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Christie Watson

Senior Lecturer - Creative and Professional Writing

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Christie is an internationally acclaimed novelist and writer with works translated into eighteen languages.

She won the Costa Prize for her first novel, Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away, and her second novel Where Women are Kings was also published to widespread acclaim.

She has short fiction and journalism published in various including national press such as The Guardian, and has published children’s fiction in Here I Stand for Walker Books and Amnesty International.

Christie is a practising writer and researcher, currently co-creating a television series with Mammoth Productions based on her latest non-fiction work, The Language of Kindness, which will be published globally in 2018.

Christie was a registered nurse for twenty years before writing and teaching full time and her research interests particularly focus on international human rights, politics and healthcare.


Christie’s work is primarily concerned with the representation of human rights to a wide audience. Tiny Sunbirds Far Away, won the Costa First novel and Waverton Good Read, is an exploration of the politics of oil, gender and midwifery in Nigeria.

Where Women are Kings considers the impact of belonging and identity in relation to mental health in children and families and was reviewed by the New York Times as ‘moving…complex…heartbreaking’.

Christie’s current work of non-fiction was the subject of an international bidding war and explores the NHS, healthcare and the politics of kindness. She continues to diversify research avenues in order to highlight and explore humanitarian issues using different creative forums.



  • The Language of Kindness TV Series / Mammoth Productions (in development)
  • Non Fiction Book: The Language of Kindness UK / Vintage
  • The Language of Kindness US / Crown (Tim Duggan)
  • The Language of Kindness Canada / Doubleday
  • The Language of Kindness Brazil: Intrinseca
  • The Language of Kindness Denmark: Lindhardt of Ringhof
  • The Language of Kindness France: Flammarion
  • The Language of Kindness Germany: Goldmann
  • The Language of Kindness Italy: Mondadori
  • The Language of Kindness Netherlands: HarperCollins Holland
  • The Language of Kindness Norway: Aschehoug
  • The Language of Kindness Poland: Marginsey
  • The Language of Kindness Portugal: Penguin Random House
  • The Language of Kindness Spain: Plaza & Janes / PRH at auction
  • The Language of Kindness Spain / Catalan: Columna / Grup62
  • The Language of Kindness Sweden: Albert Bonniers 
  • The Language of Kindness Taiwan: Locus
  • The Language of Kindness Ukraine: Family Leisure Club
  • Novel: Tiny Sunbirds Far Away (Brazil /Editora Bertrand Brasil)
  • Novel: Where Women Are Kings (Brazil / Editora Bertrand Brasil) 


  • Critical Review: LA Review of Books: Rachel Cusk
  • Short Story (Commissioned): Index on Censorship Dec
  • Novel: Where Women Are Kings (Romania / Editura Trei)


  • Book: Here I Stand (Short Story: The Importance of Screams) Walker Books and Amnesty International


  • Novel: Where Women Are Kings (Other Press, US and Canada)
  • Novel: Donde Las Mujeres son Reyes (Spain and Latin America /Siruela)


  • Short Story: Big Men, Big Decisions in Index on Censorship Magazine
  • Novel: Alskade Elijah Sweden, (Damm Forlag)
  • Novel: Der Kvinner er Konger (Norway, (Juritzen)

Prior Major Research:

  • Novel: Where Women Are Kings (UK Quercus 2013)
  • Novel: Elskede Elijah Denmark, (Cicero 2013)
  • Novel: Les Esprits de L’eau (France (Denoel 2013)
  • Novel: El Fragil Vuelo de Los Pajaros (Spain and Latin America /Siruela 2013)
  • Novel: un Cicielo pieno di Lucciole (Italy (Mondadori 2013)
  • Novel: Tiny Sunbirds Far Away (Traditional Chinese - Business Weekly/CITE 2012)
  • Novel: Solfuglen (Norway (Juritzen 2012)
  • Novel: Uzaktaki Kucuk Gunes Kusiari (Turkey / Pozitif Yayinlari 2012)
  • Novel: Sma Solfugle i det Fjerne (Denmark / Cicero)
  • Novel: Sma Solfaglar Langt Borta (Sweden / Damm Forlag 2011)
  • Novel: Tiny Sunbirds Far Away (Nigeria / Cassava Republic 2011)
  • Novel: Tiny Sunbirds Far Away (US / Other Press 2011)
  • Novel: Tiny Sunbirds Far Away (UK / Quescus 2011)

Public Engagement

Radio Appearances 

BBC London Breakfast News with Gaby Roslin and Paul Ross; BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour; BBC World Service The World Today; RTE Radio One Ireland Interview with Sean Rocks; BBC Radio 4 Today Programme; Sky News Radio; Radio 4 Four ThoughtWNYC The Leonard Lopate Show; KFAI Write on! Radio;

Sirius XM The Maggie Linton Show; RNE Interview Berta Tapia; SER Interview Ana Borderas; COPE Interview Ramon Pelegrin; Colourful Radio Interview Mark Dean;; Radio Scilly; BBC Excess Baggage

Television Appearances 

Channel 4 Four Thought TV; BBC London News; BBC News 24; Channels TV 

Featured / Interviews

Guardian Education; Guardian; Daily Mail; The Independent; The Times; The Telegraph; The London Evening Standard; The Evening Standard Business; Stella Magazine; Red Magazine; The Metro; Index on Censorship Journal; Wasafiri; The Times Higher Education; Huffington Post; The Bookseller; The Daily Mail; Washington Post; Women and Home; The Irish Times; People Magazine; The Spectator; Star Magazine; Pride Magazine; Hello!; Herald Scotland; Malaysia Star; National Post; CNN

Guest / Guest Speaker / Panelist

House of Lords – guest speaker; Penguin Random House international sales conference; Kew Literary Festival; Royal College of Nursing National Congress; National Association of Writers and Writers and Artists’ Yearbook Public Edit; Book Expo America; Chester Literary Festival; Girls’ International Summit Whitehall; Keats House Wasafiri; Brixton Book Jam; Guest Judge Young Reporter of the Year – Amnesty International; University of East Anglia Business School – motivational speaker; UEA live – guest author; Ake Festival Nigeria; Amnesty International Media Awards – guest presenter; British Future – panelist; Royal Society of the Arts – speaker; Politics and Prose Washington D.C.; London School of Economics – guest speaker.

In the news

St Mary’s Academic Awarded Honorary Doctorate

Christie Watson, Senior Lecturer in Creative and Professional Writing at St Mary’s University, Twickenham has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of East Anglia (UEA). Find out more...

St Mary’s Creative Writing Student to be Published in Anthology of Working Class Writers

A Creative Writing: First Novel MA student at St Mary’s University, Twickenham has been chosen to be published in an anthology bringing together new voices from working class writers with other, more established names. Find out more...

Award-Winning Author to Launch New Book at The Exchange

St Mary’s University, Twickenham is to celebrate the publication of The Language of Kindness, written by Creative and Professional Writing Senior Lecturer Christie Watson and set to be one of the standout books of 2018, with a reading and discussion at The Exchange. Find out more...

St Mary’s Academic’s Book Featured on Sunday Times Magazine Front Cover

A book being published by Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at St Mary’s University, Twickenham Christie Watson has been first serialised in The Sunday Times. Find out more...

St Mary’s Academic’s Book to be Adapted for Television

A book written by Christie Watson, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at St Mary’s University, Twickenham is to be turned into a television series. Find out more...

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