Ella Whelan is a freelance journalist, commentator and author of What Women Want: Fun, Freedom and an End to Feminism. Ella is the co-convenor of the Battle of Ideas festival, an annual festival of public debate which holds free speech as its core motto.

Ella is the commissioning editor of Letters on Liberty, a radical pamphleteering campaign published by the Academy of Ideas to make the case for freedom and liberty in the 21st century.

Ella is a columnist at spiked and one third of the weekly spiked podcast. She writes regularly for The Critic and the Telegraph. Ella appears on TV and radio, including Question Time, Today, NewsTalk, Sky News Press Preview, GMB, GBNews, LBC, Woman’s Hour, Any Questions, RTE, Moral Maze, The Tonight Show, Politics Live, Channel 4 and others. She has written for the Sunday Times, The Economist, the Irish Times, the Sun, Conscience, the Spectator, City Am, the IBT, Grazia, Standpoint and others. Her interviews, including Slavoj Zizek, Fiona Shaw, Camille Paglia and Lionel Shriver, are published in the spiked review.

Ella was the assistant editor at spiked and host of the spiked podcast between 2015-2018.  Ella is represented by Northbank Talent Management and is an experienced chair and panel speaker, with appearances at Intelligence Squared, Google, How The Light Gets In, Hay Festival, Festival of Politics, Jermyn Street Theatre, The Arcola, Wigtown Book Festival, The Cambridge Union, Bradford Literature Festival, The Economist Open Future Festival, The Academy and others.

Ella is one half of Lobster Films – a new production company making political documentaries about thorny issues that others shy away from. Their first doc – The F Word – is out now.

For speaker bookings/pitches/enquiries, get in touch:

Contact Ella: ella.m.whelan@gmail.com

Twitter: @Ella_M_Whelan

Photo: Henry Kenyon