BritMums Live! pushes the envelope with riveting keynote speakers and panelists, discussants and presenters who are specialists in their fields, drawn from the most influential blogging circles. Alongside their experiences and insight, we showcase brilliant, inspiring speakers from the charity, journalism, TV and political worlds.
Katie Piper is a beautiful, young woman rebuilding her life after surviving a brutal attack in March 2008 where sulphuric acid was thrown in her face. Before the attack, Katie was a model and budding TV presenter with a hectic social life and a glowing future in the public eye. The acid destroyed all the skin on Katie’s face, neck and hands, and left her blind in one eye. It also burnt her nose and throat so severely that she needed to be fed through a tube in her stomach and now regularly has operations to dilate her esophagus as the scar tissue reforms and restricts her ability to eat and drink.
Surgeons performed pioneering surgery on Katie. They chose to control the damage by removing the dead layers of skin from Katie’s face and rebuilding the foundations using a dermal substitute called Matriderm along with huge skin grafts from her back and buttocks. It was the first of its kind in the world to be done as a single stage operation. Katie spent seven weeks in the burns unit at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. She was placed in an induced coma and spent ten days in intensive care. She wore a special plastic pressure mask for 23 hours a day for two years, in an effort to flatten her scars.
In May 2009 Katie made the decision to give up her anonymity and share her story in a remarkable film for the Cutting Edge strand on Channel 4 called ‘Katie: My Beautiful Face’. The programme, supported by a huge press campaign, first aired in November 2009 to critical acclaim as well as recieving a Broadcast Award in February 2011. Katie went on front a four part series for Channel 4 ‘Katie: My Beautiful Friends’ in 2011 and was recently seen in ‘Katie: The Science of Seeing’ in which she underwent stem cell treatment in her left eye and has now remarkably regained her sight. Katie has recently signed a two year deal with Channel 4 which will see her front a variety of programmes during 2012 and 2013.
In 2009 and with Simon Cowell as patron, Katie set up The Katie Piper Foundation to improve rehabilitation facilities for burns survivors while providing a network of support and information on burns, scars and treatment, both medical and non-medical. Last year, the annual ball raised over £220,000 for the charity. Katie has written her autobiography which was published in February and has so far sold over 113,000 copies in the UK. Her book has been published in Asia, America, Australia and around Europe, reaching number 1 on the Bestsellers Top 10 for Non-fiction Hardback. Her second book, a self-help book titled ‘Things Get Better’ was published in May, and her latest publication ‘Start Your Day With Katie’, a book of affirmations, was published in September and has regularly been in the top 10 chart since publication.
Kirstie Allsopp is probably best known as property expert and co presenter of LocationLocation Location. She’s also been a driving force behind the recent trend towards upcycling and restoring vintage ﬁnds. She’s invigorated the world of crafting, inspiring us to dig out forgotten treasures and with a bit of imagination, create something new and beautiful for our homes. In her recent series and book, Kirstie’s Vintage Home, she shows us how easy it is to take something ordinary and make it special.
Growing up in Wiltshire, the eldest of four children, her father worked for Christie’s Auctioneers and her mother was an interior designer and her passion for property and tastes in interiors have been heavily influenced by both her parents. More recently her inspiration has come from her partner Ben who’s a property developer specialising in regenerating old buildings and her parents in law, who for fifty years have run an incredible antique shop called the Lacquer Chest on Kensington Church Street.
Kirstie gives a great deal of time to various charities but currently her main focus is promoting the work of HomeStartUK, the Prince’s Foundation for Building Communities and Keep Britain Tidy. All of these charities encourage people to take back control of their lives, their homes, their streets and their communities.
She lives with her partner Ben and has two children and two step children. They spend their time living between London and Devon.
Emma Freud has worked as a TV presenter for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 and as a radio broadcaster on BBC Radio 1 and Radio 4. For 25 years she has been an interviewer on Radio 4’s Loose Ends. Emma is also the public face of NT Live which broadcasts National Theatre productions all over the world. She is the script editor of all her partner Richard Curtis’ films including Four Weddings and A Funeral, Bridget Jones’ Diary, Notting Hill and Love Actually – and was second unit director on The Boat That Rocked. She’s a trustee of Comic Relief, director of Red Nose Day, helped to run the Make Poverty History campaign and was producer of the Live 8 concerts. She is also a patron of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood. In November 2011 Emma was given an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services through Comic Relief. Emma has four children – Scarlett, Jake, Charlie and Spike. She’d quite like a little lie down.
The full BritMums 2013 line-up:
Lindsay Akin. Mum of three, primary school teacher, vlogger, anti-bullying campaigner and Save the Children ambassador. Like all mums, I juggle as many things as I possibly can. I’m passionate about my teaching career and alongside this I also enjoy making little vlogs now and then on YouTube. After being inspired by my Youtuber son, Charlie McDonnell, I began making videos to help teens and have covered a variety of topics topics including anti-bullying and teenage love. As well as this, I’ve made some cooking videos and other films using a few fun ideas that have popped into my head! I love being a content creator and have met some wonderful people on my Youtube journey. I’m also passionate about the projects I’ve supported Save the Children with. I recently travelled to Tanzania with them to promote the Enoughfoodif campaign through #IFYoutube. The experience was both heartbreaking and heartwarming.
John Adams is married with two young daughters, Helen aged four and Elizabeth aged eight months. John is that rarest of beasts; a man that has given up a lucrative job to be the primary carer for his children while his wife works full time. He launched Dadbloguk.com in late 2012 and writes about all aspects of parenting from the father’s perspective. He was inspired to start the blog soon after he became the primary carer for his children. In John’s own words; “I found myself in a world heavily biased towards mothers and that assumed men don’t do childcare. I wanted to raise the profile of men that are good, involved fathers and highlight the gender barriers men can face as parents.” John was previously a journalist and has also worked in public relations and communications. He continues do some freelance copywriting and communications consultancy work.
Penny Alexander (@Aresidence) blogs and vlogs at the award-winning blog Alexander Residence about family life and adventures. She won the Britmums Fresh Voice Award in 2011, the Video Blogging Award in 2012 and is shortlisted in the Outstanding category for the MAD blog awards 2013. As one third of the social media phenomenon Team Honk Penny reported live from Ghana for Comic Relief on her own blog, and for Mumsnet, Netmums, BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour and BBC Radio Nottingham. She is a founding member of the social media collective Mothers and Shakers. Penny has worked as an ambassador for the YHA, Camp Bestival, The National Trust, Panasonic and the Italian Tourist Board. As an ex Drama and Media teacher Penny is passionate about theatre and blogs for Lakeside Arts Centre and Nottingham Playhouse. A self-confessed ‘Maid Marion’, she has a monthly column in the Nottingham Post and is a regular guest on BBC Radio Nottingham.
