Katharine Quarmby

Non-fiction writer
London School of Economics and Political Science

Katharine Quarmby is a writer and journalist. Her non-fiction works include Scapegoat: why we are failing disabled people, which won the Ability Media International Award, and No Place to Call Home: inside the real lives of gypsies and travellers (shortlisted for the Bread and Roses award). She has spent many years working as a journalist, as a producer for the BBC, a correspondent at the Economist, a contributing editor at Newsweek Europe, and is currently a contributor for Mosaic Science. She has particular interests in science, politics and social affairs, and has been shortlisted for the Paul Foot award for many years of campaigning journalism on disability affairs. Her most recent non-fiction project is her first venture into ghost-writing, a book about so-called ‘honour’ based violence, with a British Yemeni survivor of the crime. She is also working with storytellers from nomadic communities on an exciting project to turn folk tales into picture books. She is also exploring her love of puppetry with an innovative theatre project. On a more personal level, having written a Kindle Single about her decades-long search for her Iranian birth father, and another e-book about the part her mother’s Serbian family may have played in igniting the tinderbox of the First World War in Sarajevo, she plans to round off the trilogy with a fictional rendering of her English father’s Lincolnshire and Yorkshire roots: huntsmen, stretching back over many generations.

Katharine Quarmby
Image credit: Tom Green

Fellowships

London School of Economics and Political Science 2015-17