Catherine Charley

© 2014 Catherine Charley

Catherine has published two adult history books.

Vision and Venture: A History of Bryson Charitable Group 1906-2006.

Lest We Forget: The Story of the Northern Ireland War Memorial

Catherine has published eight books for children on subjects ranging from the history of buried treasure to true stories of the race to the South Pole.

Listen to some of my appearances on Radio Ulster:

Bryson History

Talking to children on Strangford Lough

Books for Adults

Books for Children


Listen to me talking

History, Art & Travel



Welcome to my web site. Here you can read about my books, listen to me talking and get in touch.

I am very excited to have family links to the famous ship, Titanic!  I share a common ancestor - Captain William Pirrie (1780-1858) - with Lord Pirrie and his nephew, Thomas Andrews. Lord Pirrie was Chairman of the Belfast shipyard Harland & Wolff when Titanic was built and Thomas Andrews was the ship's Chief Designer.

I am just finishing a book on my 3 x great-grandfather, Captain Pirrie, grandfather of Lord Pirrie and great-grandfather of Thomas Andrews!  Captain Pirrie had many exciting adventures as a sailor, especially in America and the Mediterranean, and was also very important in the development of Belfast as a major world port.

The book on Captain Pirrie is due to be launched shortly. Keep an eye on this website for full details.

I have also been involved in making a TV programme about Captain Pirrie called 'Titanic - Missing Link'. The programme can be seen here.

Best wishes,


PS If you live in Ireland and would like me to come to your school you can arrange a visit through 'Writers in Schools'.