Facilitator Cathy Rentzenbrick

Cathy Rentzenbrink

Cathy Rentzenbrink is an acclaimed author and speaker. Her memoir, The Last Act of Love, is about the life and death of her beloved brother, Matty, and the impact this had on her life.

Cathy’s A Manual for Heartache offers a broader look at sorrow, anguish, despair, loss and how to try to live with the knowledge that the world can be a cruel place.

Dear Reader: The Comfort and Joy of Books (out in hardback now) is a funny, joyous and moving exploration of Cathy’s lifelong love of books, and the ways that reading has influenced her life and supported her mental health and wellbeing.

Cathy’s first novel, Everyone is Still Alive, is out in July. She speaks and writes regularly on life, death, love, literature, literacy and mental health, and is often to be found doing bookish events at festivals, in shops and libraries, and in prisons.

In previous lives Cathy worked for The Bookseller, The Reading Agency, Quick Reads, Waterstones and The Bell & Crown Inn. Despite her books being shortlisted for various prizes, the only thing Cathy has ever won is the Snaith and District Ladies Darts Championship when she was 17. She is now sadly out of practice.


What Harry Potter Teaches us about Grief

Reflections on the Death of a Sibling

Cathy Rentzenbrink: The Long Journey to Grief