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

We have been saying this for so long and were ignored. Failure to investigate properly is significant cause of low conviction rate.

To all the on-lookers saying female athletes up against males must protest & refuse to compete - see below. Governing body issues threatening statement ahead of World Masters Indoors this wknd. Now do you see why female athletes are terrified? #LetWomenSpeak #SaveWomensSports

BILLY & BELLA are still looking for a foster or forever home.
They are a bonded pair so really need to stay together.

This is one of the funniest things I've read in ages. She thought allowing men, including sex offenders, to claim to be women was popular?

Nine goslings on the pond this year.

The coot has taken up residence again.

I have an idea. Labour could stop ignoring all the women who've contacted their MPs & @Keir_Starmer about the danger of self-ID. We are sick of being brushed off, accused of 'transphobia' or blanked. Look at what's happened to the SNP.

A rescuer asked for help with 2 pups who were on the streets - one has a broken leg.
We agreed for them to be taken to the vet station so they could be checked and receive treatment.

We still need to raise funds for them.

@JoStevensLabour @UKLabour @Keir_Starmer Hi Jo, why did you retweet a post where a young labour member held up a ‘I only shit on tories and terf’s’ sign?

When is Labour going to deal with its misogyny problem?