Grantham up-bringing inspires original new novel

Author Catherine McCulloch.
Author Catherine McCulloch.
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A former Grantham College student has written an exciting piece of urban fiction set in town.

Catherine McCulloch, 46, lived on Swinegate for 10 years, during which time she became so inspired by Grantham that she has decided to use the town and landmark the Angel and Royal in her novel ‘Element Tree’.

Element Tree, by Catherine McCulloch.

Element Tree, by Catherine McCulloch.

The tale about a group of seemingly unconnected but extraordinary people who unite in the face of apocalypse, was launched at a special event in Grantham’s Bladerunner on June 20.

The launch also coincided with the summer solstice and Glastonbury Festival, both of which are key to the plot.

After studying at Grantham College, Catherine went on to obtain a masters degree in traditional Italian glass making techniques and exhibited a Pointillism installation at the Lowry Gallery in Manchester. She now focuses on her ink drawings and fictional writing, with rock, punk, alternative history, ancient texts and revolutionary theories heavily influencing her creative work.

Catherine said: “I’ve always wanted to write, and to present the alternative lifestyle. This book is a homage to a friend, and my memories of Grantham.”

She is delighted that the book has already started receiving positive reviews, praising how her descriptive style pulls the reader into the lives of her characters, and calling it a real page-turner.

Through the sale of the book Catherine is also raising funds for the Lincolnshire Rabbit Rescue and Re-homing, a charity close to her heart. The book is available via