Joan Smith is a novelist, columnist and human rights activist. She is the author of Misogynies, the Loretta Lawson series of detective novels, What Will Survive and several volumes of non-fiction. She chaired the PEN Writers in Prison Committee from 2000 to 2004, has advised the Foreign & Commonwealth Office on promoting free expression, and is currently President of the Creators’ Rights Alliance which campaigns to defend intellectual property. She is on the board of ALCS, an honorary associate of the National Secular Society and a supporter of Republic.
Her journalism appears in the Sunday Times, The Times, the Independent and the Independent on Sunday, and she is a frequent guest on BBC Woman’s Hour. She blogs at www.politicalblonde.com and you can follow her on Twitter @polblonde.