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.

‘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.


Janie Hampton in 1960.
Janie when she was a Brownie. © Tom Blau 1960.

The year 2014 was the 100th anniversary of the birth of Brownies, an event which featured in Janie's book How the Girl Guides Won the War. Janie was a Brownie, and her mother Verily Anderson was a Brown Owl. Janie has given many fascinating talks, illustrated with songs, about the history of Brownies. She has spoken to Girl Guides; Women's Institutes; and at The Oldie literary luncheon; Ashmolean Museum; Royal National Theatre; the National Portrait Gallery and literary festivals all over Britain, including Ways with Words. Contact her here.

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