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This week's WCW: Naomie Harris photographed by Erik Madigan Heck for New York Magazine.

This week's WCW: Naomie Harris photographed by Erik Madigan Heck for New York Magazine.


We're making a few changes here at Women Who HQ (not a real place FYI) - and first up on the agenda is a new and improved newsletter format, dedicated to keeping you inspired and informed.

Introducing The Roundup: a weekly Wednesday mailing to get you through that familiar midweek slump. In these weird and unpredictable times one positive thing we can all do is read more, and think more - so I'm gonna make that a little bit easier for you, by dropping by your inbox once a week with my selection of the best things to read, do, and see.

One email. Once a week (so help me God). Let's get to it, shall we?


Until next week,



First up – after a quiet January, we’re back to business as usual with the first Women Who event of the year, and it’s a corker! I’ll be in conversation with three of design’s most interesting ladies next week at Ace Hotel London: Camille Walala, Sarah Boris, and Jenny Brewer. Tickets have now sadly sold out (sorry!) but I'm looking forward to seeing some friendly faces, old and new, for an evening of debate and discussion.

If you’re struggling to balance your side hustle with your day job, check out the advice I put together on combining personal projects with a 9-5.

I’ve included this in a previous blog post, but I finally managed to make it down to the Malick Sidibe exhibition at Somerset House this weekend, and I’m so glad I did. Londoners: if you’re looking for something to cheer you up on a gloomy February afternoon, Sidibe’s vibrant, joyous imagery is just the tonic. The exhibition closes on26th Feb though, so hop to it!

Would you judge me if I told you that this newsletter shakeup was (pretty much) entirely prompted by stumbling across the beeyootiful picture of Naomie Harris above, and wanting an excuse to email it to everyone I know? I mean, just look at her! (And then read this fantastic interview with her in this week’s New York Magazine).

Nothing I love more than a good podcast, so I’m excited about not one but two excellent new discoveries this week. Tickle your earbuds with NPR's How I Built This, in which some of the world’s most innovative entrepreneurs and creatives share their stories; or dive in to Song Exploder, where musicians including Bjork and Solange take apart their songs, and tell us the story of how they were made.

Calling all Chimamanda fans – she’s speaking at next month’s Women of the World festival at the Southbank. Get your tickets before they sell out.

Another one for the writers amongst us – Harper Collins' literary imprint 4th Estate have just announced the return of their BAME short story prize. I'll confess to some bias here, given that 4th Estate are also publishing my book this summer, and one of the judges also happens to be my agent (the excellent Emma Paterson) - but in all seriousness, this is a truly incredible prize, and previous entrants have gone on to be signed by leading literary agents. Get scribbling.

Got a business idea? Find out how to take it from dream to reality, courtesy of my super-smart friend Lana Elie (founder of boutique online florist Floom - and a previous Women Who panellist). Her column for Startups.co.uk is full of invaluable advice for any budding entrepreneurs.

In anticipation of the sixth and final season of Girls hitting our (laptop) screens next week, brush up on your knowledge of one of the most daring TV shows of recent years, with this oral history of it’s unlikely beginnings.

And finally, on the topic of bravery – some guidance on how and why to avoid self-censoring, and building up creative courage.