Nat Luurtsema

Nat Luurtsema

Finalist in Funny Women 2007, very soon after she started performing comedy, she was nominated for best newcomer in the 2008 Chortle awards and was a finalist in the Laughing Horse new act competition the same year. In 2013 she wrote and starred in the short film Island Queen, which was nominated for a Bafta.
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New book deal for Nat Luurtsema

Two children's titles coming from next year

Former stand-up Nat Luurtsema has signed a deal to write two children’s books.

The first, Opie Jones Talks To Animals will be published next August and revolve a round a ten-year-old who is recruited a team of mind-reading superheroes. However, they are disappointed to find that her skills only extend to reading animals’ minds.

A second book will follow later, both released by Egmont Publishing.

Luurtsema told trade website The Bookseller: ‘I’m so excited to introduce Opie Jones, thanks to Egmont. 

‘These books are about the pressure to be special, the importance of compassion to all living things and why a cat sidekick is a doomed idea that will end in injury and blame.’

Egmont’s commissioning editor Liz Bankes added: ‘We love funny books here at Egmont and are long-time fans both of Nat’s comedy and her writing, so we’re thrilled to welcome her to the list.’

Luurtsema was a stand-up comic for eight years, writing for Mock The Week, 8 Out Of Ten Cats and Stand Up For The Week, and making two Radio 4 series with her sketch show Jigsaw alongside Dan Antopolski and Tom Craine.

She has since moved into short-film making and became an author with the adult title Cuckoo In The Nest, about moving back home with her mum and dad at the age of 28, in 2012.

That was followed by the young adult titles Girl Out of Water in 2016 and Lou Out of Luck in 2018.

Luurtsema is a regular co-host of  The Guilty Feminist podcast, too.

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Published: 18 Sep 2019


Book (2018)
Lou Out of Luck

Book (2016)
Girl Out of Water

Book (2012)
Cuckoo In The Nest

Past Shows

Edinburgh Fringe 2009


Edinburgh Fringe 2010

Nat Luurtsema: In My Head I'm A Hero

Edinburgh Fringe 2011


Edinburgh Fringe 2012

Jigsaw: Gettin' Jiggy


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