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Kathleen Jones is an English poet and biographer.

Born and brought up on a hill farm in the north of England, she escaped to London as a teenager in order to become a writer. She spent several years in Africa and the Middle East - where she worked in English broadcasting - before returning home. She read law and then English Literature as a mature student at university before specialising in early women writers - work that culminated in A Glorious Fame, the life of Margaret Cavendish
Margaret Cavendish
Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne was an English aristocrat, a prolific writer, and a scientist. Born Margaret Lucas, she was the youngest sister of prominent royalists Sir John Lucas and Sir Charles Lucas...

, Duchess of Newcastle. Her extensive published work includes radio journalism, articles for magazines and newspapers, short fiction and eleven books - a mixture of biography
Biography
A biography is a detailed description or account of someone's life. More than a list of basic facts , biography also portrays the subject's experience of those events...

, general non-fiction and two poetry collections. She is currently living in Cumbria
Cumbria
Cumbria , is a non-metropolitan county in North West England. The county and Cumbria County Council, its local authority, came into existence in 1974 after the passage of the Local Government Act 1972. Cumbria's largest settlement and county town is Carlisle. It consists of six districts, and in...

 and Italy
Italy
Italy , officially the Italian Republic languages]] under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. In each of these, Italy's official name is as follows:;;;;;;;;), is a unitary parliamentary republic in South-Central Europe. To the north it borders France, Switzerland, Austria and...

. Her latest work, a biography of Katherine Mansfield
Katherine Mansfield
Kathleen Mansfield Beauchamp Murry was a prominent modernist writer of short fiction who was born and brought up in colonial New Zealand and wrote under the pen name of Katherine Mansfield. Mansfield left for Great Britain in 1908 where she encountered Modernist writers such as D.H. Lawrence and...

 called The Storyteller, was published in New Zealand in August 2010 by Penguin and in the UK in December 2010 by Edinburgh University Press
Edinburgh University Press
Edinburgh University Press is a scholarly publisher of academic books and journals, based in Edinburgh, Scotland.-History:Edinburgh University Press was founded over 50 years ago and became a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of Edinburgh in 1992...

. It is the result of several years of gathering research material from hundreds of sources and many visits to New Zealand and includes an account of Mansfield's relationship with John Middleton Murry
John Middleton Murry
John Middleton Murry was an English writer. He was prolific, producing more than 60 books and thousands of essays and reviews on literature, social issues, politics, and religion during his lifetime...

, his work as editor of Mansfield's unpublished manuscripts, letters and notebooks after her death, and how this adversely affected his own life.

Kathleen Jones has published poetry, feature articles and short fiction in a variety of national and international magazines and newspapers . Her short stories have been anthologised and also broadcast on Radio 4 and on radio networks in Holland, Germany and Spain. She is on the British Council
British Council
The British Council is a United Kingdom-based organisation specialising in international educational and cultural opportunities. It is registered as a charity both in England and Wales, and in Scotland...

 authors list, and was one of the featured authors in the recent 'Save our Short Story Anthology' compiled by the Arts Council
Arts council
An arts council is a government or private, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the arts mainly by funding local artists, awarding prizes, and organizing events at home and abroad...

 on the internet.

A prize-winning collection of poetry, Unwritten Lives, was published by Redbeck Press in 1995 and a further collection Secret Eden was exhibited as part of a collaborative project for Visual Arts Year 97 with landscape photographer Tony Riley. Her latest collection Not Saying Goodbye at Gate 21, published by Templar Poetry, was joint winner of the Straid Collection Award 2011.

Kathleen Jones is a regular performer at Literature Festivals all over Britain and leads creative writing workshops for fiction, poetry and life writing. She is also a tutor for the Open University's new creative writing program and currently a Royal Literary Fund Fellow
Royal Literary Fund
The Royal Literary Fund is a benevolent fund set up to help published British writers in financial difficulties. It was founded by Reverend David Williams in 1790 and has received bequests and donations, including royal patronage, ever since...

.

Her work 'is characterized by an ability to select and extract details from her research and use them to paint a coherent portrait of her subject, bringing them vividly to life. She crafts strong stories from real events leaving you with a feeling that you know and understand the subject of the biography'.

Works


Biography
  • A Glorious Fame, Bloomsbury, 1988. (Biography of Margaret Cavendish
    Margaret Cavendish
    Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne was an English aristocrat, a prolific writer, and a scientist. Born Margaret Lucas, she was the youngest sister of prominent royalists Sir John Lucas and Sir Charles Lucas...

