Born and raised on a dairy farm in Lancashire, Catherine Simpson moved to Scotland over 20 years ago. In 2013, she won a Creative Scotland New Writers Award for Fiction for the opening chapters of Truestory. She has been shortlisted in the Mslexia Novel Award, the Asham Award, Bristol Short Story Prize and Bath Short Story Award. Her work has featured in anthologies and she has performed her work at various festivals (including Edinburgh International Book Festival) and on BBC radio. She was named as one of Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature’s emerging writers in both 2012 and 2013.

As a freelance journalist, her articles have appeared in The Scotsman, The Herald, The Daily Mail, The Sun and a number of magazines. She now lives just outside Edinburgh with her two teenage daughters.

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TRUESTORY Sandstone Press, 2015