Sue Kittow - Cornish Author

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I wrote walks for Cornwall Today for several years, and it occurred to me to put these together and form a book. I approached many different publishers - although there aren’t many who publish walks, let alone Cornish ones, as I found out - and just when I’d given up hope, I had an email from Sigma Press saying that they would like to publish my idea for Discover Cornwall.

 

As my husband had just died, it was some comfort, though I know how pleased he would have been, and wished he could have known. Or perhaps that was his parting gift….

 

 

DISCOVER CORNWALL

Discover Cornwall features 20 walks, providing a healthy and entertaining way to keep fit, learn about Cornwall and enjoy the beaches, moorland and history of this magical county.

 

 

WALKS IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF CORNISH WRITERS

A friend came up with this idea, so I am everlastingly grateful for this gem, which has led to the rest of the Walks in the Footsteps series. This book features 20 walks all relating to different writers associated with Cornwall. It was fascinating talking to the contemporary authors about their favourite walks, and I loved discovering the places that were so special to those well known writers who are no longer with us.

 

 

WALKS IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF POLDARK

When I finished the Cornish Writers book, I said I wouldn’t write another book. It is too time consuming when I have to earn money from journalism. And then the new TV series of Poldark came along - and went global. Well, I couldn’t sit by and let someone else write a Poldark walks book, so I pitched that idea and realised I had limited time in which to write it, as the next series was scheduled for the following year. So I came to write this book during the wettest winter we have had for over 100 years.

However, it was a joy to re-read Winston Graham’s amazing novels and research the many places, people and events that are associated with the books and TV series. Winston Graham was so good at evoking the real landscape of Cornwall, the Cornish people and the unpredictability of the Cornish weather.

 

 

WALKS IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF DAPHNE DU MAURIER

I have loved Du Maurier’s novels with a passion since I was a young teenager. I don’t know how many times I have wept over Frenchman’s Creek, shuddered as I turned the pages of Jamaica Inn and admired the bravery of Honor in The King’s General. Du Maurier was, to my mind, unrivalled at her descriptions of the moors, the sea and the rivers. She was adept at the details that show a character in often chilling ways, such as Joss Merlyn’s huge hands deftly cutting a loaf of bread.

Daphne du Maurier regarded Cornwall as her refuge, and was where she found her niche, and her ability to write. But who doesn’t need a refuge at times? This book explores many of the routes featured in her books, and it was a joy to walk in her footsteps.

 

 

WALKS IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ROSAMUNDE PILCHER

I was fortunate enough to interview Rosamunde Pilcher just before her 90th birthday when she was a lot more alert and with it than I was. She was fascinating to talk to, with very strong views on education (keeping the libraries open) and her memories of Cornwall were very vivid. Over the past decade or so, Cornwall has provided the backdrop for a highly popular German TV series based on Rosamunde Pilcher’s short stories. It is aired on Sunday nights, and is responsible for a huge number of German visitors to our county, so it seemed only right to pay tribute to her and to our German visitors who appreciate Cornwall as much as we do.

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I have interviewed many authors including Bill Bryson, Ian Rankin, Lionel Shriver and Rosamunde Pilcher for the international writing magazine, Writers’ Forum.

 

I have also been a columnist and Sailing Correspondent for Cornwall Today (Magazine of the Year 2009, Press Gazette Regional Awards), having been a regular contributor since 2008, writing personal profiles, health pieces, sports articles, features, antique slots, author interviews and walks. I have also written for the Daily Mail, Woman’s Weekly, Vision Now, Classic Boat, Sailing Today, Classic Sailor, Nursing Standard, Openmind, and many other magazines. I have also written for The Tonic and The Overtake websites, and write reviews on dog friendly accommodation for Feet On the Ground website.

 

I have a Diploma with Distinction in Freelance and Feature Writing from the London School of Journalism in 2008 and I have undertaken several refresher courses since then.

 

I am available for commissions and reviews so please get in touch.

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Blogs… 

 

Before I started writing professionally, I created a blog as a  way of ensuring that something I’d written was published, and available for the world to see. I wrote one every day for a while, before I started making money from my work, when the posts became fewer. I still try to post once a week and am amazed by the people that read it, many of whom don’t comment but will make some comment to me later, in person, or by email.

 

I find blogs a useful way to talk about what is important to me. It might be a topic that I’m writing a piece about, or something in the news. It could be a walk I’ve done, or my cat disappearing, then having to be put down. A comment overheard in my corner shop - “Do you realise I’ve never seen your arms?” Everyday events that other people can connect with, but written in slightly more depth than a Facebook post.

 

Blogs are a good way of starting off writing, providing a platform that the world can read. I would advise anyone wanting to start writing to spend a bit of time looking at other people’s posts, maybe add a picture or two, and get out there!

 

You can see examples of my writing on  www.flowerpotdays.blogspot.com

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