About The F-Word

Who are we?

Want to find out more about the editorial team behind The F-Word? Then read on! If you want to see a full list of contributors, this is the place you need to click.

The editorship of The F-Word has been rotated between our editorial team since 2013. Our current editor is Genevieve Richardson and her term started in July 2020. The previous rotating editors have been Lusana Taylor, Lissy Lovett, Joanna Whitehead, Holly Combe, Ania Ostrowska, Megan Stodel and Helen G. To read about the history of the site before 2013, please see this post from previous editor Jess McCabe, along with this one from site founder Catherine Redfern.

Rotating editor: Genevieve Richardson

Editor at large: Jess McCabe

Founder: Catherine Redfern

Treasurer: Lissy Lovett

Section editors

Comedy and theatre: Lissy Lovett

Comics: Emily Zinkin

Features: Kathryn Creith

Regular content: Lusana Taylor

Visual arts: Alice Parkin

Film and TV: Alessia Galatini

Politics: Ciara Garcha

Fiction: Leah Cross

Fiction: Zoe Turner

Non-fiction: Olivia Logan

Music: Sojourner McKenzie

Podcasts: Vicky Wright

Social media: Fliss Alma

Other editors and bloggers:

Picture editor: Jenny Williamson

Contributing editor and blogger: D H Kelly

Contributing editors: Holly Combe and Ania Ostrowska

The F-Word team includes:

Genevieve Richardson
Lusana Taylor
Lissy Lovett
Joanna Whitehead
Jess McCabe
Holly Combe
Emily Zinkin
D H Kelly
Ania Ostrowska
Jenny Williamson
Alice Parkin
Alessia Galatini
Ciara Garcha
Fliss Alma
Kathryn Creith
Leah Cross
Olivia Logan
Sojourner McKenzie
Zoe Turner
Vicky Wright

More about the people behind The F-Word:

Genevieve Richardson (rotating editor)

Genevieve Richardson is an occasional writer and full-time cat mother from London. She currently works in Parliament. Her enthusiasm for feminism was firmly cemented during her master’s degree, in Development Studies. There, she also set up a feminist book club and ran sexual consent workshops for new graduate students.

She also enjoys singing, learning new languages and cultivating her skincare collection. When she’s not tweeting about pop culture and embarrassing moments, she tweets earnestly about politics, gender and race @genev_ieve.

Lusana Taylor (regular content editor)

Lusana’s feminist awakening came by way of Bikini Kill and The Beauty Myth.

When she’s not working as an editor for an independent fiction publisher, she’s probably taking photos of her cat.

You can find her on Twitter here: @LusanaTaylor.

Lissy Lovett (comedy and theatre editor)

Q: How many feminists does it take to change a lightbulb?
A: That’s not funny!

Lissy Lovett works in the arts and lives in London. She likes comedy, theatre, reality television, sewing, beer, Norwich City Football Club and feminism.

From time to time she tweets @lissylovett.

Joanna Whitehead

Jo is a London-based writer and editor specialising in LGBTQ+ lives, travel, women, culture and more.

She has written for The Independent, The i, DIVA magazine and PinkNews. From 2014-17, she was The F-Word’s music editor, and the site’s rotating editor from July 2017-18. Prior to focussing on writing full-time, Jo worked in the criminal justice system and charitable sector supporting victims of crime.

Originally from Yorkshire, she likes reading, long walks, music, petting stranger’s dogs and chocolate. You can find her on Twitter @MsWhitehead100

Alessia Galatini (film and TV editor)

Alessia Galatini is a London-based writer, screenwriter and film critic. She has a slightly unhealthy obsession for fictional characters and TV shows (that’s how she learnt about most things in life really). She believes in the power of media to shape the way we see the world. She has a soft spot for mythology, LGBT love stories and characters that raise issues of gender and identity. Some of her favourite creative minds include Margaret Atwood, Jeanette Winterson, Jordan Peele, Diablo Cody, Angela Robinson and Shonda Rhimes.

She has a BA in Creative Writing and an MA in Screenwriting from London College of Communication. She also really likes penguins. You can follow her on Instagram @alessiagalatini.

Ciara Garcha (politics editor)

Ciara is from Manchester and is passionate about all things politics and history! She loves books, writing and is a huge Manchester United fan. She is interested in pretty much anything relating to feminism and political history.
You can follow her on Twitter @ciara_garcha.

Jess McCabe (editor at large)

Jess edited The F-Word from February 2007 to May 2013. You might still see her name pop up on the site, if she gets herself together to write the occasional blog post, feature or review.

Jess makes a living as a reporter, currently covering a beat that includes social housing and environmental issues. She lives in South London with one bloke and two gigantic cats. Find her on Twitter @jester, or on Tumblr.

Holly Combe (contributing editor)

Holly Combe has been a feminist for as long as she can remember but became active when she joined Feminists Against Censorship (FAC). She started reading and contributing to The F-Word in 2002 after receiving an e-mail about the site in a Yahoo group she took part in at the time. She joined the blog in 2005, was a music editor from 2011 (a role she stayed in until 2014) and became editor of the TV section in 2013 (until 2016). She was the rotating editor from July 2016 to July 2017.

