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Tanya Byron Zoe Williams Liz Jones Lynn Schreiber Gaby Wood Cath Elliott

Paul Armstrong | Melitsa Avila | Darren Baldwin | Carrie BarclayHolly Baxter | Geraldine BedellMatt Bennett | Jax Blunt | Claire BusseyProfessor Tanya Byron | Steven Cassidy | Rosie Childs | Rachel CuskStella Creasy MP | Erica Davies | Tim DowlingCath Elliott | Louise France | Liz Fraser | Fi Glover | Miriam González DurántezEliza Gray| David Allen Green |  Madame Guillotine | Sali HughesLiz Jones | Avril Keys | Jenny Lawson | Emily Leary | Zoe Margolis | Naomi McAuliffe Eleanor Mills | Suzanne MooreCaitlin Moran | Mat Morrison | Cari Rosen | Felicity Rubinstein | Lynn Schreiber Neil Sinclair | Zoe StrimpelDavid Towers | Alyson WalshNatasha Walter | Zoe Williams | Gaby Wood | Louise Woollam

 

Caitlin Moran

Caitlin Moran      Keynote Speaker

We couldn't be more thrilled to have Caitlin Moran as our keynote speaker. Her 2010 manifesto How to be A Woman was a sweary, ranty, and above all hysterically funny tour de force. Devoured by women from twenty to seventy, and then placed lovingly into the hands of teenage nieces and daughters everywhere, the book reclaimed the word 'feminism' and thrust it thrillingly back into the centre of women's lives. "Do you have a vagina?" she wrote. "Do you want to be in charge of it? Congratulations! You're a feminist."

A bit of a prodigy <understates>, Caitlin published her first novel The Chronicles of Narmo at the age of fifteen. At sixteen she joined music weekly Melody Maker, and since then has spent nineteen years writing for the Times, as TV critic, Saturday Magazine columnist, and author of Friday's gloriously snarky Celebrity Watch column. She has approximately one billion followers on Twitter, where everyone wants her as their best friend; and her excellent new book Moranthology is out now.  @CaitlinMoran

 

Miriam Gonzalez Durantez Miriam González Durántez     Keynote Speaker

After 12 years working at the EU, including several as a senior policy adviser to the UK Presidency, Miriam is now a Partner at international law firm Dechert in London, where she leads a team of 25. As the wife of the Deputy Prime Minister, she is notable for refusing to play the 'leader's wives' game - memorably brushing off the relentless media interest in her appearance and personal life with the comment: "The sidebar stuff is like noise."

For the last two years, Miriam has worked to raise awareness of charity Anthony Nolan's cord blood programme, after she discovered it wasn't possible to donate her umbilical cord blood at the hospital where she gave birth to her youngest child. We are delighted that Miriam will be our opening keynote speaker.

 

Finding your voice, 10am

Gaby Wood

Gaby Wood      Chair 
Gaby is Head of Books at the Telegraph Media Group and worked as an editor and staff feature writer at the Observer for 15 years, including almost seven reporting from New York. She wrote Living Dolls about the history of science, was a 2007 Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library and a judge of the 2011 Man Booker Prize. Gaby has contributed to the London Review of Books, the Guardian, Vogue and the New York Times. Most importantly, she has two young daughters, who live with her in London.  

Zoe WilliamsZoe Williams   Zoe's a columnist for the New Statesman and The Guardian, where she writes political commentary, interviews and reviews and is a regular guest on current affairs programmes. She documented her experiences of first-time motherhood in What Not to Expect When You're Expecting, a frank (and hilarious) corrective to the sea of conflicting advice which faces new mothers, and recently wrote a guest blog for the Mumsnet Bloggers Network in which she anatomised her fear of floral baby slings.   @zoesqwilliams    

Rachel Cusk

Rachel Cusk Rachel is the author of seven novels including Saving Agnes, which won the Whitbread First Novel Award, The Country Life, which won a Somerset Maugham Award, The Lucky Ones, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel Award and Arlington Park, which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize and The Bradshaw Variations. Her non-fiction books are A Life's Work, The Last Supper and Aftermath: On Marriage and Separation. In 2003 she was chosen as one of Granta's Best of Young Novelists.

Zoe Strimpel

Zoe Strimpel  Avid blogger Zoe Strimpel's career began on the Times Money section, where she swiftly demonstrated zero aptitude for the niceties of pensions tables.  Luckily, she then began writing about relationships, gender and courtship trends for The Times, and in 2010 she published her first book: What the Hell is He Thinking?. Her second book, The Man Diet: One Woman's Quest to End Bad Romance was published earlier this year, and she's currently studying for an MPhil in Gender Studies at Cambridge. @zstrimpel

jenny lawsonJenny Lawson  Jenny Lawson will be joining us by Google+ Hangout. She's an award-winning and hugely popular blogger. Her blog The Bloggess receives 2-3 million page views every month and has 220,000 followers on Twitter. She has been called 'the funniest woman alive' (by at least three people), 'one of the most progressive women's voices of our time' (by an acclaimed feminist writer), and 'totally inappropriate' (by Marie Claire). Jenny lives in Texas with her husband and daughter.   @TheBloggess

This session will be available to watch again via our Google+ page and YouTube channel

 

Fight or Flight: dealing with detractors and tackling trolls, 11.30am

Eleanor Mills

Eleanor Mills     Chair     
Eleanor is a regular Mumsnet Network blogger who writes frankly about family issues and much besides on her blog Fat Kittens.  Her first job was at Tank World magazine – the world's premier bulk liquid transportation publication - but she swiftly became the youngest ever Features Editor of The Daily Telegraph. Having spent ten years as editor of the News Review section of theSunday Times, she's now Associate Editor of that paper.  @EleanorMills 

Tanya Byron

Professor Tanya Byron    Tanya Byron is a consultant clinical psychologist who specialises in child and adolescent mental health. She's written three parenting books, has a weekly column in The Times and The Saturday Times, and published the Byron Review into children, young people and digital media in 2008. She also co-writes comedy with Jennifer Saunders (including The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle, BBC2) – now, you didn't know that, did you? 

Cath Elliott

Cath Elliott    Cath's blog Too Much To Say For Myself was shortlisted for the Orwell prize in 2011, and she regularly appears on the Guardian's Comment Is Free pages, writing mainly about UK politics and feminism. She's also written about dealing with the trolls and haters which women bloggers seem often to attract, by virtue of being uppity enough to write stuff on the internet. She was a vital supporter of We Believe You, Mumsnet's rape awareness campaign.  @CathElliott

Suzanne Moore

Suzanne Moore    For over 20 years Suzanne has written for everything from Grazia to the London Review of Books, most recently writing a column for the Mail on Sunday. She has dealt with topics as diverse as the significance of underarm hair to an analysis of Blairism, and interviewed Jean Baudrillard, Clare Short, Roman Polanski and Camille Paglia. Suzanne writes about politics, both personal and political, in all its many forms.  @suzanne_moore
 

Liz Fraser

Liz Fraser    Liz is the best-selling author of three funny (haha, not peculiar) books about being a mum, and almost surviving family life. A frequent commentator on ITV1's Daybreak and This Morning, BBC Breakfast, Sky News and many others, she is also a BBC Radio presenter, journalist, and panel member for think-tank The Centre for The Modern Family. She is hopeless at remembering to blog, but promises every week to remedy this. @lizfraser1



Social Media, 11.30am

Paul Armstrong

Paul Armstrong    Paul is Head of Social at Mindshare, overseeing the largest social media team of any media agency in the UK. Recently returned from LA, where he worked with Myspace, Sony, and Dreamworks amongst other top-notch brands, Paul was voted as one of the Top 10 most influential people in the digital industry by PR Week. He writes for Wired UK and Media Week, and regular appears on TV to comment on social and digital media.   @munkyfonkey

 

