Events 2022

Good Grief Fest

Family Portraits: How families are transformed by grief

Saturday 3rd December at 3pm

Like any good band, no family is ever the same after one of its original members is gone. The death of a loved one can rip the fabric of a family apart, weaving it back together again in a completely new way. The ripples of their death extend far and wide but it is in the immediate circle of friends and family that those ripples are felt as tidal waves: a force of nature with the ability to destroy and create.

We will explore the ways in which families are transformed by death. We will hear from Arifa Akbar, the Guardian theatre critic and author of her memoir about illness, grief and art titled Consumed: A Sister’s Story, Gavanndra Hodge, author of The Consequences of Love, a story of loss and recovery, trauma and memory following the death of her sister at a young age and Cathy Rentzenbrink, acclaimed memoirist and author of The Last Act of Love and Dear Reader. 


Events Scrapbook 2021/22


Ilkley Literature Festival

It was such a pleasure to be at Ilkley talking to Naomi Frisby about Write It All Down and teaching a workshop

Saturday 22nd October 2022


Cheltenham Literature Festival

At Cheltenham teaching a workshop and chairing this wonderful event with Hashi Mohamed and Darren McGarvey

October 2022


Marlborough Lit Fest

Teaching at Marlborough Lit Fest was utterly delightful

October 2022


Jersey Festival of Words

Such a treat to be back in Jersey

September 2022


Budleigh Literary Festival

Larks galore at Budleigh with these fantastic women – Chloe Timms, Sophie Irwin and Joanna Quinn

September 2022


Latitude Festival

Interviewed Clare Pollard about her mindbendingly good novel Delphi. I also fulfilled my long-term resolution of sober dancing and did a lot of yoga at the Mind Body and Zen tent.

July 2022

Also Festival

Loved all the delightful people who came to my workshops at Also Festival and enjoyed watching and listening to Juno Dawson at the lake stage talking about her new novel about witches: ‘This book is my way of talking about intersectional feminism and I really enjoyed it.’

July 2022


Bradford Literary Festival

Had a wonderful time at Bradford Literary Festival. Fell in love with the city and its people.

July 2022


Guernsey Literary Festival

Guernsey Lit Fest was blissful. I stayed in a former convent with sea views and a big cross, interviewed Richard Dawkins and Horatio Clare, encouraged the good people of Guernsey to write about themselves – they all promised me they would – and went swimming in tidal pools.

June 2022


A nourishing and stimulating weekend of workshops with Lit Wales

June 18th


Belfast Book Festival

Joyous times in Belfast being interviewed by Sophie Travers and staying up late with poets Joelle Taylor and Sophie Herxheimer

15th June


Joyous times with Nina Stibbe and Patrick Gale watching Meg Mason and Max Porter at Waterstones Piccadilly

13th June


Wimbledon Book Festival

Wonderful time teaching a writing workshop with Nikesh Shukla for Wimbledon Book Festival

Saturday 11th June


Charleston Festival

Had such a delightful time with Nina Stibbe at Charleston

Wednesday 25th May


Nibbies

Amazing time at The Nibbies last night and so many of my favourite books and authors were rewarded. I had a brilliant time talking to friends old and new and feeling generally extremely grateful to be out of the house and in a big room with so many amazing people.

Monday 23rd May


North Cornwall Book Festival Author Tours

Wonderful evening interviewing Rachel Joyce about her novel Miss Benson’s Beetle.

May 2022


Bath Festival

Did some brilliant events with Nikesh Shukla, Clover Stroud, Julia Samuel and Stacey Halls

May 2022


Fowey Festival

11th May 2022


At Nina Stibbe’s launch party for One Day I Shall Astonish The World

5th May 2022


Teaching a workshop at Stratford Literary Festival

4th May 2022


At the Bloggers Prize Winner’s Ceremony with my lovely champion book blogger, Jenna and my fellow shortlisted authors A.k. Blakemore and Jennifer Saint

April 26th 2022


Interviewing Hanna Bervoets and Simone Atangana Bekono for New Dutch Writing at The London Book Fair.

March 2022


Bloggers Prize 2022

March 2022

Very excited and honoured that Everyone Is Still Alive has been shortlisted for the Bloggers Book Prize 2022. I have been so enormously grateful to all of the wonderful bloggers who have championed my novel and all of my books. And especially to @book_club_mumma


Book Off Podcast

23rd March 2022

Joyous times with Ruth Ozeki and Joe Haddow on Book Off. I felt comfortable and safe in the conversation. Is there anything better than talking honestly and openly about books and what they mean to us?


Bridport Prize Q&A


Chuffed that my novel, Everyone Is Still Alive is book of the month in The Bookseller

March 2022


Interviewing Charlie Carroll at The Falmouth Bookseller about his novel The Lip.

February 28th 2022


Logroll: The Non Fiction Podcast

Loved chatting to Andrew about The Last Act of Love.


Motherkind Podcast

This episode is about writing and journaling and its profound power to support us as we wind through this path of motherhood, but it is mostly about self compassion.

February 24th 2022


Dr Rangan Chatterjee: Out of Hours

I love Dr Rangan Chatterjee and it was a great pleasure to talk to him about writing and life. You can listen to our conversation here

January 30th 2022


The Extraordinary Business Book Club

Writing isn’t just a tool for communication, and your book isn’t just a product. In this thoughtful and practical conversation, best-selling author Cathy Rentzenbrink reveals how she approaches both life writing and how-to writing, and charts the looping, iterative progress that allows you to develop your ideas from exploration to exposition. Listen here.

January 17th 2022


Chiltern Voice Podcast

Cathy joins Antonia to talk about Write It All Down, her generous, tender and constructive guide for anyone wishing to turn their own experiences into words on the page. Listen here.

16th January 2022


Death of 1000 Cuts Podcast

Loved doing this. Chatting with Tim Clare. Listen here.

10th January 2022


Write It All Down in The Falmouth Bookseller

Write It All Down is out in the world.

5th January


Not Too Busy to Write. Podcast with Penny Wincer.

Such a pleasure to talk to Penny Wincer about all things writing. Listen here.

5th January 2022


Radio 4 Woman’s Hour

Amazing time on Woman’s Hour with brilliant writers Arifa Akbar, Ann Patchett and Julia Samuel and all brilliantly chaired by Emma Barnett. Listen here.

3rd January 2022


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