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Katharine Quarmby

Katharine Quarmby is a writer, journalist and film-maker specialising in social affairs with an investigative edge. She has spent most of her working life as a journalist and has made many films for the BBC, as well as working as a correspondent for the Economist, an associate editor for Prospect magazine and contributing to British broadsheets, including the Guardian, Sunday Times and the Telegraph.

In 2007 Katharine started to investigate a number of violent killings of disabled men and women across the UK. As news editor of the disability magazine, Disability Now, she was able to put together the first national dossier of such crimes that year, following it up with an investigative report on disability hate crimes, Getting Away with Murder, for the charity Scope and the UK’s Disabled People’s Council, in 2008.

Her first book for adults, Scapegoat: why we are failing disabled people (Portobello Press, 2011), won a prestigious international award, the Ability Media Literature award, in 2011. In 2012 Katharine was shortlisted for the Paul Foot award for campaigning journalism, by the Guardian and Private Eye magazine, for her five years of campaigning against disability hate. Katharine and her fellow volunteer co-ordinators of the Disability Hate Crime Network, were honoured with Radar’s Human Rights People of the Year award, for their work on disability hate crime in 2010.

Her second non-fiction book, on Gypsies, Roma and Travellers in the UK, No Place to Call Home: Inside the Real Lives of Gypsies and Travellers, was published by Oneworld in 2013 and received excellent reviews.

Katharine also published her first Kindle Single, about the search for her Iranian birth father, an essay that also celebrates the love of her adoptive family. Of Blood and Water was published by Thistle Publishing and is available on Amazon as an e-book.

Katharine has been interviewed frequently about her work on numerous media outlets, including BBC TV and radio in the UK, the BBC World Service and the Australian Broadcast Corporation. She is also regularly invited to speak at literary festivals, including Hay, Edinburgh, Glasgow Bath, Bristol and Aye Write, as well as conferences for organisations such as the Crown Prosecution Service, local police forces, trade unions and charities.

She also enjoys writing books and short plays for young children.


Blood & Water

The Priest, the Assassin, and Archduke Franz Ferdinand