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Here you will find news about my various publications and activities – and examples of my writing.

My work rises out of my intense interest in the natural world, art, mythology and history.

As an experienced teacher and workshop leader, I am able to deliver creative activities to all ages, and help everyone to feel that they have tapped into their potential as a writer.

Past courses have taken place in museums, galleries and libraries, focussing on using historic collections to inspire powerful work.

My writing is particularly suited to residencies, as I enjoy working collaboratively and in response to particular objects or buildings.

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Errant Hours by Kate Innes

The Errant Hours. My first novel, The Errant Hours, was published in 2015, and has been named one of the 100 Must-Read Medieval Novels by Book Riot.

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Flocks of Words by Kate Innes

Flocks of Words. Including poems from over twenty five years of writing, ‘Flocks of Words’ , published in March 2017, is my first collection.

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All The Winding World by Kate Innes

All the Winding World continues the story begun in The Errant Hours. It is set ten years later, during the disastrous Anglo-French War of 1294-6, one of Edward I’s rare military defeats.

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soft folds of spawning streams
wisps of bees
the hollows made by muscular hills
and the downy skin of mown grass

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All the Winding World  new reviews

A brilliant sequel to ‘The Errant Hours’. The resourceful and ingenious Illesa has become one of my favourite fictional characters. A skilfully woven tapestry of historical fact and captivating story-telling that leaves the reader begging for more adventures.” Karen Maitland – best-selling author of Company of Liars
“‘All the Winding World’ is I think even better than its predecessor, ‘The Errant Hours’, which was deservedly one of Book Riot’s One Hundred Must-Read Medieval Novels. In certain ways, the writing has become more assured: in pace and plotting, mainly. The characters, in both books, are interesting and convincing from the beginning; I cared what happened to them. But I particularly love a story that keeps me turning the pages – and ‘All the Winding World’ does that right from the start.” Vuyelwa Carlin – poet

“This is such a gripping tale that I read it almost in one sitting, and yet the story is well grounded in the realities of medieval life. All the Winding World is a great achievement, and I am already looking forward to the third in the series.” Dr Henrietta Leyser – Oxford University Medievalist

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The poetry collection Flocks of Words was shortlisted for the International Rubery Award . This is what the judges said about it:

“An impressive collection of poems that often exhibit a powerful engagement with the natural world and brim with the joy of it. Many of the other poems are subtle in their execution, with inventive language. These are the kind of poems that you read and agree with, while thinking you wish you’d thought of the sentiment first. Many of the poems work through the accumulation of detail, which is often very effective, and she is an excellent landscape poet, with a wide range of settings: England, France, Canada, Zimbabwe. The title poem is delightful.”

Unfortunately there are only eight copies of the first edition of ‘Flocks of Words’ left. Contact me directly if you’d like to buy a signed copy. 

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Writing activities and workshops:

Research and the Historical Novel – 24 November, 10:30am – Shrewsbury Library   I’m delighted to be part of this special event in the Shrewsbury Festival of Literature alongside the wonderful writer, Karen Maitland. This is a rare chance to hear Karen talk about her most recent medieval thriller, ‘A Gathering of Ghosts’ and how research into superstition, magic and mystery helps her create gripping plots. I’ll be talking about my research into the Templars for my Arrowsmith medieval books. We’ll be answering questions and signing books too. Tickets available from Shrewsbury Lit Fest  

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