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

Headlines like this are a reminder of why I left the Labour Party. @tom_watson has a mandate & speaks for millions of Labour voters. So the hard left wants him out.

BBC News - Bid to oust Labour's deputy Tom Watson

Join @polblonde @Durre_Shahwar @ThatKerryHudson Lynsey Hanley & me for @FestivalofIdeas Homes for Heroes 100: Council House Lives - Festival of the Future City @wshed #Bristol 16th Oct! Chaired by the ace @Sarah_Crown Info/Tix: #WorkingClassWriters

Alan Johnson is one of the authors in our #homesforheroes100 book Council Estate Memories.

Here’s an extract.

Books will be available 16-18 October in Festival of the Future City.


Horseshoe pond, Gunnersbury Park

This was honestly one of the most fascinating events I've ever done. We have got to wake up and realise the links between domestic abuse and other forms of violence.

I'm really grateful to @TorinDouglas and @W4BookFest for hosting my event with @jessphillips this evening. Such an important subject and you gave us a great venue and slot.

So pleased to do this with @jessphillips

Me for the Telegraph (£):

We don't need another review into why rape prosecutions are at an all time low - we need to stop letting women down

Say Labour gets a general election, negotiates a new deal with the EU & calls a second referendum. Does the party campaign for its deal, to remain in the EU or take a neutral position? Totally unclear & not good enough for people like me who unequivocally want to stay in the EU.

Some of the writers will be appearing in the festival. We have this special event 16 October with @polblonde @Durre_Shahwar @natashacarthew @ThatKerryHudson and Lynsey Hanley. Chaired by @Sarah_Crown. #futurecity19 2/2

The amazing @polblonde in conversation with the fantastic @jessphillips THIS SATURDAY - on the scourge of domestic violence & the tragic implications for all our safety of overlooking the problem. Still some tix @W4BookFest 🙌

Low tide, Hammersmith, this evening

Moon, west London

Former prime minister who claimed tackling domestic abuse was her knighthood to man convicted of domestic abuse (and who still denies it).

Balcony at the fabulous Wilton's Music Hall #hiddenbyclouds

Bill blocking no-deal exit gets royal assent. Amazing work by MPs and peers to get this through so fast.

Join us tonight for the latest @PoetintheCityUK event, where renowned Icelandic poet Gerður Kristný presents Drápa, her powerful elegy for all women who have suffered abuse at the hands of those closest to them. With @alda_orchestra

£10 tickets: