“Katja Kettu’s language is powerful and original. The author has undoubtedly done a huge amount of research for her novel, so convincingly is the story with its details presented. An absorbing and intense novel rife with black humour.”

- Laura Honkasalo, Ilona

Polar Queen of Literature

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.
Katja Kettu



Estonian rights to Katja Kettu’s “exceptionally brilliant”, magical novel ROSE IS GONE (Rose on poissa, WSOY 2018) sold to Koolibri!

The Publisher’s statement reads as follows: “Koolibri have published three Katja Kettus´s novels before so she has got a proper fanclub here in Estonia. After reading ‘Rose is Gone’ I can say that the fanclub will not be disappointed – ‘Rose is gone’ is Katja at her best.” – Kadri Rahusaar, Commissioning editor ROSE IS GONE […]

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