Rosie Boycott (Chair) is a journalist, broadcaster and feminist. She was the first woman editor of the Independent on Sunday and The Independent, and the Daily Express. During the seventies she founded and edited Spare Rib, and then went on to found the highly successful Virago Press, publisher of women’s writing. She is also an author in her own right, amongst her titles A Nice Girl Like Me and her most recent book, Our Farm: A Year in the Life of a Smallholding.
Rosie has made several appearances on Newsnight Review and other cultural and current affairs programmes, where the fact she is a recovering alcoholic has been discussed.
Rosie has presented A Good Read on BBC FOUR Radio 4. She has sat on judging panels for literary prizes, including chairing the 2001 Orange Prize for Fiction. She is also a media advisor for the Council of Europe. Since a near fatal car accident in 2003 Rosie has been running a farm in Somerset.