Kate Fox - Kate Fox News
- Nicola Meighan
- 8 August 2010
This article is from 2010
A slow news day
Comic poet and newshound Kate Fox sure knows how to sell a story. Her true-life rhymes are plotted out through a series of quirky, attention-grabbing hooks in her show, Kate Fox News: she absconded with a gun-runner, was a gangster’s moll and contemplated selling her womb. These snappy ‘headlines’, however, are made flesh in a fairly arduous manner. There’s no doubt Bradford-born Fox had a difficult upbringing, but her potentially moving and amusing tales of paternal deception, wife-swapping parents and television’s nigh-Godlike presence feel empty.
Many of her observations are tired: a riff on how we adapt to suit our names struggles for impact (Fox herself was previously Gaunt and then Herd: she finds irony in both), while her variation on the ‘Master of the West Kent Hunt’ spoonerism is now pretty ubiquitous. A friendly orator and a celebrated poet – she regularly features on Radio 4 and pens parodic news-related odes – Fox’s lyrical confessionals and her thoughts on current affairs as man-made assemblage, are far from headline-grabbing.
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