“Ah, if only you knew how splendid it is up there in the North.”

Roald Amundson

Hallo! Hej! Hei! Halló! Aluu! (Hello in Norwegian, Danish/Swedish, Finish, Icelandic/Faroese and Greenlandic.) I welcome you, traveller of the world wide web, to my northerly sanctuary.

My name is Katie, and I’m The Girl With Cold Hands. (I actually do have very cold hands. My circulation is dreadful.) I’m an author, blogger, poet and photographer. I’m also the songwriter and vocalist for the two woman Witch Folk band Cave Mouth. I’m 41.9% Scandinavian and immensely proud of my ancestry. Both my life and work are deeply rooted in the North and Winter.

I started The Girl With Cold Hands, so I’d have a space where I could go on indefinitely about our northern climes and season of cold and, by doing so, perhaps encounter folk who too have a northern fever.

This blog has served many purposes since it launched in 2018 (I was living in Sweden at the time), and for now, it’ll continue to be a place where I share all sorts, from book reviews to essays, to interviews, to my thoughts on climate change in the Arctic. Though it’s my intention for it to be – one day, in the not so distant future – a place where I also share with you the daily goings-on of my life in the far north.

Today, I’m writing to you from Reykjavík, where I’m working on a book of poetry about the Icelandic winter and raiding the Red Cross shops for Icelandic knitted goods.

Katie – The Girl With (Really) Cold Hands.

If you would like to get in touch to say you too eat, sleep, breathe the North and everything wintry, or to talk about anything else, please send an email to: katiemetcalfewriting@hotmail.com

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