2022

We’re returning to the Food Museum (formerly the Museum of East Anglian Life) for another weekend of sublime entertainment in a beautiful setting. 

We’ll be welcoming 1500 of you to join us from 29-31 July in Stowmarket, Suffolk. And we’ve lined up another incredible weekend of film, music, comedy, food, DJs and therapies alongside our main programme of talks, interviews and discussions, with famous names alongside emerging talent. And loads for kids to do too.

What are you waiting for? Book now, and we’ll see you in the summer! 

Abi Morgan

Abi Morgan is a BAFTA and Emmy-award winning playwright and screenwriter, whose credits include The Iron Lady, Suffragette, The Hour and Brick Lane. She is the creator and writer of the hit BBC drama, The Split.  Her incredible debut, This is Not a Pity Memoir, was called 'a gift' by  Meryl Streep. Carey Mulligan said ‘I could not have loved it more’ and David Nicholls thought it was ‘ gripping, funny and always honest’. It’s about meeting your person. It’s about the things you wished you’d said to the person you love. It’s about the silence of being lost in space and the importance of family, and parties, and noise. It’s a reminder that even in the worst times, there is light ahead. It is a love story.

Ada Campe

Ada Campe is a variety artiste who delights audiences across the UK with her unique blend of cabaret, comedy, variety and magic. In 2018 she came Top of the Bill at the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year Show (NATYS) and won the Leicester Square Theatre Old Comedian of the Year competition. In 2019 she won the Stand's Good Egg Award, and was nominated for Best Variety Act in the Chortle Awards.

Amie Taylor

Amie is a writer, theatre maker and facilitator. She has written two books: The Big Book of LGBTQ+ Activities and The Monster Book of Feelings.

Alex Light

Alex Light is a body confidence and anti-diet culture advocate who speaks out on self-esteem, mental health and social media.

Athena Stevens

Athena Stevens is an Olivier nominated actor and playwright. She is an associate artist at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre as well as a playwright on attachment at Finborough Theatre. Currently she is writing the book for a new musical as well as being under commission for BBC Radio 3 and National Youth Theatre. She was the first actor in a wheelchair nominated for an Offie for her performance in Schism, as well as appearing at the Barbican as Juliet last year. Stevens is also a spokesperson for the UK’s Women’s Equality Party. See her website here or find her on Twitter @athenastevens

Catherine Mayer

Catherine Mayer is a bestselling author, journalist and activist. She is the co-founder and President of the Women’s Equality Party and co-founder of Primadonna. Her books include Amortality: The Pleasures and Perils of Living Agelessly; Charles: The Heart of a King, and Attack of the Fifty Foot Women: How Gender Equality Can Save the World! Her most recent book, the memoir Good Grief: Embracing Life at a Time of Death, contains letters written by her mother after both women were widowed at the start of the pandemic. After the February 2020 death of her husband, the musician Andy Gill, she took on his unfinished projects, releasing two EPs by his band Gang of Four, and acting as executive producer for a tribute album, The Problem of Leisure: A celebration of Andy Gill and Gang of Four featuring globally famous musicians which was released in June 2021. See her website here or find her on Twitter @catherine_mayer

Cathryn Summerhayes

Cathryn is a literary agent at Curtis Brown. Having started her literary agency career there as an intern in 2004, she moved to WME where she established an eclectic list of clients over 10 years before returning to Curtis Brown in 2016. She has worked at a number of other British literary agencies and at Colman Getty PR – where she worked on a number of high profile book events including The Booker Prize. She was named The British Book Awards’ Literary Agent of the Year in 2019. Her clients include Adam Kay, Lucy Foley, Sandi Toksvig, Chris Whitaker, Anita Rani, Shappi Khorsandi, Ashley ‘Dotty’ Charles, Nicky Campbell, Mark Watson, Naomi Wood, Kirsty Logan, Susan Fletcher, Johanna Basford, Grace Dent, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Deliciously Ella, Polpo’s Russell Norman, Catherine Mayer, Konnie Huq and Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu.

