Events & courses

DK Fields at Cellar Bards, Cardigan

Katherine and her writing partner David Towsey will be putting on their DK Fields hat for this event at the Cellar Bar in Cardigan, joining the Bards for their regular literary get-together. Katherine and David will introduce their co-written novel Widow's Welcome, and each read from their independent projects too. The evening includes an open mic so come and join us!

Friday 29th November, 7.45pm

Cellar Bar
25-26 Quay Street
Cardigan SA43 1HU

Welsh Fantasy at the Canton Book Festival

Canton in Cardiff is getting its own book festival! There's a host of fantastic events over three days across three different venues in Canton, from Friday 29th November to Sunday 1st December. The full programme is available here

Katherine will be appearing as one half of DK Fields in conversation with novelist Jodie Bond, whose debut The Vagabond King is out now with Parthian Books, the festival organiser.

Saturday 30th November, 4pm - 5.30pm

Chapter Arts Centre
Market Road
Cardiff CF5 3AL

Tickets are free but please do book a place here

Writing Crime Fiction, 10 week course

Katherine teaches this popular ten week course for the Department of Continuing and Professional Education at Cardiff University. Students are introduced to the building blocks of crime fiction, including plotting, character construction, writing dialogue and strategies for building tension and suspense. 

The course is running again in January 2020 and booking is now open via the university's website

Ty Newydd course: Tales of the Unexpected - Thrilling, Scaring and Surprising Your Reader

Booking is now open for this 2020 course at Ty Newydd, the writers' centre of Wales - a fantastic place to devote some quality time to your writing in the most beautiful of settings. Katherine will be co-tutoring with Tyler Keevil and special guest Carly Holmes.

Looking to add some drama to your writing? In need of an edge? Twists, scares and suspense are fundamental aspects of many genres of writing, including horror, the Gothic, mysteries, crime and thrillers. But how do we surprise a twenty-first century reader well-versed in genre conventions? How do we keep our readers feverishly turning pages well into the witching hour? This course will explore practical techniques to manage tension, subvert expectations, build suspense and create hooks – applicable to all good fiction-writing. We’ll look at how other writers scare and thrill their readers in equal measure, and shape our own sinister creations in response, asking, what makes us afraid? Join us for a course rich in the spooky and the strange – what better time to unpack the uncanny than Friday 13th?

Monday 9th - Saturday 14th November 2020

For more info and to book a place, see the Ty Newydd website.

Want to book Katherine for an author talk or workshop?

Just get in touch via the Contact page

Photo credit: Brian Carroll