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Catharine Johnson

  • Northern Debut Award, 2019
Catharine Johnson

Catharine Johnson spent her childhood curled up with a book under her father’s desk, in school libraries in Malaysia and Kent. She spent 25 years as a doctor, in jobs with the Navy, the RAF, the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, and the NHS, including 18 years as a GP in Cumbria. Forced to give up medicine because of the illness Lupus, she seized the opportunity to return to her first love and develop her writing. She is working on a mythology-inspired YA novel, set on a Lake District hill farm.

Catharine has a PGC in Creative Writing from Newcastle University, and is a member of the Mungrisdale Writers’ Group, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), and the Golden Egg Academy. She lives with her Sri Lankan husband in the Lake District village where she once practised as a single-handed GP. She can be found on twitter @dadslibrary.

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