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Catherine Hokin

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Contact: [email protected]
Local authority: Glasgow City
Languages: English
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I was born in Cumbria and have lived in Glasgow for the last twelve years. I write novels set in Berlin and Eastern Europe covering the period from the 1930s to the end of the Cold War which examine the impact of conflict on ordinary people’s lives.

I am published by Bookouture and Grand Central Publishing. All six novels released so far have been best sellers and five have been sold in translation to countries including France, Italy and Hungary. I am currently contracted to write four more.

I have also written short stories which have been published in iScot, Mslexia, Writers' Forum and The Scottish Arts Club Anthology. I was the winner of the 2019 Flash Fiction Short Story Competition. These, predominantly contemporary, stories have a dark element, sometimes comically so.

I have led a number of school, library and Glasgow CCA workshops and chaired conference and author panels. Topics I am happy to explore include: the research, writing and publishing process; turning history into stories, including using historical photographs and artefacts as prompts; focussed sessions on bringing characters to life and the power of setting. Workshops aim to develop confidence, voice and a writers' toolkit.

Local authorities can visit

Clackmannanshire; East Dunbartonshire; East Renfrewshire; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Glasgow City; Inverclyde; Midlothian; North Lanarkshire; South Lanarkshire; West Dunbartonshire; West Lothian

Events can deliver

Chairing events; Mentoring; Panel event; Reading; Residency; Talk; Workshop

Audience can work with

Adult learners; Young people in the community (e.g. Youth clubs, Guides, Scouts)

Topics of work

Contemporary fiction; Editing & editing your own work; Historical fiction; History; Publishing & getting published; World War 2

Age groups published for


Age groups can work with

15-18; 18+

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100; 100-500; 500+