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Katherine Clements

Novelist, Short-story writer

Katherine Clements is a novelist and short story writer specialising in historical fiction. Her critically acclaimed debut novel, The Crimson Ribbon, is set during the English Civil War and explores the experience of women involved in the radical political and religious movements of the time. Her second, The Silvered Heart, approaches the same conflict from a different perspective, re-telling the legend of infamous highwaywoman, the Wicked Lady. It was picked as a WHSmith Read of the Week.

Her short fiction has appeared in various publications and been shortlisted in several competitions. In 2012 she won the Winchester Writers’ conference first three pages of a novel award and the Weald and Downland Museum historical short story prize sponsored by Jerwood. She was writer-in-residence at the Watts Gallery, Surrey, in 2013.

Katherine studied ancient history and archaeology at Manchester University, followed by a varied career in media, the charity sector and education. Most recently she worked for a national examination board where she led the development and launch of the UK’s first A level qualification in creative writing.

Katherine is editor of Historia, the online magazine of the Historical Writers’ association, and is a member of the HWA committee. She is a member of the Society of Authors, authors’ collective the Prime Writers and blogs for the History Girls on the 11th of each month. She currently lives in Manchester and is working on her third novel.

Katherine Clements


University of Manchester, School of Arts, Languages and Cultures 2019-21
University of Manchester 2017/18
University of Sheffield 2016/17
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