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

Lilian Cranfield – one of Ipswich’s Ridley suffragette sisters

Lilian was one of four Ridley sisters and, together with two of her older sisters, Ada and Bessie, was a supporter of the campaign for Votes for Women (see Blog Ada Ridley – Suffragette Artist for more information about the family). She married local business man John Cranfield in 1889,…

Suffrage Stories – highlights 2015

The story of the fight for Votes for Women reaches an ever-wider audience. To coincide with the opening of the film Suffragette, the Houses of Parliament put on some special events, including a tour and talk on the main suffragette activity within the House. It was interesting to see St Stephen’s Hall…

The Ipswich suffragettes and the cab driver

When Constance Andrews was released from Ipswich prison in May 1911 after a protest connected to the Votes for Women campaign, she was driven through the streets of Ipswich in an open cab. In this iconic photograph of the event, one of the only pictures we have of Constance Andrews (she’s…

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