Writer, animation director Katja Kettu (b. 1978) is a multifarious artist who perceives the world through words and pictures. She views writing as a form of translation – from reality to another potential reality. She hails from Rovaniemi, graduated as an animator director from the Turku Arts Academy and studied Finnish literature at the University of Tampere. Kettu later ended up in Helsinki, via Tallinn and London, where she teaches scriptwriting, makes music videos and works as a freelancer with writing and movies.
The beautiful and the ugly, sublime and sordid alternate in Kettu’s writing. Her idiosyncratic way of using language draws on the tradition of northern grotesque but with a sprinkling of magical realism.
Kettu considers herself a humorist of misfortune as well as a feminist and a person. She likes silence and dreams of devoting herself to her dog’s happiness again.
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
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)
In the Land of the Finndians (Fintiaanien mailla, WSOY 2016 – with Maria Sepplä and Meeri Koutaniemi)
My Pussy Galore (Pimppini on valloillaan, WSOY 2012 – ed. by Katja Kettu and Krista Petäjäjärvi, several authors)
Back Room Boy (Peräkammarin poika, Otava Publishing 2015 – with Jan Andersson)