Katherine Langrish is the author of a number of historical fantasies including the Viking trilogy West of the Moon (HarperCollins). After a first degree in English she studied medieval literature at University College and King’s College, London. Her writing for children draws on folklore and legends, while her blog for adult readers, ‘Seven Miles of Steel Thistles’ focuses on all things to do with fairy tales, folklore and fantasy. Katherine is folklore consultant to the new fairy-tale journal Unsettling Wonder and reviews regularly for the Sussex Folklore Centre’s journal Gramarye. For more information about Katherine and her work, you can visit her website and follow her on Twitter.

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