Photography for bloggers, 11.30am

Carrie BarclayCarrie Barclay    Carrie is Creative Director at DIGITAL bungalow, a lifestyle blog with a difference. She runs the Editorial Agency arm of the company as well as keeping the site chock-a-block with yummy content. Having been named as one of the top five female bloggers in the UK by the Huffington Post, and quitting her 9-5 earlier in the year, Carrie now lives and breathes the blogging lifestyle 24/7.  @DigiBungalow

 

Darren BaldwinDarren Baldwin    Darren doesn't understand halves. However, if you want something doing perfectly, then he's your guy. Since taking a camera in his hand, Darren has spent many-a waking moment trying to capture all the idiosyncrasies he sees around him. Oft to be found atop a Sussex hillock or clambering through the messy streets of Brighton in search of inspiration, the few precious moments that Mr B is not avec son appareil photo he spends with his strange little family. 

 


Getting published, 1.30pm

Geraldine Bedell

Geraldine Bedell      Chair 
Geraldine is the Editor of Gransnet and a frequent writer and broadcaster on issues to do with ageing and the second half of life. She's the author of a memoir The Handmade House, and the novel The Gulf Between Us. Her blog Agebomb was described by NESTA as offering 'the most interesting ideas to do with ageing around the world'. Unfortunately, since starting Gransnet she has been completely useless about updating her blog. @GeraldineBedell

Cari Rosen

Cari Rosen   By day, Cari works for Gransnet – by night she's a prolific blogger, whose book The Secret Diary of A New Mum (Aged 43 1/4) was published by Ebury last year.  Cari previously worked in journalism and TV production, and her blog strapline reads: "One beautiful daughter. One book deal. Never happier." Which pretty much says it all.  @cazroz

Madame Guillotine

Madame Guillotine   Melanie Clegg is a pink-haired art history graduate, casual historian, GIN taster, lapsed goth, failed Parisienne, Versailles obsessive, proud Ripperologist, Georgette Heyer fanatic and Victorian Prostitute re-enactor.  A self-styled Lady Authoress, she writes on her eponymous blog, and has to date published three historical novels of posh doom, iniquity and bittersweet romance set in eighteenth century France.   @MmeGuillotine

commando dad

Neil Sinclair   Neil Sinclair is an ex-Royal Engineer commando who turned his hand to being a stay at home dad to three. His book, Commando Dad: Basic Training, was published by Summersdale earlier this year. Neil used his blog and website to successfully launch his book online. He now writes for the Huffington Post and iVillage. @CommandoDad


The Times Magazine Louise France

Louise France   Louise has a wealth of experience as both a writer and editor, and has previously edited the award-winning Times Saturday supplement The Magazine, and the Observer Review.  She is currently contributing editor for the Times magazine.

 

Felicity Rubinstein

Felicity Rubinstein    Felicity is one half of the powerful literary agency double-act Lutyens and Rubinstein who also own and run the L&R bookshop in West London. With a career spanning three decades - including stints as a director at Viking Penguin, William Heinemann and as managing director at Macmillan - Felicity is well placed to advise on the best route to publication, and how to avoid the pitfalls along the way.
 

 


Search Engine Optimisation, 1.30pm

David Towers

David Towers   David put his first website online in 2000 and started optimising websites for search engines in 2005. David is currently Head of SEO at MEC UK where he directs accounts for a range of clients including Lloyds Banking Group, HomeServe, Colgate, and MBNA and Money Supermarket.   @DavidTowers


 

Matt Bennett

Matt Bennett   Matt has worked for a variety of internet marketing and SEO agencies, and worked with an array of businesses - from SMEs to large multi-nationals. He currently heads up MEC UK's London team, working with a range of clients including Lloyds Banking Group, Orange, Nintendo, and Morrisons.   @mattinertia
 


