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, The 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.

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 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.

NATASHA DEVON

Natasha Devon MBE is a writer and activist. She tours schools and colleges throughout the UK, delivering talks as well as conducting research on mental health, body image, gender and equality. She campaigns both on and offline to make the world a fairer place. Her current projects are the Mental Health Media Charter and Where’s Your Head At, which aims to change the law to protect the mental health of British workers. 

 

Natasha regularly speakers at Parliament and gives evidence to the Education and Health Select Committees, representing the interests of teenagers and teachers. In 2015 she was awarded and MBE for her services to young people and in 2016 she was awarded a fellowship from the University of Wales, as well as the Sunday Times and Debretts naming her one of the 500 most influential people in Britain.

 

Natasha writes regularly for the Guardian and Schools Week as well as a monthly column in Grazia. 

Natasha is a Trustee for the charity Student Minds and a patron for No Panic, which provides support for people struggling with anxiety. She is a member of the Coalition for Men & Boys, specifically consulting with them on reducing rates of male suicide in the UK. Natasha is also a certified instructor for Mental Health First Aid England and the charity Beat.

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.

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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).

 

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.

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.