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.


Women sewing washable sanitary towels in Zimbabwe.
Mother's Union sewing washable pads, Kasungu, Malawi.

Janie is currently working on improving girls' access to education in Africa. One reason they don't go to school is lack of sanitary pads. In March, Janie went to Malawi and Zimbabwe and visited schools and projects working in Menstrual Health. Join the International Menstrual Network Facebook page.

Students in uniform posing outside St Augustine's School in Penhalonga, Zimbabwe.
Students at St Augustine's School, Penhalonga.

After Father Keble Prosser, former headmaster of St Augustine's School, Penhalonga, Zimbabwe died aged 84, Janie was asked to carry his ashes back for two memorial services – one in Harare Anglican Cathedral and one in St Augustine's church. Although sad, it was also a celebration of his career, and a chance for reunions, 30 years since Janie left the school as a teacher and a parent. See Zimbabwe Sunday Mail.

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