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Imprint meet the author Catherine Simpson with her daughter Nina Mega

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Catherine Simpson’s debut novel Truestory was published by Sandstone Press in 2015. It tells the story of a mother raising a child with autism and was inspired by Catherine’s experience of raising her own autistic daughter, Nina. Catherine received a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award in 2013. Her work has been included in New Writing Scotland, Gutter, New Writing Dundee, The Grind, the Scotsman, Edinburgh University’s ‘Dangerous Women’ project and the ‘Journeys’ and ‘Family Legends’ anthologies produced by Scottish Book Trust. Her story ‘Giuseppe and Rosa go up in the World’ will be turned into a podcast as part of Edinburgh’s ‘Echoes of the City’ project.
She has been shortlisted in the Bloody Scotland Short Story competition, the Mslexia Women’s Novel Competition, and the Asham Award. She performed at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in Story Shop in 2012 and 2013, and in Unbound, 2016. She has also performed at Aye Write, Dundee Lit Fest, Pitlochry and Portobello Book Festivals. She is 2017 Coastword Festival Writer in Residence. She recently received a Hawthornden Fellowship.
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