Cathy Forde had been a Glaswegian award-winning novelist of fifteen books for children and young people until her first play, Empty, was commissioned in 2008 and produced by National Theatre of Scotland in 2010, directed by Vicky Featherstone. She has been concentrating on drama ever since: The Sunday Lesson (Òran Mór), Supply (Òran Mór), Chamber of Nothing, a multi-cast play for schools (Pearson).
She has written two children's touring pantomimes (The Little Mermaid and Mother Goose Does Eggs Factor) for the musical theatre students of Coatbridge College.
In 2013, she adapted her novel, The Drowning Pond, as a musical for Youth Music Theatre UK, and a radio play Baby's Coming Back was produced for BBC Radio Scotland.
Cathy was on commission to National Theatre of Scotland, adapting and developing her novel Fat Boy Swim.
She has worked extensively with young adults over the years as a creative writing mentor and tutor, and was the Scottish Booktrust Virtual Writer in Residence 2011-12 and 2012-13. She has also been working with Toonspeak Young People's Theatre in Glasgow.