Rosie Boycott

Rosie Boycott


Rosie Boycott is a journalist and publisher. From 1992-96, she was editor of the men’s magazine Esquire. Boycott was the first female editor of two national broadsheets, heading The Independent and its sister publication the Independent on Sunday. Later, she edited the Daily Express. She has sat on judging panels for literary contests, notably chairing the panel judging the 2001 Orange Prize for Fiction. She is also a media advisor for the Council of Europe.

Rosie is currently the Mayor of London’s food advisor, alongside working at Capital Growth, which promotes gardening in London, with an eye to the environmental implications of the city.

Rosie is the author of several books, including her 2009 memoir A Nice Girl Like Me. She wasn’t a typical 1960’s Cheltenham Ladies College girl. By the age of 21 she had co-founded the feminist magazine Spare Rib and the feminist publishing house Virago, whilst experimenting with drugs, sex and booze. But she wanted more: more experience, more travel, more passion. The book recounts the remarkable journey from her teenage years, through an epic motorcycle trip to the successful journalist she is today.

Rosie has also written about her passion for gardening, with Our Farm published in 2007 and Spotted Pigs and Green Tomatoes following soon afterwards in 2008.


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On the way in... New Year’s Day, watched by Fred the Labrador. Happy new year

The tyranny of merit: brilliant talk by Michael Sandal and the wonderful @pollytoynbee @5x15stories

Well on a bleak morning this has cheered me up

New podcast alert!

Revisit the inspiring conversation at our special Future of Food event - everything from farm to fork - with the incredible line up of thinkers and writers: @Didara @timspector
@tasha_tatenda @HenryDimbleby @RosieBoycott

😍👀📚Can't wait to have @MerlinSheldrake join us on Sept 7th to talk about his revelatory new book #EntangledLife and the massively diverse kingdom of organisms that support and sustain nearly all living systems Mushroom🍄

Very sad news: he was a lovely man who I was lucky enough to know for fifty years. What a giant hole he leaves behind

Amazon deforestation up 64% on this time last year. Disaster

When I worked for Boris at City Hall We introduced the first set of soda taxes into a government building. We even copied the mayor of Oklahoma and attempted to weigh London : We managed to begin the project!

This afternoon PCSO Ridley was on patrol at York Train Station when he noticed this goose had laid an egg amongst the flowers in the normally extremely busy main entrance. Amazing.
Thank you to all those who continue to support our #NHSheroes in obeying the #lockdown 👌

Just watched 5x15 virtually! Brilliant speakers: 750 people joined in:
Craig Brown ted us that one of John lennon’s old teeth sold Fif £19,000

"Ineradicable uncertainty is a fact of life. And it's a really uncomfortable one."

The wonderful @M_Heffernan is sharing her wisdom in the first ever live @5x15stories event, also live on Facebook.

This is so cool! 5x15 in your own living room. Craig brown being hilarious about Thr Fab Four!

This will be greatv

The Learning Revolution starts on @BBCRadio4 this Friday!

Join me for a three-part look at the future of education, featuring the leading thinkers and most radical practices in teaching, technology, and more.

Part I is on Knowing


Me too!

Bird brains just different from ours; and migrants had fully functioning Ning GPS systems before mankind as even born

We’ll never use “bird brained” as an insult ever again after hearing the amazing Jennifer Ackerman on the genius of birds at the wonderful #HayCartagena20 with @RosieBoycott