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Kate Blackadder was born in the Highlands of Scotland, worked for a London publisher for seven years, and has lived in Edinburgh more than thirty years. As a child she wanted to write ‘books for girls’ and got as far as filling a school jotter with twenty-seven titles, and a blurb and a character list for each. (She still has the jotter.)

Adolescent poetry followed and then there was a bit of a gap on the writing front. However, after joining a creative writing class, she took it up seriously – not with books about plucky schoolgirls though, but short stories, most aimed at women’s magazines. She has had over forty stories published in Woman’s Weekly, The People’s Friend and elsewhere and a couple of serials in the PF : The Family at Farrshore (now also available as a large-print book in libraries) and The Ferryboat. She won the Muriel Spark Short Story Award (judged by Maggie O’Farrell) and was long-listed for the Jane Austen Short Story Award.

She has been guest author at People’s Friend story-writing workshops and has adjudicated short story competitions. Unfinished novels/novellas lurk on her laptop.

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