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 which you can receive by signing up here or read recent issues here.

Or follow me on Twitter @catherinelarner

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 a recent 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 'Country Living', September 2022
Marianne McNamara captains the Mikron Theatre Company which has been touring British waterways by narrowboat for 50 years.
in 'This England', August 2022
Catherine Larner on the reconstruction of the Anglo-Saxon ship unearthed at Sutton Hoo.
in 'Suffolk', August 2022
Young archaeologist John Henry Phillips was searching for direction in his life when he stumbled upon a rare find - WWII veteran Patrick Thomas, haunted by memories of his D-Day experience
in 'Let's Talk', July 2022
A boat that was built for Swallows and Amazons author Arthur Ransome is being given new life in Suffolk, as Catherine Larner explains.
in 'Suffolk', July 2022
The things we collect tell the story of our life and loves. Author Julia Blackburn and her friend and neighbour, artist Tessa Newcomb, decided to explore the objects in Julia's Suffolk village home.
in 'Classic Boat', June 2022
Jim Lawrence is a living icon of the days of sail, and although best known as a sailmaker, he started off as a barge hand on England's east coast.

Forthcoming events

I am always planning new events but at the moment I have nothing quite ready to announce.

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It's August! And I don't know where the last week went. I had fewer meetings and pressing deadlines but, despite the lack of the usual distractions and interruptions, I don't feel that I've been particularly productive and I seem to have had less time to read.

As a result, the titles I'm recommending this week are rather picture heavy, though nonetheless powerful and thought-provoking so I hope you enjoy taking a look.

I did manage to read one of the novels from the Booker 2022 longlist, though. And, having seen that there are a few slim volumes in this year's nominations, I might be reading a couple more in time for our Browsers Book Group Booker Challenge meeting on 5th September.

All the titles have now been allocated a 'champion' who will present their thoughts on their particular book to the group, but if you're interested in taking part or would like to come along to listen in to the discussion in a few weeks' time, just let me know and I'll send you more details.

Thank you for reading.


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