Cathy Retzenbrink

Cathy Rentzenbrink is an acclaimed memoirist whose books include The Last Act of Love and Dear Reader. In 2021 she published her first novel Everyone is Still Alive. Her book about how to write a memoir is called Write It All Down and is out now. Cathy regularly chairs literary events, interviews authors, reviews books, runs creative writing courses and speaks and writes on life, death, love, and literature. Despite being shortlisted for various prizes, the only thing Cathy has ever won is the Snaith and District Ladies’ Darts Championship when she was 17. She is now sadly out of practice.

Dominique Valente

Dominique Valente is the author of the bestselling Starfell series. She is a lover of grumpy monsters, quirky dragons, misbehaving magic, gardens that whisper, and houses that breathe. She has one arm which is sometimes useful for getting out of doing the dishes, but only if it’s with strangers, as her family just don’t fall for it. Her disability, and her experience growing up with a difference, partly inspired the world of Starfell, and its unlikely heroine Willow Moss and Willow’s journey echoes Dominique’s own towards self-love and acceptance.

Ella Berthould

Ella Berthoud is an artist and bibliotherapist, who lives her twin passions by listening to audio books while painting, and sometimes painting while having a bibliotherapy session. Ella's been working for The School of Life as a bibliotherapist for 15 years, giving hundreds of happy customers new ways of looking at the world through fiction. Ella is currently working on a project painting portraits of the authors she loves, which she's exhibiting at festivals while doing bibliotherapy sessions too.

Elinor Cleghorn

Elinor Cleghorn is a feminist cultural historian and the author of Unwell Women: A Journey Through Medicine and Myth in a Man-Made World (W&N, 2021).

Emma Shercliff

Emma Shercliff is a literary agent with over 20 years of experience in the publishing industry. In 2020, she founded Laxfield Literary Associates as a response to the lack of literary agents outside London. She provides representation for authors in Suffolk and Norfolk, and writers from under-represented backgrounds. Her clients include Artem Chapeye, Kalaf Epalanga, Victoria Panton Bacon, Heather Parry, Olumide Popoola, Tom Shakespeare and Luke Wright.

Erin Kelly

Erin Kelly is the Sunday Times Bestselling author of nine acclaimed psychological thrillers, including He Said / She Said, The Poison Tree and Watch Her Fall. She lives in London.

Gemma Seltzer

Gemma Seltzer is the author of 'Ways of Living', a collection of short stories published by Influx Press and a Foyles bestseller. She enjoys experimenting beyond the page and wrote 'Songbird', an award-winning virtual reality film for the Guardian; developed the script for a creative documentary for BBC Radio 3 which won a Whicker award; and performed her work at the Venice Biennale, the international cultural exhibition. She’s an early riser and founded Write & Shine, a creative writing organisation that encourages people to find inspiration in mornings, modern life and the natural world. Gemma is a Churchill Fellow for her work with elders and lives in London. gemmaseltzer.com

Georgina Lawton


Georgina Lawton is a journalist, travel writer and author of Raceless, a 'Best Book of 2021' for the Evening Standard, Cosmopolitan, Guardian, Sunday Times, Foyles and the Mirror, as well as Black Girls Take World, a travel guide. A Guardian writer and host of the Audible podcast, The Secrets In Us, Georgina's writing has also been in Travel + Leisure, VICE, Time Out London and more.

Habiba Desai

Habiba Desai is the co-founder of Fox & Windmill. She has a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Huddersfield. Habiba has worked in various sectors of the literary industry from the Bradford Literature Festival, Waterstones and Penguin Random House. She currently sits on the Northern Advisory Board for First Story. In her spare time, Habiba collects books, watched Korean Dramas and enjoys walks in Ilkley Moors.

Helen Coffey

Helen is the travel editor of The Independent and author of flight-free memoir and climate change investigation Zero Altitude, out now with Flint Books. She regularly appears as an expert contributor on travel-related stories for the BBC News channel, BBC Breakfast, BBC Radio 4 and LBC, among others. She lives in London and tweets @LenniCoffey.

Huma Qureshi

Huma Qureshi is an experienced journalist and the author of How We Met, a memoir on grief and love, and growing up. Her story The Jam Maker won the Short Story award at the Harper’s Bazaar Literary Prize 2020.

