Katherine Roberts

Children's writer, Non-fiction writer

Katherine Roberts won the inaugural Branford Boase award for her first novel Song Quest (Element, 1999), which launched her career as a children’s author. She was a member of the British Fantasy Society for many years and continues to be inspired by the genre, particularly where it overlaps with history and ancient religion. She enjoys creating new legends from old, such as her Pendragon Legacy quartet (Templar, 2012–13) about King Arthur’s fictional daughter.

In 2011, Katherine took advantage of Amazon’s Kindle direct publishing platform to republish her out-of-print backlist titles as ebooks, and co-founded the Authors’ Electric self-publishing blog with fellow children’s author Susan Price. Between 2003 and 2006 she was responsible for launching the Scattered Authors’ Society poster campaign in schools and libraries. Her short fiction has been published in a variety of genre magazines, and her fantasy story ‘Under the Eyemoon’ won the Broadsword fiction-of-the-year award in 1996. During this period, she also wrote a fantasy and science-fiction module for the Quality Women’s Fiction correspondence course.

Before becoming a professional author, Katherine worked with racehorses in various National Hunt racing stables and helped her husband with his horse-transport business. In the 1980s she obtained a first-class honours degree in mathematics from Bath University and worked as a computer programmer, gaining skills that have helped her with publishing her own ebooks in recent years. She lives with an epileptic cat in Torbay, where she is working on her first adult novel.

Katherine Roberts


University of Plymouth 2014/15