Cath lives in Abergavenny, Wales. She won the New Welsh Writing AmeriCymru Prize for the Novella in 2017 for The Plankton Collector, which was published in September 2018 by New Welsh Review under their Rarebyte imprint.

Her second novella In the Sweep of the Bay will be published in September 2020 (by LWB!)

Cath tweets @CathBarton1

Cath's favourite novel is Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and her favourite novella is Animal Farm by George Orwell. Her top poet is U. A. Fanthorpe.

In the Sweep of the Bay

Cath Barton


Will be published in paperback and ebook on 17 September 2020. 

Advanced information sheet coming soon.

Here is an excerpt from the beautiful and poignant In the Sweep of the Bay...

There was rain veiling the bay and spitting in their faces when they got off the bus.

      ‘We’d best get lunch straightaway,’ said Ted. ‘No point in getting soaked. I fancy fish, no chips, just fish. This place’ll do, won’t it, Mum?’

      He tinkled open the door of a café with a peeling signboard before Rene could say otherwise. The place looked to her as if it hadn’t changed since the 1950s. There were lacy curtains, pictures of old Morecambe on the walls and crusted ketchup bottles on the tables, which were tightly crammed together.

      ‘This’ll do us nicely,”’ Ted said.

      Rene thought she would have preferred somewhere a bit classier, seeing as they were on a day out. But she didn’t say so.

      There were sardines on the menu. Deep-fried, with some kind of sauce. A fancy name Rene hadn’t heard of. She thought about having them, though she knew she shouldn’t eat deep-fried. And neither should Ted. She didn’t say so, because she knew that if she did, he’d say to stop going on.