Raised in Communist Bulgaria, university-educated in New Zealand, and now resident in Scotland, Kapka Kassabova is the author of two acclaimed travel memoirs, two novels, and four poetry collections.
She is also a regular contributor to newspapers, including The Guardian, the Times Literary Supplement and her work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and 4. Her travel essays have twice won the Cathay Pacific Travel Writer of the Year Award (New Zealand)
Her travel memoirs are Street Without a Name: Childhood and Other Misadventures in Bulgaria (2008), about coming of age at the end of Communism in Bulgaria. It was shortlisted for the 2009 Prix du Livre Europeen and the 2009 Dolman Best Travel Book Award. Twelve Minutes of Love (2011) was shortlisted for the 2012 Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Book Award (Non-Fiction).
Her novels are Reconnaisance (1999), winner of the 2000 Commonwealth Writers Prize (South East Asia and South Pacific Region, Best Book) and Villa Pacifica (2011), set in south America.
She published two collections of poetry in New Zealand - All Roads Lead to the Sea (1997) and Dismemberment (1998). Her recent collections are Someone Else's Life (2003), which includes work from the two previous collections along with new work; and Geography for the Lost (2007).
Kapka Kassabova's work has been translated into several languages.