Paul Armstrong. Currently a Digital Consultant working with mid to large sized brands and agencies, Paul is back in London after spending seven years in Los Angeles, the last two of which were at Myspace in the Corporate Communications department. Recently, Paul headed up Mindshare’s Social Media department – the largest dedicated team of all Media agencies in the UK – creating strategies for clients such as HSBC, Three, Ford, ITV, and Unilever. Whilst in the US Paul created and executed strategies for some of the top brands out there like Sony, Activision, 20th Century Fox, DreamWorks and Yahoo! He gets a real kick out of digital media but enjoys keeping abreast of how it fits in business and the real world. In his spare time Paul travels, takes photos, blogs for various outlets and updates the @themediaisdying Twitter network amongst other less digital things!
Mummy Barrow also goes by the name Tanya but nobody calls her that unless she has been naughty. Most people now call her T. T lives in Hampshire with her husband Mr B, three teenagers and a mad dog. T comes from a background in property and knows the ins and outs of evicting tenants and making landlords fix that leaky roof but these days she is more likely to be seen hanging out on Twitter, of which she is a massive fan. T was reluctant to start blogging initially, believing her lack of A levels and lack of writing expertise would mean nobody would want to read what she wrote or would even notice her little corner of the web. She was quickly proved wrong however and now has quite a following with not only her weekly Ranty Friday linky but also her monthly blog Book Club. She ignores all the usual suggestions for bloggers such as joining certain networks or not blogging everyday (which she does) and sticks to blogging her way. Earlier this year she was thrilled to be asked by Comic Relief to be one of three bloggers they took to Ghana to live blog and tweet from projects as part of their 25th anniversary celebrations of Red Nose Day.
Christine Beardsell is a practical visionary and marketing innovator. Before launching VCCP Content she spent the last 11 years pioneering the use of both branded content and social media at the world’s largest digital agency, Digitas. She was also a driving force behind the Digital Content NewFronts — the premier digital content event held in New York each summer. A graduate of The Cooper Union School of Art in New York City, Christine’s rare mix of creative, tech and media skills, plus an entrepreneur’s gift for innovation, have led her to invent hugely impactful and ground-breaking projects for major brands like Kraft, American Express, IHG, and Samsung. Not surprisingly, her work has contributed to the winning of many top industry honours, including Cannes Cyber Lions, Webbies, Caples, Effies, and OMMA Awards. Christine’s practical vision for the new partnerships that technology makes possible between brands, content creators and, most important of all, audiences themselves has made her a much sought after speaker and panelist at major industry conferences from Digital Hollywood to SXSW. Her popular column on ClickZ in 2009 remains a valued source of thinking on branded content strategy.
Pippa Best. I am the co-founder of Story of Mum, an online community of brave supportive mamas doing uplifting, thought-provoking, slightly silly creative things together to celebrate the ups and downs of motherhood. We host monthly creative challenges at storyofmum.com, and #somum Make Dates on twitter where we discover different ways to connect and share our stories. We could be doodling the inside of a mums’ head, taking a photograph of our domestic chaos as ‘art’: making a box to keep compliments in, or sculpting parts of our mum-bodies we’d like to love more out of plasticine…
I write and work as a Script Consultant on feature films and co-run the Cross Channel Film Lab, helping writers and directors to tell their stories better and connect with an audience. I live with my surf-obsessed Location Manager husband, 5 year old Power Ranger son and 2 year old daughter with more hair than Rapunzel in a chaotic sticky-floored house in Cornwall. Things that make me feel good: the sea, chocolate, zumba, yoga, puddle-jumping, tea on the prom, and making me-time for mums.
Jane Blackmore is a youthful thirty-something who fell into blogging almost three years ago and has been hooked ever since. Previous to discovering WordPress she was an avid diary keeper and is still waiting for the day that someone finds them hidden under her bed and turns them into award winning novels. In the last couple of years Jane has been recognised for her blogging exploits by people other than her mum, last year she was awarded the Mad Blog Award for Best Writer and was a finalist in the Bibs. Writing has turned from a hobby to the seeds of a career for Jane and she can be found popping up on different parts of the internet mainly writing about parenting, sometimes about travel and on the occasion discussing risky topics (don’t tell her mum). You can find her at www.northernmum.com or at her brand new blog www.fromspendingtosaving.co.uk
Julia Boggio is one of the UK’s leading wedding and portrait photographers. She is a regular, popular columnist for Photo Professional magazine and, in the past few years, Julia has achieved over 30 magazine covers, including Cosmo Bride and You & Your Wedding – the magazine that gave her the Brides’ Choice award in 2010. Julia and her husband run a family, couple and boudoir portrait studio based in Wimbledon (www.juliaboggiostudios.com). Known for their fun and boutique style, their images decorate the walls of hundreds of homes across the southeast of England. Julia has won admiration not just for her photography, but also for her business acumen; she was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year in Merton in 2010 and 2011, the latter while she was on maternity leave after giving birth to her first child in May. Julia and her husband, James, are also internationally infamous for posting their first dance from their wedding on You Tube. Their Dirty Dancing video spurred a worldwide trend in choreographed first dances and they’ve appeared on news shows across the globe, including Richard & Judy, BBC Breakfast, and GMTV in the UK, Sunrise TV in Australia, and The Oprah Winfrey Show in the US – where Julia danced with Patrick Swayze. Considered to be one of the first “You Tube phenomena”, Julia writes about what happened next to the Dirty Dancing couple in her successful mummy blog,www.icarriedawatermelon.co.uk
Luigi Bonomi. I have been working in publishing 30 years this October as both a publisher where I was Editorial Director of Penguin Books and in the last 17 years as a literary agent! I represent a large number of authors with a very broad range including thrillers, crime, historical, psychological suspense, Young Adult, and general women’s fiction. I am always on the lookout for new writers – whether that’s through literary festivals like The Oxford-Sunday Times Literary Festival or through competitions like the one I ran with Good Housekeeping last year ( which saw 7000 take part ) or through live events like Brit Mums. What I am looking for is the same as what I love - novels that shock me and surprise me; novels that have secrets from the past that are played out in the present; novels that make me cry; novels that are hugely imaginative and that have a cross-genre appeal; historical fiction with a tortured love story; dark fast paced thrillers with a real edge; I love a good ghost story, love a bit of paranormal – particularly if it frightens me; love to be swept along by the pace of the writing or the drama of the plot! I have also many years’ experience of developing great non-fiction ideas into bestsellers on both sides of the Atlantic – strong stories with unique angles work best or books that reflect a particular speciality that you’d like to share to a wider audience. I have had a lot of success in launching the careers of many first time authors and as a result I am always hungry to find the next huge international bestseller and very much hope yours will be the one.
