Journalist, author, poet, coach

annie ridout, author of shy

I'm Annie Ridout.

Author, journalist, poet and coach.


I'm the author of three non-fiction books:

Raise Your SQ: Transform your life with Spiritual Intelligence (2023)

Shy: How being quiet can lead to success (2021)

The Freelance Mum: a flexible guide for better work-life balance (2019)

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

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.

Lastly, I run an online platform: Raise your SQ. It's all about adding more magic, focus and meaning to your life. You can sign up for one-to-one and group coaching sessions with me there.


I was born and raised in north London and had my own three children there but now we live in Somerset.

It's rather lovely - running through fields and meadows each morning, breathing in the fresh air, lighting fires in the garden.

I play the piano and guitar and compose music, and I dream of starting an a capella choir.

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

(I love an online chat).