Joy Bounds

About me

I live in Suffolk and have an interest in both historical fiction and non-fiction. I have written one historical novel which I self-published in 2012. Entitled Far From Home, it is about Joan of Arc, told from the perspective of her mother. It was shorlisted for the Writers Magazine Self-Publishing Awards 2013. I have recently had published a local history called A Song of their Own, relating to suffragette activity in and around Ipswich a hundred years ago. I hope to use this research in my next novel. I have a leaning towards women’s history, and also like working with women on related projects – for example, I’m involved with a group developing a town trail depicting women who have contributed to the life of Ipswich over the centuries.

From my website

Hilda Burkett – suffragette force-fed to the end

Suffragette Hilda Burkett with her colleague Florence Tunks burnt down the Bath Hotel in Felixstowe as part of the Votes for Women campaign. She was sentenced in May 1914 to two years imprisonment, and was transferred from Ipswich prison, where she had been force-fed throughout the remand period, to Holloway.…

Ipswich suffragettes and the arts

The women’s suffrage campaign may not have been the first protest movement to utilise the arts to promote its cause, but it was supremely successful in doing so. Its enormous processions in London in the early years of the twentieth century were made all the more empowering for women by…

Why I Wrote Far From Home?

Interests I developed over many years came together in the writing of this book – history, fiction-writing and women’s stories. When travelling through France one summer with my son, we stopped overnight in Rouen, and as tourists do, went to the Old Market Place where Joan of Arc (Jehanne) was…

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