Jane Dyball

Jane Dyball was one of the first CEO-level women executives in the music industry, running 3 collection societies (MCPS, PMLL and IMPEL) and the trade association which owned them, the Music Publishers Association. In November 2018 she won the Outstanding Contribution award at the Music Week Women in Music Awards, and in October 2019 she was recognised for her contribution to the songwriting community at the Ivors Academy Gold Badge Awards. Prior to MCPS she was SVP International Legal & Business Affairs at Warner/Chappell Music Ltd, which included responsibility for collection society relationships, digital licensing strategy, developing markets, public policy, mergers and acquisitions and working very closely with Radiohead on their In Rainbows project.

After leaving MCPS in 2019 Jane set up her own consulting business, Laffittes Ltd and has worked on a diverse range of projects such as TV shows, song catalogue valuations, equity investments, motivational talks and interviews across TV, radio and broadsheets internationally. Jane sits on the Board of Primadonna Festival CIC and is Co-Chair of charity Attitude is Everything, a Trustee of Suffolk Artlink as well as a mentor for numerous incubators & accelerators including Abbey Road Red (a digital music escalator based at the famous Abbey Road studios). Jane hosted the very first Primadonna festival at her home in Suffolk.

Johanna Basford

Johanna Basford is an illustrator and ink evangelist who prefers pens and pencils to pixels. She draws pictures and makes colouring books, having sold over 21 million of them around the world. She's on a mission to inspire creativity and spread a little happy!

Jordan Stephens

Jordan Stephens is an English singer and rapper, and a member of hip hop duo Rizzle Kicks. Whilst also releasing music as part of Rizzle Kicks, as of 2015, Stephens has begun releasing music under the stage names Wildhood and AI, the Native.

Jude Kelly

Jude Kelly CBE is CEO and Founder of The WOW Foundation. She founded WOW to celebrate the achievements of women and girls and confront global gender injustice. Starting as a three-day festival at London’s Southbank Centre in 2010, where Jude was Artistic Director for 12 years, the festival now takes place in 30 locations across six continents. In 2018 Jude established The WOW Foundation, an independent charity dedicated to building the WOW movement as a force for change. Jude has directed over 200 theatre and opera productions, is the recipient of two Olivier Awards, a BASCA Gold Badge Award for contribution to music, a Southbank Award for opera, an RPO award for her festival The Rest is Noise, Women’s Hour’s one of the 100 most powerful women in the UK in 2013, Red Magazine’s 2014 Creative Woman of the Year, CBIs 2016 First Woman Award for Tourism and Leisure and in 2017 the inaugural Veuve Clicquot Woman of the Year Social Purpose Award. In 1997, she was awarded an OBE for her services to theatre and in 2015 she was made a CBE for services to the Arts.

Julia Hobsbawm

Author and podcaster: The Nowhere Office and founder of Editorial Intelligence.

June Sarpong

June has enjoyed a 20-year career, in which she has become one of the most recognisable  faces of British television. June began her career at Kiss 100 and later became a presenter for MTV UK & Ireland. It was when she started on Channel 4’s T4 that she became a household name. June hosted 2005’s Make Poverty History event and presented at the UK leg of Live Earth in 2007. In 2008 she hosted Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday celebrations in front of 30,000 people in London’s Hyde Park. She has worked extensively with HRH Prince Charles as an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust, whilst campaigning for The One and Produce (RED). June was awarded an MBE in 2007 for her services to broadcasting and charity, making her one of the youngest people ever to receive an MBE. June was awarded an OBE in the 2020 New Years’ Honours List.  June is the co-founder of the WIE Network (Women: Inspiration & Enterprise). She is also the author of two award winning books; ‘Diversify: Six Degrees of Integration’ and The Power of Women. June is currently the Director of Creative Diversity at the BBC, having been appointed in the role in 2019. Acting as the broadcasting giants’ first ever Diversity Director, June will work to increase representation throughout the company and ensure that the BBC’s content reflects the public they serve.

Juno Dawson

Bestselling author, screenwriter and podcaster.

