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
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.