Category Archives: News & Press Coverage

Writing Advice

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

Highgate Library Talk

I’ll be talking about Queens of the Underworld at Highgate Library, London N19, on December 9th, 7pm. The event is … read more

Borderlines Book Festival

I’ll be talking about Queens of the Underworld at Borderlines Carlisle Book Festival on Sunday October 3rd – Tullie House … read more

Bookseller Season Highlights

Queens of the Underworld is a ‘season highlight’ in the Bookseller Non-Fiction Buyer’s Guide for autumn.

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Arvon Tutored Retreat

I’m excited to be returning to the Hurst to tutor on a residential Tutored Retreat: Fiction course, with Jacob Ross, … read more

Holloway Women’s Building Winners

The winners of the Make Space for Women competition have been announced – a stunning selection of bold and inspiring

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City Lit Fiction Course


I’m looking forward to teaching an Autobiography into Fiction course for City Lit on April 24th, where we will … read more

Story Board launches

I’m excited to be launching a new mentoring service with author and journalist Caroline Brothers. We’re offering support, guidance and … read more

City Academy Writing Courses

I’m delighted to be joining City Academy, and look forward to teaching Online Blogging (July 8-Aug 12), Online Creative Writing … read more

Interview with Leslie Tate

Author and poet Leslie Tate runs weekly interviews on the creative life, this week I chat about Bad Girls and … read more

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


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