Events

Events 2021:


North Cornwall Book Festival.

Friday 24th September to Sunday 26th September 2021.

I will be interviewing Edward Parnell, author of Ghostland and Rachel Joyce, author of Miss Benson’s Beetle and The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry on Sunday.


Henley Literary Festival

Saturday 2nd October – Sunday 10th October 2021

Book Club Sunday: Sara Jafari, Isy Suttie & Cathy Rentzenbrink.

BBC journalist Sophie Van Brugen is joined by three much-loved writers and broadcasters to discuss their acclaimed debut novels and careers to date.

Radio 4 comedian and Peep Show star Isy Suttie’s hilarious Jane is Trying sees her heroine move back to her hometown, host book events and start therapy.

The Last Act of Love author Cathy Rentzenbrink looks at the marriage of Juliet and Liam in Everyone Is Still Alive.

TOKEN Magazine editor Sara Jafari tells the coming- of-age stories of a London graduate and her mother decades before in Iran in The Mismatch.


Cheltenham Literature Fest

Thursday 14th October at 10am: Michael Rosen and Kate Mosse

Sharing their touching, personal stories of caring and being cared for, bestselling author Kate Mosse (An Extra Pair of Hands) and national treasure Michael Rosen (Many Different Kinds of Love) who details his recent battle with Covid, join Cathy Rentzenbrink to discuss finding joy in the complexity of caring.

Thursday 14th October at 1pm: Brotherly Bonds

Jaap Robben and Jodie Chapman talk to Cathy Rentzenbrink about the powerful brotherly bonds at the heart of their books.

Thursday 14th October at 8:30pm: Parenthood, The Long Way Round

Margaret Reynolds (The Wild Track), Sophie Beresiner (The Mother Project) and Pragya Agarwal ((M)otherhood) join chair Cathy Rentzenbrink to re-evaluate the traditional notion of what it means to be a family, reflect on their own paths to parenthood and explore the complexities, expectations and unexpected joys of building a family in a non-traditional way.

Friday 15th October at 6:30pm: When ‘Having It All’ Means Doing It All

Cathy Rentzenbrink talks to the writers of two novels that tackle the contradictions of contemporary motherhood with scalpel-sharp precision and dark humour. 

Saturday 16th October at 4:30pm: Unconventional Upbringings, Stories From Wild Childhoods

Gavanndra Hodge and Sarah Aspinall tell Cathy Rentzenbrink about navigating the instability of their early lives and their complex feelings towards their parents.


Events Scrapbook 2021


At the beautiful Budleigh Salterton festival chatting about my novel.

15 September 2021


BA Conference – Enjoying being a very tiny blob in the corner of Richard Osman’s keynote speech.

12 September 2021


Chiswick Book Festival

11 September 2021


Interviewing Patrick Gale for Emmaus Cornwall about his beautiful new book Mother’s Boy.

9 September 2021


Complete joy celebrating The Women’s Prize. I felt so happy standing in the crowd and applauding all these wonderful women.

8 September 2021


It was such a pleasure to interview Sebastian Faulks at glorious Chiddingstone Castle with a delightful audience. How I have missed live events!

2 September 2021


Waterstones Online Event with Philippa Perry

11th August 2021


Book signing at Shrew Books in Fowey

July 2021


Casually hanging out next to my book in the Waterstones Truro window. Loving the magnolia petals

July 2021


Falmouth Bookseller event being interviewed by Wyl Menmuir at Dolly’s Tearoom & Wine Bar

12th July 2021


Everyone Is Still Alive publication day. Book signings at BookBar, Queen’s Park Books, Goldsboro Books, Village Books and West End Lane Books


FANE: A Night in With Cathy Rentzenbrink

My digital launch for Everyone Is Still Alive. Interviewed by the clever and funny Nina Stibbe. You can watch it on demand until 13th July

6th July 2021


Delivering trade copies of Everyone Is Still Alive to Waterstones Truro

Had a joyous time out and about dropping off reading copies and a few treats to Waterstones Truro.

June 30th 2021

Damian Barr’s Guide Books for Radio 4

In this episode, Damian is joined by Stella Duffy and Cathy Rentzenbrink to talk about the poetry, fiction and non-fiction books that have helped them navigate loss in their own lives, and support others in their grief.

22nd June 2021


Shelf Healing Podcast

Dr Samantha Rayner talks with Cathy Rentzenbrink about her book Dear Reader, and the therapeutic effects of reading on mental health and wellbeing

June 10th 2021


A collage of virtual zoom events during lockdown

From left to right: Interviewing Terry Waite for Emmaus Cornwall; Phoenix launch event; Interviewing Raynor Winn for Emmaus Cornwall; Interviewing James Bowen for Emmaus Cornwall; Confer Webinar; Interviewing Bernardine Evaristo; Cambridge Lit Fest with Nina Stibbe; Good Grief Fes; Mountains to Sea festival with Kit de Waal.


James Bowen In Conversation with Cathy Rentzenbrink for Emmaus Cornwall

James joined Cathy Rentzenbrink to discuss his own experience of homelessness and addiction, his bestselling memoirs, and the organisations he now supports

May 13th 2021


Let’s Talk About Death, Baby, for Stay At Home! Festival

This panel explores writing about the intimacy of dying and grief, from the ethics of sharing the stories of the dead, to the decision to write about loss; asking why is it important to write up close to these things, especially in these times?

May 9th 2021


Live From My Woodshed

This is the art of improvising in action – Cathy’s authenticity – communicating, leaving space for silence and letting herself reflect in real time. As well as a poignant observation of the loneliness of the pandemic.

March 20th 2021


Terry Waite In Conversation with Cathy Rentzenbrink for Emmaus Cornwall

Together with Cathy, Terry discusses his own experiences of captivity in the context of recent national and global lockdowns, as well as his versatility as an author, and the organisations he supports.

March 18th 2021


How To Be Sad Podcast

Helen Russell talks to Cathy Rentzenbrink about growing up with grief, keeping going and practical advice for sad times

March 17th 2021


What Harry Potter Teaches Us About Grief for The Grief Channel

From Dementors to the Patronus Charm, this panel will delve into the magical world of Hogwarts, exploring what Harry Potter has to teach us about bereavement and depression and how we can use these stories to talk to children about grief and other mental health issues.

March 2021


Raynor Winn In Conversation with Cathy Rentzenbrink for Emmaus Cornwall

Bestselling author, Raynor Winn, held an exclusive Q&A session and online book reading of her second memoir, in aid of Emmaus Cornwall

January 25th 2021