Trish Burgess began blogging in 2009 after uploading her diary entries for a series of posts called ‘Mum’s Gone to Iceland’. Since then her blog ‘Mum’s Gone To…’ has documented her family travels, usually with tongue firmly in cheek: from Lake Garda to London, Canada to Cyprus and Spain to Sweden. She is the editor of the monthly travel round-ups for the Brit Mums blog and was the winner of the travel category (Go!) at the 2012 Brilliance in Blogging awards.
Carla Buzasi is award-winning editor and writer, having contributed to titles such as Marie Claire, the Guardian, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, GQ.com, Vogue.com and the Metro, Carla Buzasi is editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post UK (which she thinks means her parents might finally give up on their dream for her to return home and edit The Stroud News & Journal).
Nigel Camp is founder of DevilBoy Productions which specialises in producing videos with animation for businesses who want a big company experience on an affordable budget. He is about to release his first book entitled ‘ The Video Effect ‘ which explains how to create quality content with professional advice on production techniques, equipment, storyboarding and content sharing. He’s recently started a new blog www.thevideoeffect.tv which will contain lots of cool video tips. When he’s not working you can find him relaxing on a beach on getting ready for his next snowboard trip. You can follow him @nigelcamp.
Lucy Cavendish is a journalist and a writer, author of several novels about her alter ego, Samantha Smythe, mother, wife, friend….and a member of the influential Contemporary Women’s Writer’s Group. She writes a column for Stella magazine for the Sunday Telegraph about her life as a Country Mother of Four, now re-titled Single Again. She has, over the past few years, been honing her skills as an important writer on women’s issues and motherhood. From child birth and rearing to marriage, unwifeability and divorce, she writes with wit, intelligence and passion about all these issues. It has, in many ways, become her calling over the past few years. She also appears on Lorraine, Daybreak and This Morning in her role as parenting expert.
Rosie Childs is digital media manager for Save the Children. As part of her role she works with bloggers to raise awareness and funds for issues affecting children across the world. She runs blogger engagement events, organises digital media trips to developing countries, reports on location via social media as well as building wider digital media partnerships. Most recently she’s set up a partnership between a group of online Mum activists in Indonesia and some of Save the Children’s parent blogger supporters as part of Save the Children’s global breastfeeding campaign.
Sonya Cisco is a Dorset based writer who blogs at The Ramblings of a Formerly Rock’n'Roll Mum. She spent 15 years playing in bands at various festivals and insalubrious locations throughout Europe, but is more likely to be found on the sofa these days. She is the politics round-up editor for BritMums and has an opinion on most things, especially biscuits.
Catherine Connors is Editor In Chief of Babble (Disney Interactive), the author of HerBadMother.com, and a recovering academic who still believes that, given a tear in the space-time continuum that adds six extra hours to every day, she will write the definitive work on the history of mothers in political thought, and/or a children’s book based on Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Emile (not really) (maybe). Her Bad Mother was named one of TIME’s Top 25 Blogs of 2012. Not ‘top mommy blogs;’ top BLOGS. That said, she proudly claims the mantle of MOMMY BLOGGER, not least because, she’s been called worse things.
Catherine writes, sometimes, about surviving motherhood, sometimes about surviving womanhood, sometimes about trying to make the world a better place, and more often than not about her belief that bad is, really, the new good. (She really does believe that bad is the new good. She wrote a Manifesto. She’s that committed.) She’s done some awesome stuff, including but not limited to: giving birth, twice – once in a truck, almost, and with no epidural, a story that she totally plans to twist into on the back of a turnip truck with a tequila-soaked rag clasped in mouth by the time the child is in his teens – meeting Grover, and being held captive on a Greek Island. She wants to do more, though, because there’s still Elmo, and Madagascar. And she most wants to make the world a better place, for moms and children especially, but also everybody, really, even Oscar the Grouch, who really is just a misunderstood environmentalist.
Country Wives. The CountryWives blog is, unusually, written by not one person but three. Annabel, Grace and Ellie are old friends who precariously lived out their youth in London, somehow survived and then moved with their respective families to various corners of the English countryside. They have seven children between them, ranging from 10 – 31, plus the husbands and dogs. The CountryWives blog began three years ago as a way for the three friends to stay in touch when it proved beyond impossible to get together anymore – too many children, too many dogs. Their blog has morphed into a website offering a light-hearted mixture of emotional rants, rave reviews and top tips. Despite being more familiar these days with muddy wellies and village shops than Manolo’s and Harvey Nix, they still have an urban edge to their writing, which is often candid and always endearingly truthful.
Kerry Davies. Blogger. Picture Taker. Social Media Maniac. Funny Girl. Mom. Kerry is a slightly crazy mum of three gorgeous girls & step-mum to 2 gorgeous boys. She started her family blog, My Lovebumps, to show the funny side of parenting by welcoming you to view snippets of her ‘House of Organised Chaos’. Sharing this chaos & engaging with her readers also helps her to stay sane. At 3am one morning last year, she sat up wide-eyed from mid slumber, with an idea to ‘Bring her Pinterest boards to Life’ – this resulted in collaborating with a fabulous team of six talented, crafty women (The PinAddicts Crew) , who now provide Daily, Pinterest inspired, craft posts, tutorials, giveaways, thrifty tips, & recipes over on the PinAddicts Challenge website. Be sure to check out the monthly Linky too where you can submit your Pinterest-inspired makes and stand a chance of winning a beautiful crafty prize!
Ruth Dawkins is a blogger based in Hertfordshire. As a student she travelled to the Arctic with WWF to work on climate change, and on graduating she secured a full time position as the Scottish co-ordinator of Stop Climate Chaos. Since the birth of her son in 2009, Ruth has spent time as a media volunteer with Christian Aid and, more recently, as campaigner and blogger for Save the Children and PiggyBankKids. Ruth has been blogging as DorkyMum since May 2011, and in 2012 she was nominated for best new blog in both the BritMums BiBs and the MAD Blog Awards. She writes about parenting, photography, politics and activism. Ruth has been published in both local and national press, including the Guardian and Easy Living. In January 2013 she was featured in a Red magazine feature on women and politics, under the headline “Can These Women Change the World?”.
