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Kathy Page

Photo: Driftwood/Shari MacDonald 2005

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. Her themes are loss, survival, and transformation: the magic by which a bad hand becomes a good chance. Her fifth novel, The Story of My Face, about an adolescent girl involved in an extreme religious sect, was long-listed for the Orange Prize in 2002, and optioned for a feature film. The sixth, Alphabet, about a life-serving prisoner, was nominated for a Governor General's award in 2005. Her latest novel, The Find, 2010, is her first set in Canada. Shortlisted for a 2011 Relit novel award, it concerns a paleontological  discovery in a small BC town and the  ensuing conflict over its meaning and ownership.

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's collection of short stories, Paradise & Elsewhere, her first collection to be published in Canada,  came out with Biblioasis in 2014 and was long-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.

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. 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


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.
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