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KATHLEEN JONES was born and brought up on a hill farm in Cumbria and now lives with her partner, sculptor Neil Ferber, on the edge of the English Lake District. She has been writing since she was a child and has published ten books including six biographies and a collection of poetry. She lived for several years in Africa and the Middle East, where she worked for the Qatar Broadcasting Corporation. Since then she has written extensively for BBC radio and contributed to several television documentaries.
Kathleen is currently a Royal Literary Fund Fellow. Her latest biography, 'Katherine Mansfield: The Storyteller' was published by Penguin NZ in August, and by Edinburgh University Press in December 2010. It is available on Amazon.co.uk
She is best known for her award-winning biographies, but has also published poetry, feature articles and short fiction in a variety of national and international magazines and newspapers. Her short stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio and on radio networks in Holland, Germany and Spain. As a journalist Kathleen has written articles and reviews for the Independent, the Guardian, the Daily Express, and the TLS, as well as magazines such as SHE and Cosmo. A prize-winning, collection of poetry 'Unwritten Lives' was published by Redbeck Press in 1995 and a further collection 'Not Saying Goodbye at Gate 21' is being published by Templar Poetry in 2011. Kathleen is an enthusiastic blogger, writing an on-line journal 'A Writer's Life' and a book review blog. She is part of the 'Tuesday Poem' group, based in New Zealand.
Kathleen Jones regularly leads creative writing workshops for fiction, poetry and life writing. In June each year she also tutors a residential writing course at Peralta in Italy with American novelist Mary-Rose Hayes.