February 7, 2021

On the Trail of Charlotte-Rose de Caumont de la Force

The primary character in my novel Bitter Greens is the scandalous 17th century writer, Charlotte-Rose de la Force, who wrote the version of the Rapunzel fairytale that we know best [...]
August 15, 2020

Cinderella and her Slippers

Last week ABC National Radio ran an interview I did a few years ago with the wonderful Richard Fidler. I always get masses of messages and emails afterwards, many querying me about some aspect of the fascinating history of fairy tales [...]
July 26, 2020

Spotlight on Author Frances Hodgson Burnett

One of my all-time favourite children’s authors is Frances Hodgson Burnett, the author of ‘The Secret Garden’ and ‘A Little Princess’. She was born on 24 […]
July 13, 2020

Celebrating ‘Bastille Day” – the story behind the famous French commemoration

June 17, 2020


I have been watching & listening to the anger & anguish of the #BLM movement these past few weeks, with tears burning my eyes and a […]
April 30, 2020

The Crimson Thread

On the 12th July 2018, at five o’clock in the evening, I wrote in my journal:   “I’ve been thinking for a while about writing a […]
April 28, 2020

May Day Celebration

‘May Day Celebration’ An extract from Dragonclaw, Kate’s first published book (The Witches of Eileanan: Book 1)   One night they cantered up a steep incline […]
February 25, 2020

The Story Behind the Grimm Brothers’ Fairy Tales

Once upon a time there were two brothers who lived in a small kingdom in the middle of a crazy patchwork of other small kingdoms, each […]
February 25, 2020

Wilhelm Grimm: the quintessential romantic hero?

One of the problems of writing historical fiction which draws on the lives of real people is that, well, they’re real people. And if you are […]
February 23, 2020

Writing Lessons I learned from Charles Dickens

Writing Lessons I Learned From Charles Dickens Research deeply, and read only ‘books (that have) the air of the time in them.’ Plan slowly & carefully […]
February 16, 2020

A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities was Charles Dickens’s twelfth novel, and was written and published at a tumultuous time of his life. He was at that time in his mid-40s, unhappily married with ten children aged between 20 and 5. He was already famous, having written such great classics [...]
February 9, 2020

Interview with Kate on Fairy Tales

I was recently contacted by a group of college students in the US who are studying my books as part of a module on fairy tale […]

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