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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
My first children's book, Greencoats, a historical fantasy set in WW2, will be published on 23 May, 2021, suitable for readers over 8 years.
Errant Hours by Kate Innes
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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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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Fiction:  New Children's Book, 'Greencoats', out on 23rd May 2021 

"In 'Greencoats' the magic feels real and the reality magical. Tense, compassionate and lyrical, I devoured it in a weekend. Highly recommended." Caroline Lawrence - author of 'The Roman Mysteries'

'Greencoats' is a historical fantasy set in WW2 in Shropshire and Birmingham. Aimed at readers age 8 and above - it is an exciting blend of adventure, mythology and history.
You can preorder a copy to be delivered to you by publication day on the Shop page of this website. 
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Fiction:  All the Winding World - 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
"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 audiobook of 'The Errant Hours' is now available on Audible, Amazon and iTunes!

It has been beautifully narrated by Rebecca Sharp - a talented voice actor. I'm delighted with the result, and I hope listeners will be too.  Go to Audible

Rebecca and I had a Q&A on Zoom about our experience of preparing the audiobook, our favourite and least favourite characters etc. You can watch the video on YouTube via this link   Watch Q&A video

The Errant Hours a medieval literary adventure

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