Kate Simpson is an editor, journalist, poet and critic based in York, UK. She works in print and digital publishing – across art, culture, fiction and poetry. Kate is the Associate Editor of Aesthetica Magazine, and has written and edited for over 30 editions of the publication which has a combined print and digital readership of 500,000, exported to 20 countries. In this role, Kate has worked with international organisations and institutions, from Apple to Sony, The Metropolitan Museum of Art to the National Portrait Gallery. She has also edited for several other Aesthetica publications, worked across a number of additional projects and prizes, including the Aesthetica Art Prize, Creative Writing and BAFTA-Qualifying Short Film Festival. Kate has also programmed for a number of major lecture series, including five editions of the Aesthetica Future Now Symposium. The 2021 edition included 100 speakers and 30 events with some of the world’s largest institutions, from MoMA, New York, to Tate Modern, London; as well as leading UK publications such as Creative Review, British Journal of Photography and more. Kate has spoken at numerous events about publishing, journalism and contemporary culture, and also judged numerous awards, including, in 2021, the Sony World Photography Awards, judging the Student Competition on the theme of Building a Better Future. Kate also works across a number of literary projects. She is Editor at Large for Valley Press and a published author, poet and critic, with creative and critical work published in the likes of The London Magazine, Mslexia, The Poetry School andThe Poetry Review, and has judged awards including Freedom From Torture’s 2020 Resilience Readings Poetry Competition, alongside Inua Ellams, Ian McMillan, Imtiaz Dharker and Daljit Nagra.
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- The Aesthetica Future Now Symposium 2021The Future Now Symposium returns for its sixth edition, doubling its length as a four-day arts festival exploring the mechanisms of art and culture with a significantly expanded programme of panel discussions, expert masterclasses, portfolio reviews and advice sessions, running live 28 April – 1 May, and is then available On Demand 2-31 May. This momentous four-day event brings together global institutions, galleries, publications and artists for discussion on the most pressing issues in today’4
- Issue 100: Charting the CourseThis is a special edition of Aesthetica Magazine. We are 100 issues old, marking 18 years of the publication. Inside this issue we are celebrating this momentous milestone with a range of features that celebrate innovation and the independent spirit. https://shop.aestheticamagazine.com6
- Aesthetica Creative Writing Award Annual 2021The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is a celebration of innovation across poetry and short fiction, commending writers for their use of form, concept and technique. These winning and shortlisted entries connect readers to a profound sense of self as well as their shared humanity. Emergency threads its way through many of the works – considering the pandemic as well as cultural crises born of inequality and injustice. However, at the centre of these powerful and necessary pieces are tender mome1
- Issue 98: A New WorldHere we are, at the end of one year and the start of a new one. We’ve all been through so much together, and yet, apart from one another. Technology has played a huge role this year as it becomes further integrated into our daily lives, mostly because we do not have a choice. Fear has also played a momentous role as we round up 10 months of a global pandemic and its ramifications. However, beyond this, there’s a huge amount of relief and joy to be found knowing Trump will be gone from the White9
- Aesthetica Film Festival 2020 Programme2020 has had its challenges for the film and events industry but Aesthetica has responded with a programme that is rich, diverse and captivating. The 10th Anniversary Edition of the Aesthetica Film Festival will take place 3-30 November in a new and exciting way – comprising digital and live-streamed events. Films in competition at this year’s Aesthetica Film Festival span a range of genres including animation, documentary, drama, dance, fashion and thriller. The festival also welcomes renowned2
- Issue 97: Rebirth and RenewalWe are living in a precarious moment where the very idea of democracy is being threatened. There are people who are willing to give it up so easily. Trump’s “Make America Great Again” is a pointless and meaningless statement, however, it’s whipping up right-wing groups globally. The idea that an armed militia can turn up at a peaceful protest and start shooting people is the stuff that Philip K. Dick was taking about in The Man in the High Castle. We must stand up to inequality and insist upon4
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Reader for Frontier Poetry's New Voices platform, as well as the Frontier Open Award, judged by Ocean Vuong, Kaveh Akbar, and Eve L. Ewing.
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