Kate Evans was born in Montreal, Canada, and raised in Surrey, England. She studied English literature at the University of Sussex in Brighton where she became involved in political opposition to the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994. Here she became associated with the SchNEWS DIY activist publication, editing and contributing artwork to several of its annual editions. From 1995 to 1998 she dedicated herself to environmental activism, providing cartoon reportage from a tree house on the route of the Newbury Bypass for The Guardian newspaper. In 1998, Kate wrote, illustrated and published her account as Copse: the Cartoon Book of Tree Protesting.
Since 2000, Kate has produced a series of non-fiction graphic works on a variety of social and political topics. The Food of Love: your formula for successful breastfeeding has popularised attachment parenting techniques. Kate subsequently authored and illustrated the pregnancy and birth manual Bump: how to make, grow and birth a baby.
Red Rosa: a graphic biography of Rosa Luxemburg, an account of the life and work of revolutionary socialist Rosa Luxemburg, was shortlisted for the Bread and Roses Award 2016.
Kate returned to comics journalism with the book Threads from the Refugee Crisis, reportage from the Calais Jungle. Threads from the Refugee Crisis was awarded the John C. Laurence Award from the Society of Authors in 2016 and won the Broken Frontier Award for Graphic Non Fiction 2017. In 2018 it became the first graphic novel to be nominated for the Orwell Prize for Books.