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Hidden tales of Staffordshire being explored for Lichfield blogger’s new book

A Lichfield woman is penning a book all about the quirkier side of local history.

The Little Book of Staffordshire will shine a light on untold stories around the county when it is published by History Press in September 2016.

Kate Gomez, who has lived in Leomansley with her family for the past decade, revealed she has always loved digging into the past.

She said: “I’m fascinated by finding out about people and places.

Kate Gomez

Kate Gomez

“I’m not a historian, I’m just curious about stories that have never been told before. A friend called Mark Lorenzo who used to do a blog in Tamworth will be doing the illustrations for the book.

“I’ve always loved history. I used to read the Little Book of Castles wherever I went as a child.

“I have done a lot of research for the book and I’ve been out and about throughout the county.”

The Wolverhampton University Linguistics and Tesol student is also a keen blogger.

Her Lichfield Lore site has been up and running since 2010.

She said: “I set up the blog looking for something to do, while working part-time.

“The blog eventually led to me being spotted by The Observer newspaper, which asked me to write a piece on Lichfield and Staffordshire. I have also written for the Lichfield Gazette and the Chase Gazette.”

Kate is a member of the Lichfield Discovered history Group.

She is involved in a regular sanitary goods collection for homeless women on behalf of Birmingham charity Socks and Chocs.

The blogger added: “Socks and Chocs are a charity who ensure homeless people have basic toiletries. The collection is going really well. I pick everything up from the Earl of Lichfield pub each month.

“Lichfield Discovered holds a wide range of talks and visits to local places throughout the year and anyone is welcome to attend.”

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