Sian Norris

Sian Norris is a novelist, journalist, poet, short story writer and copywriter. As the lead writer at agency Different Kettle for five years, Sian worked on a range of accounts including Macmillan Cancer Support, Amnesty International, Greenpeace, Christian Aid, and many more. She wrote warm and cold appeals, developed legacy materials, as well as writing press ads and events fundraising packs. Her proudest moments including writing the first £1 million appeal for Macmillan... then the second... and then the first £2 million appeal. She also helped develop the Free the Arctic 30 campaign and its follow-up My Arctic Sunrise, and worked on Amnesty's global drive to raise awareness of alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka. Since going freelance in 2016, Sian has worked on numerous projects including the Repeal the 8th campaign, Women's Aid and the Thistle Foundation. Sian is a regular contributor to the New Statesman, the Guardian, the Pool, Prospect UK,, and 50.50 openDemocracy and recognised as a leading UK feminist voice. Her short fiction has been published in 3am Magazine, the Wales Arts Review and Halcyon. In 2017 she was the writer in residence at Spike Island. Sian is the founder and director of the Bristol Women's Literature Festival, and is co-editor of the Read Women project. Her first novel explores the lives of women in Gertrude Stein's circle and in 2016 was nominated for the Lucy Cavendish Prize. She is currently the Ben Pimlott writer-in-residence at Birkbeck University.