Writing Women’s Lives – Radio Feature for Occupy the Airwaves, International Women’s Day, Wednesday 8 March 2023, to be broadcast on Phonic FM, Exeter’s community radio station, 106.8 FM or online

I’ve recently recorded a feature for Dreadnought South West’s Occupy the Airwaves on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2023 with Suzie Grogran and Karen Hunt, in which we discuss some of the rewards and challenges of writing and researching women’s biographies.

Suzie is writing a biography of Harriet Martineau “the first female sociologist”; Karen is working on the life of socialist and suffragist Dora Montefiore; and I’m writing about suffrage campaigner and pacifist, Millicent Price (née Browne).

Occupy the Airwaves is a day of broadcasting by women which is organised by Dreadnought South West. For more information see their website.


The Horfield Five, Bristol Women’s Voice International Women’s Day Events, City Hall, College Green, Bristol BS1 5TR, Saturday 11 March 2023, 3.30pm to 4.15 pm 

In November 1909 five women were sent to Horfield Prison (HMP Bristol) after a series of suffrage demonstrations in Bristol. I’ll be looking at what lay behind their crimes, and telling their stories.

Bristol Women’s Voice IWD events are free and include talks, workshops, performances and more. For programme and more information see the Bristol Women’s Voice website.


The Bristol Suffragettes, Willowbrook Townswomen’s Guild, The Jubilee Centre, Savages Wood Road, Bradley Stoke, BS32 8HL, Tuesday 14 March 2023 at 7.30 

A talk about the suffrage movement in Bristol.


The Bath Suffragettes, Corsham Civic Society, Pound Arts Centre, Pound Pill, Corsham, SN13 9HX, Friday 24 March 2023 at 7.30 pm

A talk about the suffrage movement in Bath.


Pugs, Bruisers and the Fancy: The Language of Pugilism, Hawkesbury Upton Literary Festival, Festival of Words, Saturday 22 April 2023, 10am to 5.30 pm

A talk about the language of boxing and how it has influenced many well-known writers as part of a one day Festival of Words. For details and to book see the HULF website.


Writing and Researching Historical Fiction and Non-Fiction, Bishopston Library, Gloucester Road, Bristol BS7 8BN, Tuesday 25 April 2023, 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm (includes break)

A talk looking at writing and researching historical fiction and non-fiction. What sources might be used? How does researching fiction compare to researching non-fiction? Organised by Friends of Bishopston Library to celebrate World Book Night. Free event, soft drinks for sale. Details to follow.


Peace Women and the First World War, Rangeworthy Women’s Institute, Rangeworthy Village Hall, Rangeworthy, South Gloucestershire, BS37 7EY, Wednesday 12 July 2023 at 7.30

A talk examining a range of responses by women who campaigned for peace during the First World War.