Former pupil turned author returns to Queen Anne's
Tuesday 15th October 2013
A former Queen Anne’s pupil, who is now a published author, returned to school last Thursday. Katherine Preston, a writer and speaker who now lives in Brooklyn, visited the school to enjoy a catch up with Mrs Green, Teacher of English and Mrs Harrington, Headmistress, following her performance at the Henley Literary Festival on 6 October.
Following her visit, Katherine said,
“It’s been fantastic to come back to the school; my favourite subject was English when I was a pupil and I have many happy memories of hanging out with my friends during my time at Queen Anne’s.”
After attending the all-girls’ independent school in Caversham from 1995 to 2002, Katherine went on to write the book, “Out With It – How Stuttering Helped Me Find My Voice”, a vividly powerful memoir of a young woman who fought for years to change who she was until she finally found her voice and learned to embrace her imperfection. Katherine was aged 7 when her battle with her stutter began and at the age of 24, she made a life-changing decision to leave her home in London and spend a year travelling around America meeting hundreds of stutterers, speech therapists and researchers.
Talking about her book, which she wrote over a two-year period, Katherine said,
“Writing the book helped me to work out who I was and has moulded me into the person I am today. I hope that by writing the book, I have inspired other stutterers and made them realise that they are not alone.”