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 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 award-winning independent publisher Canongate Books.

She is the 2020 Next Level Awardee for Literature Alliance Scotland’s career development programme, aiming to equip mid-career arts professionals on the path to a senior position. She obtained a degree in English Literature at the University of Glasgow and an MSc in Publishing at Edinburgh Napier. 

Katalina was Longlisted for Penguin Random House UK’s 2020 WriteNow programme. She is currently working on her debut speculative fiction short story collection inspired by folklore of the Philippine islands. 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 has a background in digital storytelling, as well as bookselling and events for independent bookshops. She is an experienced performer, event moderator, and panelist. 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 the Scottish Teenage Book Prize for Scottish Book Trust. 

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