Nicolette Jones - English, 1978

Nicolette Jones is a writer, journalist and literary critic who has been the children’s books reviewer of the Sunday Times for more than two decades. A Royal Literary Fund Fellow (formerly at UCL and at Kings College London), and a nominee for the 2012 Eleanor Farjeon Award for outstanding service to the world of children’s books, she is a professional chair of literary events, and an experienced judge of book prizes ranging from the Orange (now Women’s) Prize for Fiction to Booktrust’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Her award-winning book of narrative history: The Plimsoll Sensation: The Great Campaign to Save Lives at Sea (Little, Brown/Abacus) was a Radio 4 Book of the Week.  Other writing can be found on her website: www.nicolettejones.com/publications.   

When she graduated from St Hilda’s Nicolette spent a year at Yale University as a Henry Fellow. She pioneered the St Hilda’s Writer’s Day at the Oxford Literary Festival (for which she was Director of the Children’s Programme during the Sunday Times’s sponsorship), and she chaired the St Hilda’s College Media Network from 2009 to 2016.