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02 December 2014

Catherine Johnson

Catherine Johnson, Tutor
by Rufus Purdy

Catherine Johnson has written over 20 books for children and young adults, including Sawbones, which won the Young Quills Prize for best Historical Fiction in the 12+ category and was nominated for the Carnegie medal in 2015. Her book Freedom won the 2019 Little Rebels Award for Radical Children’s Fiction.

Catherine writes for film, television and radio. In 2005, she co-wrote the highly acclaimed feature film Bullet Boy. This was followed by commissions for Century Films, Working Title and Channel 4.

Catherine was Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of the Arts London, Writer in Residence at Holloway Prison and Reader in Residence at the Royal Festival Hall as part of the Children’s Literature Festival ‘Imagine’. She was awarded an Arts Council of England Writer’s Grant in 2004. Catherine has taught Creative Writing at Kingston University and London Metropolitan University.


‘Catherine wants us to be the best writers we can be and her passion was clear throughout’ Ian Brooks, Writing YA & Children’s Fiction student

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