Kat Francois

About the Speaker

Kat Francois is a performance poet, playwright, director, actor, comedian, workshop facilitator, and personal trainer. She was the first person to win a televised poetry slam in the UK, on BBC3 in 2004.

A well-known performance poet on the London poetry scene, Kat has been hosting a monthly poetry and music event, Word4Word, for 13 years at Theatre Royal Stratford East.

She has worked with young people for many years, as a youth worker, PHSE Facilitator, also teaching dance, drama, poetry and performance skills.

Kat is an established director of youth theatre, devising plays for theatres including Theatre Royal Stratford East, Roundhouse Camden, Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, as well as performances at Arcola Theatre, and Camp Bestival.

Kat Francois’ critically acclaimed Raising Lazarus charts the true story of Kat’s relative, Private Lazarus Francois, from the Caribbean island of Grenada, who joined the British West Indies Regiment in 1915 to fight for Britain during the First World War. This is the story of how Kat discovered she was connected to a part of British history that she previously assumed had no relevance to her, and exposes part of the journey undertaken by thousands of Caribbean soldiers who volunteered for King and Country.