Catherine Butler ("Cathy") is a Mythopoeic Award-winning critic and the author of six fantasy novels for children and young adults, including Timon’s Tide (McElderry, 2000), Calypso Dreaming (HarperCollins, 2002), The Fetch of Mardy Watt (HarperCollins, 2004), Death of a Ghost (HarperCollins, 2006) and The Lurkers (Usborne, 2006; Southern Schools Book Award Finalist) – all published as Charles Butler. She has also authored short fiction for Barrington Stoke and for her forthcoming edited collection, Twisted Winter (A&C Black, September 2013).

Cathy’s critical work includes, in addition to many articles and chapters, Four British Fantasists (ChLA/Scarecrow, 2006, as Charles Butler; Mythopoeic Scholarship Award, 2009); and Reading History in Children’s Books (Palgrave, 2012, with Hallie O’Donovan). Her numerous edited collections include a special issue of The Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts (co-edited, as Charles Butler, December 2010) and the first critical collection on Roald Dahl, Roald Dahl: a New Casebook (Palgrave, 2012, with Ann Alston). She is Associate Editor of the journal Children’s Literature in Education, reviews in the online Armadillo Magazine, is a regular blogger at the Awfully Big Blog Adventure and keeps her own Livejournal blog under the name Steepholm.

Cathy lives in Bristol, UK, and has two children. She is an Associate Professor of English Literature at the University of the West of England.