The Speakers Sub-Committee is dedicated to maintaining the quality and diversity of the BFWI Speakers Listing, the brochure for which is published every two years.
Speakers recommended to the Committee are selected to be invited for audition at venues around the County. WI members’ written comments at these events are relied upon to determine whether a speaker is approved for entry to the Speakers Listing. Speakers are subsequently invited to renew their place in the Listing, updating their details every two years. Details of interim changes and newly approved speakers are published in BFWI News.
Speakers offering virtual presentations are now identified in the Listing.
To ensure that the standard of speakers remains high, WIs are requested to complete and submit a Speaker’ Report Form after each monthly meeting, whether the talk was virtual or face to face. This applies to all speakers, whether or not they have been approved for the listing.
Catherine joined the army straight from her all-girls school because the ratio of men to women was 500:1. She got married whilst still serving, which the army just about tolerated, but then fell pregnant – which they most certainly didn’t. It was after she left she discovered she had a knack with words and took up writing.
"I do a talk to WIs ... which is a romp through my life and, at the end of it, I tell them that ‘some of what I have just said is actually true’. This is largely because, as a novelist, I can’t bear to leave a story unimproved, even my own." (Romantic Novelists Association)
Catherine writes under the names of Catherine Jones, Fiona Field and Kate Lace and one of her most popular novels is Kate's "Gypsy Wedding".
Catherine's next book is Homes and Hearths in Little Woodford. mybook.to/HomesandHearths
Booking details in your WI's Speakers Listing, or contact us at WISpeakers1915@gmail.com