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

Reporting and commenting on the European health and fitness market, I became an industry expert and I have written extensively about 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 and promoting 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

Just published

in 'Suffolk', February 2018
Talking to popular romantic novelist JoJo Moyes about writing her bestselling trilogy and finding peace on the Suffolk/Essex border.

Website projects

Enthused and inspired by working on my own website, I have continued to collaborate with a colleague on devising websites for a few select clients, as CGwebdesign

Read more here ....


I was thrilled to act as the Coordinator for the Suffolk Libraries Bookfest on 21-30 October 2016. Author talks, events and activities took place throughout libraries in the county.


Forthcoming events

Wednesday 31st January, 7.30pm
at Browsers Bookshop
The author of the bestselling debut 'The Trouble with Sheep and Goats' introduces us to her wondeful new novel 'Three Things About Elsie'.
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Most recent events

Thursday 11 January 2018
Journalist Robert Peston helps us make sense of recent events in his new book 'WTF'. In this very special evening event, you can hear him explain more.
Monday 4 September 2017
Bestselling Middle Eastern cookery writer, Sabrina Ghayour came to Browsers to give us a very special introduction to her new book Feasts, due to be published three days later. We sampled the recipes, heard about Sabrina's career and shared experiences in a relaxed and enjoyable evening.



My Name is Leon
by Kit de Waal
Set in the 1980s, Jake and his nine-year-old brother Leon have been taken from their mother and put in the care of Maureen. How will they fare? Will their family be reunited? Funny, gritty, beautiful and honest say the reviews. What do you think? Join in the friendly discussion over coffee and flapjack, or a glass of wine.
Monday, 29 January 2018 - 8:00pm

Book reviews

Recent recommendations

by Sarah Crossan
A moving and sensitive account of conjoined twins, told in verse. Amazing!
Review date: 11.10.17
by Claire Tomalin
A fascinating and moving account of the life of this respected biographer, beautifully written.
Review date: 16.09.17

On the radio

BBC Radio Suffolk

Catherine at BBC Radio SuffolkOn the first Tuesday of each month, at 2.30pm, Catherine reviews a book on the BBC Radio Suffolk afternoon programme with Lesley Dolphin. The following month they discuss the book and include comments from listeners.

Lesley's Readers are reading...

Dangerous Crossing
by Rachel Rhys

We have just read.....

My Name is Leon
by Kit de Waal
Set in the 1980s, Jake and his nine-year-old brother Leon have been taken from their mother and put in the care of Maureen. How will they fare? Will...

My blog

Wednesday 6 December 2017

My Christmas list!

It was my idea of heaven yesterday when I joined Lesley Dolphin on the Afternoon Programme at BBC Radio Suffolk to present my recommendations for books for Christmas!

And this year I think the selection of titles is exceptional. There were too many to mention, of course, so I hope people will get in touch if they want to know more. But Lesley dedicated lots of time for me to chatter on about my shortlist of 12 and I hope I gave a broad enough spread for listeners to have some of their Christmas gifts sorted.

So here's top of my list: 'The Poetry Pharmacy' by William Sieghart. A beautiful, bright orange, cloth bound pocket book with a short essay about a 'complaint' on one side and a remedial poem on the other. It's just wonderful!

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