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. Listen to past book club discussions with Lesley here.

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', April 2021
Since he made his home here, the county has provided Danny Wallace with space to create his inspirational mix of books, tv programmes, podcasts, songs, documentaries and humour. Now he's brewing another 'secret' project.
in 'British Rowing website ', March 2021
Four rowers from Shropshire are training for the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge later this year.
in 'Suffolk', March 2021
Helen Oxenbury's book illustrations have charmed young readers for decades and inspired her own children's creative careers.
in 'Church Times', February 2021
Frank Cottrell-Boyce finds modern lessons in the stories of scripture. Interview by Catherine Larner.
in 'Suffolk', February 2021
Author Simon Edge loves imagining history in his own humorous, slightly irreverent, fictional style. Now he's digging up the past on our county's patron saint.
in 'Suffolk', February 2021
The latest titles, awards and news - including children's writers AM Howell and Astra Taylor-Todd and histories of Waldringfield and Ramsholt.

Online Event: December 2nd

In a recent online event, the nature writer Melissa Harrison talked to me about her new book The Stubborn Light of Things.

This was a special fundraising event organised by The Cut in Halesworth, Suffolk, on Wednesday 2 December.

You can read more about Melissa in my article here.

 

Broadening horizons

Whether you've been out for a meal or a drink, had a haircut, joined friends in the garden or returned to browsing a bookshop, it's been good to feel our lives opening up again.

There's some way to go, of course, and the terrible situations overseas remind us of how fortunate we are currently, and how careful we still need to be.

While each day I delight in living near the river and in a very distinctive and beautiful part of the country, my reading this week has caused me to think wistfully of other regions in Britain I'd like to visit again before too long - the Dorset coast, the west country, the Lake District, the Yorkshire Moors - places which have inspired artists and writers over the generations. Find out more about 'Landskipping' by Anna Pavord, below.

One way to get to know a landscape well is by walking, of course. And a reader of this newsletter and regular book group attendee, Sarah Atkins is soon to investigate the Suffolk landscape when she undertakes a sponsored walk along the length of the Sandlings Path, 58 miles from Ipswich to Southwold. Sarah is due to retire from her role as deputy headteacher of a Colchester primary school this summer and wants to fund a trip to the theatre for the pupils as a leaving gift. This excursion is likely to be the children's first experience of live performance. If you'd like to support Sarah, you can take a look here. 

We're entering the season for literature festivals now and many of these are combining online with in person events. Having finally attended the Hay Festival last year - remotely - I'm thrilled to see that the extensive and wide-ranging programme for 2021 will also be made available online. Do give it a look as there are some fascinating topics covered. I found it hugely inspiring and thought-provoking last year. Details are here.

I'll be involved in hosting a number of speakers at events in Suffolk, and online, throughout the next few months, so do look out for details in the coming weeks.

But tomorrow we'll be gathering together online for another book group meeting.

Although Browsers Bookshop in Woodbridge has now reopened in line with government guidelines, it is not yet possible for this to be the venue for our monthly meetings. We'll have to wait a little longer for that.

Instead, we're continuing to meet on Zoom and I think we've all found it a valuable way to keep in touch and share our thoughts on our reading.

The discussion is open to everyone to attend, so if you're not normally able to make the trip to our Suffolk town and would like to take part, or just listen in, please respond to this email and I'll send the details.

We'll be logging on at 8pm to talk about 'This Lovely City' by Louise Hare, and I'll reveal details of next month's title too.

Thank you for reading.

More about books

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