About Annie

Annie Ridout, editor of The Early Hour

I’m editor-in-chief of digital lifestyle and parenting magazine The Early Hour, and work as a freelance journalist for national news and women’s magazines (The GuardianRed Magazine, Stylist, Metro). I recently signed a book deal with 4th Estate publishing to write a narrative non-fiction book, working title: The Freelance Mum, about my experience of juggling work and kids; with loads of tips for other mothers wanting to do the same (coming soon). I also blog for BabyCentre and I’m the copywriter for women’s confidence app Clementine. Parenting and feminism are my main subjects, and I speak about them on BBC radio and TV, as well as at Stylist Live.

I wrote about my career journey for The Guardian’s Women in Leadership, fitting freelance work around family for Guardian Money, and shared my thoughts on parenting and early rising in a Guardian Opinion piece. I was also featured in The Sunday Times – talking business, motherhood and childcare – and interviewed for a Guardian article on negotiations in business. Lorraine Candy asked me about the language surrounding work/motherhood balance for her Sunday Times column (in brief: I’m not into the term ‘stay-at-home mum’ but ‘freelance mum’ works for me). And I told the Telegraph about how isolating it can be setting up a business as a mum – but how networking can help.

Other press, interviews and mentions include: ZettelerMaternity Leave LifeLucky ThingsThink ProductiveBusiness InsiderMail OnlineThe Dad WebsiteQ&A with Dr Jessamy Hibberd. Also: Clementine podcast, Parentpreneur podcast, Nicky Raby’s podcast, Art Tiffin.

I live with my husband and our two children – a nearly four-year-old daughter and one-year-old son – in east London.

Come and find me on Twitter: @theearlyhour / @annieridout
Instagram: @the_early_hour
And Facebook: @theearlyhour

(I love a little online chat).

All photos of me, on this website, are by the brilliant Penny Wincer