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Cathy was born in 1962 in Coventry England. She wrote her first picture book for her little brother when she was eight or nine. Cathy loved making comics, too - pages and pages of picture stories, features and competitions. She'd sell homemade comics to friends for 5p, then claim it back and sell it again to someone else . . . they didn't have photocopiers back then!

Cathy went to an Art College in Liverpool, then got a job as fiction editor on the fab and legendary Jackie magazine. She taught in a secondary school for a few years, then moved to Scotland with her husband.

As well as writing books, Cathy writes for Shout magazine and teaches art in a bunch of local primary schools.

Cathy is a vegetarian, which means she doesn’t eat meat. She’s been veggie for 28 years!

Old clothes, old toys, cars, books and chocolate are among her favourite things. Her family has three cats, a rabbit and a mad, crazy dog called Kelpie (who is the inspiration for Leggit in the book Dizzy).

She loves all of her jobs especially writing! Hanging out with friends eating cake and chilling out in her teepee and camper van with her family.

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Date: Thursday 2nd Feburary Time: UK - 11:30am

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