worked as a shoe shop assistant, life model, civil servant and childminder (among other jobs) before writing professionally. She has won 27 literary awards, including the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Prize and the Wergle Flomp Award for Humorous Poetry. She co-edited the anthologies Best of Manchester Poets vols. 1, 2 and 3, and Cathy's own books are 'Contains Strong Language and Scenes of a Sexual Nature', 'Look at All the Women', 'How to Win Writing Competitions' and 'Erratics'. Cathy is disabled and lives in Cadishead, UK. She also runs the Comps and Calls listings site of free opportunities for impoverished writers at www.compsandcalls.com/wp.