Interviews / blog posts / thoughts

Interview with the Historical Novel Society

'The place seems to have taken root inside me' - on Cornwall, folklore, and the power of historical fiction.


In this piece for the Royal Literary Fund, Katherine explores the role train travel plays in her writing.

On Writing Residencies

What are they? What do writers do when they 'reside' somewhere? Written for the Royal Literary Fund.

On sequels, on What Cathy Next Read

In which Katherine ruminates on the challenge of writing sequels, and decides that setting fire to things helps

On the brilliance that is Mari Strachan's novel The Earth Hums in B Flat

Katherine fangirls about one of her favourite crime novels for the Crime Readers Association

Interview with Jan Baynham

'The valley has long been associated with an early Christian saint, and I’ve been interested in beliefs involving these figures, their holy wells and the "clouties" left for them, for as long as I can remember.'

Interviews with the Book Trail

Katherine talks to literary travel agency the Book Trail about the real-life places that feature in the Cornish Mysteries series, as well as the historical background of the novels

Video interview with New Welsh Review

On landscape and literary influences in Falling Creatures, and a reading from the novel

Interview and reading for Devolved Voices

Devolved Voices is a three year research project based at Aberystwyth University and funded by the Leverhulme Trust. The project is investigating the state of Welsh poetry in English since Wales’s devolution ‘yes’ vote of 1997. The website contains many fascinating materials about contemporary Welsh poetry in English and is well worth exploring.

The Lonely Crowd - On flags

Katherine's poem 'Vexiphobia' features in the spring 2016 issue of The Lonely Crowd. This post explores the ideas behind the poem, and includes bonus reflection on the Eurovision Song Contest

Pure M Magazine

On writing fiction and poems, and cleaning the fridge as part of the creative process

Aber Student Media

'I used to go to the S section in bookshops and imagine my book there.'

Notes on writing a poem, for ContemPo

The Centre for Contemporary Poetry (informally known as ‘ContemPo’) is a collaborative, cross-institutional research centre founded in 2006 and run by the English departments of Aberystwyth University, Bangor University, and the University of Brighton. This link is the first of two posts, written for Aberystwyth's ContemPo centre, exploring the writing of 'There's no such thing as pandas', a poem that features in Playing House and which you can read here.