Kate Pullinger

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Kate Pullinger writes for both print and digital platforms.  In 2009 her novel The Mistress of Nothing won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, one of Canada’s most prestigious literary prizes. Her latest book, A Curious Dream: Collected Works, was published in Canada in October 2011.

Kate frequently gives talks and readings; she also offers private mentoring for emerging writers in both print and new media.  She is Reader in Creative Writing and New Media at De Montfort University, where she co-founded TRG, the Transliteracy Research Group; she works with PhD students and also offers a bespoke MA by Independent Study.

Among Kate’s other books are A Little Stranger, Weird Sister, The Last Time I Saw Jane, Where Does Kissing End? and When the Monster Dies, as well as the short story collections, My Life as a Girl in a Men’s Prison and Tiny Lies. She co-wrote the novel of the film The Piano with director Jane Campion.

Kate was born in Cranbrook, British Columbia, and went to high school on Vancouver Island. She dropped out of McGill University, Montreal, after a year and a half of not studying philosophy and literature, then spent a year working in a copper mine in the Yukon, northern Canada, where she crushed rocks and saved money. She spent that money travelling and ended up in London, England, where she has been ever since.  She is married and has two children.

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