Catherine
Johnson

Children's novelist and television, film and radio writer

Catherine Johnson 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, was published in October 2013 and won the Young Quills Award for Historical Fiction. The Curious Tale of the Lady Caraboo, published by Penguin Random House in 2015 was nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016 and the YA Book Prize. Her most recent books are Freedom, nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal in 2019, and Race To The Frozen North. She is also included in Margaret Busby's anthology of Black Women's writing, New Daughters of Africa.

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. Her TV work includes Rough Crossings for Simon Schama and Holby City.

She is currently working on an adaptation of Miranda Kaufmann's Black Tudors for Silverprint Pictures.

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'
    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'
    Producer Tanya Nash
    Starring
  • Mirain Haf Roberts
  • Family drama 


    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4

    Television

    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 

    Rivals
    1 x 60'

    Commission co-written with Avril Russell

    Greenacre Films for BBC
    In development
    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."


    Tall Tales and Short Stories on Brave New Girl