Katharine Quarmby is a writer, journalist and film-
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-
Her second non-
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-
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.