Home town: She was born in Bill Quay, England, and currently lives in Holyrood, but considers St. John’s her hometown.
Musical preferences: Urban hillbilly; gypsy violin; original folk-syle ballads (“Ron Hynes is a real balladeer”); anything original and story-based.
Last book(s) read: The psychological dramas that Agatha Christie wrote for 15 years under the name Mary Westmacott
Zodiac sign: Pisces
Words of wisdom: “Point of view is everything. There are not just two sides to a story.”
The story: Kathleen, like many people who make a living as a writer, has had a hand in a variety of projects over the years.
Many know her as a Saturday columnist for The Evening Telegram, which she has been for 14 years. But what many may not know is that in the early 90s, Kathleen spent a couple of years writing scripts and songs for live-action segments on Sesame Street.
One was about a grandmother teaching her granddaughter how to recognize and paint wild flowers.
“That was filmed here in St. John’s, and Julia Pickard was the grandmother…,” she says.
Kathleen originally got involved with Sesame Street when she was asked to come aboard by Deborah Wells Smith, who produced the segments locally. She worked alongside local musicians like Terry Riley, and enjoyed the experience of working locally on something that was broadcast nationally.
“It’s nice to be part of that process where the local becomes part of the consciousness of the larger group,” she says.
For the last two years, she has been writing a book of short stories, titled boYs, due to be released by Biblioasis in September. The book has already won the Metcalf-Rooke award, which included a publishing deal and book tour.
— Emilie Bourque
(Photo by David Whitten)