Imogen Lycett Green, an author and journalist, was brought up in Wiltshire and studied ancient history and archaeology at Birmingham University. She worked at the Daily Telegraph for five years, writing for the Saturday magazine, the literary pages and the obituaries section under Hugh Massingberd. In 1991, she won a Winston Churchill fellowship which funded the research for her first book, Grandmother’s Footsteps: a journey in search of Penelope Betjeman (Macmillan, 1994), which was shortlisted for the Thomas Cook travel book award. She has written children’s fiction, notably Robin Hood (Cover to Cover, 1998), columns for the Daily Telegraph and the Spectator, and has contributed to the Oldie, the Independent and the London Evening Standard, writing mostly about books or interviewing authors.
In 2013 Imogen founded Black Mustard, a company dedicated to helping people communicate through the written word. Black Mustard produces web content and creates copy for all sorts of businesses, from marketing strategists to art galleries. Prior to Black Mustard, Imogen led reminiscence groups and recorded oral histories across Brighton for the Lottery-funded Heritage Plus project, while working for an MA in life history research at Sussex University. Her belief in the community-building potency of narrative has led to Black Mustard developing a programme of ‘narrative medicine’ workshops, delivered to staff and patients at the Brighton Health & Wellbeing Centre.
She is a regular interviewer at Charleston literary festival and is a trustee for the John Betjeman poetry competition. Imogen lives in Brighton with her four sons.