RLF Podcast

I attempted to interview dad for the Royal Literary Fund Podcast, discussing how publishing has changed since his first books … 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

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

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

‘Favourite Book in Translation’

The Royal Literary Fund’s ‘In Focus’ presents short films featuring RLF writers. In the latest film, we respond to the … 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

‘Why I Write’

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

World This Weekend: Thames swimming

Today’s The World This Weekend on BBC Radio4 focused on climate change, and included a segment on the clean up … 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

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

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

Downstream a top ten Thames book

The Guardian has published a list of the ‘top ten books about the River Thames’, compiled by Caroline Crampton, author … read 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

The Ponds on BBC TV

The hit film The Ponds will be aired on BBC Four on May 20th, at 9pm, with the slightly different … 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

London Review of Books: Bad Girls

The London Review of Books has covered Bad Girls in its latest edition, providing a potted history of HMP Holloway.… read more

RLF Short Film

The Royal Literary Fund’s ‘In Focus’ presents short films featuring RLF writers. In the latest film, we responded to the … 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