Janie Hampton

Author and Speaker

Janie Hampton, Biographer and Social Historian.

Janie Hampton is the author of fifteen books including social history, biography, fiction and text books and is a well-known and entertaining public speaker. She has worked as a journalist in Zimbabwe, Kenya, Congo and Uganda, travelling by canoe, bus, river-boat and steam-train. During the Year of the Artist in 2001, Janie was the first Arts Council sponsored writer-in-residence in a pub. Sitting in the Marsh Harrier in Oxford she encouraged over 80 writers with their plays, novels, poetry and books. She has run Writing from Life courses with Rory Maclean; and Alexander Masters for The Arvon Foundation.

In 2013, Janie appeared on BBC Breakfast TV and was interviewed by Marcus Ferrar for The Oxford Writer and by Toby Clements in The Telegraph. She has written articles for all the major newspapers including the Independent, Guardian, Daily Telegraph, New Statesman and The Author.

Janie was shortlisted for her work for the people of Malawi in the Tesco Mum of the Year in 2012.

Janie Hampton shaking the hand of Queen Elizabeth II at a reception in Buckingham Palace.

To celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, Janie wrote Rationing and Revelry - the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953 and British Royal Tours, published in Japan by Koudan.

Janie was invited by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to the Commonwealth Reception in Buckingham Palace, where she chatted about Malawi with The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and a dozen High Commissioners from The Commonwealth.


Janie Hampton when she was a Brownie. Copyright by Tom Blau, 1960.
Janie when she was a Brownie. © Tom Blau 1960.

Here is Janie talking about Brownies on Simon Mayo's BBC Radio 2 Drivetime show.

This year, 2014, is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Brownies, an event which features 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 fascinating talks, illustrated with songs, about the history of Brownies. She has spoken at Girl Guides; Women's Institutes; 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.

Thus summer Janie is taking part in World War One at Home, a BBC history roadshow going all round the country with Larry Lamb. Here she is in Woolwich being interviewed by local student Immanuella for BBC Schools Report. Janie will be in Nottingham on 19 September.

Jaine Blackman interviewed Janie in the Oxford Mail, read the article here.

Television and Radio

Bert and Dickie
Sam Hoare and Matt Smith, stars of BBC TV's 'Bert & Dickie'.

BBC TV's drama film Bert & Dickie was based on the best-selling The Austerity Olympics – how the Games Came to London in 1948 and starred John Bird, Geoffrey Palmer & Matt Smith (Dr Who). Janie appears in the crowd cheering the British oarsmen in Henley-on Thames.

As the leading authority on the social history of London Olympics, during 2012 Janie was interviewed on over 35 radio stations and 12 international television channels talking about the Olympics, including BBC TV 'Breakfast' and 'Newsnight'. Richard Ingrams, editor of The Oldie magazine appointed her as 'Olympics Correspondent' and she was featured in the Daily Telegraph's A Page in the Life and BBC History Today. In Olympic week, The Austerity Olympics was the No. 1 bestseller of Amazon Olympic books and No. 15 of all Amazon books!

Janie was programme consultant for the BBC2 documentary about the life of Joyce Grenfell, Comedy with Breeding; and BBC4 documentary about the first 100 years of Brownies. Radio work has included interviews on Radio 4's Today and The Food programme. Janie has also produced, written and presented features for the BBC World Service, Radio 3 and Radio 4.


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