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Katharine Quarmby

Royal Literary Fund Fellow, University of West London

Katharine Quarmby has written non-fiction, short stories and books for children. Her debut novel, The Low Road, based on a true story from her hometown from the 1800s, was published by Unbound in 2023.

Katharine is a Royal Literary Fund (RLF) Fellow at the University of West London, having previously been an RLF Fellow at the London School of Economics.

Katharine is also an investigative journalist and editor, with particular interests in disability, the environment, race and ethnicity and the care system. She has worked for over a decade for BBC and other broadcasters and served in a variety of correspondent and associate editor roles for outlets including the Economist, Newsweek Europe and Prospect. She has been production and digital editor of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and is currently editor at Investigative Reporting Denmark.


  • –present
    Royal Literary Fellow, Study Support, University of West London
  • 2015–2017
    Royal Literary Fund Fellow, London School of Economics