Joan Smith

Joan Smith


Joan Smith is a novelist, columnist and campaigner for human rights. She is the author of the feminist classic Misogynies, the Loretta Lawson series of crime novels and What Will Survive, a thriller set in Westminster and Lebanon. Her non-fiction includes books on food, secular morality and the monarchy (Down With The Royals, 2015). Her journalism has appeared in the Guardian, New York Times, Daily Telegraph, The Times, Independent, Sunday Times and the Labour weekly Tribune.

Since 2013 she has been Co-chair of the Mayor of London’s Violence Against Women and Girls Board, which draws up the Mayor’s strategy to reduce sexual and domestic violence for the whole of London. She is a former Chair of the English PEN Writers in Prison Committee, supporting imprisoned writers all over the world, and has advised the FCO on freedom of expression.

She is currently on the board of the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society, reflecting a longstanding interest in copyright. She is also a patron of Humanists UK and an honorary associate of the National Secular Society. She lives in London.


Joan Smith @polblonde

"Few really believe that men can become women, but trans activists have created a climate where the fear of being labelled ‘transphobic’ inhibits honest responses." | @polblonde

Me on the chilling effect of uncritically publishing wild claims by a trans athlete.

I’m pleased to hear this. It’s time for fresh leadership & tolerance of debate & diverse viewpoints. I hope @theSNP Westminster group will be now be left to choose our new leader without outside interference & in accordance with our standing orders.

"All children deserve clear, simple truths, not encouragement to believe that transition will allow them to escape bullying, misogyny, homophobia, sexual rejection, internet porn & gender stereotypes"
Good letter from @Labwomendec founder signatory Sibyl.

Nothing about Brexit surprises me, but people on low incomes are the worse affected.

"If feminist campaigners like me are right, then women’s sex-based rights and the safeguarding of vulnerable children hang in the balance. If we are wrong, then our concerns deserve to be refuted with evidence." We'd like to see a response from @ScottishLabour. #NoToSelfID

"Politicians in Scotland determined to fast-track self-ID into legislation would do well to pay attention to the debacle unfolding in Spain." says @8RosarioSanchez. @AnasSarwar @jackiebmsp time's nearly up to puncture "international best practice" cliches.

At a Buckingham Palace party. I heard the late Queen say - in front of a Turkish guest - that she didn't want Turkey to join the EU for a long time.

Is such behaviour rare in royal circles - or are we just more prepared to talk about it?


Thu 1 Dec 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM: Adult Human Female: a documentary film in defence of women’s rights
Tyneside Irish Centre, NE1 4SG