Kapka Kassabova is a poet and writer. She was born in Sofia, Bulgaria in 1973, emigrated with her family to New Zealand in the 1990s, and since 2005 has lived in Scotland. She studied at the Sofia French Lycee, and later French and English Literature at Otago University and Victoria University of Wellington.
BORDER is a journey across one of Europe's most hidden regions and a study of how borders shape people's lives. It won the 2017 Edward Stanford-Dolman Travel Book of the Year Award, the 2017 Saltire Book of the Year Award, and the Saltire Non-Fiction Book of the Year. It has been shortlisted for the Baillie-Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction, the Gordon Burns Prize, and the American National Book Critics Circle Awards.
STREET WITHOUT A NAME (2008), a coming-of-age memoir, was short-listed for the Dolman Travel Awards and the tango memoir TWELVE MINUTES OF LOVE (2011) was short-listed for the Scottish Book Awards.
Kassabova has written for The Guardian, The Times Literary Supplement, The Scottish Review of Books, Granta, 1843 Magazine, New Statesman, World Literature Today, and Vogue.
photograph by Marti Friedlander