Hello. I’m Katherine May, author of Wintering and The Electricity of Every Living Thing, and host of The Wintering Sessions. This is my newsletter. It publishes every two weeks and, if I’m honest, it covers a lot of ground.

If I had to put it in grand terms, I’d say that I’m interested in how we should live in this strange new age. But I never like to put things in grand terms. Instead, I’m in love with the small stories, the revelatory minutiae, the luminous mundane. That’s what this newsletter will share: the world, told in moments. Stitched together, they might just offer a slantwise look at the bigger picture.

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About Me

Katherine May is an internationally bestselling author and podcaster living in Whitstable, UK. Her hybrid memoir Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times became a New York Times, Sunday Times and Der Spiegel bestseller, was adapted as BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week, and was shortlisted for the Porchlight and Barnes and Noble Book of the Year. The Electricity of Every Living Thing, her memoir of a midlife autism diagnosis, is currently being adapted as an audio drama by Audible.

Katherine’s podcast, The Wintering Sessions, ranks in the top 1% worldwide, and she has been a guest presenter for On Being’s The Future of Hope series. Her next book, Enchantment, will be published in 2023.

Katherine lives with her husband, son, two cats and a dog. She loves walking, sea-swimming and pickling slightly unappealing things.


Katherine May
Author of Wintering & Electricity of Every Living Thing.