Catherine Simpson’s debut novel Truestory was published by Sandstone Press in 2015. She received a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award for the opening chapters. Her work has been included in New Writing Scotland, Gutter, New Writing Dundee, the Scotsman, Edinburgh University’s ‘Dangerous Women’ project and the ‘Journeys’ and ‘Family Legends’ anthologies produced by Scottish Book Trust. She has been been shortlisted in the Bloody Scotland Short Story competition and the Asham Award. She has performed at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in Story Shop in 2012 and 2013, and in Unbound, 2016. She has also performed at Aye Write, Dundee Lit Fest, Pitlochry Winter Festival of Words and Portobello Book Festival. She is 2017 Coastword Festival Writer in Residence and the current Tyne & Esk Writers Creative Writing Fellow. She recently received a Hawthornden Fellowship.