Being spot-welded to the computer, writing, is all very well, but what I really like doing is getting out there and talking about it!

I do the after-dinner circuit, enjoy radio, give talks to writers groups and conferences, and have worked as a celebrity speaker on P&O’s cruise ship, Arcadia.

I’ve hosted the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s ‘Romantic Novel Awards’ – the annual awards for the best in Romantic Fiction –since 2011, and have presented lots of events at various literary festivals both here and abroad. I’m also a founder member of BroadstairsLit where we have welcomed many big-name authors.


I really love interviewing and an interviewer/chair, I have presented panels and been “in conversation with” dozens of authors and personalities including:

Fern and Jane

Jonathan AitkenRachel AllenDavid BaddielLynn BarberTim Bentinck, Katy BrandFern Britton (pictured left), Kay BurleyDarcey BussellTania CarverMavis CheekJulian ClaryAnn Cleeves, Reverend Richard ColesJenny ColganCharles Collingwood (actor)John Crace (writer)Emma DarwinHunter DaviesKeri DaviesNadine Dorries, Louise DoughtyAnnabelle DowlerTim DowlingStella Duffy, Ian DuntJenny Eclair, Jessica FellowesKatie Fforde, Helen FieldingJudy Finnigan, Rebecca FraserSteve Furst, Patrick Gale, Frank GardnerMel GiedroycJoanne Harris, Stephen HarrisTrevor HarrisonAngela HartnettVeronica Henry, Susan HillVictoria Hislop, Gill HornbyPeter James, Luke JenningsLisa Jewell, Alan Johnson, Cathy KellyIndia KnightIrma KurtzHelen LedererPrue LeithKathy Lette, Clare MackintoshRichard Madeley, Chetna MakanLucy ManganJill MansellSanta MontefioreBel MooneyKate MosseJojo Moyes, Jenni MurrayDavid NichollsDavid Nobbs, Ben Okri, Sunny Ormonde, Adele ParksRobert Peston, Tony RobinsonAmanda Ross, James RuncieGill SimsBarbara Taylor BradfordPenny Vincenzi, Terry WaiteFiona WalkerFay WeldonKate Williams and Reggie Yates.




I also love doing speaking gigs (the sound of one’s own voice being a particular pleasure :-)). If you want to hire me for your wedding, christening or Bar Mitzvhah,  drop me a line!

Engagements have included both business and writing conferences, cruise ships and  many branches of the Rotary Club and Round Table as well as numerous writing groups and dining clubs and once – for charity – standing on a box at Speakers Corner * (oh my god!).

I am also a  client of the Speakers Agency along with Edwina Currie (pictured at one of their gigs) – yes, the fake tan (mine) was a little robust –  and other such luminaries.

*Here I am in Hyde Park, battling to be heard above the buses and hecklers. “Get off, you dyke” (Moi??) and “Women should be in the kitchen” were two of their favourites.

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I am a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and have hosted the the Romantic Novel Awards over recent years with celebrities including the Reverend Richard Coles, author and historian Alison Weir, Archers star Tim Bentinck, crime writer Peter James, Richard and Judy. Barbara Taylor Bradford, Fern Britton, and Prue Leith.

The RNA was formed in 1960 to promote romantic fiction and to encourage good writing and now represents more than 700 writers, agents, editors and other publishing professionals.

At the awards ceremony in March each year, the seven RoNAs (Romantic Novel Awards) are announced.

_DSC7650They are awarded to the winners of seven specific categories of romantic novel: Contemporary, Comedy, Debut Novel, Fantasy, Historical, and Shorter.

Each year, the RNA also celebrates the best writing from among its own members with awards for both published and unpublished work.

These awards are the Joan Hessayon New Writers’ Scheme Award, the Katie Fforde Bursary and the Elizabeth Goudge Trophy.

For latest information about the awards, please visit the RNA’s News pages.



I’ve presented for the BBC on both radio and TV, and I’m a member of Equity.

I have also – in the (vain, clearly) pursuit of fame and books sales – popped up on more little-watched daytime TV on now-defunct channels than I care to remember. Those I do recall –  and if you are of a certain age, you might remember some of these programmes too – include Ready, Steady, Cook; (Huge fun!) Loose Lips;  Kilroy  (oh my god that perma tan); Just for Starters; The Russell Grant Show; The Heaven and Earth Show  (I knocked a lump of the set over) ; The Politics Show   (more than once – always like a rant!) ; The Property Channel; Legal TV; The Wright Stuff; and Inside Out.

To hear me wittering on – click on the photo below for my YouTube Channel…

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