Kate is a multi-million international bestselling novelist, nonfiction author, playwright and speaker, the Founder Director of the Women’s Prize for Fiction and a champion of women’s creativity. She is the author of eight novels & short story collections, including the No 1 multimillion selling Languedoc Trilogy - Labyrinth, Sepulchre and Citadel - and No 1 bestselling Gothic fiction including The Winter Ghosts and The Taxidermist's Daughter, which she is currently adapting for the stage. She has also written four works of non-fiction, four plays, contributed essays and introductions to classic novels and collections. Kate sits on the Executive Committee of Women of the World and is the Founder of #WomanInHistory. She was awarded an OBE in 2013 for services to literature and women. Her memoir on being a carer - An Extra Pair of Hands - comes out in June.