Bridget Lawless

Writer, founder of the Staunch Book Prize

Bridget Lawless

Bridget has been a writer all her professional life. Working first across business, the aid sector and education, she has written extensively for print and screen. Her publications include a number of educational books about drugs, violence and family issues. She subsequently turned to screenwriting and other forms of fiction.

She launched Staunch Book Prize in early 2018 as the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements called for victims of sexual assault, rape and violence to be believed and heard. By inviting more original alternatives to the increasing graphic fictional depictions of  violence towards women presented as ‘entertainment’ in films, TV and novels, she wanted to challenge its normalisation in popular culture and it’s impact on real life justice for women.

As well as running the prize, she is now developing course and discussion materials for writers, editors, teachers and book groups to explore the issues the Staunch Book Prize sets out to tackle.

Baroness Lola Young

Actor, author, crossbench peer

Former actor, professor of Cultural Studies, and Head of Culture at the Greater London Authority, Lola Young has served on the Boards of several national cultural organisations and Chaired the Young Review and Agenda, addressing racial disproportionality and the vulnerability of traumatised women in the justice system.

In 2004 Lola was appointed an independent Crossbench member of the House of Lords where she works on legislation to eliminate modern slavery, Co-Chairing All Party Parliamentary Groups on Ethics and Sustainability in Fashion, and Sport, Modern Slavery and Human Rights as well as recently being appointed Co-Chair of the Foundation for Future London. Lola has also served  as chair of judges for the Orange Prize for Fiction, the Caine Prize for African Writing and most recently the 2017 Booker Prize.

Dr Dominic Willmott

Psychologist

Dr Dominic Willmott is a Psychologist based in the University of Huddersfield’s None-in-Three Research Centre for Gender-Based Violence. With a specialism in Legal and Criminal Psychology, he researches and publishes around sexual violence, domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, as well as offender motivations for crime, the consequences of abuse on survivors, and the effectiveness of the criminal justice system procedures.

His doctoral thesis culminated in a unique series of live rape trial re-enactments examining bias in juror decision-making and led to his involvement in policy development with a number of government agencies and NGOs.

Dominic’s current post at Huddersfield involves a large scale international study examining Gender-based Violence (GBV) in India, Uganda, Jamaica and the UK. The project includes development of a ground-breaking prosocial computer game for young people which challenges social norms, attitudes and bias that can lead to gender-based violence before those negative belief-systems become internalised..

None-in-Three project

Elaine Richard

Editor

A native Londoner, where she last worked at The New Statesman for editor Anthony Howard, Elaine moved to Boston in 1972. There she worked in the editorial department of Little, Brown & Company as assistant to editor-in-chief Roger Donald and was also responsible for reading unsolicited manuscripts. In 1977, she moved to New York City with her daughter and resumed work at Little, Brown & Company’s trade division there.

A couple of years later she left to run the office of a book packager, then moved on to become the Senior Articles Editor for Gourmet, a highly respected and well-loved American food and travel magazine. Aside from overseeing the editors and general editorial process, she brought in writers new to the magazine, including Jonathan Raban, Garrison Keillor, Nigella Lawson, Spalding Gray, Pat Conroy, Maya Angelou, Frank McCourt, and many others—including Jan Morris, who had written for the magazine many years previously.

She, too, especially as the mother of a daughter, has become increasingly disturbed by the depiction in movies, TV, and novels of violence against women and girls as normal and, worse, titillating.