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Catherine Riley

Catherine Riley

Role: Head of Communications and Partnerships

Favourite Book: The Passion of New Eve by Angela Carter

Currently reading: Bad Habit by Alana S. Portero

Catherine Riley joined the RSL in 2023. She was previously director of the Primadonna Festival, a weekend of books, ideas and inspiration based in Suffolk, and prior to that worked in comms in the third sector and for the Women’s Equality Party. She has also worked as a university tutor and lecturer, and spent many years as a freelance journalist. Catherine has published two books on contemporary feminist publishing in the UK and her debut novel, Is This Love?, was published by Serpent’s Tail in 2022. Its follow-up is proving slow in the making.

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