As a freelance journalist, writer, editor and presenter, I have enjoyed many years meeting and interviewing fascinating people, and visiting wonderful locations worldwide.

I regularly conduct on-stage interviews with authors and personalities at festivals and events, and for more than 10 years co-hosted a monthly on air book club with Lesley Dolphin at BBC Radio Suffolk.

Details of my events, book reviews and recommendations can be found on my website and all the latest information is available in my weekly e-newsletter. Read my recent issues here and sign up to my mailing list here.

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In the press

Magazine cover pagesAs a journalist I contribute lifestyle features and profiles for regional and national newspapers and magazines. As the former editor of the leading business journal for the fitness industry in Europe, I regularly contributed articles about the market for a US publication.

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On the radio

For more than 10 years I've co-hosted an on-air book club on BBC Radio Suffolk with Lesley Dolphin. Listen to past book club discussions here.

In addition, my print articles and author interviews often feature as podcasts. You can listen to the latest, an interview with former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams for Premier Radio here.

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At events

Hosting book launches and talks for festivals and events throughout Suffolk, I regularly interview authors on stage with audiences from 30 to 300. In the past year I have been in conversation with Esther Freud, Salley Vickers, Simon Garfield, Susie Dent, Melissa Harrison and Elly Griffiths.

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Recent articles

in 'Suffolk', January 2022
Printmaker Angela Harding's beautiful and evocative illustrations of the natural world, inspired by annual sailing trips around Suffolk's coast and rivers, are favourite choices for everything from book covers to journals, calendars and tea towels.
in 'Suffolk', January 2022
Anna Greenland is a rising star in the organise grow-your-own firmament, although she admits her life currently is more 'Grand Designs' than 'Gardeners' World'.
in 'Suffolk', December 2021
All I want for a really good book. Catherine Larner asked some local book lovers for their choice of books to give and receive.
in 'Suffolk', October 2021
Ghostly figures, strange messages, dark secrets, disappearing keys and the impending arrival of Halleys's all within the gripping tales of award-winning historical fiction writer, AM Howell.
in 'Suffolk', October 2021
Suffolk author Kate Sawyer's debut novel is a compelling story of survival and the true value of family and love in a post-apocalyptic world. It's a metaphor for life, she says.
in 'British Rowing Plus', September 2021
British Rowing Coach Educator Jacq Barnard is project managing a very special boat build in Suffolk. Catherine Larner finds out more.

Forthcoming events

There are no events ready to announce at present, but please look again soon.


What an honour

There's been a lot of attention this week on recognising achievement through awards, prizes and honours.

Among the more than usually heated debate about individuals included in this year's Honours List, there are some familiar literary names with Suffolk links.

The prolific and talented writer Anthony Horowitz has been given a CBE for his services to literature. Known for his Alex Rider young adult books, his recent murder mystery titles set in Suffolk and his tv dramas such as 'Foyle's War', he has also written James Bond and Sherlock Holmes novels and many tv and film scripts and adaptations. He has an extraordinary output!

Starting out on her literary career, Suffolk resident Kate Sawyer, who spoke to us on the launch of The Stranding, was shortlisted for the best debut novel in this year's Costa prize. While she may not have won, being shortlisted has undoubtedly given her a welcome and deserved profile.

While prizes and titles are lovely to receive - to know that our work and our contribution has been noted and appreciated - few of us will be able to experience or bestow such accolades. And in fact are they always really necessary? Sometimes it's important to realise what a privilege it is to work on something we enjoy doing and where we gain fulfilment from it. And a simple thank you from a stranger out of the blue can be a real blessing.

Thank you for reading.

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