Hayley Goleniowska. A former language teacher and voice-over artist, Hayley is now the Mum of two gorgeous girls, the youngest of whom, Natty, has Down’s Syndrome. She blogs, speaks, provides training and writes articles on the subject for parents, teachers, medical staff and other organisations. Through her blog Downs Side Up, she aims to both offer support and encouragement to new families with a diagnosis, and to gently change perceptions of Down’s Syndrome from within the hearts of the nation through her powerful words and beautiful photographs. Natty is also a clothing model and an amazing ambassador for children with disabilities everywhere, featuring in countless newspapers, magazines, journals, TV and radio programmes. You can find Hayley on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.
Richard Gray is a leading light in the exciting new genre of mobile photography. His work has appeared in exhibitions around the world, most notably the Mobile Masters at Macworld in San Francisco last January. He writes a blog (iphoggy.com) and he wrote the mobile section for The Guardian’s recent photography supplement. In February 2012, he launched the world’s first course in mobile photography at Kensington and Chelsea College, which he later gave at The Photographers’ Gallery. Richard is also a professional music and event photographer (rugfoot.net) syndicated to Press Association. He is @rugfoot on Twitter, Flickr and Instagram.
Kate Davis-Holmes was raised by her adoptive family in Yorkshire. After studying Law at Cambridge, she joined the third sector. She has experience of working with local, national and international charities. In her early career, she specialised in debt counselling.
Later, she devised media strategies for organisations, promoted volunteering and facilitated learning groups and multi-sector partnerships. Kate currently lives with her husband, three school-age children and a range of pets on a smallholding. Kate enjoys writing, reading, cookery, bargain-hunting and family life. She blogs at kateonthinice.wordpress.com.
Simon Halberstam is a partner in Kingsley Napley’s corporate and commercial team, specialising in IT / IP Law. Before joining the firm in 2010, he previously worked at Sprecher Grier Halberstam LLP and Slaughter and May. In recent years, both IP and IT have been evolving faster than the legal frameworks that regulate them, which makes an exciting but demanding area of law, as the conventional legal concepts are adapted to cope with new media and new concepts of intellectual property. Simon is well known and highly respected in this complex field of law, and acts for IT providers, ISPs, Domain Name registrants and web designers. He also acts for users, providing legal advice to both the IBM Computer Users’ Association and SOCITM.
Julie Hall is the founder of the fabulous community for women entrepreneurs, Women Unlimited (www.women-unlimited.co.uk), small business web design agency Springmedia (www.springmedia.co.uk) and soon to be launched blog to help small business owners get familiar with web marketing,www.JulieHallOnline.com. She is a self-confessed internet geek and loves all things to do with social media, WordPress and marketing on the web. She not only builds WordPress websites, but has taught over 300 small business owners how to build their own website from scratch. Feel free to connect with her @JulieHallOnline or @women_unlimited.
Katy Hill has over 2,000 hours of live broadcasting to her name, a BAFTA Best Presenter Award, a National Television Award and an extensive fan base, including her two biggest fans and proudest achievements to date - 6 year-old daughter Kaya Sky and 3-year-old son Akira Seven. Most recently Katy was honoured to front C-Beebies Bedtime Stories and she also covered as co-anchor on the sofa for ITV’s Daybreak where she’s a regular. Katy’s passionate about parenting and chose to avoid nannies and childcare and instead juggle work and kids with her husband, TV Presenter & Actor Trey Farley. Every week she writes a very honest parenting blog on I-Village UK where she’s launching her Child Friendly Britain campaign. Katy has written for Cosmopolitan, Conde Nast and Hello. The family also make travel Vlogs which can be seen through their website www.treyandkaty.com. You can follow Katy on Twitter @KatyHillTV.
Nadine Hill is a writer, speaker and author of two non fiction ‘how to’ books. BC (Before Children), her career was in Marketing and PR for fashion, home, motor and lifestyle brands and at one stage her contacts book was more valuable than her jewellery box! After rubbing shoulders with the likes of Samuel L Jackson, Lennox Lewis and the band Oasis at her PR job, she re-located back to Yorkshire, swopping the clink of champagne glasses for the whirr of the dishwasher and realities of starting her own business whilst mothering young children. She regularly speaks at womens’ business groups and helped to launch a European Female Ambassadors Network for European Businesswomen in Stockholm. Her work as a small business owner has also taken her to 10 Downing Street – she’s still not sure entirely how, but she loved the experience of nipping to the loo under the watchful eye of the late Baroness Thatcher! Nadine blogs and vlogs at www.JuggleMum.com about being a busy mum of two, and also regularly contributes to BBC Radio Leeds and national magazines. You can keep up with her at www.twitter.com/Businessmum
Kylie Hodges started Not Even A Bag of Sugar in 2010 following a diagnosis of post traumatic stress disorder, triggered by the birth of her son at 27 weeks gestation. Kylie has discovered a passion for writing and now works regularly with the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (a division of the World Health Organisation) as well as being published in the Independent, and other on line publications. Kylie now works for Bliss the premature baby charity, but also continues to blog and is currently conducting a large project to raise money for research and support for people with muscular dystrophy. Kylie also has an interest in blogging as therapy and sharing our deep personal stories. She blogged for the first time about the child sexual abuse she endured as a child and this has proven to be a life changing experience.
Craig Hodgson, founder of dadzclub, is a father to two children – a 10-year old daughter and 3-year old son. He is married to Kathryn who is a nurse with the NHS and whose unusual working hours often mean Craig, as with so many dads, is the primary carer of their children. Craig launched www.dadzclub.com in August 2011 with the aim to become the social hub for dads online – a trusted peer network offering dads impartial advice and information on parenting, products and services.
Robin Houghton is an online communications consultant, writer and trainer. An internet ‘early adopter’, she has trained hundreds of businesses in effective online marketing over the past 12 years. Since 2007 she has focused on social media and works with corporates, SMEs and individuals. Robin blogs about social media and communications at www.robinhoughton.com and about poetry at www.poetgal.co.uk. Her first commissioned book Blogging for Creatives was published in 2012 and is a non-techy introduction to blogging with hundreds of examples and tips from top bloggers. The accompanying blog is at www.bloggingforcreatives.com. Robin has an MA in Digital Media from the University of Sussex and is a Fellow of the RSA
Jeanne Horak-Druiff is a born-and-bred South African who has been living in London since 2002. Her internationally recognised blog CookSister! has appeared on the Times Online’s list of top 50 food blogs in the world and Saveur’s 55 top global food blogs list. She is a four-time winner of Best Food Blog in the South African Blog Awards.
Her writing has been published in National Geographic’s 500 Food Journeys, 500 Secret Journeys, and Creating a Meal You’ll Love, as well as various magazines. She speaks regularly at blogging, writing and photography workshops and conferences in Europe and South Africa. Her blog encompasses her three obsessions: food, travel and photography.
