Events

Events 2022:


Arvon At Home Writing Day: Life Writing – Work in Progress

Saturday January 22nd 2022, 9:45 GMT Online

The day will include two workshops with Cathy which will be designed to generate new work as well as to reinvigorate your current project, followed by a session from guest speaker Kit de Waal and an hour-long Q&A session at the end of the day when you will have the opportunity to ask questions about your own work.


Cambridge Literary Festival – Masterclass Life Writing With Cathy Rentzenbrink

Saturday 29th January 2022 10am-12:30pm

Perfect for all levels, whether you’re a seasoned writer or just starting out. Or maybe you know a budding writer and think that this would make the perfect Christmas present!


Events Scrapbook 2021

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


Books at Lunchtime with Kett’s Books

Watch here

25th November 2021


Podcast From the Past

This was such a pleasure to do. I loved talking to Tom, was very moved by Toby’s postcards, and was chuffed to be able to discuss one of my favourite subjects, my friend Jo and the precise whereabouts of Carshalton Beeches. Listen here.

19th November 2021


Waterstones Truro event with Patrick Gale chatting about my novel

Thursday 11th November


Recording the audiobook for Write it All Down


Arvon Lumb Bank

Wonderful time teaching at Lumb Bank with Raynor Winn

November 2021


The Garsdale Retreat

Wonderfully inspiring week teaching at Garsdale.

18th-22nd October 2021


Falmouth Book Festival

Joyous times at the Falmouth Book Festival.

17 October 2021


How To Own The Room Podcast

I really love Viv Groskop and it was such a pleasure to talk to her for the podcast. You can listen to the episode here.

8 October 2021


Cheltenham Lit Fest

Fantastic time at Cheltenham chairing lots of brilliant events

October 2021


Hosting the Canongate x Serpent’s Tail Spring showcase

I had the time of my life (and nearly fell off my stool when Ruth Ozeki told me she was reading my book)

October 5th


Henley Literary Festival

Very much enjoyed chatting with Isy Suttie, Sara Jafari and Sophie Van Brugen at Henley

October 3rd


Marlborough Lit Fest

Interviewing Jon McGregor for Marlborough Lit Fest

October 3rd


North Cornwall Book Festival

I loved doing this festival. Beautiful church, interesting authors, delightful audience.

Sunday 26th September


The Tidal Year Podcast

I loved talking to Freya Bromley on her podcast The Tidal Year about swimming and writing. Click here to listen.

22 September 2021


Budleigh Salterton Festival

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