Polly Courtney

The popularity of women's memoirs is booming. Women from all walks of life are finding that memoirs are a way of communicating, shedding light on experiences that would go unnoticed, hidden in a world dominated by men and male preferences.
Polly Courtney was a corporate broker at Merrill Lynch, advising FTSE 100 companies, when she started writing a book about her experiences in the City. Golden Handcuffs is an exposé of what it is like to be a junior banker in the Square Mile. Polly left the City to write five more novels, the latest being Feral Youth, set in South London during 2011 riots. She is now working on a script to bring Feral Youth to screen.
We have become aware of - almost immune to - the impact of gangs, guns and drugs on teenage boys in our communities. We turn the pages blithely as newspaper headlines scream of gang-related stabbings in Brixton, confused shootings in Tottenham... But girls? In gangs? Until now, it has barely crossed our minds. We like to think it doesn't happen.
What Iain Duncan Smith is doing, quite unashamedly, is using propaganda to justify his hideous reforms that serve to push deprived communities further into poverty, rather than lift them out.
>Mark Duggan was lawfully shot dead by police on 4 August 2011. The jury reached this verdict on Wednesday at the end of a 4-month inquest, contrary to expectations - at least by Duggan's family. The news prompted fears of another riot...
Girls are being sexually exploited on a massive scale, according to a report released this week entitled It's Wrong But You Get Used To It, the result of a two-year investigation into girls and gangs.
Using our sexuality is sometimes the only way for women to build enough of a platform to have something to shout from...
Last week a summer intern at a global investment bank in London died after allegedly working for 72 hours without sleep. He was 21. Whilst Moritz Erhardt's parents are trying to come to terms with this tragedy, the coroners in East London are investigating the exact cause of death...
The idea that painters, writers, dancers, designers and musicians can exist on the basis of their creativity alone is misplaced and out of date. I am one of a small but growing number of creative who benefits from a scientific background.
Self-publishing is about staying in control of your destiny as a writer and having a say in how your book is packaged, produced, distributed and promoted. It is about making your own decisions, in collaboration with the experts (and in some cases, fans) to ensure that your work reaches readers in the way that is right for you.