Jennifer James. Recently named a Fast Company Most Generous Social Media Maven, Jennifer James is the founder of Mom Bloggers for Social Good, a global coalition of over 1000 women who share global development news and issues via social media and blogging. She has forged partnerships with some of the largest NGOs and nonprofits in the world and was named a top Blogger Changing the World by Babble. She also writes about global development for the Gates Foundation. Jennifer is the founder of the Mom Bloggers Club, the oldest social network for mom bloggers, and boasts over 18,000 members. Through her work with the club she partners with blue chip brands to connect them with leading moms who blog. She can be found at @jenniferjames.
Steve Keenan is online travel editor for The Sunday Times and is an expert in travel social media, video and site curation. He was travel editor of The Times online for five years and deputy travel editor of The Times for five years before that. Dubiously credited with being the first national travel journalist to make the transition to online, he now regularly speaks on digital travel trends to travel companies and at conferences. But he still retains a healthy love and respect for print journalism, enabling him to see both sides of the fence – and occasionally having to moderate between the two.
Laura Kemp started writing to get out of doing a real job. A journalist for 15 years, she turned freelance after having a baby because she couldn’t get out of the house, washed and dressed until lunchtime at the earliest. A columnist and contributor, she regularly writes for national newspapers and magazines, and spends far too much time on Twitter. Mums Like Us, published by Arrow, is Laura’s first novel, which she hopes will strike a chord with exhausted mums who don’t iron either. It tells the ridiculous story of an ordinary bedraggled mum who sets up a weekly support group for exhausted kindred spirits who are sick of mumupmanship at the school gates. The club becomes an international sensation in its fight for good enough parenting rather than the pursuit of perfection. Laura is married with a son and a neurotic cat. www.laura-kemp.com @laurajanekemp
Baroness Susan Greenfield CBE conducts research on novel mechanisms of neurodegeneration at the University of Oxford and is is working on a book about how digital culture is rewiring us. She has received 30 Honorary Degrees from British and foreign universities. Other awards include Michael Faraday Medal from the Royal Society (1998), Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians (2000), L’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur (2003), American Academy of Achievement Golden Plate Award (2003), Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2007) and Australian Medical Research Society Medal (2010). To find out more go to www.susangreenfield.com
Viv Groskop is a London-based author, stand-up comedian and mother of three. She writes for The Independent and The Observer and appears regularly on BBC Radio 4 (Front Row, Woman’s Hour, Any Questions). In 2012 she won Spontaneity Shop’s Maestro Improv and reached the finals of Funny Women. Her coming-of-middle-age memoir, I Laughed, I Cried: How One Woman Took On Stand-Up And (Almost) Ruined Her Life, comes out in June 2013. She tweets a lot, mostly about jumpsuits, and is a big fan of WordPress. Jo Brand says, “Viv is brilliant. But I still quite like Billy Connolly.”
Kelly Innes is the face behind the vintage silhouette at Domestic Goddesque. She eats too much cookie dough to have a waist that small. She is a thirty-something Mother of two absurdly photogenic little girls, is married her beloved DH and endures daily battles-of-will with the dog she refers to as the Wonder Hound. She likes to avoid housework as much as possible, preferring to bake, craft and drink cocktails. Sorry, did I say cocktails? I meant coffee. And nap. She likes to nap too. When not blogging, you can find her haunting Facebook for interesting snippets of gossip, or throwing her wit around the twittersphere. (She may have made that last bit up too: she’s not that funny.)
Kelly Schneider Lees is the General Manager, Europe for the largest social travel network, Gogobot, and founder of online stationery company Jane Press. She has spent the past twenty years launching businesses for media and consumer brands in the US, Europe and Africa. Before taking the dive into the world of start-ups Kelly held senior management roles as Executive Director of Global product marketing at both America Online and Microsoft. In the 1990s Kelly led award winning consumer marketing efforts as Director of Marketing at Nike and as international marketing manager for Viacom. Kelly earned a MBA from Wharton at University of Pennsylvania and has a B.A. from Kenyon College. She has lived in London for twelve years and is married with two daughters. She serves as a trustee for Digital-Links.com, is a non-executive Director for the London Print Studio, and a Fellow at the Royal Society of Arts.
Helen Lindop intended to return to her job after her maternity leave ended in 2009, but found she couldn’t face leaving her daughter in full-time childcare. She researched business ideas that would fit around her new family, but none were quite right for her. So she wrote about them on her blog, BusinessPlusBaby.com hoping that they would help other mums facing the same challenge. That led to Helen co-writing the book Start a Family Friendly Business. Since then, Helen has launched a series of e-books and e-courses and her latest course is Twitter For Business. Although mums love her practical and honest advice on growing a business around a family, their top questions are always about online marketing. So Helen has now combined her previous career in training with her blogging experience to help small businesses – and not just mums – with their online
Liska. Hi, I’m Liska. Blogging since 2008 as an antidote to working long hours as a HR Manager. I started New Mum Online in 2009, my second foray into blogging, whilst trying to conceive! I blog about my pride and joy Aaron, with the occasional bits of me and my thoughts thrown in. Increasingly I was finding my spiritual self needing a voice, so I now have a brand new blog over at Conscious Mum. Not quite new age, but definitely not run of the mill. I’d say more old age, in the sense of remembering, relearning, and discovering all that we once knew. Earth is but one dimension of our experience…
Rachael Lucas self-published Sealed with a Kiss in February. Pronounced “gloriously romantic” by Katie Fforde, her novel has now reached over 70,000 Kindle downloads, and hit the top of the Amazon charts. Rachael has signed with Amanda Preston at LBA literary agency and is writing her second novel whilst planning her third (they’re coming together, like twins). She lives by the seaside in the North West of England with her partner and blended family of six children. When she’s not writing, she’s blogging about writing at http://rachaellucas.com or life at award-winning blog http://talesfromthevillage.com. The rest of the time she’s on roller skates – she’s a member of the Liverpool Roller Birds roller derby team, where she skates under the name Scarlotte Brontë. She likes sleep, and people who buy her gin.
Joanne Mallon is so addicted to writing she has qwerty imprinted on her fingertips. A trained life coach and journalist, Joanne is the author of two self help books: Toddlers – An Instruction Manual and How to Overcome Fear of Driving. She features in the media regularly and is known for her practical, down to earth approach. A mother of two and former TV producer, she’s been making stupid jokes on her blog joannemallon.typepad.com for 6 years. She also blogs with her daughter (and makes even more stupid jokes) at eljae.com. In 2005 she founded MediawomenUK, the first online networking group for women in media. Joanne also works as a social media consultant and recently set up KidsBlogClub.com for children who blog and their parents.
