My #MeToo pieces are here, in order:
- Emotional Violence and Social Power
- Triggered: On Trauma, Survival and Perpetrator Impunity
- From Despair to Hair
- Patriarchy, We Need To Talk About Vulval Itching
- A short Me Too reading list (read it here)
My most recent articles are here:
- The fascist tendency sweeping the world (UnHerd)
- Michelle Obama: 'Change is not a straight line' (Drugstore Culture)
- The Wizard of Oz is a grotesque predictor of Trump's America (Guardian)
- Victim or survivor? 20 years of Britney Spears (Guardian)
- In praise of solo travel (Guardian)
- Bigger than any man she ever encountered: the genius of Madonna (Guardian; and you might like my even harder-hitting piece on Madonna from 2015 too)
- Why the Hunger Games trilogy is a tract for our times (UnHerd)
- Disney fans like their princesses like their coffee: hot, skinny and white (Guardian)
- My Radical Liberation Front will set the people free (UnHerd)
- 'Rescue isn't the end of the story': talking trauma, rehabilitation and circus life with the makers of Nepalese documentary Even When I Fall (Sight and Sound)
- Blood, bullets and contraband vodka: film-makers on life in Baghdad after the US invasion (Guardian)
- Millennial filmmakers peer ahead: a new generation of young directors (Sight and Sound)
- A Bargain With the Light: Poems After Lee Miller, by Jacqueline Saphra, review (Boundless magazine)
- This too shall pass: poetry of grief and love - an interview with Anne Michaels (Boundless magazine)
- The beat of male violence: a review of The Pimping of Prostitution by Julie Bindel (Times Literary Supplement)
- On literary translation as activism (Times Literary Supplement)
- Tudor, English and black, and not a slave in sight: my article on historian Miranda Kaufmann's book on black Tudors (The Guardian)
- The European Union Prize for Literature: celebrating new voices from across Europe (Literature Across Frontiers)
- On Angelina Jolie's work as a director (The Guardian)
- Princess Diana's death was a warning to all women (The Guardian)
- In celebration of the return of arts critics to television (The Guardian)
- Where the poems begin: in praise of Tania Hershman's latest books of poetry and prose (readable in full; Times Literary Supplement)
- Syria on screen: how have contemporary documentaries and features represented the crisis? (Sight & Sound)
- Me on Jane Austen's novel Persuasion (The Guardian)
- A review essay on the latest poetry collections by George Szirtes, Joy Harjo and Patricia Jabbeh Wesley (Poetry Review)
- Wonder Woman and depictions of women in action films (The Guardian)
- One big boys' club: on gender, equality and sexual exploitation in China (readable in full; Times Literary Supplement)
- Times Literary Supplement reviews of books by Catherine Mayer // Jessa Crispin // Sara Ahmed // Meena Kandasamy // Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (need to log in)
- The great contradiction: a manifesto for Indian literature (readable in full; Times Literary Supplement)
- Ten modern women who helped change the world (BBC Arts)
- City of revolution and renewal: historian Bettany Hughes on Istanbul (BBC Arts)
- From page-turners to primetime: Louise Doughty, the razor sharp author behind Apple Tree Yard (BBC Arts)
- British Council podcast: My London (British Council - audio file)
- Character building: how poet Sabrina Mahfouz found her voice (BBC Arts)
- Power up: author Naomi Alderman takes on Doctor Who, zombies and superheroes (BBC Arts)
- Six ways Virago shook up the publishing world (BBC Arts)
- An essay on the wolf tales in The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter (British Library)
- Poetic portraits of migration: Karen McCarthy Woolf and Sophie Herxheimer (BBC Arts)
- Goodbye to all that: on non-white flight and the racial glass ceiling (Huffington Post)
- On Europe, insularity and the UK's identity crisis
- Beacon of hope: the tiny bookshop that gave a big voice to black writers (BBC Arts)
