Women in Law

Dana Denis-Smith to Speak at Hay Festival 2018

A celebration of literature and the arts, the Hay Festival is also a place where big ideas find an audience and where people find inspiration. This year’s Hay Festival keeps in line with the festival’s tradition, featuring well-known authors as well as neuroscientists, singers, climate change experts and at least one lawyer. Obelisk Support CEO, Dana Denis-Smith has been invited to speak at Hay Festival 2018 as part of a panel on 2018, the year of women.

If you are headed to Hay-on-Wye, here is everything you need to know so you don’t miss this performance.

What and When

The event is called Is 2018 The Year of Women? and will start on Friday 25 May at 8.30pm.


The festival takes place in a tented village at Hay-on-Wye, on the edge of the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park and the event will be at the Starlight Stage, right next to the main entrance. The map below shows how everything is laid out. Click on the map to get the full resolution map on Hay Festival’s website.


The event features five formidable women on stage: Maggie Andrews, Dana Denis-Smith, Sarah Greer, Anna Muggeridge, Krista Cowman.

  • Maggie Andrews.  Prof. Maggie Andrews lectures at the University of Worcester and is a cultural historian whose work covers the social and cultural history of twentieth century Britain and the representation of that history within popular culture. A key focus of her research is domesticity and femininity. She is the author of a range of publications including a feminist history of the Women’s Institute movement and an exploration of the history of the inter-relationship of broadcasting, femininity and domesticity in twentieth century Britain. Her current work relates to domesticity and the Home Front in World War One and Two; she is currently writing a monograph on Women and Evacuation in the Second World War to be published by Bloomsbury Academic. She is the historical consultant for the Radio 4 Drama Home Front.
  • Dana Denis-Smith. Dana Denis-Smith is a former solicitor and international journalist who founded Obelisk Support, a unique and innovative global legal services business connecting large companies and law firms with highly-skilled legal professionals with almost 1000 ex-City lawyers on their books (many, female lawyers who have returned to the law after a career gap). She founded the First 100 years project to celebrate the journey of women in the legal profession over the last 100 years. Dana is passionate about building a world where work and personal lives can be balanced effectively and was voted LexisNexis Legal Personality of the Year 2018. You can follow her on Twitter.
  • Sarah Greer. Sarah Greer, Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Worcester, is passionate about the positive, transformative power of higher education, and ensuring that all students aspire to and succeed in reaching their highest potential. She has a particular interest in legal education and has presented at national conferences on issues surrounding its development. She has worked extensively with employers to develop employability opportunities for law students and to integrate employability skills into the academic curriculum. Her research interests include land law and the law of trusts and women’s legal history, and her publications include both academic and practitioner journals and textbooks.
  • Anna Muggeridge. Anna Muggeridge is a first year doctoral student at the University of Worcester, supervised by Professor Maggie Andrews and Dr. Neil Fleming. Her research considers the extent to which domestic women in the Black Country were politicised by their experiences of war from 1914 to 1948.
  • Krista Cowman. Krista Cowman is professor of history at the University of Lincoln where she researches women’s political activism in the 20th century. She was the historical advisor for the movie Suffragette.

Official Website

You can find all details on the official Hay Festival website here.

What If You Miss the Event?

Many Hay Festival events are filmed and publicly available on YouTube. We do not have any confirmation at time of publication that it will be the case, but those who cannot attend the event may get lucky and be able to watch the evening on YouTube later. We will update this section when we know more.