The act of women owning the narrative of their sexuality remains a vital step towards becoming an honest, sex-positive society. In their memoirs dealing with desire, pleasure, and sexual freedom, Lucy-Anne Holmes and Stephanie Theobald explore political and personal aspects of female sexuality through astute, often hilarious observations.

Holmes’ Don’t Hold My Head Down frankly discusses her journey into self-love and empowerment through sex, while Theobald’s Sex Drive details a road trip in which she gets back into touch with her sexuality, with support from an array of heroic women.

In this conversation, both authors discuss women-authored sexual narratives and the way female pleasure is so often politicised.

About The Authors

Stephanie Theobald

Stephanie Theobald is an author, journalist and broadcaster, known for her playful and thoughtful work around sexuality and alternative feminism. Her fifth book, Sex Drive is a road trip memoir fuelled by masturbation. Oscar-winning actress and writer Emma Thompson has urged the curious to “read it and quiver!”

Lucy-Anne Holmes

Lucy-Anne Holmes is an author and activist. Her latest book, Don’t Hold My Head Down, is a memoir about finding feminism through sex. She also founded the successful No More Page 3 campaign and her last novel won the RNA Rom Com of the Year award 2015.


About The Chair

Peg Alexander

Peg Alexander is a double award-nominated TV and radio presenter, event host, speaker and occasional writer. She came to broadcasting after over 20 years in campaigning, public policy, charities and regeneration, with a short spell in national politics.