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.

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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.

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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 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 'Bury & West Suffolk magazine', November 2019
Catherine Larner talks to Cariad Lloyd, one of the creators of Austentatious, an improvised comedy play in the style of Jane Austen.
in 'Suffolk', November 2019
Henry Blofeld, loved by Test Match Special fans the world over for his cricket knowledge and sense of fun, is coming to Suffolk
in 'Suffolk', November 2019
The world can seem a bleak place but Pam Ayres still finds plenty in life to laugh about and loves to share the joke
in 'Suffolk', November 2019
Catherine Larner talks to actor, novelist and screenwriter Ruth Jones ahead of her visit to the Lavenham Literary Festival.
in 'Suffolk', October 2019
Former war reporter Martin Bell recalls the teachings of his famous father, Adrian Bell, enlightened countryman and environmental 'prophet'
in 'Suffolk', October 2019
When he isn't at his Suffolk home, Chris Hirst is travelling the globe leading a multi-national business, and writing a book about it

Recent events

With the summer at an end, our autumn schedule of author events began with a sell out audience for the fabulous Martin Walker.

These lunchtime crime writer sessions at Woodbridge Library are always well received, but this time we found ourselves hearing more about Burgundy than bodies as Martin delighted us with his descriptions of life at home in France. The food, the drink, the gardening, friendships, culture and way of life sounded wonderful, and of course it is all replicated in Martin's marvellous Death in the Dordogne series of books about Bruno the chief of police.

There was much laughter and everyone left telling me their spirits had been lifted.

A few days later we were all sitting up straight to hear military historian Max Hastings bring us up to speed on his findings about the Dambusters. We were treated to a clip of the epic movie before Max delivered a fascinating presentation and then spent time answering questions and signing books. He was a warm and generous guest and we were thrilled to have another large and appreciative audience for him.

The same week we gathered in Browsers Bookshop to ponder the extraordinary life of artist Stanley Spencer through the eyes of novelist Nicola Upson. It's a beautiful book and Nicola is such a warm and engaging speaker. It was a lovely evening.

There are authors scheduled to join us in November but that's not long away as we're looking at dates at the beginning of the month.

Lindsay McCrae, the awardwinning BBC cameraman will give an illustrated talk on 'My Penguin Year' at Woodbridge Library on Friday 1 November. Having read an early proof of the book, I have to tell you it's fantastic! I can't wait to meet him to learn more. Then the next day, cricket raconteur Henry Blofeld will be in the bookshop to sign copies of his latest book 'My A-Z of Cricket', a perfect Christmas present...

I can't quite believe it's October already, but hope you'll join me in getting these dates in the diary and meet these inspiring and fascinating authors!! Find out more by signing up to my mailing list here.

More about books

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