Jaume Marin is the Marketing Director at the Costa Brava Girona Tourist Board. Prior to his time in Costa Brava, Jaume participated in the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games as IT Coordinator, then went on to live in Holland and Scotland for over 5 years. While in Scotland, he helped in developing Sports and Excellence in the Sports Scotland marketing department. Coming back to Spain, he was involved with two golf resorts, and fell in love with Costa Brava and the Pyrenees. Now working in Costa Brava, he has found great success in combining 1.0 and 2.0 strategies – implementing Storytelling wherever possible. He finds himself very lucky to be a part of one of the best marketing teams in tourism – whose successful blogtrips #incostabrava and #inpyrenees have received worldwide recognition.
Claire McDonald is a journalist, blogger and YouTuber. She is very greedy and has learnt in order to eat well she needs to cook. Hence much of her journalistic and blogging career has revolved around food and its preparation. As well as writing, tweeting and photographing her food, she now films it on her and her sister’s YouTube channel. She lives with her young family in south east London.
Lucy McDonald is a journalist, broadcaster, blogger and aspiring YouTube star. She likes talking about food nearly as much as she likes eating it. Lucy lives in west London with her husband and two small children. She is also studying for a Food Policy masters at City University, so she can learn a bit more about the food on her plate and how it got there.
Helen McGinn is the author of the Knackered Mother’s Wine Club, an award-winning blog and now book (Pan Macmillan, £12.99). Having spent almost a decade as a wine buyer for a big supermarket souring wines from around the world, she spent the next half-decade pregnant. Three children later, Helen decided to post weekly wine recommendations on a blog, in the hope that she might inspire people to try new wines and step outside of their wine comfort zone. The blog was avidly followed by at least three people (mother, sister and husband); but soon starting getting comments from people she wasn’t actually related to. Readers asked for advice about wines, what to buy for special occasions or just wanting to try something new. And from there, it grew. Last year, the blog was nominated in the Outstanding Category in the BritMums BiBs, won best blog in the International Wine & Spirit Competition and Red Magazine’s Hot Women Award for blogging. Helen’s mission – apart from more sleep – is to spread the good wine gospel, because life is too short to drink bad wine.
Cherry Menlove is a self-confessed homemaker, with a home-grown passion for all things creative. She started writing her homemaking blog in 2005 from the spare bedroom of her flat in London. Since settling in the Sussex countryside with her husband, Robert, and their young twins, Cherry has fulfilled her dream of documenting the way in which simple things in your home can transform your life. Cherry now shares her passion and enthusiasm for handmade projects throughout the home, from cooking and baking to crafts, restoration and gardening, through her vibrant website and popular blog. Follow Cherry at http://cherrymenlove.com and on facebook, Pinterest and on Twitter at @CherryMenlove
Eleanor Mills is Associate Editor of The Sunday Times. She writes a weekly column in the News Review section of the paper on social affairs as well as one in Home on how we live now. She appears regularly on television, reviewing the papers on Sky News, Lorraine, This Morning etc and on radio – Woman’s Hour, BBC London, LBC etc. In 2009 she was appointed Saturday Editor of The Times in charge of a major relaunch of the paper’s weekend edition, creating six new sections while running the Saturday paper day to day. In 2011, after returning to The Sunday Times she was shortlisted for Feature Writer of the Year at the British Press Awards for her long-form writing in the Sunday Times magazine (the commended entries were an interview with Banksy, an intimate portrait of Samantha Cameron and a piece about women in China). Publications include Cupcakes and Kalashnikovs: the best journalism by women from the last 100 Years, published by Constable and Robinson. For ten years Eleanor edited the News Review section of the Sunday Times and was the most senior woman on the paper. As Focus editor, she was in charge of the Sunday Times’s coverage of the biggest breaking news stories of the week, and as the paper’s main interviewer she interrogated everyone from Mikhail Gorbachev to Charlton Heston.
Chris Mosler is a freelance writer, blogger, photographer and Mum to four children aged from 7 to 17. Blogging at Thinly Spread since 2010 her tagline is Stretched But Not Snapped – although that may only be a matter of time! Weaving together stories about family life as her children begin to spread their wings with her passions for social justice, the environment, education and anything else which gets her goat, Chris says that blogging has enriched her life. It has given her a platform for personal writing, bringing her opportunities to meet amazing people to speak at a wide range of events and to work with numerous charities and campaign groups which are close to her heart. She enjoys the freedom from editorial control which blogging brings!
Clare Mulley is a mother of three and biographer of two, so far… Clare was inspired to start writing when she discovered that her first subject, Eglantyne Jebb, the founder of Save the Children (where Clare used to work), confessed how little she cared about individual children, ‘the little wretches’. Maternity leave gave Clare the perfect opportunity to find out more. The resulting book, The Woman Who Saved the Children, won the Daily Mail Biographers’ Club prize. Clare’s next subject, the passionately patriotic Christine Granville, Britain’s first female special agent of WWII, presented her own challenges, having been well trained not to leave a paper trail. Fortunately Christine also liked to tell a good story and inspired several of the men who adored her to tell her story too. The Spy Who Loved was published in 2012 to critical acclaim. Clare is a regular speaker at literary events and on radio including the Today programme, and Women’s Hour. She lives in Essex with her husband and three daughters. For more information please visit www.claremulley.com
Judith O’Reilly is a writer and journalist. Her first book Wife in the North was based on her blog of the same name and was a best-seller (based on her move from London to Northumberland). Her second book, a novel, is living in a drawer – occasionally she slides open the drawer and feeds it peanuts. Her third book is A Year of Doing Good which she wrote after deciding to do a good deed a day for a year. (Don’t try this at home.) She is married with three children and for one year she tried to be good.
Amanda Preston joined the world of publishing in 1997. In 2005 she set up LBA with Luigi. She has been a literary agent for over thirteen years and represents a wide range of fiction and non-fiction authors including Simon Kernick, Ivor Peters, Karen Swan, Cherry Menlove, Sarah Alderson, Matt Tebbutt, Jo Carnegie, Endemol, Plum Pictures and Jonathan Trigell. I’m actively looking for new fiction and non-fiction writers and have had lots of success launching the careers of many writers. In Fiction, I am looking for compelling storytelling with a fantastic concept, strong, memorable characters and I want to be hooked from the start. Ultimately I’m looking for unforgettable books that demand to be talked about and shared, regardless of genre, and that I’m still thinking about days after finishing. I’m particularly interested in finding new authors in psychological suspense, YA and women’s fiction.