Justine de Mierre

Justine is a passionate, energetic and inventive performer who delights in connecting playfully with audiences, whether through her storytelling, her improvisation or her music. Her multi-faceted storytelling practice So… what’s the story?, ranges from story play sessions for under 5s to adults-only pub nights to story projects with prisoners – even recently playing a storytelling Aphra Behn at the National Horse Racing museum in Newmarket! 

Karen Angelico

Karen Angelico is the author of Everything We Are, a seductive and unflinching novel about love, secrecy and desire, which asks how well we can ever truly know those closest to us. Karen has an MA in prose fiction from the University of East Anglia and lives in Suffolk with her four sons. She works as a digital content writer. Everything We Are is her debut.

Kit De Waal

Kit de Waal is an award-winning writer whose novels place ordinary people at the centre of the story. Her debut novel, My Name is Leon (2016), was the winner of the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year 2017 and shortlisted for the Desmond Elliot Prize, among others. Kit’s second novel, The Trick to Time, was published in March 2018 and longlisted for The Women’s Prize.  Her first YA novel, Becoming Dinah will be be published in July 2019 for Hachette.  She has also crowdfunded Common People an anthology of working class memoir by new and established writers published in May 2019. See her website here or find her on Twitter @KitdeWaal

La Roux

Elly Jackson formed the band La Roux in 2006, and became a global superstar three years later, aged 21, with the release of La Roux’s self-titled, multi-platinum debut album, which included the singles In For The Kill and Bulletproof. In the UK, Bulletproof went straight to the top of the singles charts, and also made the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, with the album going on to sell over 6 million copies worldwide. It also won the Grammy for Best Electronic/Dance Album. In 2012, Ben Langmaid left the group leaving Elly performing solo as La Roux. She released a second album in 2014, and her third in 2020 on her own label Supercolour Records. More recently, La Roux’s cover of the Gang of Four classic Damaged Goods was featured on the multi-artist compilation album The Problem of Leisure: A Celebration of Andy Gill and Gang of Four.

Laura Kay

Laura Kay is an author and journalist living in East London. She has an MA in American History from the University of Sheffield where she won the Sir Ian Kershaw dissertation prize. In 2018 Laura was selected as one of the ten PRH WriteNow mentees and in 2021 her debut novel The Split was published by Quercus. Tell Me Everything, her second novel, will be published in May 2022.

Leone Ross

Leone Ross is a fiction writer, editor and creative writing teacher. Her first novel, All the Blood Is Red, was longlisted for the 1997 Women’s Prize, and her second novel, Orange Laughter, was chosen as a BBC Radio 4 Women’s Hour Watershed Fiction favourite. Her short fiction has been widely anthologised and her first short-story collection, the 2017 Come Let Us Sing Anyway was nominated for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize, the Jhalak Prize, the Saboteur Awards and the OCM BOCAS Prize. Ross has taught creative writing for thirty years, at University College Dublin, Cardiff University and Roehampton University in London. She is editor of Glimpse, the first Black British anthology of speculative fiction, published by Peepal Tree Press. Prior to writing fiction, Ross worked as a journalist. Her  2021 novel This One Sky Day was shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize and longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction.

Lisa Milton

Lisa Milton is Executive Publisher HQ Stories as well as sitting on the Exec Committee of HarperCollinsUK. She joined HarperCollins in 2015 after a decade as Managing Director of Orion Publishing where she was responsible for Orion, Orion Children’s, Gollancz and Weidenfeld & Nicolson, which was awarded Imprint of the Year at the 2015 Bookseller Industry Awards. Whilst there she published major bestsellers and award winning authors including Maeve Binchy, Ian Rankin, Gillian Flynn and Malala Yousafzai. Previously Lisa was Editorial Director at BCA, the UK’s biggest book club, and prior to this she had a successful career at Waterstones, where one of her most notable achievements was opening the flagship store in Piccadilly and winning the Bookshop of the Year Industry Award in 2000. Find her on Twitter @MsLisaMilton

Maddy Anholt

Maddy Anholt is a comedian, actor, writer and Ambassador for Women’s Aid. Her debut book, How to Leave Your Psychopath is published by Bluebird, Pan Macmillan.

