Catherine Czerkawska


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Catherine Czerkawska

Catherine Czerkawska is a Scotland based novelist and playwright. She graduated from Edinburgh University with a degree in Medieval Studies, followed by a Master's in Folk Life Studies (including the study of folk song and folk song collecting) from the University of Leeds. She has written many plays for the stage and for BBC Radio, and has published nine novels, historical and contemporary, including: The Curiosity Cabinet, Bird of Passage, and The Amber Heart. The Curiosity Cabinet was shortlisted for the Dundee Book Prize in 2005, and subsequently published by Polygon. It is now available as an eBook and in paperback by Wordarts.

Her short stories have been published in magazines and anthologie, and as eBook collections, most recently by Hearst Magazines UK. She has also written non-fiction in the form of feature articles and books, and has reviewed professionally for newspapers and magazines.

Wormwood -- her play about the Chernobyl disaster -- was produced at Edinburgh's Traverse Theatre in 1997 and was subsequently published by Nick Hern Books. Quartz was produced at the Traverse Theatre a couple of years later. She wrote three plays for A Play, A Pie and a Pint at Glasgow's Òran Mór: The Price of a Fish Supper, Burns on the Solway, and The Secret Commonwealth. Fish Supper went on to have productions at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and on BBC Radio 4, and has also been published in the Scottish Shorts anthology by Nick Hern Books.

Catherine spent four years as Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at the University of the West of Scotland, and has served on the committee of the Society of Authors in Scotland. Her most recent novel, The Jewel, was published in March 2016 by Saraband. When not writing, she collects and deals in the antique textiles which often find their way into her fiction.

Photograph by Alan Lees

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