Appearances and Speaking Engagements in 2020:

She-Merchants, Buccaneers and Gentlewomen: British Women in India 1600 - 1900

The Jaipur Literature Festival, Jaipur, Rajasthan, 2020:
10am Friday 24th January:
She-Merchants, Buccaneers and Gentlewomen:
Interview with Bee Rowlatt

3.45 Sunday 26th January:
The Travel Session: Discussion with William Dalrymple.

London School of Economics
Thursday, 12th March:
Lecture for the British Association of Cemeteries in South Asia (BACSA members only)

The Oldie Literary Lunch at Simpson’s in the Strand¬†
Tuesday, 24th March

The FT Oxford Literary Festival
Tuesday, 31st March, 12pm

Hexham Book Festival:
Saturday, 2nd May, 5pm

Isle of Wight Literary Festival
8 – 11 October, date tbc


Katie Hickman is the best-selling author of nine books. Her most recent work, She-Merchants, Buccaneers and Gentlewomen: British Women in India 1600 – 1900 was preceded by the highly-acclaimed series of novels, The Aviary Gate, The Pindar Diamond and The House at Bishopsgate, a trilogy set in early seventeenth century Constantinople, Venice, London, and rural Wiltshire.

She is also the author of two best-selling history books, Courtesans and Daughters of Britannia, which between them have sold more than quarter of a million copies worldwide. Her other works include two travel books, Travels with a Mexican Circus (republished by Bloomsbury in August 2014) which was shortlisted for the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award in 1993, and Dreams of the Peaceful Dragon, the story of a journey on horseback across the forbidden Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. Her first novel, The Quetzal Summer, was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Young British Writer of the Year Award. Her books have been translated into 20 languages.

Katie Hickman lives on a converted barge on the Thames in London with her partner, the designer Matthew Ruscombe-King.