CATHERINE MACPHAIL is a Scottish writer for children. At the age of fifteen she left school and went to work
in the local mill. Catherine started writing after her children were born. Initially she wrote romantic, science fiction, ghost and murder stories. After successes
with comedy short stories and humorous articles she wrote her first situation comedy for radio, My Mammy and Me which was then commissioned for TV. Her first children's book Run
Zan Run was published in 1994. Run Zan Run won the Verghereto Award in Italy and the Kathleen Fidler Award in the UK. Her second novel Fighting Back won the Scottish Arts Council Award. Her first novel for Bloomsbury, Missing, was shortlisted for the Angus Book Award, the Lancashire Children's Book Award and won the South Lanarkshire Book Award. Her latest book is Roxy's Baby, and her reading at the DWF is best suited to 10-15 year olds.