Kathleen Jones


Born and brought up on a hill farm in the Lake District, educated at the Nelson Thomlinson School in Wigton and then at Bristol University, Kathleen Jones spent several years in west Africa and the Middle East, where she worked in broadcast journalism, before returning to the UK.

She lives in Cumbria and has published eight biographies, two collections of poetry, and two novels as well as short fiction and journalism. Kathleen tutors creative writing and is currently Royal Literary Fund Fellow in the English and Creative Writing Department of Lancaster University. In 2012 she was appointed as a Fellow of the English Association for services to literature



Poetry, Biography, Fiction

Publications & Performance History

A Glorious Fame - The Life of Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, Bloomsbury Publishing

Learning not to be First - The Life of Christina Rossetti, Oxford University Press

A Passionate Sisterhood - The Sisters, Wives and Daughters of the Lake Poets, Virago

Catherine Cookson: The Biography, Time Warner

Seeking Catherine Cookson's 'Da', Constable Robinson

Margaret Forster: A Life in Books, The Book Mill

Katherine Mansfield: The Storyteller, Penguin NZ, EUP

Norman Nicholson: The Whispering Poet, The Book Mill

The Sun's Companion, The Book Mill

The Centauress, The Book Mill

Unwritten Lives, Redbeck Press

Not Saying Goodbye at Gate 21, Templar Poetry

Workshop & Reading Experience

Kathleen Jones has performed, or run workshops, at most of the major literature festivals including the Edinburgh Book Festival; Words by the Water, Keswick; the Oxford Literature Festival; York Literature Festival; Durham Literature Festival; Ways with Words, Dartington; to list only a few.

She regularly gives talks or workshops at bookshops and libraries all over the country.


Isabel Dixon, agent, Blake Friedmann Literary Agency www.blakefriedmann.co.uk

Group size preference

Kathleen has worked with small groups as well as giving presentations to large audiences at literary festivals. Preferred size for a workshop would be 14.

Group age preference

Over 16 years

Working languages

English: some knowledge of Italian & French

Area prepared to travel

North West Libraries

Librarians in the North West have pioneered partnership working to encourage new readers into libraries. Time To Read is a partnership of librarians engaged in reader development activity in public library authorities in the North West Region. 22 public library authorities in the region currently support Time To Read.

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