About me

Kate Morrison’s debut novel, A Book of Secrets, was published in 2019 by Jacaranda Books and longlisted for the Historical Writers Association Debut Crown Awards 2020 and the Diverse Book Awards 2020. In 2012 she received an Arts Council grant to complete the novel and was mentored by Ros Barber (author of The Marlowe papers). While researching A Book of Secrets she was affiliated as a visiting scholar with the Book, Text, and Place 1500-1700 Research Centre at Bath Spa University.

Kate has delivered papers about the process of writing A Book of Secrets at conferences including What’s Happening in Black British History (ICS 2016) and On Whose Terms (Goldsmiths, 2018). Many academics and researchers shared their knowledge with Kate as she wrote the novel, particularly Miranda Kaufmann (author of Black Tudors) and Esuantsiwa Jane Goldsmith, whose memoir will be published by Jacaranda Books in 2020.

In 2011 Kate’s short ghost story Sam Brown won second prize in the Asham Award for women writers. She has also been published in Litro magazine and has reviewed books for The Observer and The Telegraph. Kate studied English Literature at New Hall College, Cambridge (now Murray Edwards College), grew up in London and Brighton and now lives in West Sussex.