Category Archives: News & Press Coverage

Make Space for Women Competition

Holloway Prison, the most infamous jail for women in Europe, closed in 2016. Campaigners have been working tirelessly ever since … read more

The Ladies’ Pond: Katy Carr

Singer Katy Carr is about to release her new album Providence, which includes a wonderful song on the Hampstead … read more

Kenwood Ladies’ Pond Photo Book

 

Photographer Ruth Corney has published a book celebrating 20 years of photographing the Kenwood Ladies’ Pond on Hampstead Heath … read more

The Man Fish – Harry Gurr

Harry Gurr, champion swimmer of England in the 1860s, was also known as the Man Fish and was famous for … read more

#MuseumsUnlocked

A lockdown project on museums and heritage focused on Swimming: Images and Places, including two features on Thames swimming, drawn … read more

A History of Holloway

 

Reclaim Holloway is a coalition fighting for a Women’s Building to be built on the site of the former … read more

Speedo’s patronising swimsuit guide

The BBC have covered a recent discussion on Twitter, which responded angrily to Speedo’s new ‘swimsuit guide’ for women. Swimming … read more

Marketing & Me

Vox is a series of bite-size audio recordings in which Royal Literary Fund Fellows explore topics around writing. Here I … read more

The Ponds nominated for National Film Awards

 

The Ponds has been nominated for Best Documentary at the annual National Film Awards UK. The awards will … read more

London’s Famous Baths

The Hornsey Road Baths in Islington were once famed for hosting swimming superstars, including the Beckwith family who inspired Daisy read more

Swimmers Return to Natural Water

The Guardian has run a feature on the rise of chemical-free pools, with a mention of Downstream and the Victorian … read more

The Ponds shortlisted for documentary award

 

The Ponds has been shortlisted as Documentary Film Release of the Year in this year’s Screen Awards. Congratulations to … read more

Queens of the Underworld announcement

The Bookseller has just announced that Queens of the Underworld will be published by The History Press in October 2021.… read more

Society of Authors Grant

I’m thrilled to have received a grant from the Authors’ Foundation, administrated by the Society of Authors. The grants are … read more

Bad Girls large print edition

A large print edition of Bad Girls has been published by W.F Howes, under the Clipper Large Print imprint.… read more

Botswana Women Write

I’m thrilled that an extract from Place of Reeds has been included in Botswana Women Write, an anthology of … read more

Waterlog remembered

It’s twenty years since Roger Deakin’s Waterlog was published, here Ashley Norris writes about the book’s legacy for iNewsread more

Holloway Women’s Building

Three years after the closure of Holloway Prison, Peabody (who now own the site) say they are committed to a … read more

Jailed for Protesting a Film

In 1952 Pat Seares, a ‘housewife from London’, was jailed at Holloway Prison because she’d shouted protests after a showing … read more

Bad Girls longlisted for Orwell Prize

Bad Girls has been longlisted for The Orwell Prize, the UK’s ‘most prestigious’ prize for political writing. Four prizes are … read more

Soyez Synchro!

Filmmaker Anne-Sophie Gomez has made a series of short thematic videos about swimming pools in art. In her latest, Soyez read more

Burgh House Swimming Exhibition

Women at the Kenwood Ladies Pond in the 1920s, copyright John Neal.

Burgh House in Hampstead is hosting an exhibition … read more

Peabody buys HMP Holloway Site

Peabody has acquired the site of HMP Holloway Prison and has announced its intention to build 1000 homes, of which … read more

Care Experienced Conference

Family Likeness features in a series of book cover rocks to be displayed during The Care Experienced Conference at Liverpool … read more

Isle of Thanet News

The Isle of Thanet News has featured the Daisy Belle event at the Broadstairs Literary Festival, where I’ll be talking … read more

Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the V&A

I’m thrilled to be starting work at the magnificent Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) as a Royal Literary Fund Fellow, … read more

Swimming with Seals

Last May I was lucky enough to swim with seals in the Scilly Isles, thanks to a trip organised by … read more

The Ponds film premiere

The Ponds: Still Waters Run Deep follows the swimmers of Hampstead Heath over the course of a year. It’s a … read more

‘Lady swimmers who conquered the world’

An interview in the Ham & High about the women who inspired Daisy Belle, ‘the story of a courageous Victorian … read more

The famous Hornsey Road Baths

Hornsey Road Baths in Islington, north London, were once known far and wide for staging performances by international swimming champions, … read more