Suw Charman-Anderson is a social technologist, journalist and writer. She began writing professionally as a freelance music journalist in the late 90s, contributing to the Melody Maker and various trade magazines. One of the UK’s social media pioneers, she switched her focus to technology in the early 00s. She has written about social media and technology for The Guardian, CIO Magazine, .Net Magazine, Computer Weekly and FirstPost.com. She currently blogs about publishing and crowdfunding for Forbes.com.
Suw’s first novella, Argleton, is the story of a two friends who go in search of Argleton, an unreal town that appears in an online map but which doesn’t actually exist. By searching for the reality in this virtual anomaly, they set in motion a chain of events that take them to places they didn’t know existed… and which perhaps don’t.
The print editions of Argleton were crowdfunded through Kickstarter, and Suw raised enough money to produce a paperback, hardback and a hand-embroidered silk-covered hardback, which she hand-bound herself. A keen bookbinder, Suw combines her love for fiction with her passion for the book as a physical artefact.
Suw is the driving force behind Ada Lovelace Day, an international celebration of the achievements of women in technology, science, engineering and maths. A committed digital rights advocate, in 2005 Suw founded the UK’s Open Rights Group.
Suw Charman-Anderson lives in the UK with her husband and two cats, Grabbity and Sir Izacat Mewton.