The Reverend Kate Bottley is an Anglican priest based in North Nottinghamshire. As well as being a self-supporting associate minister at her parish church, Kate is a writer and broadcaster.
Kate studied theology at university and trained to be a secondary RE teacher. She was ordained in 2008 and is passionate about the occasional offices (weddings, christenings and funerals) and the opportunity they present for connecting with those who are not regular churchgoers.
Kate has written for the Guardian, the Independent and Radio Times. She is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 2’s Pause for Thought on the Chris Evans’ Breakfast Show and presents the station’s ‘The Sunday Hour’. Kate is a regular presenter on BBC One’s ‘Songs of Praise’. In 2016 Kate presented BBC One’s hour-long flag ship Easter programme ‘In the footsteps of Judas’. Kate has also taken part in Celebrity Mastermind, Celebrity Masterchef, Gogglebox and 8/10 cats.
Kate went to her first Greenbelt festival in 1991 and has been a regular ever since. She loves the Jesus Arms, the Tiny Tea Tent and those ‘stumble across moments’ that you just can’t plan for.
Kate says ‘Greenbelt for me is like coming home. I take the time away from work as a retreat which resources me for my faith in the year ahead. I’ve found the Divine more times than I can recall while chatting to a stranger in the Jesus Arms.’