Katharine Ann Angel was born in Kent in 1959 to medics Robert St John and Jean-Ann Angel. She graduated as a middle-school teacher in London in 1982, after teaching practice in Greenford and Southall. Later, she taught a class of 14 year-olds ‘the academic stuff’ in a drama and dance school before moving north to Lancashire. Since then she has taught a variety of subjects to children of all ages from foundation to GCSE, with extra patience for those who struggle to understand.
After many years of fostering, Katharine worked as a tutor/caseholder for NT&AS (the National Teaching and Advisory Service) where the emphasis on inclusion for all is the highest priority. Most of her teenage pupils had been permanently excluded from school. She witnessed their frustrations, anguish and disappointments as they struggled to fit in, to be accepted and comprehend the academic world as well as their triumphs: a GCSE or a successful college course.
Katharine’s first love is writing fiction but while raising own children, fostering and teaching, she had to put this on hold so “Being Forgotten” is the first piece submitted for publication: ‘As a small tribute to my pupils!’ she says.
In 1987 Katharine was runner-up in a Lion/Strait short story competition given the theme of the battle between good and evil in the universe, with ‘The Lives of Stanley Pritchard.’
Katharine also writes modern, humorous, educational stories for teenagers who “need to read to succeed!”
Her debut novel The Froggitt Chain was released 30th November 2014