Catherine Prasifka is a young writer from Dublin. She has a BA in English Literature from Trinity College and an MLitt in Fantasy Literature from the University of Glasgow.
She has taught popular fiction at the Centre For Talented Youth Ireland, and volunteered with Fighting Words, a creative writing centre for young people. She currently works as a creative writing teacher at St. Conleth’s College, Dublin.
Catherine’s first adult novel, None of This is Serious was recently acquired by Canongate’s Assistant editor Megan Reid and C.E.O. Jamie Byng.
The story reflects the reality of how young people live and communicate today. Catherine describes it as novel about many things, but ultimately, it’s about insecurity. Specifically, the type of insecurity that has taken hold of her generation: insecurity about the economy, climate, friendship and themselves.
She said: “I started writing None of This Is Serious before the pandemic, but it came alive during those endless lockdown days. I wanted the book to accurately represent what it means to be young right now, in an online world where reality is both elastic and malleable, when suddenly I became a spectator to a global event that forced me to rethink everything. The last year and a half have been unprecedented; I could never have predicted a global pandemic, but it seems equally improbable that I could have ended up where I am now, with such a supportive team at Canongate behind me and the book.”
Canongate who have acquired world rights, excluding North America, call None of This Is Serious 'utterly compelling' and will publish as its lead debut in April 2022.
Assistant editor Megan Reid says :“None of This Is Serious is an addictive and unforgettable novel that has female friendship at its heart. I read it in a single sitting and just couldn’t put it down. The writing is so sharp and funny and poignant, and every detail is brilliantly observed – I loved it from the very first page. Catherine is a huge talent and I’m so thrilled that we are publishing her debut at Canongate.”
C.E.O. Jamie Byng adds: “Catherine Prasifka’s debut novel is so damn good. For starters, it has a voice that grabs you from the opening page and pulls you closer and closer as you keep turning, drawn deeper into Sophie’s world. It is also exceptionally well-observed. And it manages to be very entertaining and then very shocking. None of This Is Serious is a dazzling achievement and marks the arrival of a major new writer.”