Katja Kettu

Writer and animation director Katja Kettu (b. 1978) is a visually and textually driven multi-faceted artist. She approaches writing as a form of interpretation of reality to another potential reality. Originally from Rovaniemi, on the Arctic Circle, Katja studied animation direction at the Turku Arts Academy and Finnish literature at the University of Tampere. Following stints in Tallinn and London, she settled in Helsinki, where she teaches screenwriting, directs music videos and consults freelance on writing and film projects.

Her writing is renowned for its distinctive blend of the beautiful with the ugly, the sublime with the sordid with an idiosyncratic style of language that draws on the tradition of northern grotesque with a sprinkling of magical realism.

Katja Kettu’s official homepage


Awards and nominations

2016 Shortlisted for the Kanava Non-Fiction Award
2016 Honorary Mention, Mondo Best Travel Book of the Year Award
2015 Winner of The Best Book of 2015 Award in the Literary Fiction category (Elisa Kirja)
2014 Shortlisted for the Finnish Literary Export Prize
2014 Laligaba Prize (Best translation into Latvian 2013)
2014 Kritikprisen (Best Translation into Norwegian 2013) Norwegian Critics’ Association
2013 WSOY Literary Foundation Award
2012 Runeberg Prize
2012 Thank you for the Book Award
2011 Kalevi Jäntti Prize
2011 Book Bloggers’ Prize


Fiction & short stories

Rose is Gone (Rose on poissa, WSOY 2018)
Hawk Moth (Yöperhonen, WSOY 2015)
Pipe Collector
(Piippuhylly, short stories, WSOY 2013)
The Midwife
(Kätilö, WSOY 2011)
The Welder
(Hitsaaja, WSOY 2008)
The Sorrow Collector
(Surujenkerääjä, WSOY 2005)


Narrative non-fiction

In the Land of the Finndians (Fintiaanien mailla, WSOY 2016 – with Maria Sepplä & Meeri Koutaniemi)
My Pussy Galore (Pimppini on valloillaan, WSOY 2012 –  eds. Katja Kettu & Krista Petäjäjärvi)


Graphic novels

Back Room Boy (Peräkammarin poika, Otava Publishing 2015 – with Jan Andersson)