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 'Classic Boat', December 2022
Historic Pin Mill yard in fine fettle. Visiting the historic boatyard in its picturesque setting beside the River Orwell on the Shotley Peninsula in Suffolk.
in 'Suffolk', November 2022
It's 20 years since Jimmy Doherty picked up a fork and decided to turn a rundown farm just outside Ipswich into a going concern. They said he was mad - but what has he learned in two decades?
in 'Suffolk', November 2022
What was it like to be a doctor in a hospital during the Covid-19 pandemic? Roopa Farooki coped by writing it all down in a memoir.
in 'Suffolk', November 2022
Whether it's losing a corkscrew or the joy to be found in an orange, nearly being given some flowers or the frequency of men and buses, poet Wendy Cope delights fans with her humorous and pithy observations on life and love.
in 'Suffolk', November 2022
Historian and broadcaster Lucy Worsley talks about Agatha Christie.
in 'Classic Boat', November 2022
Lyme Regis-based Gail McGarva's unique skill of preserving historic craft and sharing her passion with others, has blossomed into a thriving business model.

Forthcoming events

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

Another reading list

Finding myself watching more tv than usual now that the nights are drawing in and the weather is getting - slightly - colder, I was pleased to stumble across a new series of the book programme 'Between the Covers'. 

Last time, a key find was the novelist Mary Lawson, championed by Graham Norton. I'm not sure I'm going to follow his latest recommendation, but there were still a couple of books to add to my reading list. The participants also opened the box on whether it's acceptable to read the end of a book first...?

I was fortunate to hear Graham Norton speak about his own writing at a conference the other week. He has written three novels now and is getting good reviews. I've added them to my list. 

He was asked about choosing books to read and whether, as he is such a familiar face, he is able to browse bookshops without being interrupted. He said that as people were likely to talk to him about books, he didn't mind as he was always happy to do that! 

Last week I was in the bookshop talking about the titles nominated for the Yoto Carnegie children's prize. There have been 67 books listed for the writing prize and 58 for illustration. That's a lot of books. They have all been chosen by librarians and it's a great list to work from for Christmas gift ideas. The shortlist follows in March and young people are invited to engage with the list in discussions, reviews and events, ultimately voting for their winner which is announced in June.

But if you're keen on getting some reading ideas closer to home, we'll be having our annual book group recommendations evening on Monday 28 November. Please let me know as soon as possible now if you'd like to come along and, more importantly, if you'd like to share the details of a favourite book!

Thank you for reading.


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