Maddy has appeared in sitcoms for BBC Three, BBC One, ITV and Channel 4. She’s had four sell-out solo comedies at Underbelly, Gilded Balloon, Latitude Festival Main Stage, and the Soho Theatre. Maddy also wrote and starred in her own comedy for BBC Radio 4.

Maddy has also been a speaker for over a decade, she is a regular panellist for The Guardian, Facebook and AllBright and is a passionate campaigner for women's rights. She tweets @maddy_anholt.

Mark Forsyth

Mark Forsyth is the bestselling author of The Etymologicon, The Elements of Eloquence and A Short History of Drunkenness.

Monika Radojevic

Born in London, Monika Radojevic is a half-Brazilian, half-Montenegrin poet, writer and creative. She currently works for The Women's Equality Party in policy and communications. In 2019, Monika was the inaugural winner of the Merky Books New Writers’ Prize for her poetry on identity and belonging. She has since released a debut poetry collection, ‘teeth in the back of my neck’ which explores womanhood, personal experiences and global feminist issues. Monika is currently writing her second book and recently launched Feminist Invoincing, an interactive project and writing prompt that encourages participants to reclaim something from systems of power and oppression.

Natasha Lunn

Natasha is a journalist at Red magazine and the founder of Conversations on Love, an email newsletter investigating love one interview at a time. Through conversations with authors and experts, she hopes to invite readers to think more deeply about all the different forms of love in their lives. Natasha’s her first book, also called Conversations on Love, asks three big questions: How do we find love? How do we sustain it? And how do we survive when we lose it? She explores these questions through intimate conversations and also through her own personal stories and observations, which tie together lessons she’s learnt from writing her newsletter, from studying an introduction to couples therapy, and from life itself.

Natalie Lee

Natalie Lee began her career as a midwife before starting her blog, Style Me Sunday, in July 2012. Over nearly a decade, she has grown her platform from a blog to a brand, and now reaches women across various different mediums. She has more than 100k followers on Instagram (@stylemesunday). Throughout this time, she has run events, co-hosted a podcast (The Everything Project), been a panellist more times than she can count, taken part in a television project about women's quests for better orgasms where she had an orgasm on TV, and worked with a variety of household-name brands. Feeling Myself is her first book.

Neil Hegarty

Neil Hegarty grew up in Derry. His novels include The Jewel, published in 2019; and Inch Levels, which was shortlisted for the Irish Novel of the Year award in 2017. Other titles include Frost: That Was the Life That Was, a biography of television journalist David Frost; and The Story of Ireland, which accompanies the landmark BBC-RTE television history of Ireland. He is a regular literary reviewer for the Irish Times and Dublin Review of Books; and is co-editor with Nora Hickey M’Sichili of Impermanence, an essay collection produced with the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris. Neil lives in Dublin.

Sabeena Akhtar

Sabeena Akhtar is a Writer/Editor and an Arts and Culture programmer working across a variety of literary festivals. She is the Festival Coordinator of Bare Lit, the UK’s principal festival celebrating remarkable writers in the diaspora, a co-founder of the Primadonna Festival which spotlights the work of women writers including through the Primadonna Prize for writing, and also co-founder of Bare Lit Kids, the UK’s first children’s festival showcasing the work of writers of colour. She is also Senior Programmer at the WOW Foundation, working on its London festival at the Southbank Centre and across its global programmes. A keen advocate for Partition commemoration, in 2017 she partook in the BBC’s coverage of the 70th anniversary of Indian independence and alongside her daughter, filmed a programme on the Partition of India for children. She has since been invited to discuss the subject on various media outlets. She has published a wide variety of work including editing Cut From The Same Cloth? an anthology by visibly Muslim women in Britain, Talking About Islamophobia published by Hachette, and is currently working on a novel. You can find Sabeena tweeting at @pocobookreader

Sabrina Pace Humphreys

Sabrina Pace-Humphreys is a 44-year-old mother of four and grandmother of three,
an award-winning businesswoman, an ultra runner, a social justice activist and a recovering alcoholic. When she was two, her parents separated and soon after Sabrina, her mother and her white-presenting sister moved to a small market town where no one looked like her. In Black Sheep, Sabrina reveals how she got from there to here: about her struggle to understand and find her identity; about her lived experience of rural racism; about becoming a teenage mother and her determination to break that stereotype; about her battle with alcoholism and her mental health; about how running saved her life; and ultimately about how someone can not only survive but thrive in spite of their past.

