Hello, I’m Cath Barton, a writer of novellas, short stories, flash fiction and reviews. I used to say I’d never write a novel, but I’ve now got a couple of those in the pipeline too!


Cath Barton. Author pic. Feb 2020
Photo by Toril Brancher


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. It also received a Special Mention in the Saboteur Award for the Novella 2019.


My second novella, In the Sweep of the Bay, will be published by Louise Walters Books  in paperback and ebook on 23 November, 2020. There are also plans afoot to bring out an audio book, hopefully around the same time. 

I have completed a collection of short stories, The Garden of Earthly Delights, inspired by the fantastical pictures of the Dutch artist Hieronymus Bosch, for which I was mentored by the novelist and short story writer Catherine Merriman courtesy of  Literature Wales.

Current projects include:

  • a third novella, set in a fictitious city on the edge of continent, where a boy dreams his future
  • a  novel set in Kathmandu and Wales in the aftermath of an earthquake
  • and 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.

You can find links to my reviews and articles on my Critical Writing page.

My home is in Abergavenny, South Wales, with my husband Oliver and our cat Feely.

The Plankton Collector on the Welsh books shelf in the Hay Festival bookshop 2019