She has 2 BAFTA nominations, 2 RTS awards, The Centre Award for special achievements RTS North East 2010. All this is code for she’s pretty old. Age is something that really interests her, so she recently did a Visiting Research Fellowship at the University of Oxford’s Institute of Population Ageing. On a good day she felt like she had conquered the world, on a bad day she suspected they might have mistaken her for someone else.
Judith has written the following books – Grumpy Old Women The Official Handbook, The Secret Diary of a Grumpy Old Woman, It’s (not) Grim Up North, Grumpy Old Couples, Grumpy Old Holidays, and Mum in a Million and she co-wrote with Jenny Éclair Wendy the Bumper Book of Fun for Women of a Certain Age. Two of them became audio books.
Judith speaks on the subject of ageing – the baby boomers (of which she is one) are reinventing older age and are acting more like a band of teenagers with liver spots and a need for a nice sit down rather than settling for a life in beige helping out at the WI. They’ve got all the money, they’re going to live till they’re about 103 and they have the highest divorce rate in the UK. Get the picture? Judith’s talk is an uplifting and interesting talk about late middle age but most of all a funny and affectionate look at what it now means to get old.