I’m happy to be back with a beautiful interview episode – I talked to Katherine May (a fellow writer!) about her book Wintering, our experience of the pandemic, the creative process and many other interesting things. I dropped deep into her writing this summer and read her book in just three sittings, which is magic in pandemic attention span terms. I hope you’ll receive some comfort and inspiration from hearing about her thoughts too!
Here is some of what we explored:
- What it means to accept seasons if Wintering
- Being a wild swimmer and how it is the best thing ever
- Being with the truth of loss, disappointment and failure
- Self-acceptance and finding your people after an autism diagnosis later in life
- Writing anti-self-help books
Katherine May is an author of fiction and memoir whose titles include Wintering, The Electricity of Every Living Thing, The Whitstable High Tide Swimming Club, The 52 Seductions, Burning Out, and Ghosts & Their Uses. She is the editor of The Best, Most Awful Job, an anthology of essays about motherhood. Her journalism and essays have appeared in a range of publications including The Times, The Observer, Good Housekeeping and Aeon.
Previously the Programme Director for Creative Writing at Canterbury Christ Church University, Katherine currently works as a literary scout for Lucy Abrahams Literary Scouting and a freelance editor for organisations including Faber Academy and Audible.
She lives in Whitstable, Kent with her husband and son.
Here is my book Rituals, which I mentioned in the intro: https://www.yarrowmagdalena.com/book/
And here is the writing program called Dream: https://www.yarrowmagdalena.com/dream-program/