Selima Saxton Pizzie

Salima Saxton is an actress and writer. Her most recent work includes Triggerpoint (ITV) and This Sceptred Isle (Sky Atlantic), and is currently co-writing a tv pilot, Moneyville.

Shahd Alshammari

Shahd Alshammari is Assistant Professor of Literature and the author of Head Above Water: Reflections on Illness. She is interested in Disability Studies and women's narratives. Living with Multiple Sclerosis, her work has revolved around illness narratives with a mission to write Arab women's narratives into the literary canon. She served as a judge for many literary prizes. Her website is www.shahdalshammari.com and her first collection of stories is Notes on the Flesh (2017).

Shola Mos Shogbamimu

Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu is a New York Attorney and Solicitor of England & Wales with broad expertise in the financial  services industry, an author, public speaker and political commentator featured in mainstream and online media. A political & women’s rights activist, she also teaches intersectional feminism to female refugees and asylum seekers; scrutinizes government policies from a gender and diversity inclusion  perspective; and co-organises women's  marches and social campaigns. She founded the Women in Leadership publication as a platform to drive positive change on topical issues that impact women globally through inspiring personal leadership journeys; and established She@LawTalks to promote women & BAME leadership in the legal  profession through universities and  secondary schools. She is also the Co-Chair of the American Bar Association Africa committee. See her website here or find her on Twitter @SholaMos1

Shona Abhyankar

Shona Abhyankar is an award-winning book publicist and one of the Primadonna founding members. She is associate director at ed public relations , a boutique PR agency who specialise in fiction and non-fiction book campaigns, as well as publishing awards and events. Shona’s former roles include Head of Publicity at Penguin Random House and PR Lead for Amazon Publishing UK. She is a mentor for the Publishers Publicity Circle (PPC) and has won PPC awards for her work on Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg and Elmer’s 30th Anniversary. Shona’s previous authors include Vikram Seth, Arianna Huffington, Adam Grant, BJ Fogg and Dr Dominic Pimenta. Recent campaigns she’s handled PR for are The Handshake: A Gripping History by Ella Al-Shamahi, Tarzan Economics by Spotify’s first chief economist Will Page, and Moth by debut novelist Melody Razak.Find her on Twitter @PublicityShona and on Instagram @shonaandotherstories.

Symeon Brown

Symeon Brown is a BAFTA nominated correspondent on Channel 4 News and the author of Get Rich Or Lie Trying: Ambition and Deceit in the New Influencer Economy. SYMEON BROWN is a reporter and journalist at Channel 4 News. He was shortlisted for an Orwell Prize in 2019 and shortlisted at the 2018 British Journalism Awards.

Sioned Wiliam

Sioned Wiliam lives in London, and is very recognisable in the world of comedy television in Britain. She was born in Carmarthen and brought up in Barry. Her novel Dal i Fynd has been picked up by television company Working Title. She produced a variety of comedic programmes for the main networks. Between 1999 and 2006 she was ITV’s Head of Network Comedy, and commissioned many films and series’ including Harry Hill’s Sketch Show and Cold Feet. She has numerous ongoing projects with Working Title and has been developing a series for Sky with the crew from Horrible Histories. Find her on Twitter @sionedwiliam

Sofia Rehman

Dr Sofia Rehman is an independent scholar specialising in Islam and Gender, an author, and educator. She is also Acquisitions and Editorial Executive at Neem Tree Press. She is the founder and co-ordinator of Leeds Lit Book Club which is now in its 8th year. During the global pandemic she launched the Islam and Gender read alongs in which she facilitates readings of academic texts penned by Muslim female scholars in conversation with a global virtual audience and has recently been featured by Vogue Arabia, Refinery29 and The Independent. She is a contributor to Mapping Faith: Theologies of Migration edited by Lia Shimada, Cut From the Same Cloth? Edited by Sabeena Akhtar and the upcoming Tilted Axis Press anthology, Violent Phenomena: 21 Essays on Translation. She has publications of her own due out with Oxford University Press and Kube Publications. You can connect with her on her Instagram @Sofia_reading where she talks about all things related to books, faith and academia.

