Author, journalist, poet

Annie Ridout

Hello, I'm Annie Ridout.

Author, journalist, ghostwriter, poet, life coach.

Also: optimist, risk-taker, entrepreneurial, left-handed, creative, hopeful.

Below, I'm going to tell you about the three books I've had published and the newspapers and magazines I've written for as a journalist, as well as my ghostwriting work, coaching and poetry.

But first, I'm going to tell you about something I'm good at:


I'm good at making small adjustments to my life; tiny tweaks that can have a huge impact.

And also big changes: relocating (twice in two years, with three kids), a constantly evolving career, starting new businesses, closing them when they no longer work.

If you're looking to make a change, there are a few ways I can help...

Or, you can read one of my...


My latest book - Raise Your SQ: Transform your life with Spiritual Intelligence (Radar, 2023) - is full of tips, rituals, spiritual practices and coaching exercises that will help you to improve your life. I share my own spiritual journey, and interview leading figures to ask about theirs.

Before that, I wrote Shy: How being quiet can lead to success (4th Estate, 2021). This book - part-memoir, part research - reframes shyness as an attribute, rather than a flaw that needs fixing. It has helped thousands of people to embrace this personality trait.

My first book - The Freelance Mum: a flexible guide for better work-life balance (4th Estate, 2019) - is a guide to setting up as a freelancer after having a baby. Again, it's part-memoir, and is packed with tips for setting up as a freelancer/small business owner.


Right now, I'm working on an exciting ghostwriting project. I get to bring together my love of interviewing and coaching (finding the right questions to help the client to piece together their own story) with writing. It's so nice to be behind the scenes.


As a freelance journalist, I've written for most of the national newspapers and women's magazines (the Guardian, the Observer, Forbes, Grazia, Red Magazine, Stylist, Metro, the Telegraph, the Independent, the Evening Standard, Refinery29, You Magazine, Women's Health, iNews and more).

And I've been interviewed on BBC Woman's Hour, on a panel at Stylist Live, on the Sunday Times Style 'Secrets of the Side Hustle' podcast, on Gaby Roslin's BBC Radio London show, the Jeremy Vine show and for the Independent.


I'm a poet, as well. 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.


Lastly, I’m a trained and experienced life coach and on the coaching side of my career, I’ve been featured in Psychologies, the Independent, Women’s Health, Femail and Forbes, as well as dozens of podcasts. You can sign up for coaching with me here.

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

(I love an online chat).