Hilary McCollum is an award-winning writer and feminist activist. Her first novel, Golddigger, won the Golden Crown Literary Society award for historical fiction in 2016. She has written three verbatim plays about LGBT lives and a lesbian comedy-drama about conversion therapy, The Pirates of Portrush, which was developed with the support of the Arts Council NI and the Big Lottery. She is currently undertaking a PhD at Queen’s University Belfast on creating a lesbian history through historical fiction. She has worked on the issue of violence against women and girls, including violence against lesbians, for more than thirty years.