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

Reporting on the European health and fitness market, I became an industry commentator and I have written extensively about health clubs, gyms, the spa market and leisure industry in the UK, Europe and USA. Interviews with business leaders, politicians and decision-makers included Sir Richard Branson, Tom Peters and David Lloyd.

Now I also specialise in profiling authors and artists for magazines, websites and radio. Browse this website for my articles on Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Antony Gormley, Rose Tremain, Esther Freud and Cressida Cowell among others.

I chair and organise author talks for children and adults. Past events include Alexander McCall Smith, Margaret Drabble, Victoria Hislop, Griff Rhys Jones, Kate Mosse, Deborah Moggach, Maggie O'Farrell, Michael Morpurgo, Katherine Grainger, Alan Johnson MP and many more.

I hope you will enjoy reading this selection of my articles, reviews and recommendations.


My current work


in 'Suffolk', October 2018
Publisher and editor, Liz Calder has launched the careers of some of the greatest names in modern literature. Oh, and created the very successful Flipside Festival at Snape Maltings...

Recently published

in 'Suffolk', October 2018
Catherine Larner talks to Suffolk's Zeb Soanes and James Mayhew, creators of 'Gaspard the Fox', ahead of their visit to Lavenham Children's Festival

Recently published

in 'Suffolk', September 2018
Barrister Sarah Langford hopes her fictionalised accounts of some of the challenging cases she's defended will give people a deeper understanding of the justice system


Forthcoming events

Friday 9th November, 7.30pm
at Seckford Theatre
The popular tv presenter will speak about her love of walking as she introduces her new book 'Thinking on My Feet'
Monday 12th November, 7.30pm
at The Riverside
The tv historian and presenter joins us for this very special evening, introducing his new book 'On This Day in History'. Tickets £22 to include the book.
Friday 7th December, 7.30pm
at Riverside Cinema
Former politician and now award-winning author, Alan Johnson tells the story of growing up with a passion for music. Tickets £20 including a copy of his book 'In My Life: A Music Memoir'.

Most recent events

Friday 14 September 2018
The much-loved novelist visited to talk about his new book 'Take Nothing With You', and his love of music, with Catherine Larner. Tickets £23 inc the book.
Saturday 8 September 2018
This event with barrister, Sarah Langford was sold out a fortnight before she joined us to talk about her book 'In Your Defence'.
Tuesday 4 September 2018
The acclaimed poet and novelist introduced her new book 'In the City of Love's Sleep'.

Keeping in touch

Each month I send out an e-newsletter giving details of the author events I'm hosting in Woodbridge and beyond, as well as my reading recommendations, author interviews and details of other book-related activity which I hope might be of interest. If you'd like to receive this please sign up here.



Swimming Home
by Deborah Levy
Join in the friendly discussion over coffee and flapjack, or a glass of wine.
Monday, 24 September 2018 - 8:00pm

Book reviews

My recent recommendations

by Libby Page
A gentle but powerful tale of friendship, community and determination.
Review date: 05.07.18
by Jane Harper
Five women go into the Australian bush, but only four return. With tension, suspense and great scene-setting, this follow up to The Dry doesn't...
Review date: 08.02.18

For children

by Ele Fountain
Prompted by news reports of children fleeing war and poverty, this is a powerful story of hope and friendship in terrible, terrifying circumstances.
Review date: 18.05.18
by Ally Sherrick
A story of violence, cruelty and betrayal, while also celebrating courage, loyalty and friendship. Stunning!
Review date: 17.04.18

On the radio

BBC Radio Suffolk

Catherine at BBC Radio SuffolkOn the first Tuesday of each month, at 2.30pm, I join Lesley Dolphin on the afternoon programme at BBC Radio Suffolk to discuss the book of the month which I have chosen for her feature called Lesley's Readers. Listeners are invited to send in comments by text or email, or by phoning the programme on 0800 141 2121.

Lesley's Readers are reading...

by Belinda Bauer
It's unusual for crime writing to be longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, will we think this should be the winner? A terrifying opening with three children left alone in a car as their mother goes to phone for help and never returns. Give us your opinion on this book in the discussion on Tuesday 2 October at 2.30pm.

We have just read.....

The Sealwoman's Gift
by Sally Magnusson
A novel about loss and separation, and the eternal power of storytelling to help us survive. Discussing the book on Tues 4 Sept, at 2.30pm.
with Graham Barnard this month

My blog

Tuesday 10 April 2018

A peach of an evening

Spring may still be struggling to break through the Suffolk mist, but we had our own slice of sunshine in the bookshop this week.

Sunday Telegraph cookery writer, Diana Henry visited Woodbridge to present her beautiful new book of 'menus, stories and places', called 'How to Eat a Peach'.

Sipping Prosecco, we were all held spellbound as she regaled us with tales of Mediterranean meals, childhood ambitions to Cordon Bleu, and a love of lighthouses.