Journalist, author, poet, coach

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I'm Annie Ridout.

A journalist, author, poet and coach.

Work-life

I'm the author of Shy: How being quiet can lead to success and The Freelance Mum: a flexible guide for better work-life balance.

A freelance journalist for national news and women's magazines (Guardian, Forbes, Grazia, Red Magazine, Stylist, Metro, Telegraph, the Independent).

I speak regularly on BBC radio, and on panels at live events - about balancing work and motherhood, running a business, women's issues and shyness.

And I'm a poet.

Two of my poems have gone viral - 'I've just had a baby' and 'what I want' , after being shared by thousands of women around the world, including Paloma Faith and Busy Philipps.

So I turned them into prints and books, which sold globally - across Europe, the US, Australia, Canada and more.

I accept poetry commissions and lead workshops.

Lastly, I'm founder of The Robora (an online platform encouraging women to believe it's possible). There's a podcast and online business/coaching courses.

Home-life

I was born and raised in north London and had my own three children there but we recently moved to Somerset.

It's rather lovely - running through fields and meadows each morning, breathing in the fresh air, smashing icy puddles with welly heels.

I play the piano and guitar and compose music, and I dream of starting an a capella choir. But I also love singing and dancing with my kids.

Come and find me on Instagram: @annieridout / @annieridoutpoetry and Twitter: @annieridout.

(I love an online chat).