Catherine was born in Newport, South Wales. She graduated from the University of Wales with a degree in English and a fascination for myth and history.
She has worked in education and archaeology, and has lectured in Creative Writing. She is a Fellow of the Welsh Academy.
Catherine is an acclaimed poet and novelist, regularly giving readings to groups of all ages. She has appeared at The Cheltenham, Bath, Edinburgh and Hay Literary festivals, and is an experienced broadcaster and adjudicator. She regular reads and tutors at the Arvon Foundation and for the National Writing Centre for Wales, Ty Newydd.
In 2010 Catherine was appointed the inaugural Young People's Laureate for Wales.
Catherine has published four books of poetry with Seren and Smith/Doorstop. Her work has appeared in many anthologies and periodicals. She has won the Cardiff International Poetry Competition.
Young Adult Novels.
Catherine has written many acclaimed novels and short stories for children and young adults. The books have a world-wide following and have appeared in over 28 languages. Fantastical and fast-moving, peopled with strange and eccentric characters, her stories allow us to enter remarkable and magical invented worlds.
Her novel Incarceron, set in a futuristic living prison,was the Times Children's Book of the Year. Together with its sequel Sapphique, it spent six weeks in the New York Times bestseller list. It is now in development for a major motion picture.
The Oracle, first of a trilogy set in a world of Greek and Egyptian magic, was shortlisted for the Whitbread Children's Books prize, and The Snow-Walkers Son, based on Norse and Viking myth, was shortlisted for the W.H. Smith Books Award, and included in The Times list of 50 Books Should Read.
One of today's best fantasy writers...A deliciously dark and scary ride. She is simply too good to miss. INDEPENDENT
The first lady of British fantasy. THE TIMES
Bleak, brittle and brilliant. LITERARY REVIEW
An artist with words. CAROUSEL