Katherine Langrish

Katherine Langrish grew up in the Yorkshire Dales and has been writing stories for as long as she can remember. She studied English at university and had a variety of jobs, such as lab assistant, riding instructor, and public information officer at Lloyd’s Register of Ships in London, where she met a lot of interesting people, including a man who claimed to have a magic eye…

Married with two daughters, Katherine went to live in France on the edge of the Forest of Fontainebleau, and ran a storytelling group for children. In winter this was held in the mysterious recesses of the Fontainebleau library; in summer, outside in the woods or in people’s gardens. For one occasion she constructed a large dragon out of chicken wire and bin bags, and it still lives in her garage.

Later Katherine and her family moved to New York State near the Finger Lakes, said by Native American legend to be the handprint of the Great Spirit. Here the family acquired a scatty brown-spotted Dalmatian dog – the inspiration for Peer’s dog Loki in Troll Fell.

Katherine currently lives in the Vale of the White Horse in Oxfordshire, and says there are stories everywhere if you know where to look for them.