Zoë Fairbairns

Zoë Fairbairns was made a patron of Humanists UK for her contribution to advancing human rights, equality, and justice.

Feminist writer

Zoë Fairbairns was born in 1948. She attended University of St Andrews where she became a founding member of the first St Andrews Women's Liberation group in 1970.

Leaving St Andrews for London in 1973, she worked at the Women’s Research and Resources Centre (now the Feminist Library), the Pregnancy Advisory Service, and Spare Rib magazine: a now iconic magazine challenging the stereotyping and exploitation of women from 1972-93. She currently teaches creative writing at the City Lit in London.  She was for many years a television subtitler and branch official with the trade union BECTU.

Fairbairns writes fiction and non-fiction. She has authored novels, short stories, radio plays, and political pamphlets. Fairbairns is best known for her novels, especially Benefits (1979), Stand We at Last (1983), Here Today (1984) and Closing (1987).

Find more information on Zoe’s work on her website.