Jude Rogers here – writer, journalist, romantic, Welsh woman, geek. I write and broadcast for The Guardian, The Word, Red, Elle, In Style, the Observer, the New Statesman, The Quietus, Redhanded Magazine and the BBC (Radio 2, 5 Live and 6Music). I am also an occasional contributor to The the Times and Wire, and any publications that ask me politely.
Back in 2003, I co-founded the quarterly magazine-shaped love letter to the city in which I live, Smoke: A London Peculiar, and in 2007, founded flag-waving women’s website The Lipster. I’ve also been on the Mercury Music Prize judging panel since 2007.
I have been told a rude joke by Justin Timberlake, been made a cup of tea by Robert Plant, got Tony Bennett to sign an autograph for my Aunty Velma, shared a Pret salad with Bjork, had a barney with Ben Goldacre, shared croissants with David Mitchell, been serenaded by Randy Newman, and wasn’t sure quite what to do when Cat Power had a pee in front of me. I was born the week that Stayin’ Alive was no. 1 in the charts; the first record I owned was Around The World With Sooty; and the first record I bought with my pocket money was the 7-inch of Summertime by DJ Jazzy Jeff And The Fresh Prince. My favourite bands are Kraftwerk, REM, The Smiths, Joy Division, New Order and Bananarama; I like maps, wine, thick eyeliner, swearing, anything in red, black and white; my spiritual guides are Poly Styrene and John Nettles.
Wipe your feet on the way in, please, put the kettle on, or, if you’d rather, e-mail me here.