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 moreaboutbooks.com 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.

published articles

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', September 2021
A love of ear spoons is just one of the things you'll learn about Vikings from Cat Weldon's 'How to be a Hero' books for young readers. The Suffolk-raised author admits she's indulging her passion for all things Norse.
in 'Suffolk', September 2021
Aldeburgh-based illustrator Astra Taylor-Todd has forged a brilliant new career creating children's books inspired by her global travels and an 1,800 mile trek across America.
in 'Suffolk ', September 2021
Following the progress of the mighty replica of the Sutton Hoo Anglo-Saxon burial ship being lovingly built across the river at Woodbridge.
in 'Country Life', September 2021
After years of nurturing a great garden, passing on the responsibility to younger custodians is easier if it's kept in the family. Visiting Attadale Gardens, Helmingham Hall and The Manor Hemingford Grey.
in 'Suffolk', August 2021
We owe many of our modern ways to the Anglo-Saxons - they're in our DNA - yet we know so little about what they were really like. Historian Marc Morris will attempt to shed some light on our mysterious ancestors when he comes to Aldeburgh Literary Festival next month.
in 'Suffolk', August 2021
What would you do if you were Prime Minister for a day? Amber Rudd is in no doubt. 'I would have an all female Cabinet. I'd fire all the men'.

Forthcoming events

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

 

Difference of opinion

We had an enjoyable discussion for this month's book 'We, the Survivors' by Tash Aw on Monday. It was a perfect example of a novel receiving a mixed reception and giving us much to debate.

Even if people felt this wasn't their sort of book, they still appreciated elements of the writing or the subject matter and could contribute positively to the discussion. Those who responded enthusiastically to the book could similarly acknowledge elements where the author's intent wasn't clear or could have been addressed differently. We all listened attentively to each other's comments and came away with something new to ponder and consider. It was a stimulating and uplifting discussion!

Being able to debate passionately while still respectfully considering the opposing point of view is an art that sometimes appears lost in today's world, so I was interested to listen in to a series that has been running on BBC Radio Four, called 'Across the Red Line'. Conflict resolution experts are invited to share insight and techniques as two speakers from opposing sides of an issue present their arguments. It's fascinating and encouraging to hear how a potentially combative confrontation can become collaborative and conciliatory.

Something in the literary calendar which tends to generate strong opinion is the Booker Prize and this year's longlist has just been announced. However this time it's met a favourable response. The director of the prize has acknowledged that the list is "notable for the engrossing stories within it...and its recognition of writers who have been working at an exceptionally high standard for many years." Perhaps we'll get together as a group to discuss the shortlist when it's announced in September - let me know if you'd like to take part.

Thank you for reading.

More about books

Catherine LarnerFor my book reviews, event information and blog, please visit moreaboutbooks.com