Holly has had writing published in a number of other outlets including Yahoo!, STUDIO magazine, Economic Issues, Scarlet magazine, The Guardian, The Fresh Outlook, The New Statesman, Bookslut, Girlchick and The Oxford Mail. She mainly works as a copy editor, but you can sometimes catch her taking part in radio debates or DJ’ing. Along with this, she has a degree in Performance Writing and an MA in Applied Social Research.

You can follow Holly on Twitter @hollycombe.

Emily Zinkin (comics editor)

Emily first became an active feminist at university where she was on the leadership team of the UoN Feminists. The roots of her feminism can be traced back as early as primary school, where she indignantly asked why there were only three women to 25 men to choose from for the class science project (she chose Marie Curie).

When Emily isn’t obsessing over media representation and superheroes (and talking about it at anyone who will listen), she can be found making truly exceptional cups of tea. Follow her on Twitter: @EmilyZinkin

D H Kelly (contributing editor and blogger)

D H Kelly had written occasionally for The F-Word before becoming a permanent blogger in 2014 and the features editor from 2015 to 2016. She also blogs at Diary of a Goldfish, where she founded the annual Blogging Against Disablism Day.

She also paints portraits, writes novels and is nearly fluent in the invented language, toki pona.

Catherine Redfern (founder)

Catherine Redfern founded The F-Word and was editor from 2001-2007. She is from Tameside, Manchester and has been living in London for about ten years, much to her parents’ annoyance. She is co-author, with Kristin Aune, of Reclaiming The F Word: The New Feminist Movement, a book about the resurgence and reclamation of feminism over the last ten years, today’s issues and today’s feminist activism.

The book was published in June 2010 by Zed Books. She hangs out @cathredfern and has various craft obsessions which she blogs about on her infrequently updated, unprofessional, low-key personal blog.

Ania Ostrowska (contributing editor)

Polish-British post-communist feminist, Ania Ostrowska moved to London in 2005 and has been involved with The F-Word since 2011. She was a Film (and sometimes TV) Editor (2011-2019), the blog’s Rotating Editor 2015/16 and is currently providing editorial help and occasionally blogging about women in film.

With her fingers in too many pies, she also has a PhD in Film from University of Southampton (having researched contemporary women documentarians working in the UK) and works as a freelance film journalist and programmer. Find her on Twitter (representing herself only) @ostrutka.

Alice Parkin (visual arts editor)

Alice is currently in Oxford doing a PhD on images of Amazon women in ancient art, but home is always London. She cares strongly about promoting the work of women artists and reconsidering the history of art from a female perspective, as well as boosting women’s voices in history more generally; she’s been co-producing the podcast Women in Oxford’s History since the summer of 2017. She’s especially interested in the important depths that intersectionality brings to all of these discussions and considers it a key aspect of modern feminism.

Otherwise she’s a huge sci-fi and fantasy nerd who lives in her local cinema, loves taking cat photos, playing videogames and making geeky embroidery. She’s on twitter @aliceeparkin.

Jenny Williamson (picture editor)

Jenny has been a feminist since the moment a savvy teacher pressed a copy of Eve Was Framed into her teenage hands. Over 15 years later, Jenny now has an astonishing number of books about feminism and more than one pair of feminist socks. She is an accountant, an advice column enthusiast and her idea of a cracking Friday night is a cinematic double-bill of a Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary and The Princess Bride.

Fliss Alma (social media editor)

Fliss was introduced to feminism through reading a second-hand copy of The Female Eunuch as a precocious 10-year-old, and happily adopted the label of feminist. Thankfully, her feminist education expanded a lot and she embraces an inclusive, intersectional approach that focuses on social justice and equity for all.

By day, she works in comms for a large national charity in London, by night she reads, watches trash TV with her flatmate and continues her ongoing search for the perfect red lipstick. You can follow her on Twitter at @felicity_alma.

Kathryn Creith (features editor)

Kathryn Creith is an aspiring journalist in the world of news and politics. Originally from Northern Ireland, she has recently moved to London and is enjoying navigating the city life. Her passion for feminism began during her university degree, in English Literature. Her favourite female writers include Maya Angelou and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

She also loves exploring new places, coffee dates with friends, Pilates and a good Netflix series.

Leah Cross (fiction editor)

Originally from Manchester, Leah lives in London and worked as a literature programmer before joining a human rights charity that supports writers and artists. She occasionally writes fiction and likes to read books written by women.

She sometimes tweets @leahleahcross.

Zoe Turner (fiction editor)

Zoe works for an independent publisher in Manchester. She is the co-host of spoken word night ‘Verbose’, and co-editor of The Book of Newcastle. She is a writer of prose and poetry, with work published at Dear Damsels and The Grapevine. You can find her on Twitter at @zoelizturner.

Olivia Logan (non-fiction editor)

Olivia is from Edinburgh and lives in Berlin.

She likes eating vegan food, reading Zadie Smith books, comedy, learning languages, swimming in lakes and socialist feminism.

Sojourner McKenzie (music editor)

Sojourner McKenzie is a writer/editor with ‘chaotic bisexual energy’, according to some guy at a party. She loves movies, music and socialism. Please send all fan-mail to @tinyblondesojo.

Vicky Wright (podcasts editor)

Vicky is a Leeds-based podcast and radio enthusiast. She can normally be found on a long walk in the Dales with her headphones on, or driving round the country to visit friends scattered around the UK. She’s been doing student radio for 4 years and volunteering for a podcast production company since leaving uni so find her on Instagram or Twitter for some top recommendations.