Kathy Page attributes her compulsion to write to her father’s passion for books, her mother’s habit of exaggeration, and the general craziness of their household. Kathy studied English Literature at university and after that, began to write seriously, supporting herself by means of temporary jobs and then training as a carpenter and joiner.
She has written seven novels. The Story of My Face was longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction in the United Kingdom, and Alphabet was nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award. The Find, her latest novel, was shortlisted for the ReLit Award in 2011.
About her second collection of short stories, Paradise and Elsewhere, The Winnipeg Review writes, “Page holds the story in her hand and is able to turn it, like a diamond, so we can see all of the sides…beautiful intelligent writing that is sharp, raw and to the point.”
Kathy has lectured at University of London, as a distance learning tutor (Open College of the Arts) and has been writer in residence at University of Vaasa, Finland, among others. She has taught writing workshops at Banff. She lives with her family on Saltspring Island, British Columbia, and currently teaches fiction at Vancouver Island University.
Nominated for the Giller Long List.