Katherine Stansfield - novelist and poet





Katherine Stansfield grew up on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall and now lives in Cardiff.

Her new novel, The Magpie Tree, second in the Cornish Mysteries series is out now with Allison & Busby. It's the sequel to Falling Creatures which was shortlisted for both the Winston Graham Memorial Prize and the fiction awards at the Holyer an Gof. The third instalment, The Mermaid's Call, swims into bookshops in September 2019.

Her debut, The Visitor, was published by Parthian in 2013. It went on to win the fiction prize at the 2014 Holyer an Gof awards.

Playing House, a poetry collection, was published by Seren in 2014. It includes 'Canada', Poem of the Week in The Guardian online.

Her second collection was supported by a writer's bursary from Literature Wales. We Could Be Anywhere By Now will be out with Seren in early 2020, but in the meantime Katherine has a new pamphlet of poems, All That Was Wood, written as part of her residency at Cornerstone Cardiff. This is out with Seren in February 2019.

She teaches for the Open University and the School of Continuing and Professional Education at Cardiff University. She works as a mentor for Literature Wales, a Writing Fellow at the University of South Wales, and is the Royal Literary Fund fellow at Cardiff University.

Katherine is a member of Crime Cymru: a new collective of crime writers with a connection to Wales. You can read more about the group here. She is also a member of the Crime Writers Association. With her poetry hat on, she is co-editor for the poetry section of Scintilla, the journal of the Vaughan Association.

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