- Tech free verse: how poet Lisa Luxx made the connection (BBC Arts)
- An essay on Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys (British Library)
- An essay on Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier (British Library)
- An essay on Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie (British Library)
- An essay on An Untamed State by Roxane Gay
- 31 Treats and a Marriage: debut author Lynn Farley-Rose on making a comedy out of a crisis (BBC Arts)
- BAME and shame: How UK publishers are shunning non-white authors (BBC Arts)
- What it is to be a dangerous woman (Dangerous Women project/ University of Edinburgh)
- Speed Sisters: the Palestinian women's racing team breaking records across the Middle East (BBC Arts)
- Graphic novelist Kristina Stipetic draws her own conclusions (BBC Arts)
- Sex Drive USA: On the road to sexual discovery with writer Stephanie Theobald (BBC Arts)
- Can 'smart optimism' cure climate change? (Huffington Post)
- Poetic justice: how the world caught up with Stevie Smith (BBC Arts)
- From The Assassin to Wena Poon's swordfighting trilogy: women warriors in the Chinese wuxia tradition (BBC Arts)
- France, film and fugitives: translating Barbara Loden (BBC Arts)
- Ten direct actions by women that helped change the world (Guardian)
- Can spin help Jeremy Corbyn? (Guardian)
- Mural XXL: how graffiti grew up into giant street art (BBC Arts)
- Let's celebrate Laura Wade-Gery for becoming a mother at 50 (Guardian)
- Steel-plated survivor: how Hyeonseo Lee escaped the horrors of North Korea (BBC Arts)
- Some short, punchy pieces on my hair autobiography, the sports that shouldn't be called sports and diversity in Hollywood films (Guardian)
- Welcome back, Winona Ryder - the beautiful outsider all 1990s girls wanted to be (Guardian)
- "My English teacher saved my arse." Novelist Julia Bell on the inspiration behind her third novel, The Dark Light. (BBC Arts)
- Deconstructing the Miliband myth (Huffington Post)
- Let's come out of the Kindle closet and reveal what we're really reading (Guardian)
- Politicians keep using the word 'aspiration', but what does it mean? (Guardian)
- Will I end up alone? You asked Google. Here's the answer (Guardian)
- On Carrie, the novel, film and musical (Guardian)
- Novelist Saud Alsanousi turns a harsh eye on Gulf states exploitation (BBC Arts)
- Pride and prejudice: how photographer Zanele Muholi documents South Africa's LGBTI community (BBC Arts)
- The exhibition and sale of Frida Kahlo's love letters is a grubby violation (Guardian)
- Fully exposed: artist Sam Roddick recreates secret nudes (BBC Arts)
- Madonna is superhuman. She has to be, to survive the ugly abuse (Guardian)
- The joy of no X: my guide to kissiquette (Guardian)
- Life is a scary movie: inside a UK detention centre (Free Word Briefing Notes essay series)
- Review of Wasted: How Misunderstanding Young Britain threatens Our Future by Georgia Gould (Observer)
- Political tattoos are for armchair activists (Guardian)
- I want to give asylum seekers a chance to tell their own story (Guardian)
- The reality of asylum and refuge in modern Britain (Free Word Briefing Notes essay series)
- Announcement of my fifth book, Asylum and Exile: Hidden Voices of London, out on March 3rd 2015
- The Oscars celebrates white men. What about the rest of us? (Guardian)
- The Christmas that changed me (Guardian)
- Here's a proposal: keep your private moments to yourself (Guardian)
- Seven things I'll miss about the traditional library (Guardian)
- Women on film, science fiction edition: it gets dystopian (Sight & Sound magazine)
- From Jane Eyre to Clarissa Dalloway, beware your classic heroines - Guardian article pegged to my BBC4 documentary The Secret Life of Books: Jane Eyre
- Review of Straight Expectations: What Does It Mean To Be Gay Today? by Julie Bindel
- China Flash series of pieces about contemporary China:
- Only condoms can save China from a 'raging epidemic' of syphilis and other sexually transmitted diseases.
