Author Archives: Katie

New Angle Prize Long List

I’m one of the judges on the New Angle Prize for Literature this year along with Carol Bundock and Jules Pretty. Even if we say so ourselves, it’s a good list! Ronald Blythe, The Time by the Sea (Faber & … Continue reading

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What does it take to be an artist?

You may be surprised to learn that I didn’t consider myself an artist until quite recently – long after publication, in fact – and I’ve been thinking a little about what it really takes to be an artist, and I’m … Continue reading

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Alexandria – The Last Nights of Cleopatra by Peter Stothard: book review

On page 67 of Alexandria: The Last Nights of Cleopatra, Peter Stothard acknowledges what the reader knew some 60 pages earlier. ‘This is becoming a book about me. That is not what I intended.’ Based on the cover, one might … Continue reading

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Americana – The Kinks, The Road and The Perfect Riff by Ray Davies: book review

During his book talk at Norwich Playhouse on Saturday 10 May 2014, Ray Davies says, ‘I didn’t use a ghostwriter, I could have done.’ This isn’t news to me because I’ve read it, and there’s no doubt in my mind … Continue reading

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The Dynamite Room by Jason Hewitt: book review

Suffolk, July 1940 . . . In terms of choosing a place and time to set his debut novel, Jason Hewitt is off to a scintillating start. Suffolk is a county of diverse landscapes, rich in myth and fascinating histories … Continue reading

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The Hunger Trace by Edward Hogan: book review

In The Hunger Trace, Edward Hogan’s second novel, we’re led through a landscape that feels simultaneously familiar, intimidating and astonishing. Derbyshire and falconry; a wildlife park and a love triangle that includes a deceased husband; a young man with special … Continue reading

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Lost, Stolen or Shredded by Rick Gekoski: book review

In Lost, Stolen or Shredded, Rick Gekoski draws upon his expertise in antiquarian book dealing, academia and his proclivity for collecting to explore the hows and whys of missing art and literature. What unfolds is a collage of history, memoir, … Continue reading

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Forgive my absence

I’m retreating into writing solitude for a while. When I come out again, perhaps there will be a book of some sort? K x

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Today is World Poetry Day

  “If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain; If I can ease one life the aching, Or cool one pain, Or help one fainting robin Unto his nest again, I shall not live in … Continue reading

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Bath Literary Festival

On Saturday, 9 March 2013, I appeared as part of H9 ‘New Voices’ with Beatrice Hitchman (Petite Mort) and Anthea Nicholson (The Banner of the Passing Clouds). It took place in the Guildhall ‘Salon’ and was chaired by Christopher Cook. … Continue reading

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