About

About

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

(Ka-ta-lee-na What)

Short bio (50 words)

Katalina Watt (she/they) is published in various anthologies and magazines and represented by Robbie Guillory at Underline Literary.

They are Literature Officer at Creative Scotland and previously worked in Audio and Digital for Canongate and Hachette, and as IGNYTE-nominated founding Audio Director for khōréō, a magazine of speculative fiction and migration. 

Medium bio (100 words)

Katalina (she/they) was Longlisted for Penguin Write Now 2020 and received a 2021 Ladies of Horror Fiction Writers Grant. They are published in various magazines and anthologies including Haunted Voices, Unspeakable, and Extra Teeth and have appeared at Edinburgh International Book Festival, Cymera, and FIYAHCON. Katalina is represented by Robbie Guillory at Underline Literary. They are a member of British Science Fiction Association, Codex, and Society of Authors.

Katalina is Literature Officer at Creative Scotland and previously worked in Audio and Digital for Canongate and Hachette, and as IGNYTE-nominated founding Audio Director for khōréō, a magazine of speculative fiction and migration. 

Longer bio (250 words)

Katalina Watt (she/they) was Longlisted for Penguin Write Now 2020 and received a 2021 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 represented by Robbie Guillory at Underline Literary.

She is Literature Officer at Creative Scotland. They previously worked in Audio and Digital for Canongate Books and Hachette and as IGNYTE-nominated founding Audio Director for khōréō, a speculative fiction magazine for immigrant and diaspora authors. They also worked in event programming for independent bookshops. In 2020 she was the Next Level Awardee for Literature Alliance Scotland’s career development programme. They obtained a degree in English Literature from the University of Glasgow and an MSc in Publishing from Edinburgh Napier University.

Katalina is an experienced performer, moderator, and panelist, having appeared at numerous literary events for Edinburgh International Book Festival, Royal Society of Literature, Cymera, and FIYAHCON. They have led writing workshops for Scottish BPOC Writers Network, Researcher Activist Network, and Romancing the Gothic. They are a member of British Science Fiction Association, Codex, and the Society of Authors.

Katalina has mentored for the Society of Young Publishers Scotland and sat on judging panels for book awards including for the Red Cedar Award, Saltire Society Literary Awards, and Scottish Book Trust’s Scottish Teenage Book Prize.