- Lean In Beijing on corporate ambition, new sexism and awesome girls in China
- Film-maker Jenny Man Wu on comedy, pain and women's ambivalence
- Benedicte Bro-Cassard, Beijing photographer, on the Chinese luxury market, sugar daddies and sugar daughters
- Kong Lingnan, Beijing painter, on natural beauty and human ugliness
- Writer Kerry Brown on the seven elite men who rule a country with communist roots and capitalist shoots
- Writer Zhang Chao on media misogyny, China's momentous changes and the pressures facing young women today
- Dashilar Design Hop: highlights from Beijing Design Week 2014 (Time Out Beijing)
- Being a submissive in Beijing's S&M scene (Time Out Beijing)
- Graffiti crew ABS on legal, semi-legal and illegal Chinese street art
- Even afternoon tea says something about modern, monetised Beijing
- Porcelain dolls, bad Samaritans and the law
- Beijing storms, turtles and dogs
- Hair envy
- Two Chinese characters
- Leah Thorn, the poet and activist facing and transforming the lives of women in prison A long, analytical interview which considers all aspects of the prison system.
- Inside: the power of books in prisons (Liberty human rights and civil liberties organisation)
- Sleeve tattoos are now a hipster habit - and the permanence of mine pains me (Guardian)
- "This is an issue at every level of publishing." On race, diversity, stereotyping and opportunity.
- On lies, liberation and Liberty: in celebration of the human rights organisation's 80th anniversary. (Liberty)
- Astrology in medicine? The star charts don't lie (Guardian)
- Is misogyny worse now than before the Internet? (Guardian)
- "Women have gone from being viewed as inferior and seen as property to viewed as inferior and seen as objects." Filmmaker Ivanka Ivkovic Kelley on justice for survivors of systematic rape during the Bosnian war.
- "There's only one cure for cellulite. It's free, and it's called denial." A feminist guide to beauty and aesthetics.
- What Germaine Greer and The Female Eunuch mean to me (Guardian)
- The Story Ritual: on the cultural importance of short fiction
- The Cut: elders, daughters, activists and local health workers speak out about FGM in rural Kenya
- The night I callously defrauded a penniless Burmese child
- Taking action on the global health worker crisis
- Twice Upon a Time by film-maker Niam Itani: for the refugee children of Lebanon and Syria
- "Every woman has basic human rights." The Circles empowering women for health, education, development and freedom from violence.
- Dear Internet, I'm just going for a walk. I may be some time (Huffington Post)
- When it comes to global health you need human resources to save human lives (Huffington Post)
- Nutrition and maternal, newborn and child health: joining the dots and looking beyond the Millennium Development Goals
- Walking to promote global development and girls' education, from Indonesia to India: the Pan Asian Women's Association (Huffington Post)
- Meet Kanchi Tamang, Nepalese Waste Picker (Huffington Post)
- When free universal healthcare isn't free and isn't universal: a case study in TB treatment from Burkina Faso
- Was the Downton Abbey rape scene acceptable TV? (Guardian)
- Health, work, dignity, livelihood: Gulf Labor group protests conditions of migrant workers in Abu Dhabi
- From Joan of Arc to Andrea Dworkin, Alison Bechdel to Azar Nafisi: 10 best books about women (Guardian)
- To the publisher who sent me an anthology spanning 500 years and featuring more than 200 writers, 80% of them men (Huffington Post)
- Sarah LeFanu, the author who travelled from outer space to Mozambique, via Bath (Huffington Post)
- The Man Booker , elevated and transformed: in celebration of a prize for the 21st Century world
- Wena Poon: the fearless global author crossing genres, art forms and publishing platforms (Huffington Post)
- Making Home: the legacy of Ugandan Asians in the UK (Huffington Post)
- Cutting us down to size: working to end female genital mutilation (Huffington Post)
- Mesmerised by contemporary dance at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival (Huffington Post)
- The Saudi Arabian women laughing in the face of inequality at home and ignorance abroad (Huffington Post)
- From mosquito nets to life-saving emollients: the UCL team tackling global health and development (Huffington Post)
- Photographer Man Ray: genius, fame and gender politics (The List)
- Critical mass: a collection of voices confronting sex trafficking (British Council, links to PDF)
- Rewriting Shakespeare: intriguing exercise or publishing gimmick? (Guardian)
- Solving the problem of flying toilets: tackling drought in Africa (Huffington Post)
- Syrian Exodus: health, help, hypocrisy - trigger warning - (Huffington Post)
- World Hunger: time is running out (Huffington Post)
- Women, war and peace: what we can learn from the Zimbabwean women fighting sexual violence as elections approach (Huffington Post)
- The power of simplicity: reducing maternal mortality in districts in Sierra Leone and Burundi
- Indian court rules that you can't hold the developing world to ransom when it comes to medicines that could save millions of lives
- Indonesia is just one example: introducing the International Year of Water Co-Operation
- Help the mother, help the child, secure the future: maternal health in India
- "Nothing for us, without us." Women rise in Afghanistan, Malawi, Nepal, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Ghana.
