Category Archives: News & Press Coverage

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

Edith Thompson Reburial

The hearse arrives at City of London Cemetery


November 22, 2018

Edith Thompson, executed at Holloway Prison in 1923 … read more

Courageous Women Tour

The Ham & High covers the Unbound Courageous Women bookshop tour.… read more

Bad Girls Audio Book

Bad Girls has been released as an audio book by ISIS Audio Books, narrated by Annie Aldington.… read more

Mercedes Gleitze Biography

In 1927, Mercedes Gleitze became the first British woman to swim the English Channel. Now her daughter Doloranda Pember has … read more

Bad Girls Paperback

Bad Girls will be published in paperback on February 21st, 2019, with a brand new cover!… read more

Outdoor Swimmer Magazine

This month’s Outdoor Swimmer Magazine features Daisy Belle and a chat with Ella Foote about the women and ponds that … read more

Author in the Spotlight

I joined the Portobello Book Blog to answer questions about Daisy Belle and the writing life

and Laura Morningstar for … read more

The Victorian Women Who Inspired Daisy Belle


Daisy Belle was inspired by two forgotten Victorian champions – Agnes Beckwith and Annie Luker. Here’s a guest post … read more

Audio Book for Daisy Belle


Daisy Belle is a ‘must read’ for September on Bookchoice. It is one of eight featured books, offered … read more


I joined journalist Ella Foote this week for a ‘swimterview’ at the Mixed Pond on Hampstead Heath in London, the … read more

openDemocracy features Bad Girls


‘Black women were disproportionately jailed and mistreated in London’s infamous Holloway Prison’ – openDemocracy, the independent global media … read more

Inspirational Agnes

The Camden New Journal ran a feature on the inspiration behind Daisy Belle, ‘a woman born into a world that … read more

Read Daisy Belle on The Pigeonhole

Daisy Belle: Swimming Champion of the World  will be offered to readers via The Pigeonhole next month. Subscribing to The … read more