Photo © Alan Trotter 2020; Illustration © 'Tala in the Woods' Zuzanna Zwiecien 2019
Photo © Alan Trotter 2020; Illustration © ‘Tala in the Woods’ Zuzanna Zwiecien 2019

Katalina Watt is an author and publisher based in Edinburgh. She is currently Literature Officer at Creative Scotland and Audio Director for khōréō, a quarterly magazine of speculative fiction elevating voices of immigrant and diaspora authors. She previously worked in Audio and Digital for Canongate Books and Hachette, as well as event programming for independent bookshops. In 2020 she was the Next Level Awardee for Literature Alliance Scotland’s career development programme. She obtained a degree in English Literature at the University of Glasgow and an MSc in Publishing at Edinburgh Napier. 

Katalina’s writing was Longlisted for Penguin Random House UK’s 2020 WriteNow programme. In 2021 she received a Writers Grant from Ladies of Horror Fiction. Her work has been published in CeremonyHaunted Voices: An Anthology of Gothic Storytelling from Scotland, Unspeakable: A Queer Gothic Anthology, Malefaction Magazine’s Femme Fatale, Extra Teeth Issue Two, Cunning Folk’s Re-Enchantment Issue and online for Glasgow Women’s Library and Bitter Melon.

Katalina is an experienced performer, moderator, and panelist, having appeared at numerous literary events and festivals including Edinburgh International Book Festival, Cymera, and FIYAHCON. She has also led workshops on writing craft and the publishing industry for organisations such as Scottish BAME Writers Network, Researcher Activist Network, and Romancing the Gothic. She has mentored for the Society of Young Publishers Scotland and sat on judging panels for several book awards, including for the Red Cedar Award, Saltire Society Literary Awards, and Scottish Book Trust’s Scottish Teenage Book Prize.

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