Category Archives: Recent Festivals, Talks & Events

Derby Book Festival 2022

I’ll be talking about Queens of the Underworld at Derby Book Festival on May 22nd, Derby College, 11am. More info … read more

Wild Words Festival

I’ll be joining a panel at Wild Words Festival, a new literary festival set in a beautiful Hertfordshire field with … read more

North American Tradeswomen

The North American Tradeswomen are sending a delegation to London in June, where they will be visiting construction sites and … read more

Reweirding London

Mudlarking, Criminal Queens, and the deep City: a collection of London stories. March 24th, Amersham Arms, SE14. 7pm-10pm. Info and … read more

Highgate Library Queens Talk

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

400 Years of Female Rebellion

‘400 Years of Female Rebellion’ is a free online event on December 6th.

I’ll be giving an illustrated talk on … read more

Queens Launch

Queens of the Underworld was launched at the Great Scotland Yard Hotel – on the site of the original headquarters … 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

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

Thames Swimming Talk

I’ll be giving a free online illustrated talk on the history of Thames swimming – and how the act of … read more

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

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

WEP Book Club

The Women’s Equality Party book club in York will be discussing Bad Girls: the Rebels and Renegades of Holloway Prisonread more

Arvon at Home: Fiction Week

I’m looking forward to tutoring an online Arvon fiction week, ‘Take your writing to the next level’, from November 23rd … read more

Dorich House Museum

I’ve been working with volunteers at Dorich House Museum, the studio home of sculptor Dora Gordine & Richard Hare, on … read more

Suffolk Book League

February 19th, 2020

The suffragettes of Holloway Prison, Suffolk Book League, Ipswich. 7.30pm, the Ipswich Institute, IP1 3A.… read more

Suffolk University Workshop

February 19th, 2020

Historical fiction workshop based on Daisy Belle: Swimming Champion of the World, plus discussion on pathways … read more

Arvon non-fiction retreat

November 18th, 2019

I’ll be teaching on Arvon’s non-fiction tutored retreat from November 18th to the 23rd at the Hurst, … read more

Islington History Society

October 16th, 2019

An illustrated talk on political prisoners at Holloway. Islington Town Hall, London, 7.30pm… read more

Warwick Words History Festival


October 2nd, 2019

Lord Leycester Hospital, High Street, Warwick, 10.30am

I’ll be talking about Bad Girls and the history … read more

Archway with Words

On September 14th, I’ll be joining Carl Cattermole and Erika Flowers at the opening event of this year’s Archway … read more

Edwardian Baby Farmers

June 6th 2019

The story of two Edwardian baby farmers and the history behind The Ghost of Lily Painter. … read more

Derby Book Festival

June 2nd

I’ll be talking about Bad Girls and the history of Holloway Prison at the Derby Book Festival, … read more

Islington Guided Walks


May 14th 2019

A History of Holloway Prison, The Clerkenwell & Islington Guides Association, Islington Town Hall, London, … read more

Highgate Literary & Scientific Institute talk



April 16th, 2019

Highgate Literary & Scientific Institute, London N6 6BS

‘Bad Girls or Freedom Fighters?’ I’ll be … read more

Broadstairs Literary Festival: Daisy Belle

April 14th, 2019

Yarrow Hotel, Ramsgate Road, Broadstairs, 3pm

I’ll be talking about the Thanet landscape and the real life … read more

Housmans Bookshop talk

March 20th, 2019

I’ll be talking about the history of political prisoners at Holloway Prison at Housmans Bookshop, radical booksellers … read more

The Ponds film Q&A

February 10th 2019

I’ll be joining film directors Patrick McLennan and Samuel Smith for a Q&A at the Phoenix Cinemaread more

Vote 100 Women and Prisons panel event

December 12th Vote 100 Women and prisons. Portcullis House, London. 6pm

When I started writing Bad Girls a few … read more

Owl Bookshop Courageous Women

November 14th

I’ll be joining two wonderful Unbound authors to discuss our latest books at the Owl Bookshop, London, … read more