Katharine Quarmby

Non-fiction writer


Katharine Quarmby has written non-fiction, short stories and books for children. Her non-fiction works include Scapegoat: Why We Are Failing Disabled People (Portobello Books, 2011) and No Place to Call Home: Inside the Real Lives of Gypsies and Travellers (Oneworld, 2013). Her debut novel, The Low Road, based on a true story from her hometown from the 1800’s, was published by Unbound in 2023. A further seven educational books, for primary and secondary school-children, will be published in 2024. 

Katharine is also an investigative journalist and editor, with particular interests in disability, the environment, race and ethnicity, and the care system. She has worked for over a decade for BBC and other broadcasters and served in a variety of correspondent and associate editor roles for outlets including the Economist, Newsweek Europe and Prospect. She has been production and digital editor of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and is currently editor at Investigative Reporting Denmark.

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Katharine Quarmby

Non-fiction writer

Current Fellowship

University of West London, 2023–2024




  • London School of Economics and Political Science, 2015–2017