- Vaccines and immunisation: don't leave a fifth of the world's children behind
- Deadly fire: illuminating disadvantage and killing more people than malaria annually
- Testimony and development: thing globally, act locally; think locally, act globally
- Hidden Lives: the untold story of urban refugees
In 2013 I was an International Reporting Project Fellow, covering international development for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, in a year-long project run by Johns Hopkins University. An archive of my pieces on this topic can be found here.
My May 2013 article on trafficking for the British Council USA's Roadkill project can be accessed here.
A constantly updated link to my Guardian and Observer articles and weekly columns can be found here.
A constantly updated link to my Huffington Post articles can be found here.
My New Humanist piece on the military occupation in the West Bank is here and my piece for them about the Indian international surrogacy industry is here.
Here is an edited version of my contribution to Fifty Shades of Feminism that was excerpted by the Mail on Sunday in mid-March 2013.
My contribution to Mumsnet's We Believe You Campaign against victim-blaming, rape myths, rape culture and sexual violence perpetrator excusal can be found here.
My essay on the art and craft of the short story for the University of Chichester's literature course is here.
Here are some articles for The List about Tracey Emin, poet Sharon Olds, artist and designer Mio Matsumoto, artists Gilbert and George, novelist and poet Sapphire, novelist Angela Carter and photographer Man Ray.
Links to some New Statesman pieces can be found here.
In the Financial Times I've reviewed Jonathan Lethem, Patricia Duncker and Lionel Shriver, among others.
Here are my Independent on Sunday reviews of Susan Sontag, Stephenie Meyer, Adam Roberts, Jeremy Reed and Naomi Novik. A general search like this will also throw up some (but not all) of my very old columns from 1998 or so.
Here are my F Word reviews of Maggie Gee and Stella Duffy and a feature on women and writing retreats.
On this site are full length reviews of Dark Matter by Michelle Paver // A Card From Angela Carter by Susannah Clapp // Tehran, Lipstick and Loopholes by Nahal Tajadod // Perfect Lives by Polly Samson // The Good Muslim by Tahmima Anam // Paradoxical Undressing by Kristin Hersh // The Diary of The Lady: My First Year as Editor by Rachel Johnson // Lucky Bunny by Jill Dawson // The Falafel King is Dead by Sara Shilo // the Guardian's Women of the Revolution: Forty Years of Feminism anthology // All That I Am by Anna Funder // The Liars' Gospel by Naomi Alderman // Pride and Prejudice // Swimming Home by Deborah Levy // Dolly by Susan Hill //The Small Hours by Susie Boyt and Straight Expectations by Julie Bindel as well as film, art, performance and music reviews including Self Made by Gillian Wearing // Orgasm Inc by Liz Canner and A Sounds and Silents event featuring Imogen Heap, Micachu, Tara Busch and Seaming.
My (light hearted) essay on the depiction of lesbians on TV, for an anthology celebrating 25 years of Channel Four, is here.
My Browser interview with Anna Blundy about which 5 books on gender I would recommend is here.
There are a thousand other features from style magazines including i-D, Dazed, Volume, Oyster and others from 1993 onwards floating around, but I can't find them. And what a shame that my teenage journalism, features, personal press, interviews to promote my books and columns have been lost to the abyss of net-unworthy pre e-time...