Author, Cathy Farr has always loved stories; listening to them, reading them and writing them. It was her first Irish Wolfhound, Finn, who provided much of the inspiration for the magnificent Fellhounds that play such a big part in Cathy’s young adult novel series about The Fellhounds of Thesk, Moon Chase and Moon Crossing. Known as Gentle Giants, Cathy’s current wolfie, Mojo, is as tall as a kitchen unit and just over 16 stone (103kg); Cathy stands 5ft 7inches tall but her weight remains a closely guarded secret.
A member of the Society of Authors, Cathy is also on the Literature Wales Writers on Tour list. She has written pieces for BBC Radio Wales and numerous press articles, more recently focusing on teaching practice and pedagogy. She adapted her first novel Moon Chase as a Bridge Reader after working with ESL and SEN children in local schools, and with Afasic Cymru, a charity set up specifically for children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).
Bridge Readers are intended to bridge the gap between learning to read and reading to learn and Moon Chase is now being used in schools for just such a purpose. Cathy also teaches regularly in two primary schools to give the children a real author’s eye view on the creative writing process.
Cathy wrote her latest book, The Cat and the Fiddle, while watching her father slowly give in to cancer. During this awful time it was being able to escape into a new fantasy world of humour that helped her through the darkest of times.