Emily Quinton is a blogger, photographer, and mother of four young children. Emily has worked as a professional photographer for many years and her photography is a major feature of her blog, The Startup Wife. Her images have been featured in several magazines and blogs, and in 2012 she won the Snap category in the BritMums’ Brilliance in Blogging Awards. She has taught many photography workshops over the past few years and was featured on Channel 5′s How To Take Stunning Pictures series. She currently runs photography for bloggers workshops, which help bloggers with any level of photography skills to take better images for their blogs. Emily loves to record every day moments and memories with her photographs and loves the way that blogging encourages her to do this. When she’s not taking photos or writing, she loves having lots of fun with her family, baking, crafting and reading far too many magazines.
Alison Rothwell is an online marketing fan girl. She helps businesses make more money and reach more people online. Alison learnt how to get online customers the hard way – when her award winning kids clothing business was making no online sales, she knew she had to take massive action. So she discovered the secrets of online business success and now helps other entrepreneurs to achieve fabulous results through her “done for you”, coaching or consultancy services. A Brit with an international reputation, Alison conducts her business with clients worldwide – from Australia to Arizona. Her specialism is her unique online marketing services – combining search engine optimization with social media and brand management. Her private clients [including bloggers!] are relieved they don’t have to know how her strategies work, they just know they do! Alison loves taking away their online marketing frustrations so her clients can focus on their own unique brilliance!Alison’s expertise and business acumen has been formally recognized by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, PR Week, Marketing Week/CIM and the Startup Awards. Discover more about Alison.
Andrew Solomon joined Kingsley Napley in 2008 as a trainee solicitor, having previously spent a year as a paralegal in the corporate department of Ashurst LLP. He qualified in September 2010 after seats in Corporate and Commercial, Employment, Private Client and Family.
Prior to this, he studied American History at Sussex University (including a year spent at the University of California, Irvine), before embarking on the GDL and LPC at the University of Westminster.
Andrew specialises in advising companies and entrepreneurs on corporate transactions and commercial matters, often dealing with companies in the technology sector.
Michelle Pannell is wife to one, mummy to three adorable but loud terrors (JJ age 8 and 4 year old twins Miss M & Miss E), a part-time HR Manager and full-time grafter. She started her blog, Mummy From The Heart in 2008 on a whim and 3 years later it has become her sanctuary where she takes time out of her busy life….. to write about her busy life! Michelle’s blog is a very honest place where she shares tales of imperfect parenting, being a Christian and recovering from compulsive overeating. She also takes time each week to be thankful for all the blessings she receives by hosting the weekly #R2BC (Reasons to be Cheerful) blog hop. Life is a journey, join Michelle on hers…
Lynne Parker is an award winning producer and entrepreneur who combines her interest in the entertainment and charity worlds with her experience of women’s media and marketing to women. Lynne has spent most of her career working with women and promoting women’s products and concepts. It was no surprise that she came up with the whole idea of Funny Women after years of working with entertainment brands, as well as many fashion, beauty and health products aimed at women. Originally trained as a journalist Lynne spent the first years of her career working in women’s magazines for publishing groups Nat Mags and IPC writing about fashion and beauty topics.
Jacqui Paterson (@Jax2000) has been a magazine features writer for 20 years, and, more recently a social media consultant/addict. She’s also part of a blogging collective, Mothers & Shakers. She started www.MummysLittleMonkey.com when her eldest daughter was one year old, and has been blogging about the ups, downs, and funny stuff (mostly the funny stuff) of family life ever since. She also regularly posts about products, events, and days out she thinks her fellow Mums and Dad will find useful, and truly believes that reviews do NOT have to be boring!
Kirstie Pelling is Director of The Family Adventure Project, and one half of a husband and wife writing and photography team on a mission to make family life as active and adventurous as possible. A former BBC producer and a journalist of more than 20 years, she has biked more than 15,000 kms with her three children. The family have also eco toured, railroaded, sailed, hiked, canoed and geocached on three continents. This year they plan to explore their fourth, with a summer in Africa. They believe active outdoor adventure builds strong family bonds and regularly do everyday micro-adventures as well as more substantial expeditions. Through their blog they aim to engage and inspire other families to have fun and develop a spirit of adventure together.
Peggy Poyser started blogging in 2008 at www.perfectlyhappymums.com. At the time she was totally focussed on over sharing details of her life with her two boys, babies then. A few years later and after teaching herself graphic and web design, her blog lead to another (www.easytechblub.com) and now not only she designs blogs and websites for others but she is also teaches them to do it themselves by running WordPress courses. Her personal aim is to help making the net look stylish, colourful and beautiful!
Emma Raphael left the UK for Copenhagen in 2009, with her ever-patient husband and two small children.
Having enjoyed a couple of years in Scandinavia, Emma and her family found they enjoyed Expat life so much that they now reside in Munich – where the pace of life is relaxed, her language skills are small, and the mountains and bier halls are very large. Being one half of a self-proclaimed foodie couple, Emma enjoys the new produce and restaurants in each new country she resides in, and has made it her mission to convince people that English food no longer deserves the bad rap it once had. She can be found in the kitchen when she’s feeling homesick, trying to recreate comfort food from home. She also has huge passions for travel, photography, art, wine, gardening (although according to her Bavarian neighbours, she’s not much good at that!) and her family (of course)! Read her blog; The Bavarian Sojourn.
Kerstin Rodgers aka her blogging name of Ms. Marmitelover was the pioneer of the underground restaurant movement in the UK. She blogs about all kinds of things (politics, film, astrology, dating) but mainly about food. Her blog marmitelover.blogspot.com is one of the most read food blogs in Britain. She has developed new ways of marketing events and promoting food via social media. Her Underground Farmers’ and Craft Market, which takes place at her house, encourages entrepeneurs to start up food businesses via a ‘dragon’s den’ talent panel. Although she trained as a photographer, cooking has become her job. Her supper club The Underground Restaurant specialises in highly researched original menus. She’s the author of ‘Supper Club: recipes and notes from The Underground Restaurant’ published by Harper Collins in 2011. She’s appeared on TV (The One Show, News 24, Vanessa), radio (Woman’s Hour, Bob Elms Show, Chris Evans show) and in the national press. She’s also singlehandedly raised an 18 year old daughter. She agrees with Roseanne Barr who once said “I figure if my kids are alive at the end of the day, I’ve done my job.”
