Catherine Johnson

Children's novelist and television, film and radio writer
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Biography

Catherine Johnson was born in 1962, and has written several books for children and young adults, including A Nest of Vipers (Corgi, 2008), the story of Cato Hopkins, the youngest member of a group of expert fraudsters. Her next book, Sawbones, will publish in October 2013. 

Catherine also writes for film, television and radio. In 2005 she co-wrote the highly acclaimed feature film Bullet Boy, followed by a number of commissions for Century Films, Working Title and Channel 4.
Catherine was Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of the Arts London, Writer in Residence at Holloway Prison and Reader in Residence at the Royal Festival Hall as part of the Children's Literature Festival 'Imagine'. She was awarded an Arts Council of England Writer's Grant in 2004 and a Writer's Bursary in 1996. Catherine was selected for the BBC Writer's Academy in 2012.



CV

Book

Film

Writer

Bullet Boy
Feature
Producer Mark Boothe & Ruth Caleb
Director Saul Dibb
Starring
  • Ashley Walters
  • Luke Fraser
  • Clare Perkins
  • Leon Black
  •  
    Feature film about a family in the East London
    Image Entertainment
    BBC Films & Shine Productions
     
     
    Ffilm Cymru
    In development
     
    Relax
    Feature
     

    Drama about the introduction of hair relaxant to black women in London

    Greenacre Films
    In development
     

    Radio

    Writer

    Fresh Berries
    Shortlisted: Imison Award 2013
    1 x 50'
    2013
    Director Marion Nancarrow
    Starring
  • Madeline Duggan
  • Carl Prekopp
  • Lizzy Watts
  • Tilly Vosburgh
  • Eleanor Crooks
  •  

    Drama exploring sexual exploitation of teenage girls broadcast as part of The Wire


    Broadcaster BBC Radio 3
     
    Glacial
    1 x 30'
    1999
    Producer Tanya Nash
    Starring
  • Mirain Haf Roberts
  •  

    Family drama 


    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
     

    TV

    Writer & Creator

    Blackbirds
    1 x 60'
     

    Original drama about an American ex slave living in London in the 17th century

    Left Bank Pictures
    In development
     

    Writer

    Casualty
    1 x 60'
    Producer Vicky Wharton
     

    Medical drama set in an A&E department

    BBC for BBC1
     
    Holby City
    2 x 60'
    Producer Ailsa Macaulay
    Director James Larkin
     

    Long-running hospital drama

    BBC for BBC1
     
    Producer Stephen Condie
    Director Stephen Condie
    Starring
  • Simon Schama
  • Kim Thomas
  •  
    Drama documentary charting the journey of American slaves fighting for Britain in the American War of Independence
    BBC2
     
     

    Drama exploring sexual exploitation of teenage girls in Britain

    Betty TV for Channel 4
    In development
     

    "Full of warmth and humour and endearing characters . . . this is a book with genuine heart."


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