Wednesday, September 08, 2010


Among the Society of Women Writers & Journalists is Ann Ladbury, that well known doyenne of TV fashion programmes. For more than 18 years through her programmes, she taught many of us to sew, a useful craft we still use today. Ann became the Society's chairman in 1986. With her super personality, appearance and skill with a needle, she achieved huge success with her own television programmes. Ann wrote twenty books, appeared in five BBC series, two ITV series and hosted her own afternoon TV magazine Houseparty for Southern Television. Moving to Yorkshire from Suffolk last year, we find her still creating gorgeous clothes, and now she lectures and is settling well into her new home. She is pictured above left, with Clare Rayner and Nina Bawden (our present SWWJ President). You can see some of Ann's films on and on the film clips on BBC/Ann Ladbury.