Laura Seaton. A very tired mummy of two gorgeous girls, working at bring blogging events to the North whilst juggling looking after a child with cancer, trying to make life normal and stop myself going crazy. A qualified Accountant, Ofsted registered Childminder and unable to work so making the most of my talents online. I love working with Brands and PR Firms and am not afraid to call myself a Blagger. You don’t get much in life unless you ask for it. Author of Tiredmummyoftwo.co.uk and founder of Blogsupnorth.co.uk and resourcereviews.co.uk
Tamsin Smith has 15 years experience as a BBC Television and Radio correspondent. Her TV reports featured on BBC Breakfast News and the BBC’s News Bulletins. For radio she broadcast for Radio 4, Radio 5Live and Radio 1. She has reported from 25 countries, from Algeria to Austria and only got arrested once, but the highlight of her foreign adventures was two years in Rome where she mostly managed not to let food get in the way of news. Back in the UK, reporting assignments involved many hours standing outside the Old Bailey and wading through flood water and snow. Tamsin is now freelance and reports for BBC Woman’s Hour. You can find her via her website (www.tamsinsmithmedia.com) or follow her on twitter (@tamsin_smith). She’s mum to an inquisitive, funny 4 year old, who is also a willing guinea pig for an Italian food blog (www.yummybambini.com).
Spencer. I’m @ADadCalledSpen and was, for sometime, known as @SAHDandproud. I am a father to two children, most importantly, but I also blog and do that Twitter thing. I’m not a writer and I’m not a journalist.
I’m a dad. I blog about my children and some aspects of my life, which includes divorce and depression. I don’t pretend to be any good, I just enjoy it and love connecting with other bloggers from whom I learn so much. Plus it sometimes stops the screaming noises in my head and it’s cheaper than therapy. My blog is https://dadandproud.wordpress.com/ I like cheese, Rioja, and chocolate digestives. But only the plain chocolate ones. So’s you know.
Annie Spratt is a mother,wife and serial blogger of over 20 blogs – and counting! Blogging since mid 2011, Annie’s first blog, Mammasaurus, won three national blogging awards in 2012. She writes for The Huffington Post and enjoys working with charities.
Jen Stanbrook has always had a passion for home interiors and interior design and started writing at Love Chic Living in February 2012. A mum of 2 young girls, she had been writing a business blog when she got the blogging bug. After just 3 months, Love Chic Living was nominated as Best Home Blog in the MAD awards. Focussing on modern, contemporary style for a family home, regular features include Wallpaper Wednesday and the Chic Showcase. Jen also champions Business Mums and women juggling family alongside working life, through Design Divas. Now blogging and writing full time, Jen enjoys cultivating commercial relationships and has collaborated successfully with brands such as John Lewis, Next, Selfridges, and Farrow and Ball. Featured in the April 2013 issue of Magazine B and a Next Blog of the Month in March 2013, the blog continues to grow. Jen writes the monthly BritMums Home and Design Round-up and now also writes at Love Chic Mum, her family style blog.
Sarah Tucker is an award winning author, journalist and broadcaster. She wrote the best selling novels THE LAST YEAR OF BEING SINGLE, THE CONTROL FREAK CHRONICLES and THE PLAYGROUND MAFIA, a novel about playground politics currently being made into a tv series and due to be on stage next year. There’s also an app MUMMY MAFIA which she developed on how to recognise the ‘types’ of mums found in the playground and how to deal with them – or become one of them! She’s travel editor of Sheengate titles – magazines which cover Richmond, Barnes, Putney, Chelsea basically all the posh bits of SW London and Surrey and is a regular columnist for National Geographic Traveller. She presented reports for the BBC Holiday Programme, Classic Fm and devised and presented the award winning Jazz Fm Travel Guide and wrote three books on the reality of travelling with children – HAVE BABY WILL TRAVEL, HAVE TODDLER WILL TRAVEL and her latest HAVE TEENAGER WILL TRAVEL. Currently studying psychology and training to be a yoga instructor, her latest novel is about an author, studying psychology and yoga wanting to get away with murder. Fiction of course.
Emma Vanstone swapped her IT career to stay at home with the kids, started a blog and hasn’t looked back.Balancing the needs of three small children and a passion for social media has become an increasingly difficult juggle, but Emma’s love for her blogs especially Science Sparks makes it all worthwhile. Emma now spends most of her time playing games, baking, designing experiments and generally making a mess whilst blogging, tweeting and dreaming of a bigger house and prettier garden on Pinterest. It’s definitely been a big change, but every day is different and full of surprises.
Ajda Vucicevic looks after critically acclaimed debut and established authors, including John Lucas, Niki Valentine, Sarah Skye and Robson Green’s Extreme Fishing. She joined LBA in 2007 and has been building her author list since 2011. She is looking for debut authors and is keen to develop their careers. Her interest lies in literary fiction with a commercial edge. She looks for strong narrative voices and original plot lines. She is also looking for women’s fiction and young adult.
Marianne Whooley is a BritMums Blog editor, our resident foodie round-up writer and the author of the popular Mari’s World blog, where she blogs and vlogs about everything from sex after children to her passion for good food. She write a monthly food column for BritMums, and make us very hungry. Find her on Twitter at @Maris_world.
Zoe Williams has been a columnist on the Guardian since 2000 – previously, she wrote a column for the London Evening Standard. She contributes to various magazines and news weeklies, including Marie Claire, Glamour, New Statesman, Good Housekeeping, Red, Grazia andCosmopolitan. Broadcasting includes the Daily Politics, The Politics Show and Newsnight for the BBC; Dispatches and the Channel Four news for Channel Four; a weekly paper review for Sky News; and appearances on the Today programme, Woman’s Hour, PM and the World Tonight for BBC Radio Four. She was last year’s Columnist of the Year at the Workworld awards and is shortlisted for Feature of the Year for this year’s One World Media Awards. She is the author of one non-fiction book, Bring It On, Baby, about the politicisation of motherhood.
Helen Wills has been blogging at Actually Mummy for 2 years. In the voice of her 8 year old daughter (who has rather a lot to say for herself) Helen catalogues the ups and downs of family and school life according to the kids. She is also thrilled to write the BritMums Newbie Tuesday round-up, showcasing the best of the newest bloggers.
Since starting her quirky blog, Helen has taken on freelance blogging and social media management work, and now writes for several small businesses on a professional basis. She attributes this good fortune to the support she has found amongst parent bloggers, and is particularly proud to have had the support of the BritMums community over the last 2 years.
Maggy Woodley is an Austrian mum of two living in the UK and married to a Brit. She started her craft blog Red Ted Art in order to share her craft ideas for both children and adults – hoping to inspire others to ‘have a go’ and ‘have fun’ with their children or to discover new crafts and ideas for themselves.
Passionate about crafts, she feels that crafting is something for all and that everyone can have a go! Her weekly How Tos are aimed to be ‘easy to follow’ and inspirational for both adults and teens, whilst her Kids Craft aims to please toddlers to 10-year-olds!