Kate Dempsey writes fiction and poetry and lives in Ireland. She has been collecting jobs for her author biography since she could read. She has worked as a coffee grinder, a terrible waitress in Woolworths, a Harrods shop assistant, a computer programmer, a technical writer, a writer in schools and a mother. She's lived in England, Scotland, The Netherlands, South West USA and now in Ireland.
These diverse jobs and homes are reflected in her witty, observational writing, which is widely published in Ireland and the UK. Her short stories have been broadcast on RTE Radio and published in the Poolbeg Anthology 'Do The Write Thing.' She was shortlisted for the Hennessey New Irish Writing award three times and her poetry in many magazines and anthologies. She runs the Poetry Divas Collective, a glittering group of women who blur the wobbly boundaries between page and stage at cool events all over Ireland.
Her first novel, The Story of Plan B, was shortlisted for the London Book Fair LitIdol.
Where to find Kate Dempsey online
The Last Cowboy in the East
When Detective Sergeant Harriet is working the night shift in a backwater town in Ireland, she doesn't expect to arrest a fully blown cowboy, bruised and belligerent. She digs into his story and faces up to some home truths of her own.
1,989 Words. Includes chapter 1 of The Story of Plan B
Sylvia is happy living alone with her chickens, but her daughter has other ideas. Who is the stranger who appears from next door and what is Sylvia doing with her hatchet?
A happy short story about getting older and retaining independence.
Includes CHapter 1 of The Story of Plan B.
Adonis in Adidas
A holiday short story set on the idyllic Greek Island of Paros. Come swim in the wine dark sea, sip retsina in the shade and enjoy Moira's attempts to subvert the course of Greek justice in defence of the beautiful but narcissistic boyfriend, Sean.
Includes Chapter 1 of The Story of Plan B.
The Story of Plan B
Zoë Madison has escaped to an uneventful life in Dublin when she gets a call from sexy, celebrity gardener Larry Harte. Larry has found that her New Age hippy mother worked for Larry's popstar father before he died. But is there more to the story? The paparazzi certainly think so and pursue them across Ireland as they delve into the past and face the future. Life is the Story of Plan B.