    ).
  • Learning not to be First. Windrush, 1990; OUP, 1991; Goldmann (Germany) 1996. (Biography of Christina Rossetti
    Christina Rossetti
    Christina Georgina Rossetti was an English poet who wrote a variety of romantic, devotional, and children's poems...

    ).
  • A Passionate Sisterhood. Constable, 1997; Virago 1998. (Lives of the Wives, Sisters and Daughters of Wordsworth, Coleridge
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge was an English poet, Romantic, literary critic and philosopher who, with his friend William Wordsworth, was a founder of the Romantic Movement in England and a member of the Lake Poets. He is probably best known for his poems The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Kubla...

      and Southey
    Southey
    Southey ward—which includes the districts of Fox Hill, New Parson Cross, Southey, Wadsley Bridge, and part of Old Parson Cross—is one of the 28 electoral wards in City of Sheffield, England. It is located in the northern part of the city and covers an area of 4.6 km2. The...

    ).
  • Catherine Cookson
    Catherine Cookson
    Dame Catherine Cookson DBE was a British author. She became the United Kingdom's most widely read novelist, with sales topping 100 million, while retaining a relatively low profile in the world of celebrity writers...

    : The Biography
    . Constable, 1999; Little Brown, 2000; Random House Australia 2000.
  • Seeking Catherine Cookson’s Da , A genealogical quest. Constable Robinson, 2004.
  • An Introduction to Margaret Forster
    Margaret Forster
    Margaret Forster is a British author. She was born in Carlisle, England, where she attended Carlisle and County High School for Girls , and then won an Open Scholarship to read modern history at Somerville College, Oxford, from where she graduated in 1960.After a short period as a teacher at...

    . Northern Lights, 2003. ISBN 0-905404-92-0.
  • Katherine Mansfield: The Story-Teller, Penguin NZ, 2010; Edinburgh University Press, 2011. A life of Katherine Mansfield
    Katherine Mansfield
    Kathleen Mansfield Beauchamp Murry was a prominent modernist writer of short fiction who was born and brought up in colonial New Zealand and wrote under the pen name of Katherine Mansfield. Mansfield left for Great Britain in 1908 where she encountered Modernist writers such as D.H. Lawrence and...

     and her husband John Middleton Murry
    John Middleton Murry
    John Middleton Murry was an English writer. He was prolific, producing more than 60 books and thousands of essays and reviews on literature, social issues, politics, and religion during his lifetime...

    .
  • A Passionate Sisterhood. Amazon Kindle The Book Mill2011 ISBN 978-0-9567303-0-5
  • Christina Rossetti: Learning Not To Be First Amazon Kindle The Book Mill 2011 ISBN 978-0-9567303-2-9

Other Non Fiction

as Kate Gordon:-
  • A Practical Guide to Alternative Weddings, Constable, 1998; reprint, 2002. ISBN 1-84119-606-1
  • A Practical Guide to Alternative Baptism and Baby-naming, Constable, 1998
  • A Practical Guide to Alternative Funerals, Constable, 1998. ISBN 0 09 478770 0


Poetry
  • Invisible Lipstick. Stone Edge Press, 1986.
  • Rumours of Another Sky. Stone Edge Press, 1987
  • Unwritten Lives. Redbeck Press, 1995. ISBN 0-946980-22-5
  •  Other Poetry, 2001. ISBN 01445847
  • Not Saying Goodbye at Gate 21 Templar Poetry ISBN 978-1-906285-14-2


Short Fiction
  • Northern Stories Vol 5 1994 Ed. Beryl Bainbridge and David Pownall ISBN 0-946407-97-5
  • Arc Short Stories Vol 8 1997 (Ed. Maureen Freely and Livi Michael) ISBN 1-900072-16-5
  • Eating Your Cake - and Having it (Anthology) ISBN 0-9525155-1-2
  • BBC Radio 4
    BBC Radio 4
    BBC Radio 4 is a British domestic radio station, operated and owned by the BBC, that broadcasts a wide variety of spoken-word programmes, including news, drama, comedy, science and history. It replaced the BBC Home Service in 1967. The station controller is currently Gwyneth Williams, and the...

    Short Story slot, 1994, 1995, 1998
  • Tabla 1996, 1999,(ISBN 0-9532981-1-6); 2001, (ISBN 0-9532981-3-2).
  • Pitch 2001 (ed by Susan Tranter)http://www.susantranter.co.uk/
  • Landscape into Literature - A Writers' Anthology 2005 ISBN 1-903998-55-7
  • Three and Other Stories" Amazon Kindle The Book Mill 2011

ISBN 978-0-9567303-1-2

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