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Kathy Page

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Born in London, England, Kathy Page now lives in BC. She has gained her BA at York (England) and her MA in writing from the University of East Anglia.   A novelist and widely anthologised short-story writer, she has also written for television and radio. A very versaltile writer, Page has a long-standing interest in complex characters who struggle with ther own natures and circumstances. She is interested in loss, survival, and transformation: the magic by which a bad hand becomes a good chance.

Her  most recent novel, Dear Evelyn, 2018, a study of a seventy year marriage, won the Rogers Writers' Trust Prize for Fiction. The Story of My Face, about an adolescent girl involved in an extreme religious sect, was long-listed for the Orange Prize in 2002. Alphabet, about a life-serving prisoner, was nominated for a Governor General's award in 2005. The Find, 2010, shortlisted for a 2011 Relit novel award, concerns a paleontological  discovery in a small BC town and the  ensuing conflict over its meaning and ownership.

 Kathy Page's collection of fabulist short stories, Paradise & Elsewhere  came out with Biblioasis in 2014 and was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Her next collection, The Two of Us, was also nominated for the Giller.

In 2012, Kathy Page edited and contributed to In the Flesh, Twenty Writers Explore the Body, a collection of personal essays which she co-edited with Lynne Van Luven.

Kathy Page has taught fiction writing at Universities in England, Finland and Estonia, and held residencies in schools and a variety of other institutions/communities, including a fishing village and a men’s prison. She currently teaches at Vancouver Island University. For more information, please visit her website,

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Alphabet. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2004.
The Story of My Face. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2002.
Frankie Styne and the Silver Man. London: Methuen, 1992.
As In Music. London: Methuen, 1990.
Island Paradise. London: Methuen/Minerva, 1988.
The Find. McArthur & Company, 2010
In the Flesh. Brindle and Glass, 2012
Paradise & Elsewhere. Biblioasis, 2014
The Two of Us. Biblioasis, 2016
Dear Evelyn. Biblioasis, 2018


UK Arts Council Major Bursary, 1994.
The Traveller Writing Award for Pike, 1992.
Bridport Short Story Prize for My Beautiful Wife, 1994.
Fellowship, Hawthornden International Writers' Retreat, 1992.
The Rogers Writers' Trust Award for Fiction for Dear Evelyn, 2018
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