Catherine Johnson

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





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



    Fresh Berries
    Entered for the Prix Italia

    Part of The Wire on BBC Radio 3, a showcase for works that push the boundaries of drama and narrative. Shortlisted for the Imison Award 2013

    Broadcaster BBC Radio 3

    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4



    Holby City
    Series 16 Episode 3
    Producer Stephen Condie
    Director Stephen Condie
  • Simon Schama
  • Kim Thomas
    Drama documentary charting the journey of American slaves fighting for Britain in the American War of Independence
    Fresh Berries
    Hour long drama commission
    Betty TV for Channel 4
    Holby City
    One episode as part of the shadow scheme

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

    Tall Tales and Short Stories on Brave New Girl

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