In the Spring we opened our Non-Fiction Competition, asking for writers to Inspire Us. Today, we’re delighted to announce the winner.


We were looking for a book written with wisdom and heart, something we couldn’t help but talk about and share – and we found exactly that in Kate Dobinson’s Ergo: I Row Therefore I Am. A self-empowering adventure and autobiographical sporting memoir, this is a story connected with nature, and aimed at millennials who are looking for something more solid in their lives. To all appearances, Kate had it all as the first female editor of an Abu Dhabi magazine; and yet she felt trapped in a world of meaningless materialism. Ergo is Kate’s geographical and philosophical journey from the artificial desert to the historical river Thames, where she pulled herself back to who she really is, with eyes on the most prestigious event in the rowing calendar, Henley Regatta.


Kate was the first female editor of Time Out: Abu Dhabi and previously worked for The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph and Women’s Running Magazine. Kate is also a former Board Member Trustee for the Women’s Sport Trust, and writes regularly about sport and lifestyle for Tele Wonder Women, Glamour Magazine and The Independent. She now works as Director of Digital Content at Touchline Publishing and rows at Vesta rowing club in Putney.


Kate’s strength of character and voice absolutely shone through her evocative writing, and we’re incredibly excited that she has signed with the agency, allowing us to work with her on this fantastic project.


Thank you to everyone who entered the competition – we loved reading all of your entries and are thrilled to have found such a talent.