Welcome

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 co-host 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. Sign up 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 continue to write about the market for a US publication.

published articles

On the radio

Each month I co-host an on-air book club on BBC Radio Suffolk with Lesley Dolphin, and am regularly invited to contribute comments and features about books, reading and authors across the station.

view archive on moreaboutbooks.com

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 next few weeks I will be in conversation with Victoria Hislop, Simon Mayo, Polly Clark, Elly Griffiths and Nicola Upson at events throughout Suffolk.

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Recent articles

in 'Suffolk', July 2019
Author Michelle Paver's latest book is a spine-chilling tale evoking the haunted marshlands of Suffolk
in 'Suffolk', June 2019
Val McDermid heads an exciting line-up for this year's Slaughter in Southwold festival
in 'Bury & West Suffolk magazine', May 2019
The country's relics of a recent past fascinate bestselling author Victoria Hislop, who visits Ely this month
in 'Suffolk', May 2019
Oliver Soden's biography of Suffolk-born Michael Tippett is the first to discover the man behind the music.
in 'Suffolk', May 2019
Saskia Sarginson on her chilling new novel set in a fictional US airbase in Suffolk in the 1950s
in 'Woman Alive', May 2019
Dianne Parsons shares some of the lessons she has learned.

Recent events

It was a busy day on Tuesday 7 May, as I hosted two author visits in the same day.
And they couldn't have been more different, yet were equally were inspiring, entertaining and informative.
At lunchtime in Woodbridge library, we gathered to meet the hugely popular, bestselling crime writer John Connolly. He spoke at breakneck speed, but we were hanging on every word. I, for one, was particularly intrigued by his insights on the writing process. He told us that he has no unfinished works - he believes that it is essential for creative people never to abandon a project but always to see it to its conclusion.
In the evening, we were at Browsers Bookshop to hear first-time biographer, Oliver Soden talk about his experience discovering and relating the life of the great composer, Michael Tippett.
His 700 page account of the man behind the music has been receiving much attention and praise, and I was thrilled that we had a good audience, spanning the age range from GCSE students to wise retirees.
I've had tremendous feedback - we were all completely engrossed by all Oliver had to share with us, and we are sure he will go far. A very talented young man and a very memorable and magical evening.
If you missed these events, I hope you'll be able to join us in the future. You can sign up for my mailing list here to be among the first to know of forthcoming author visits. You can also read my reports of past events here.

More about books

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