Author and Speaker

Janie Hampton is the author of fifteen books including social history, biography, fiction and text books. She also writes articles for newspapers and magazines. She is a well-known and experienced speaker on television and radio, and gives entertaining talks in theatres, colleges and at literary festivals.

Janie looks for opportunities to meet people, create connections and motivate others, and is committed to the empowerment of vulnerable people and communities. In 1991, she developed the British government policy on international reproductive health and her research led to practical strategies which remain government policy. She was shortlisted in 2012 for her work for the people of Malawi in the Tesco Mum of the Year Award. In 2014 she was asked to be Patron of the Malawi Association UK and in 2015 promoted a fundraising campaign for the thousands of people in Malawi made homeless by flooding. Her work has taken her from living with women in rural villages in Africa, to meeting the Queen in Buckingham Palace.

Janie is a member of The History Girls, a group of award-winning women writers of historical fiction and non-fiction. Every day of the month a different History Girl blogs her thoughts on writing, research, reviews, on any historical topic from the Stone Age onwards. Janie blogs on the 27th of every month.

Janie writes obituaries such as this one about Dame Anne Warburton for the Independent; and this for The Guardian about Father Keble Prosser.

Janie enjoys having AirBnB guests to stay. Here she is talking about it on Radio Oxford:

‘Hampton is well organised, with an excellent eye for detail,’ Sunday Times review of Joyce Grenfell.

‘Hampton's excellent book should be compulsory reading for everyone,’ Daily Mail review of The Austerity Olympics.


Malawian school girls holding menstrual cups.

Janie was asked by the Girl Guides of Malawi to set up Menstrual Cups for Malawi. The project has got off to a great start, by training schoolgirls, Girl Guide leaders, mothers and refugees in the use of menstrual cups.

Listen to Janie on BBC Radio 4 Great Lives with Matthew Parris.

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