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


2013 WSOY Literary Foundation Award
2012 Runeberg Prize
2012 Thank You for the Book Award
2011 Kalevi Jäntti Prize
2011 Book Blogger's Prize

Novels and short stories

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 and Meeri Koutaniemi)
My Pussy Galore (Pimppini on valloillaan, WSOY 2012-ed. by Katja Kettu and Krista Petäjäjärvi, several authors)

Animations & Music

Easy Writer
Merivuokkojen luonnonlaki
Confusa Band