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Kate Foster

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Contact: [email protected]
Local authority: Edinburgh City
Languages: English
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I am an author and journalist.

My debut novel, The Maiden, (Mantle Books, 2023) is a feminist retelling of a 17th century Edinburgh murder. It won Bloody Scotland’s Pitch Perfect award 2020 and went on to become a Times and Waterstones bestseller. I was inspired to write the novel based on the local folklore of my childhood.

I’ve also been a journalist for around 25 years writing for national newspapers. I specialise in investigating and writing news and features mainly as a Health Editor.

I have extensive experience in pitching, writing and editing both in fiction and journalism and I love working with other writers and readers. I have appeared at events and panels and enjoy taking part in talks, Q&As, book groups, workshops and mentoring. I became a debut author at the age of 48 and I am happy to talk about my experience of the writing and publication process as an older debut. I enjoy exploring themes of historical retellings and women in history.

Local authorities can visit

Dundee; East Lothian; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Midlothian; Perth and Kinross; Stirling; West Lothian

Events can deliver

Chairing events; Mentoring; Panel event; Professional development, CLPL or CPD; Reading; Talk; Workshop

Topics of work

Biography & memoir; Class & society; Crime fiction; Death, grief & bereavement; Editing & editing your own work; Gender equality; Health including mental health & wellbeing; Historical fiction; Mystery & thriller; Publishing & getting published

Age groups published for


Age groups can work with

0-2; 3-5; 6-8; 9-11; 12-14; 15-18; 18+

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100; 100-500; 500+