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Katie Ward

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Katie Ward was born in Somerset in 1979. She has worked in the public and voluntary sectors, including at a women’s refuge and for a Member of Parliament. She took a career break in order to write her debut novel, Girl Reading, after coming across an article about a book of portraits of women and girls reading.

Girl Reading is published by Scribner (US) and Virago (UK).

Katie lives in Suffolk with her husband and her cat. She likes lots of things, including: city breaks; bubble baths; Earl Grey tea; books; watching DVDs of The West Wing and Mad Men; theatre; pyjamas; dancing; and art.

Meeting the ladies of Naples

Elaine asks another question

‘Ours is the biggest book club in the world,’ my host says. ‘We think so, anyway.’

This is my second speaking engagement at The Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Naples, Florida. The first was on Thursday 7th February in the Daniels Pavilion to a sold out house of 282. On the following Saturday, the auditorium is at around half capacity. However, as this is the Hayes Hall, a full scale concert hall Read more of this blog post »
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“Sibil is white. Not Caucasian but white: as sheet ice as new paper as porcelain, from her braids to her bare feet. Not a blemish, not a variation, every feature of her—hair, skin, pupilless eyes—smooth like the inside of a shell, dazzling like a torch, as though carved from a single radiant white stone. Likewise her ornaments—her beads and star pendant, diadem, hoop earrings, the pedestal she rests on—are made of the same ghostly matter. She clasps in her casual hand blank pages, a skinny book with its cover torn off.”
Katie Ward, Girl Reading: A Novel

“Sibil is a remarkable achievement, and this museum is the envy of galleries and spaces around the world because you have made your home here with us. Sincerity speaks steadily, taking a breath at each pause: You are being kind, Fernand. It is a great honor for me to work in this beautiful and prestigious building, which so captured my imagination when I was a little girl even before I saw it in mesh. It gives me deep satisfaction that my project will continue to be hosted by the European Museum, and that the museum will be a guardian of its development. Sibil will be the catalyst for a new era in the study of art. Through Sibil, we will rediscover aspects of our culture, and nature, that progress has made us forget. What better place for her to be than here? More”
Katie Ward, Girl Reading: A Novel

“We were never going to have jobs in mesh, were we? We were going to live as much in real world as we could, out of principle. We were going to help save real paintings and real books—track them down, keep them safe for our children and our grandchildren, because hard formats are the only ones that survive in the long run.”
Katie Ward, Girl Reading: A Novel


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