Catherine Spooner was born in East Yorkshire and now lives in Lancaster, where she is Professor of Literature and Culture at Lancaster University. She has published widely on her academic research in Gothic literature, film, fashion and popular culture, including the books Fashioning Gothic Bodies, Contemporary Gothic and Post-Millennial Gothic: Comedy, Romance and the Rise of Happy Gothic, which was awarded the 2019 Allan Lloyd Smith Memorial Prize by the International Gothic Association. She has also co-edited four collections of academic essays, most recently The Cambridge History of the Gothic Volume 3: The Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries (with Dale Townshend). She has recently returned to creative writing in mid-life and is currently taking a career break while pursuing an MLitt in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow.
‘The Arvon Award is a gift of time and space to write and that’s an incredible thing to give to someone. For me, it has come just at the right moment, as I return to a demanding full-time job following a year out studying Creative Writing. Knowing that someone thinks my writing is worth giving time and space to has given me confidence and renewed my motivation to continue pursuing my goals.’