‘What fun! I find your descriptions to be so delicious. I close my eyes and I can see the canals, smell the Adriatic! Thank you for taking me to a place that calls to my heart, and to a time of pure joy in my own life. Bless you.’
‘I love falling into your word pictures!’

Jumping Over My Shadow – The Travel Diaries of Kath Reade

Jumping Over My Shadow is Kath’s debut book. Released on World Book Day, it is already a best seller reaching #1 in the UK, Canada and Australia and #12 in America. The book is a collection of enthralling, humorous and at times poignant accounts of Kath’s travels around the world, seen through her own eyes, and relayed to the reader in such a way that they feel they are right there with her.

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About the Author

Kath Reade has had an amazing career at the frontline of social care and public sector leadership, always championing the underdog, and underpinned by her love of justice, peace and equality.

Born and brought up in London, Kath worked in poor and deprived communities in the north of England for over 30 years due to her deep empathy with those in struggle for a better life. She was a carer for her chronically ill mother from a young age.

After being a social worker in Manchester, Kath lectured in higher education on child development and protection, and social policy.

Kath became the first woman leader of Burnley Council in 1994 and pioneered public-private partnerships to create jobs. She was able to prioritise a purpose built women’s refuge. She headed a multi-million pound regeneration programme and spearheaded an award-winning crime reduction initiative.

While a board member on the North West Regional Development Agency she spoke internationally on anti-poverty strategies and public health improvements.

She was chair of Cumbria and Lancashire NHS responsible for a £2 billion annual budget and the performance of 23 NHS hospitals and Primary Care Trusts during the Blair years.

Latterly, Kath was Chair of East Lancashire NHS Primary Care Trust, and was awarded Outstanding NHS Chair by the NHS Leadership Academy for her work to tackle health inequalities and for her expertise in governance of public bodies.

Throughout her life, Kath has always been a singer-songwriter, poet and writer. Now in her 70s, Kath is a trained gong-master and sound healer, and meditation teacher.

Writing songs, poems and prose has been Kath’s constant refuge and life-blood. She is a published poet and has made many well reviewed albums of her songs.

Kath lives near Burnley, Lancashire, in England with her husband Paul who is a retired IT professional and a folk singer. They have been married since 1974, having met in a folk club. They are keen countryside walkers. They have a son, Shaun, who has an IT company, a counselling practice, and is a trained pianist.

Kath has a following on Facebook – give her a follow if you’d like to keep up with what she’s doing. www.facebook.com/KathReadeMusic

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