Kit de Waal was born in Birmingham to an Irish mother, who was a childminder and foster carer and a Caribbean father.
She worked for fifteen years in criminal and family law, was a magistrate for several years and sits on adoption panels. She used to advise Social Services on the care of foster children, and has written training manuals on adoption, foster care and judgecraft for members of the judiciary.
Her writing has received numerous awards including the Bridport Flash Fiction Prize 2014 and 2015 and the SI Leeds Literary Reader's Choice Prize 2014 and the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year.
MY NAME IS LEON, her first novel was published in 2016 and shortlisted for the Costa Book Award. She has two children and lives in the West Midlands.
My Name Is Leon
The Trick to Time
Six Foot Six
2015 Bridport Prize, Flash Fiction, First Prize
"I Am the Painter's Daughter"
2015 Bare Fiction, Flash Fiction, Second Prize
"Romans 1 Verse 29, Sins of the Heart"
2014 Bridport Prize, Flash Fiction, First Prize
"The Beautiful Thing"
2014 Bath Short Story Award Short Story Second Prize and BBC Radio 4 Drama
"Adrift at the Athena"
2014 A Midlands Odyssey and BBC Radio 4 Drama
"The Old Man & The Suit"
2014 Costa Short Story Award, Second Prize
"Blue in Green"
2014 Readers' Choice award, SI Leeds Literary Prize
"A Glass of Light of Silver"
2013 Final Chapters Anthology: Writings About The End Of Life
"The Way of the World"
2013 The Sea in Birmingham, anthology
"A Taste of Death"
2011 Fish Prize, shortlisted