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Here you will find news about my various publications & activities and examples of my writing.  My work rises out of my intense interest in the natural world, art, mythology and history.

I write poetry & prose, long & short, for children & adults. I enjoy collaborating with other creatives and writing in response to particular objects, places & themes. Basically, I love variety in my creative life.

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

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Errant Hours by Kate Innes
The first book of The Arrowsmith Trilogy, 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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All The Winding World by Kate Innes
All the Winding World is Book Two of The Arrowsmith Trilogy, set ten years later than The Errant Hours, during the disastrous Anglo-French War of 1294-6, one of Edward I’s rare military defeats.
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Wild Labyrinth by Kate Innes
Inspired by the Mappa Mundi of Hereford Cathedral, this final book in The Arrowsmith Trilogy brings the reader into its world of marvels and monsters, heights and depths, redemption and damnation.
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Greencoats by Kate Innes
My first poetry collection, Flocks of Words, which was shortlisted for the Rubery Book Award in 2018 has been reprinted! You can now buy a copy from the website shop.
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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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The Arrowsmith Trilogy-  complete at last

Wild Labyrinth continues the story of Illesa Arrowsmith (Lady Burnel) during the turbulent years of the early 14th century when an ageing king is waging another doomed war, and her friends and family are endangered by more than military force.
You can order for delivery within the UK through the Shop & check News and Events for related activities. 
I'll be at Hereford Cathedral College Hall on 18th April @ 7pm to talk about how the Mappa Mundi influenced the plot!

'A Charm of Goldfinches'  is complimented by poetry

Until the 17th February, a flock of goldfinch paintings are roosting at The Gateway Arts Centre in Shrewsbury. This exhibition is inspired by the famous painting by Carel Fabritius and our experience of nature during lockdown. I wrote a poem about this fascinating artwork which is now on display alongside the work of local and national artists. It explores the tragic circumstances around the painting. 

Free entry - but not open weekends! 

Flocks of Words flies again

After selling-out the initial print run in 2020, Flocks of Words is back!

Shortlisted for the Rubery Book Award Poetry Category in 2018, Flocks of Words is my first poetry collection. Several of its poems have won prizes, been published or anthologised. And I enjoyed performing many of them with the acoustic band Whalebone as part of our collaboration from 2017-2019. Signed copies are available to buy from my website shop for £7.99 +P&P. 

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