MADDY ANHOLT

Maddy Anholt is an actress, comedian and writer. She trained at ALRA and has been working professionally for ten years. As a performer Maddy has appeared in Jerk, BBC Three, The Emily Atack Show, ITV, for Sport Relief 2020 and has written and performed four sell-out one-woman shows at the Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh Festival Fringe and at the Soho Theatre. Her show, Herselves was nominated 'Best New Show' at the Leicester Comedy Festival, 2017. She performed it at Underbelly, Edinburgh where she was shortlisted for The Voice's 'Pick of the Fringe'. 

She was the speaker for International Women’s Day 2020 for the Guardian, Facebook and AllBright. 

As a writer she wrote and performed in the BBC Radio 4 comedy, No Smoke with Hardeep Singh Kohli and she writes for Sketchtopia, BBC Radio 4. She has also written for Warner Bros, ITV, BBC Three, Metro, the Guardian, and more. ​

Maddy has amassed over 7 million views online for her sketches, she guests on ITV's This Morning and BBC Radio 2 and is a regular on TalkRADIO.

Her first book, How To Leave Your Psychopath, will be published by Bluebird in 2022. 

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ANNALISA BARBIERI

Annalisa has been a Guardian columnist for the last 15 years and their Agony Aunt for the past 10.  She is also a feature writer for the Guardian as well as the Chocolate correspondent for the Observer.

She was previously fashion editor of the Independent on Sunday, their Dear Annie columnist as well as Contributing editor and also the fishing correspondent of the Independent.

 

Prior to journalism she was a Norman Hartnell seamstress, apprentice chef and fashion PR.

She is the author of Dear Annie: A No-Nonsense Guide to Getting Dressed (Faber and Faber).

 

Born in London to Italian parents, Annalisa started work as 'child labour' in her parents' cafe, making cakes.

She now lives in Suffolk with her man and kids and chickens.

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CATHERINE BLACKLEDGE

Dr Catherine Blackledge is the internationally-acclaimed author of The Story of V, a cultural history of the vagina (Weidenfeld & Nicolson) which was first published in 2003 and has sold over 100,000 copies in thirteen countries and ten languages. An updated edition Raising the Skirt: the Unsung Power of the Vagina launched in 2020 in the UK, in Poland as Wagina (2019) and in Spain as El Origen del Mundo (2020).

Women describe Raising the Skirt as their bible and say it has changed their lives. Catherine has been described as a visionary for her prescience in presenting her radical view of the vagina nearly 20 years ago when the subject was still taboo.

In 2015, Catherine published The Man Who Saw the Future, a biography of the first celebrity astrologer William Lilly whose popular forecasts changed the course of the English Civil War. 

By background, Catherine is a journalist and scientist. She lives in the north west of England with her husband and daughter.

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NATASHA DEVON

Natasha Devon MBE is a writer, presenter & activist. She tours schools, universities and events throughout the UK and beyond, delivering talks as well as conducting research on mental health, body image, gender & equality. She presents on LBC 7-9pm every Saturday.

Natasha is a trustee for the charity Student Minds, an ambassador for the Reading Agency a patron for No Panic, which helps people experiencing anxiety. She is a member of the Men & Boys Coalition, specifically advising on reducing male suicide rates, as well as a certified instructor for Mental Health First Aid England and eating disorder charity Beat. 

In 2018, Natasha co-founded ‘Where’s Your Head At’, a campaign aimed at improving the mental health of British workers through education and law change. She is also founder of the Mental Health Media Charter, which scrutinises media reporting on mental health with the aim of reducing stigma. 

A Beginner’s Guide to Being Mental: An A-Z was published by Bluebird in 2018, and Yes You Can: Ace Your Exams Without Losing Your Mind was published by Macmillan Children's Books in April 2020.  

 

Her podcast ‘Staying Sane’ is available on Spotify, Acast and iTunes. 

Find out more at www.natashadevon.com 

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NICHI HODGSON

Nichi Hodgson is a journalist, broadcaster, and author living in London.  She is a regular contributor to the Guardian, the Telegraph and the BBC on sexual politics, technology, health and dating.
Nichi was one of the first British journalists to court-report via Twitter, including the 2012 obscenity trial, 
R v Peacock. She is a regular commentator on BBC Radio 2’s and Channel 5’s The Jeremy Vine Show, BBC R4 Woman’s Hour, and BBC World Service, and has written and presented two documentaries for BBC radio, Can Porn Be Ethical? and Being Bisexual, for which she was nominated for DIVA Journalist of the Year.

Nichi is the author of Bound To You (Hodder and Stoughton, 2012) and The Curious History of Dating: From Jane Austen to Tinder (Little, Brown, 2017).

 

RACHEL HOLMES

Rachel Holmes is an experienced freelance writer and editor who has worked for the Guardian, Marie Claire, Woman and Home and fashion brand, Asos. For three years she had a weekly blog with parenting website, Babycentre, covering everything from practical advice to feminist parenting issues. Most recently, she worked for Mumsnet as Head of Commercial Content, helping brands to reach parents. 

 

Prior to writing, Rachel worked in TV as an assistant producer making documentary programmes like Time Team, Who Do You Think You Are? and Balderdash and Piffle

 

She is currently writing a memoir about motherhood, mental health and getting away from it all.

 

Rachel enjoys wild swimming, poking in rock pools with her two children, reading sci-fi, and building small, sensible fires in her tiny Walthamstow garden.

 

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ANITA MANGAN

Anita Mangan is a very successful graphic designer and illustrator.  She recently illustrated the best selling Be a Unicorn gift book for Spruce (Hachette), after which she was commissioned to illustrate 5 more in the series (flamingos, mermaids, llama, more unicorns and sloths). She has signed a merchandise deal for all these beasts. Watch this space.

 

She has designed 4 cookbooks for LEON (one award-winning) and many more for Ella Risbridger, Cabana, Allegra McEvedy, Shaun Hill, Hangfire Smokehouse, Gizzi Erskine, Paul Merrett, Kelis, Fearne Cotton, Ella’s Kitchen (4), Kerstin Rodgers, Kelis, Mima Sinclair, Edd Kimber and Comptoir Libanais.

In September 2017, she published her first book Bingo: The Illustrated Guide to Bingo Lingo (Quadrille) to critical acclaim.

Escape the Rooms, with words by Stephen Mangan and illustrations by Anita, was published by Scholastic in June 2021.

The Chinese Zodiac: A Seriously Silly Guide will be published by Portico in October 2021.

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ABI MILLAR

Abi Millar is an experienced writer and journalist living in London. She started out at a lifestyle magazine, followed by a stint as a writer and editor for the trade press. Since going freelance in 2014, she has covered topics ranging from sleep trackers to fast fashion to biophilic architecture. She takes a particular interest in social issues and mental health.  

 

Her work has appeared in Patient, Netdoctor, New Statesman, Vice, VolteFace, Guardian Labs, LEAF Review, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle UK and a wide range of science / tech publications. She has a chapter in the acclaimed essay collection Under My Thumb: Songs That Hate Women And The Women Who Love Them (Repeater Books), and wrote a novel before deciding to focus on narrative non-fiction. 

 

She is also a yoga teacher (RYT200), and is fascinated by what spirituality might mean from the perspective of a science-minded, secular Westerner.

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