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Author and speaker

Welcome to my website where you can find out more about me, my research, my talks and my writing.

I write historical novels that transport readers to sixteenth century Devon to be inspired by women who must balance duty and love in turbulent times…….

….and I bring the past to life, often appearing as Katherine, the subject of my first novel, in talks all over the county and beyond……

…and I make and wear historical clothing. It’s a great way to connect the people of today with those who went before. Interpreting the past helps us to understand our own time and look towards the future.

Through my research I’ve discovered a cast of fascinating characters and an intriguing network of families whose influence stretched far beyond the west country. I love telling their stories.

I hope you enjoy exploring my website which I update regularly. Feel free to contact me with any comments or questions and do sign up for my newsletter to keep in touch.

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A Woman of Noble Wit

A Woman of Noble Wit

Coming Sept. 28, 2021

Few women of her time lived to see their name in print. But Katherine was no ordinary woman. She was Sir Walter Raleigh’s mother, and she inspired her sons to follow their dreams.

As the daughter of a Devon family with close connections to the glittering court of King Henry VIII, Katherine’s duty is clear. Still a girl, she starts a new life at Greenway Court on the River Dart. She settles into the life of a dutiful wife and mother until a chance shipboard encounter with a handsome privateer, turns her world upside down.…..

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A Spring Walk

The Lady Katherine walking amongst the blossom.

The Challenge of Creating an Elizabethan Ruff

May 02, 2021

No item of clothing more clearly signals the Elizabethan age than the ruff.  The wearers, men and women alike, hold …

Finding inspiration - Luppitt Church East Devon - June 2019

April 27, 2021

On a warm June day the sheep graze in the green pastures around the sleepy little village of Luppitt in …

Pandemic - spare a thought for those who went before.

April 21, 2021

A new disease is sweeping through continental Europe at alarming speed, felling all in its path.  …

Rosemary as Katherine Champernowne at the Fairlynch Museum

May 24, 2021

Rosemary as Katherine Champernowne at the Fairlynch Museum

My Handstitched Shift

May 25, 2021