Katie Willis was a ballet dancer until illness came along and forced a change of direction. As her world shrank to an inside dark space, she wrote grown-up fairy tales in order to find a way out. Her characters reside on the margins of society, and that is where her illness continues to take her, into uncharted borderlands.

In the real world she now lives happily in west London proximal to water, and this is slowly starting to shape the way she writes. Katie has been long listed for the Bristol Short Story Prize. She came second in the 2014 Puffin Review fairy tale competition, with her story Mr Forrester Has Wings. Her first published short story The Passenger appears in the anthology Flamingo Land And Other Stories (Flight Press 2015).

Katie was recently short listed for the Kit de Waal scholarship for the Birkbeck Creative Writing MA, on which she is now a student.

She is currently editing a novel (shortlisted in the Brit Writers’ Awards) and working on producing a body of short stories. She is also intent on improving her singing voice.


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