Kate MacDonell has written verse and prose, fact and fiction, for as long as she can remember, mostly for pleasure and to record events and experiences. When Kate started nursing one of her first essays was criticised as "too flowery, beautiful English but stick to the facts!". Years later Kate researched, wrote and published a family history, Grandfather's Box, which has sold well internationally. Open University studies and a switch to teaching rekindled Kate's literary pursuits.
Her poem The Wee Tin House Painted Pink appears in the 2006 anthology Images of Women published by Arrowhead and Second Light. She has also published in Benchmarks, Rewriting the Map and Island Voices. She also writes, performs, and volunteers for the Ryde Social Heritage Group http://www.rshg.org.uk/