Katie Mallett started writing after the birth of her sixth child. She was a journalist for local papers in Essex, and developed as a poet during this time. She has had work published in local and national newspapers and magazines including Essex Countryside, New Statesman, Spectator, Literary Review, The Oldie, and various anthologies. She was one of the contributors to a series of Viking/Penguin books edited by Eric Parrott, including How to be Tremendously Well Tuned to Opera, How to be Well-Versed in Poetry, and How to be European. She was also the BBC Essex poet for 5 and a half years, writing and reading a light hearted poem on various domestic and topical subjects every week. She was a contributor the late lamented Terry Wogan’s Radio Two show. She continues to write, entering and sometimes winning competitions.