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Cathy Brett has been a theatre scenic artist, a packaging designer, a fashion illustrator, a school art technician, and a couple of dozen other jobs in between! In 2003, while taking a much-needed tropical beach break from teaching illustration to 18-year-olds, she decided to write a novel. Unlike many thousands of people who say they will write one, Cathy actually did. And finished it. It was rubbish but her second attempt wasn't so bad. She showed it to an agent who also thought it wasn't so bad and who managed to get her a two book deal with Headline!

Ember Fury, her first illustrated teen novel, was published in 2009. It was Borders' Children's Book of the Month in September that year and was shortlisted for The Young Minds Book Award. Scarlett Dedd, a darkly comic horror story about a teen ghost, was published in September 2010 and was selected for the first Richard and Judy Children's Book Club.  Scarlett Dedd was published in the US in 2012 by Delacorte. Verity Fibbs, a fast-paced thriller, hit the bookshelves in October 2011.
From Everything Is Fine (and other lies I tell myself)
The following year she published two books - Everything Is Fine (And Other Lies I Tell Myself), a story of sadness, summertime and surfing (a real tear-jerker) and GRAPHIC (Barrington Stoke), about teen artist Joe whose sketchbook drawings come to life.

She has subsequently illustrated a long list of titles by other authors, including Karen McCombie and Melvin Burgess, and in 2016 began an exciting collaboration with writer Jo Cotterill, creating the award-winning Electrigirl Series for Oxford University Press.

From ELECTRIGIRL written by Jo Cotterill (OUP)

In 2015 she moved house, built a studio and started a part-time MA, turning her life upside-down (in a good way) and launching some brand new projects. These have included comics for Scoop Magazine, an innovative museum exhibit, an artist's residency and a graphic novel (in progress) which was shortlisted for the Laydeez Do Comics Prize. 

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Surrey Artists' Open Studios

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The spectacular weather has really shown off my new studio. The light has been wonderful, the perfect gallery space. The garden looks pretty great too. I've been asked for contact details of my landscaper, Jeff Roots, by LOADS of people and then yesterday he turned up with his family to see the fruits of all his hard work (and my planting, obvs!)

I had lots of visitors over the first two days and can't wait 'till next Saturday. I'll be open 11am - 5pm on the 11th, 12th, 18th & 19th June, so come along if you can. HERE for details of all the other studios, maps and trails.