lived in Cornwall all her life, with a few trips away now and again for University and work. In between being a teacher, youth worker and careers adviser for young people living in foster care, Kate performs and writes as often as she can. She has had a short story published in an anthology of Cornish tales, and poetry published both online and in a book for The Compassionate Friends. She has co-written, directed and performed in various pieces of theatre with her company, Blabbermouth, who have toured Cornwall and performed at the Edinburgh Fringe. Kate performs regularly with Cornish companies, having played amongst others, Kate in Taming of the Shrew, Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the second Mrs De Winter in Rebecca. She is currently involved with the Shakespeare Nation project with the Hall for Cornwall and the RSC, Twelfth Night with Carnon Downs Drama Group, and she is writing spoken word pieces for performance with the Writers Block. She is also just starting another collaborative poetry anthology based on women who sea-swim in Cornwall. Kate is Nanny to Amelie Violet who is nearly 9; she sings in an 80s covers band, collects tattoos, and rides pillion on a Harley.


"If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves"

Thomas Edison



Kate writes short stories, poems, plays and sketches. She finds it fascinating being human and believes that the best stories come from everyday interactions and events. Kate writes about the things we all face; those we know are coming and those that hit us like the unexpected broadside slap from a wave. Usually, the harder things that hurt. But sometimes the funny things as well...

For Hope, published in The Compassionate Friends Book, Forget-Me-Not Poems


Pharoah in Origo Mundi: the creation of the world, play 1 of The Ordinlia performed in St. Just, Cornwall Sept 2021.

Performing and writing

Edna in Up and Away, written and performed by Blabbermouth Theatre.


Contribution to the collection of poems for The Compassionate Friends.


Selected to represent Cornwall with 11 other performers for RSC Henry VI: Rebellion, April/May 2022



'Just have a go...what's the worst that can happen...?' Kirk Barden (dad)

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Performing and writing

Daisy in Daisy and Johnny, written and performed by Blabbermouth Theatre.


Morvoren: a collection of poems about women who swim in cold water.


A short story, 'Look Up'; for an anthology from Cornish writers.

Performing and writing

The launch of Merci Ditch, a small but well-formed company, writing, reading and performing their own work.


Get in Touch

If I'm out with Harmony or in the sea, I'll get back to you asap.

Newlyn, Cornwall


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