Sophia Smith Galer

Sophia Smith Galer is a multi-award-winning reporter, author and TikTok creator based in London making content for over 400,000 followers around the world. A Senior News Reporter for VICE World News, her TikToks have had over 75 million views on topics ranging from her own original journalism to sex education, gender equality and languages. This year, she has been named on the Forbes Under 30 list for her work in journalism as well as a 'Face to Watch' by the Evening Standard, and won Innovation of the Year for her TikTok reporting at the British Journalism Awards. Her first book, Losing It: Sex Education for the 21st Century, is out now.

Sophie Gallagher

Sophie Gallagher is a feature writer and editor for titles including i, BBC, Financial Times, Stylist, Grazia, The Independent, HuffPost UK, and Women’s Health. She was voted Lifestyle Journalist of the Year at the Words by Women Awards (2019).

At HuffPost UK, Sophie began an editorial campaign on cyber flashing; the unsolicited sending of sexual images. This work was discussed in Parliament and resulted in a review being launched by the Law Commission. How Men Can Help is her first book and explores male violence against women - the problem and the solution.

Viv Groskop

Viv Groskop is a writer, critic, broadcaster and stand-up comedian. She is the author of How to Own the Room: Women and the Art of Brilliant Speaking, also a Top 10 iTunes podcast, now in its 16th series, featuring guests like Hillary Clinton, Margaret Atwood, Nigella Lawson, Julie Andrews, Sarah Hurwitz (Michelle Obama’s speechwriter). Her latest book is Lift As You Climb: Women, Ambition and How to Change the Story. She has presented Front Row and Saturday Review on BBC Radio 4, is a regular on BBC1’s This Week and has hosted book tours for Graham Norton, Jo Brand and Jennifer Saunders.

Winnie Li

Winnie M Li is an author and activist. Her debut novel, DARK CHAPTER won The Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize, was nominated for an Edgar Award, and translated into ten languages. She is currently adapting it for the screen. Her second novel Complicit explores #MeToo in the film industry and prompted an intense bidding war for US rights. It will be published in Summer 2022. A Harvard graduate, Winnie previously wrote for travel guide books, produced independent films, and programmed for film festivals. She has received grants from the Royal Society of Literature and the Arts Councils of England and Northern Ireland. Winnie is also Founder of Clear Lines, the UK’s first-ever festival addressing sexual assault and consent through the arts and discussion. Her PhD research at the London School of Economics explores media engagement by rape survivors as a form of activism. She has appeared on the BBC, Sky News, Channel 4, The Guardian, The Times, The Mail on Sunday, BBC Woman’s Hour, and TEDx London. Winnie has an honorary doctorate from the National University of Ireland in recognition of her writing and activism. She lives somewhere between London and Somerset, with her partner and toddler.

Zoe Howe

Author, visual artist and rock 'n' roll witch Zoë Howe has produced acclaimed biographies of The Slits, Poly Styrene, the Jesus & Mary Chain, Wilko Johnson, Stevie Nicks, Florence + The Machine, Lee Brilleaux and others. Zoë was part of the team behind award-winning documentary Poly Styrene: I Am A Cliché, and she has made content for Absolute Radio, Resonance FM and she currently presents the Rock ’n’ Roll Witch show on Soho Radio. Musically, Zoë has worked with Viv Albertine, Helen McCookeryBook, Steve Beresford, Mick Jones & others. Zoë is a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Newnham College and her debut novel Shine On, Marquee Moon was shortlisted for the Virginia Prize for Fiction in 2016. Her latest book Witchful Thinking (a handbook for the modern Wise Woman) was published by Llewellyn in 2022.