Hello, I’m Cath Barton, a writer of stories and reviews.

Reading in Rome
Reading in Rome, May 2019. Photo copyright Jayne Martin

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.

My second novella, In the Sweep of the Bay, will be published by Louise Walters Books in September 2020.

My collection of short stories, The Garden of Earthly Delights, inspired by the fantastical pictures of the Dutch artist Hieronymus Bosch, and for which I was mentored by the novelist and short story writer Catherine Merriman courtesy of  Literature Wales, will be published by Retreat West Books in early 2021.

I’m now working on a novel set in Kathmandu and Wales in the aftermath of an earthquake, and 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.