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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.

Dartington Hall

December 22, 2021

Dartington Hall, with its mellow grey stone walls, glorious gardens full of birdsong …

A sixteenth century Christmas

December 22, 2021


A sixteenth century Christmas

We know quite …

Farthingale Sleeves

November 09, 2021

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

A Woman of Noble Wit in Waterstones Newton Abbot

January 14, 2022

A Woman of Noble Wit in Waterstones Newton Abbot

......a truly mesmerising story about Katherine Champernowne, Sir Walter’s mother.

January 17, 2022 | A Woman of Noble Wit

I love historical fiction set in the Tudor era, so when I was asked if I would like to read …

A wonderful insight into the Tudor era

January 12, 2022 | A Woman of Noble Wit

A man may go adventuring, but a woman’s place was in the home. Her mission in life was to give …

Soul Cakes

November 01, 2021