Blogging can change the world, 2.30pm

Rosie Childs

Rosie Childs      Chair 
Rosie is digital media manager for Save the Children. As part of her role she works with influential bloggers to raise awareness and funds for issues affecting children across the world. She runs blogger engagement events, organises digital media trips to developing countries and reports on location via social media. Most recently she helped launch a global campaign on Syria and earlier this year used the power of twitter to get a commitment - live on Skype, naturally - from the Rwandan Health Minister to reduce child malnutrition in the country within the next year.   @Rosiechilds

Natasha Walter

Natasha Walter   Natasha Walter is a writer, broadcaster and campaigner. Her best-selling book Living Dolls: The Return of Sexism was a sharp analysis of the challenges facing women today, and was written as a coda to her earlier book The New Feminism, in which she'd argued that many of feminism's battles were nearly won. She's also the founder of Women for Refugee Women, about which she recently wrote a powerful guest blog for the Bloggers Network.   @Natasha_Walter

Lynn Schreiber

Lynn Schreiber   Lynn is the social media dynamo who helped Mumsnet's We Believe You campaign spread like wildfire. She writes on her personal blog Salt and Caramel and for the Gates Foundation, and this year launched Jump! magazine for girls, which asserts that "there is more to life that the newest pink and sparkly lip gloss". Her first book Learn Twitter in Ten Minutes will be published later this month, and she's running a Mumsnet Academy course on Social Media for Business@lynncschreiber

Naomi McAuliffe

Naomi McAuliffe   Naomi McAuliffe is the Campaign Manager at Amnesty International UK, where she's currently running a digital project with Kenyan activists, involving the use of mobile phones and blogging to crowd-source information on human rights abuses. She regularly writes in a personal capacity for the Guardian's Comment Is Free pages, and blogs at the fabulously-named Vagina Dentata.   @naomimc 

Stella Creasy

Stella Creasy MP   One of the youngest female MPs in the House of Commons, Stella Creasy tweets a mile a minute about the issues she cares about, and works like a whirlwind for her Walthamstow constituency. Keep your eyes peeled for the Labour MP, who's leading the fight against loan-sharking and campaigning to protect local women's services  - and has been tipped in some circles as a future party leader. @stellacreasy

holly baxter

Holly Baxter   Holly's the 23 year old co-founder and -editor of The Vagenda which aims to promote feminism and expose inherent hilarity in women's magazines. The blog raked in 60,000 hits within 24 hours of its launch. Now with readers around the globe and a book on the way, Vagenda has grown from a tiny foetal heartbeat to a hulking great toddler within a few short months. @VagendaMagazine

 


Blog beautiful, 2.30pm

Erica Davies

Erica Davies     Chair     
Erica's an Executive Fashion Editor who has spent the last decade at the UK's biggest-selling daily, The Sun. As well as creating fashion pages, styling books and appearing as a style expert on TV and radio, Erica also created her own collection for a high street fashion chain. Now a freelance style journalist, consultant and mum of two, Erica blogs at Modern Mum Must-Have - a guide to life, style and kids.    @erica_davies

sali hughesSali Hughes   Sali is resident beauty columnist in The Guardian Weekend and a commentator on beauty, style and women's issues in print, on radio and TV. She's also a Twitter and Facebook maven, whose thriving Facebook group (over 5000 members!) is a must-visit for those who like a bit of womanly banter with their beauty tips. @salihughes
 

Avril Keys

Avril Keys   A regular on Mumsnet Style & Beauty threads since 2008, Avril started blogging in January this year after identifying a gap in the market for a fashion blog aimed at busy mums on a budget. With a background in Financial Services and no blogging experience, School Gate Style now has a large and loyal fan-base who enjoy Avril's friendly and unpretentious daily posts. She works regularly with a number of well known brands, including Wallis, Marks & Spencer, John Lewis, Boden and Fat Face. @SchoolGateStyle

