Kristina Gavran was born in Zagreb in 1987. She did her BA and MA studies in playwriting and dramaturgy at the Academy of Dramatic Arts, University of Zagreb. She gained a doctorate at Loughborough University in 2022, researching True-Life Storytelling performance.

Kristina writes both for children and adults; short stories, plays and novels, leads storytelling workshops and works with theatres in Croatia and England. Play “Pepper and Honey” produced by Notnow Collective toured around the UK. Plays for children “A Boy who Sought a Kite”, “Corruptivitis in Mousetown” and “Sonate for Rubbish Bin” received the “Mali Marulic” award, while play for adults “Ready” was awarded “Marin Drzic” for best play by Croatian Ministry of Culture and it was produced in Theatre ZKM and Croatian National Theatre in Mostar.

Disput published her book of short stories “Rain in India, Summer in Berlin” and novel “The Palisander Guitar” which was in the finals of the European Literature Award and T-portal award. The novel received the prestigious “Mirko Kovac” award for the best new author, and it was translated and published in France, Bulgaria and Macedonia. Her second novel “Between” about migration is published in Croatia in 2022 by Disput.

The short story “Signature” received the first award “Ranko Marinkovic” by Vecernji list.

Kristina lives and works in Cheltenham, England.