Zoe Williams

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Journalist, political commentator and motoring critic Zoe Williams was awarded an honorary fellowship from Goldsmiths in 2016.

Born in 1973, Zoe Williams studied Modern History at Lincoln College, Oxford.

As a political commentator and motoring critic, Zoe has written for the Guardian since 2000, while contributing columns on a variety of subjects across other publications, including the Evening Standard, The Spectator, Marie Claire and the London Cyclist.

She was 2013’s Print Journalist of the Year at the Speaking Together Media Awards, 2011’s Columnist of the Year at the Workworld Awards, and in 2012 was long-listed for the prestigious Orwell Prize for journalism.

Zoe is a former restaurant critic for The Sunday Telegraph's magazine and was named Restaurant Reviewer of the Year in 2014 by the Guild of Food Writers. She is a regular face on current affairs TV shows, and the author of The Secret World of the Working Mother and Bring It On, Baby: How to Have a Dudelike Pregnancy (2010), an advice book for mothers-to-be which was republished in 2012 as What Not to Expect When You're Expecting. In 2015 she published Get It Together: Why We Deserve Better Politics.

Journalist and Goldsmiths lecturer Ellie Levenson, who nominated Zoe for an honorary fellowship, says: “As a comment and features writer Zoe represents everything that we are trying to teach our own journalism students - an ability to ask pertinent questions of those in charge coupled with probing research skills and an excellent creative energy that results in articles that both inspire action and cause the reader to reflect."