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Author and speaker

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I write historical novels set in sixteenth century Devon. I’ve been researching Devon's history for years and I've discovered a cast of fascinating characters and an intriguing network of families whose influence stretched far beyond the west country. I love telling the stories of the forgotten women of history - the wives, sisters daughters and mothers who stood behind more famous men.....

….and I bring the past to life appearing as Katherine Raleigh, the subject of my first novel, in talks all over the county and beyond……

…and I make and wear historical clothing. It’s a great way to connect the people of today with those who went before.

I hope you enjoy exploring my website. It's worth popping back now and then as I update it regularly. I'd love to hear from you - use the contact form for comments and questions, or to book a talk.

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A Woman of Noble Wit

A Woman of Noble Wit

Publication: Sept. 28, 2021

Few women of her time lived to see their name in print. But Katherine was no ordinary woman. She was Sir Walter Raleigh’s mother, and she inspired her sons to follow their dreams.

As the daughter of a Devon family with close connections to the glittering court of King Henry VIII, Katherine’s duty is clear. Still a girl, she starts a new life at Greenway Court on the River Dart. She settles into the life of a dutiful wife and mother until a chance shipboard encounter with a handsome privateer, turns her world upside down.…..

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Dressing my Lady

Layer by layer, a sixteenth century lady prepares for the day.

Farthingale Sleeves

November 09, 2021

I’ve always wondered how those huge sleeves worn by Queen Elizabeth 1 …

Who was Kat Ashley? Kat and Katherine.........................

September 26, 2021

Who was Kat Ashley?  Kat and Katherine…..

It’s well known that a woman called Kat (Katherine)  …

Puffed and paned sleeves

September 10, 2021

Puffed and paned sleeves

Let’s delve into the coffer and take a look …

Rosemary Signs in at Store

October 21, 2021

Rosemary Signs in at Store

An Audience with the Lady Katherine - talk for Kenton WI

December 04, 2021 | A Woman of Noble Wit

I can't tell you how much I enjoyed your presentation last night - it was absolutely fascinating.
Several of our members …

You can't put it down

November 18, 2021 | A Woman of Noble Wit

It’s a book which draws you into the life of the main character, Katharine, and truly brings her character to …

Soul Cakes

November 01, 2021