Head for the Edge, Keep Walking

Five stars on Amazon. Buy Here.

A warm and ferociously witty story of the s*** life throws at us and how we survive it. Truth rings from every page of this assured and engrossing debut.”
Zoe Strachan


Pamphlet of found and experimental poetry, from Tapsalteerie.

“Kate Tough is a poet who looks down the wrong end of the telescope and finds poetry, insight and above all humour in all kinds of unexpected places.”
Mandy Haggith

About Kate Tough

Kate’s piece, ‘People Made Glasgow’, was selected as a Best Scottish Poem 2016 and her poetry pamphlet, tilt-shift, was Runner Up in the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award, 2017, and noted in The Bottle Imp’s Best Scottish Books, 2016, and the Times Literary Supplement’s notable pamphlets, 2017.

Her novel, Head for the Edge, Keep Walking, has had five stars on Amazon since 2014, and been a library lending favourite. The revised 2nd edition is out with Little, Brown in 2019.

Kate’s received three Creative Scotland funding awards, for fiction and poetry, and held literature residencies at Cove Park, Vermont Studio Center and Outlandia. She is a children’s literacy volunteer, and chairs festival events. She gained a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow and is completing a collection of short fiction.

“Exciting new voice in Scottish literature. Keep an eye out for this one.” Kevin MacNeil

Photographer: Howard Romero

“…the breadth of source material used to mine these process poems is unexpected, funny and surprisingly political… Tough forces the reader to participate, rather than just read.”

nick-e melville on tilt-shift

“A fantastic read. Hooked from the first page. Cannot recommend highly enough.”

Head for the Edge, Keep Walking review on amazon.co.uk