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 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.

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 Victoria Hislop, Simon Mayo, Diane Setterfield, Julia Blackburn, Elly Griffiths and Nicola Upson at events throughout Suffolk.

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Recent articles

in 'Suffolk', October 2020
Julie Welch was the UK's first female football reporter. She credits her years at Felixstowe college for giving her the confidence to succeed in a world of men
in 'Suffolk', October 2020
Supernatural beliefs and fairy traditions once helped us to make sense of life's tribulations. It's a theme broadcaster and writer Sally Magnusson explores in her latest novel.
in 'Suffolk', July 2020
Carol Drinkwater became a household name as the TV wife of a Yorkshire vet. These days she's a bestselling novelist and will be speaking from her home in France for Felixstowe's online book festival.
in 'Suffolk', July 2020
Author Phoebe Morgan longs to escape home to Suffolk but for now she's revisiting in the pages of her new psychological thriller.
in 'Suffolk', July 2020
Enjoy libraries online, writing competitions, new books and a virtual festival
in 'Premier Christianity', June 2020
As he approaches his 70th birthday this month, Rowan Williams is anticipating a change of scene, and a change of pace.

Forthcoming events

Word Perfect with Susie Dent ONLINE
Thursday 8th October, 7.30pm
an Exclusive Online Event
From Dictionary Corner on TV's 'Countdown', Susie Dent shares her passion for words in this exclusive online event. Tickets £15 include access and a signed copy of Susie's new book 'Word Perfect'.

What is 'hurkle-durkling'? Or the 'Yule hole'? How did we come to use the word 'tawdry'? What is 'snaccident'?

Susie Dent has collected a word for every day of the year in her new book 'Word Perfect'.

Find out how she's made the choice, why she has such a fascination for language, and some behind-the-scenes gossip from Dictionary Corner of TV's Countdown in this exclusive online event.

Susie will be talking to Catherine Larner via Zoom, in association with Browsers Bookshop, Woodbridge.

Everyone is welcome to attend. After purchasing your ticket, you will receive an acknowledgement followed by the sign-in details on the day of the event.

You can post questions you might like to ask Susie ahead of hearing her speak, and your signed copy of 'Word Perfect' will be available for you to collect from Browsers Bookshop the day after the event (alternatively the book can be posted to you for a small fee).

For the details for joining in this exclusive event click here.

Something to think about

I thought 'attending' the Hay Festival talks this week might be a mistake and, sure enough, I've got another long list of books I want to read!

Yes, there are the latest books by novelists I'd had my eye on, but there were also some fascinating presentations about our world today.

The future of work, journalism, healthcare, artificial intelligence, politics; these themes and many more were addressed by some engaging and inspiring speakers. (I was particularly taken by Daniel Susskind talking about 'A World Without Work'.)

I doubt I would have sought out these sessions in the normal run of things. The fact that the Hay Festival responded to our current situation by taking their programme online gave me, and thousands of people all over the world, the opportunity to hear some enlightening and stimulating talks, and be introduced to new and exciting thinkers.

There were a few particularly memorable presentations - do look up Polly Samson talking about her novel 'A Theatre for Dreamers', with music from her husband David Gilmour and a poetry reading from her son Charlie Gilmour, all in a make-believe Greek taverna - it's wonderful, a real tonic!

All the talks can be accessed via Hay Player for a one off cost of £10. I urge you to sign up if you haven't done so. I don't think you'll regret it - I'm still buzzing!

More about books

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