Category: Kate’s Diary

Sharing the Stage

21 March 2016

  It's been a wonderful few weeks, spent mostly talking (and listening) to exceptional artists in all fields.   From the Poems to Make Grown Women Cry event at the National Theatre, in support of Amnesty International - sharing the stage with Vanessa Redgrave, Juliet Stevenson, Maureen Lipman and Elif Shafak amongst others - to chatting to David Hare and Claire Tomalin at the Festival at Hampstead Theatre, it's always enjoyable to listen to other people's experiences of writing and creating work.    All very different from sitting alone at a desk and dreaming up imaginary characters (ie the life of a

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26 February 2016

This year, rather than talking about my own writing, I'll be out and about interviewing others writers and artists -  novelists, playwrights, actors, directors, biographers.  From the National Theatre, SouthBankCentre and Hampstead Theatre in London, to Chichester Festival Theatre in Sussex, over the course of the next eight months I'll be sharing a stage with playwrights and authors including: David Hare, Mark Hayhurst and Ian Kelly, biographers and social historians including Claire Tomalin and Juliet Gardiner, performers Darcey Bussell, Julian Fellowes and Maureen Lipman, directors such as Rachel Kavanaugh, Jeremy Herrin and Howard Davies, the multi-million selling children's author Francesca

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September and . . .

3 September 2015

. . . it's publication time. Watch out for Thursday, when the campaign really begins, but in way it feels like the end of things, rather than the beginning. The business of publication is all about a multiplication of words – writing about the novel, doing events about the novel, answering questions about the novel . . . most of August has been spent gearing up for 3 September, with the result that Connie and Cassie are as real to me as friends, family and neighbours. I'm out and about a fair bit in the next month – see the

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Spring in Carcassonne

7 April 2015

Those of you following me on Twitter will realise I am - at long last - back in Carcassonne. The last time I was here was for Channel 4  filming Labyrinth in 2012. Since then, writing The Mistletoe Bride short stories and my Gothic novel, The Taxidermist's Daughter, have kept me walking the English landscape. Now, in the build up to the 10th anniversary of publication of Labyrinth, I'm here to begin research for my new set of novels - The Burning Chambers Trilogy - which begins here, in Languedoc, at the end of the 16th century. Pas a pas,

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Page to Stage

2 March 2015

Hampstead Theatre 27 - 29 March Spring is here! And to celebrate the lengthening of the days, at the end of March, I'm taking part in the inaugural Page to Stage Drama and Literary Festival at Hampstead Theatre, in London. The brainchild of actress and singer, Issy van Randwyck, it's a Festival with a difference. The idea is to bring together writers, directors, performers, choreographers, adapters, anyone who is involved in putting words on a page or words on a stage.  The line up is fantastic - Kathy Lette, Justine Picardie, Paul O'Grady, Dame Janet Suzman, Sheila Hancock, David Walliams

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