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Katharine has worked as a reporter, producer and print journalist. She is regularly interviewed by print, TV and radio, mostly about disability, Gypsies and Travellers and other social affairs issues such as adoption. She also speaks regularly at international conferences and festivals, chairing and appearing on panels.

Most recently Katharine did a remote talk for the National Gallery called Every Society Needs a Scapegoat, attended by nearly 1000 visitors in November 2020, as part of its Sin exhibition series. You can read a transcript of it here. In 2019 Katharine chaired an event at the Wellcome Trust for its disability series, discussing representations of disabled people. Earlier in 2019 Katharine spoke on a panel at the Free Word Centre for English Pen and the Society of Authors, with Blake Morrison and Nicola Solomon, discussing life writing.

She has also spoken at journalism events in both the UK and abroad, including a 2018 event for the investigative journalism organisation, Outriders, in Warsaw, Poland.

She loves speaking and chairing book events. In 2017 she chaired a panel at the Killer Women crime festival in London on the Changing Crimescape. In 2015 she was a part of a panel launching the Iranian author Nina Ansary’s book about Iranian women at Foyles Bookshop in London.

She is interviewed regularly on TV and radio, ranging from discussing hate crime for the BBC to the low levels of book ownerships in some households on Sky Sunrise.

In 2014 she also gave a keynote speech at the Council of Europe, on violence against women, which you can read here.

She has spoken at the Hay, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Bristol, Bath, Brympton and other festivals about her books and journalism.

A selection of interviews below:

BBC Woman’s Hour on 28 August 2013,

RTE, Newstalk and many local radio stations in publicity interviews for No Place to Call Home: Inside the Real Lives of Gypsies and Travellers. You can also hear her podcast for The Spectator, about Gypsy and Traveller entrepreneurs here:

She was also interviewed by The Observer newspaper about No Place to Call Home in August 2013:

–  ITV’s Tonight programme on disability hate crime, ‘Don’t hate me’, broadcast on 23 August 2012

– Hispan TV for a documentary on the same subject, transmitted in September 2012.

In 2011 she was interviewed by Channel 4 News, BBC Breakfast News, BBC Radio 4 (You and Yours)

And asked to write about her nomination for the Paul Foot Award for the Press Gazette here:

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She is regularly interviewed on disability hate crime and other matters, with a flurry of programmes around the Olympics. She was interviewed by ITV’s Tonight programme on disability hate crime, ‘Don’t hate me’, broadcast on 23 August 2012 and by Hispan TV for a documentary on the same subject, to be transmitted in September 2012. She was also interviewed on the Paralympics for the podcast, The Fifth Column (September 2012).

In 2011 she was interviewed by Channel 4 News, BBC Breakfast News, BBC Radio 4 (You and Yours).

In 2012 she has spoken at several literary festivals, including the Bath Festival, the Bristol Festival, the Brympton Festival and the Aye Write Festival in Glasgow. She also spoke at the Trades Union Congress.

In 2011 she spoke at the Hay Festival and at the Edinburgh Literary Festival, as well as at the Stoke Newington Festival. She also spoke at the TUC.

Since then she has spoken at a number of international conferences, travelling to Italy and Norway, amongst others, as well as speaking at conferences and chairing sessions in the UK.

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