For Website About pageHello, I’m Cath Barton, a writer of stories and reviews.

Over recent years I’ve had quite a bit of short fiction published in print and, especially, online. Go to my Stories page to find out where and to read some examples.

I’m now challenging myself to write longer fiction. My novella, The Plankton Collector, won the New Welsh Writing Awards AmeriCymru Prize for the Novella 2017 and is now published by New Welsh Review under their Rarebyte imprint.

I’m currently working on a collection of short stories inspired by the fantastical pictures of the Dutch artist Hieronymus Bosch, for which I am being mentored courtesy of Literature Wales. I also have a longer-term plan to write a book based on the life of my Auntie Phyllis, who was a famous circus artiste.

I often use pictures to inspire my writing and I take a photograph every day, which you can see here.

I also write reviews and articles. Find out what and where on my Critical Writing page.

When I not writing or reading, I’ll likely be out and about with friends, chatting over coffee or walking in the hills around Abergavenny, where I live with my husband Oliver and our cat Feely.