Alyson Walsh

Alyson Walsh   That's Not My Age was described by Easy Living as "a snappy fashion blog that celebrates the creed 'style begins at 40'". With a background in women's glossies - including a stint as fashion editor at Good Housekeeping – Alyson's freelanced for a wide range of titles and continues to work for leading websites. She lectures in Fashion Journalism at the University for the Creative Arts, tries not to let her portfolio career get the better of her and strongly believes that you don't have to have youth to have style.  @thatsntmyage  

louise get lippieLouise Woollam   Having been writing and talking online about makeup since the late 90s, Louise set up her blog Get Lippie in 2009 after caving in to the demands of some of her personal shopping clients to start blogging properly about what is hot (and what is not) in the world of makeup. Recently appointed Beauty Editor of SLiNK Magazine as a direct result of her blogging activities, Louise also works full-time as a management accountant for a national charity. @get_lippie

Social Media, 2.30pm

Mat Morrison

Mat Morrison   Mat Morrison works for Starcom Media Vest Group's London office as Head of Social Media. He began his career nearly two decades ago at creative hotshop AKQA, and helped launch the first website for Number 10 Downing Street.  He was one of the founders of the social media agency RMM - where among other clients he worked for the Queen (whom he never got to meet). 


 

Private Lives on a Public Stage: how much should you reveal online?, 3.50pm

Fi Glover

Fi Glover      Chair 
Fi is a multi-award winning broadcaster, writer and voice over artist who was described in the Guardian as 'disproportionately likeable'. One of this country's best known voices, having worked on Radio 4, Radio Five Live, Radio 2, Radio 1 and GLR. Fi was chair of judges for 2009's Orange Prize for women's literature, and is a director of Sound Women, which works to improve the profile of women in radio.   @fifiglover

Zoe Margolis

Zoe Margolis   Zoe's blog, Girl With A One Track Mind, was ranked by the Observer as the 24th most powerful in the world. Based on her sex life, it's had over eight million visitors, and won a Bloggie Award in both 2006 and 2007. It was written under the pseudonym 'Abby Lee' until the Sunday Times newspaper 'outed' Zoe in 2006 – a salutary experience which she detailed in 2010's Girl With A One Track Mind: Exposed.   @girlonetrack 

Liz Jones

Liz Jones   One of Britain's best known female journalists, Liz Jones writes three weekly columns for the Daily Mail and the Mail on Sunday. Controversial, confessional and occasionally contrarian, Jones is never less than compelling; her articles are water-cooler stuff.  Liz is the author of two books - Liz Jones' Diary, and The Exmoor Files: How I Lost a Husband and Found Rural Bliss - and she's currently working on a memoir.   @RealLizJones

Eliza GrayEliza Gray   'Eliza Gray' is, to her dismay, 50. One minute living it up as a banker's wife in Asia, the next renting a shoebox, cruelly cut off financially by her ex-husband. She feels invisible to men, enslaved to her dog, and doormatted by her daughter, 12. This anonymous blogger shares her (mis)fortunes, as she tries to get a job/meet a new man/keep her head above water.
 

Tim Dowling

Tim Dowling   Journalist Tim Dowling writes a weekly column for the Guardian's Weekend Magazine, detailing his manifest inadequacies as a father, husband and human being. Born and raised in America, Dowling moved to Britain in the early 90s and began working as a freelance writer, until he gradually became unfit for any other form of employment. He is also the author of several books, including a novel, The Giles Wareing Haters' Club.    @IAmTimDowling

 

Blog clinic: throughout the day

Jax Blunt

Jax Blunt   Before she was a stay at home, home educating mother to four children, Jax was a senior Java developer and support team leader, so she's no stranger to computer issues. With over nine years experience of blogging, mostly on Wordpress, she's well versed in the variety of technical issues that can happen, and always happy to help. Her main blog is Making it Up@liveotherwise

 

Steven CassidySteven Cassidy   Steven Cassidy grew up in Leeds and studied at Oxford and London universities. After working as an oil market reporter, then a software developer for publishing companies and banks, he was sucked into the world of Mumsnet at its creation in 2000 as Tech. He's been involved ever since, and is now allowed to leave the Tech Shed every now and again. Every now and again. @StevenCassidy 

