Journalist and Author

Joanna Moorhead is an award-winning journalist and author.  She writes for a wide range of major UK newspapers and magazines, and is a regular contributor to the Guardian, the Observer, The Times and The Art Newspaper.


She is the author of eight books, including two on her cousin, the Surrealist artist Leonora Carrington.  The sale at auction of Leonora's  Les Distractions de Dagobert in May 2024  sets a record for British-born female artists, and makes her the fifth highest selling female artist globally.

She writes and broadcasts on the arts, particularly the role of women in the arts, and has made arts documentaries for BBC Radio.  She is arts editor of The Tablet magazine, and is currently researching the life of Renaissance painter Plautilla Nelli.


Joanna teaches a range of writing courses at West Dean College in Sussex - link to her courses is here She is a Fellow of West Dean.


Her books The Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington (Virago) is available here, and her most recent book Surreal Spaces (Thames and Hudson) is available here (UK) and here (US/Canada)

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