Emily Leary

Emily Leary   Emily has worked in PR and digital marketing for 11 years and runs her own communications consultancy. She recently worked with BT to develop its consumer social media strategy, including launching the BT blog and growing it from 10,000 to 100,000 unique visitors a week in six months. She also co-founded #CommsChat and is on the global editorial team for Social Media Week. She blogs about marketing things at Thinking Comms and parenting things at A Mummy Too.  @AMummyToo

Melitsa Avila

Melitsa Avila   Melitsa is a former teacher, mother of three boys and military wife who specialises in sharing Early Childhood play information from practitioners and experts. She hosts a weekly podcast called Raising Playful Tots that is packed with practical activities, points for discussion, laughter and inspiration. Melitsa has been blogging since 2007 and will be talking about using podcasts and Pinterest as part of your blog.  @playactivities

David Allen GreenDavid Allen Green David is Head of Media at law firm Preiskel & Co, and the author of the celebrated Jack of Kent blog, which was shortlisted for the George Orwell blogging prize in 2010. His media law practice includes defamation, copyright, confidentiality and privacy, pre-publication risk management, and content liability. He led the defence in the Twitter Joke Trial, in which defendant Paul Chambers was acquitted, and was selected by The Lawyer as one of the Hot 100 Lawyers of 2011. @DavidAllenGreen  

Claire BusseyClaire Bussey Claire is the senior editor for MyCoke, managing social media and editorial content for Coca-Cola, Diet Coke and Coke Zero brands. Previously she managed magazine and social media content for FMCG brands Flora and Persil, working directly with a number of bloggers to help the brands target mums. Before entering the commercial sector Claire developed her editorial skills in the public sector, working for NHS Direct and adoption charity BAAF, helping them reach mums and dads.   

Lynn Schreiber

Lynn Schreiber   Lynn is a writer, blogger and freelance social media consultant – and the Twitter dynamo who helped Mumsnet's Better Miscarriage Care and We Believe You campaigns spread like wildfire across social media. Her first book Learn Twitter in Ten Minutes will be published later this month, and in November she'll be leading a workshop for the Mumsnet Academy on Social Media for Business@lynncschreiber

commando dad

Neil Sinclair   Neil is an ex-Royal Engineer commando who turned his hand to being a stay at home dad to three. His book, Commando Dad: Basic Training, was published by Summersdale earlier this year. Neil used his blog and website to successfully launch his book online. He now writes for the Huffington Post and iVillage.  @CommandoDad

 

David Towers

David Towers   David put his first website online in 2000 and started optimising websites for search engines in 2005. David is currently Head of SEO at MEC UK where he directs accounts for a range of clients including Lloyds Banking Group, HomeServe, Colgate, and MBNA and Money Supermarket. @DavidTowers

 

Matt Bennett

Matt Bennett   Matt has worked for a variety of internet marketing and SEO agencies including Piranha Marketing, BT CustomerStreet and SearchQuest UK, working with an array of businesses from SMEs to large multi-nationals. He currently heads up MEC UK's London team and works across a range of clients including Lloyds Banking Group, Orange, Nintendo, and Morrisons. @mattinertia  
 

Carrie BarclayCarrie Barclay    Carrie is Creative Director at DIGITAL bungalow, a lifestyle blog with a difference. She runs the Editorial Agency arm of the company as well as keeping the site chock-a-block with yummy content. Having been named as one of the top five female bloggers in the UK by the Huffington Post, and quitting her 9-5 earlier in the year, Carrie now lives and breathes the blogging lifestyle 24/7.  @DigiBungalow 

Darren BaldwinDarren Baldwin    Darren doesn't understand halves. However, if you want something doing perfectly, then he's your guy. Since taking a camera in his hand, Darren has spent many-a waking moment trying to capture all the idiosyncrasies he sees around him. Oft to be found atop a Sussex hillock or clambering through the messy streets of Brighton in search of inspiration, the few precious moments that Mr B is not avec son appareil photo he spends with his strange little family.