Going Transatlantic!

The fine (and currently freezing) folks in Canada have been warming up with Swearing is Good for You thanks to House of Anansi! (30% off everything at the time of writing! Get your Christmas presents now!)

I’m pleased to announce that the rather beautiful U.S. edition, published by W.W. Norton, will be out early in the new year (January 23rd.)

Swearing Is Good for You 978-1-324-00028-0

From the W.W. Norton’s website comes this glowing (but entirely fair!) writeup:

In this sparkling debut work of popular science, Emma Byrne examines the latest research to show how swearing can be good for you. With humor and colorful language, she explores every angle of swearing… Taking readers on a whirlwind tour through scientific experiments, historical case studies, and cutting-edge research on language in both humans and other primates, Byrne defends cursing and demonstrates how much it can reveal about different cultures, their taboos and their values.

The U.S. version can be preordered now from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million, Indiebound, and Powell’s (Hello Portland!)

Strong Women, Strong Language

One of the absolute best things about writing Swearing is Good for You is how many brilliant, inspiring, supportive women I’ve had the chance to work with. I’ll talk more about my agent and publisher in another post, but in this one, I want to give a shout-out to three women I’ve had the enormous privilege to take part in discussions with.

First, meet Jessica Fostekew, comedian by trade and kick arse smart arse by inclination! She and I will be appearing together on November 12th 2017 at Stylist Live on the Thrive stage, helping 175 women get in touch with their unapologetic bad arse selves.

Earlier this week I also got to take part in one of the most fun episodes of Radio Three’s Free Thinking that I think there’s ever been! Poet Bridget Minamore and Comedian and Trump heckler Janey Godley and me all joined historian John Gallagher and host Matthew Sweet for a discussion of the pros and cons of swearing.  

I don’t normally get to work with anywhere near this many women (something I’m always actively trying to fix in my role working in AI) and it’s an absolute joy spending time with smart (and sweary) sisters!

Going ubiquitous (ish!)

Thanks to the Naked Scientists, I’ve been all over the BBC local radio airwaves (and Five Live) this weekend, taking part in their spooktacular halloween episode. Find out why bats are misunderstood, space funerals are awesome, and whether biofuels are the answer to meeting our climate commitments.

Swearing is Good for You was also the subject of a salty feature from proud swearer, India Knight, in yesterday’s Sunday Times Style section.

Today I am filming for Viewsnight and prepping for Thursday’s broadcast of Freethinking on Radio Three, as well as recording some Canadian broadcasts. This means that I’m more or less living on throat sweets and peppermint tea right now… I’m having a whale of a time though!

Thank you to the Science Museum!

I had a fantastic time at the Science Museum last night! Two packed out rooms, filled with people who were keen to do unspecified tasks for the promise of badges (you are the kind of people that behavioural psychologists love!)


Next up is the appearance at Stylist Live! Come and unleash your power by swearing it out!



Gearing up for launch!

In the last few weeks I’ve been busy with writing and interviews all about the book. So far I’ve pontificated to outlets as diverse as the U.S version of Cosmopolitan  (on why swearing can be arousing) and BBC Focus Magazine on the origin and future of swearing.  With the UK and Canada launch dates now less than a month away, the public and broadcast appearances are starting to ramp up. In the coming weeks I’m appearing at the Science Museum (25th October) and Stylist Live (12th November.)


I spent last Friday in a fantastic planning session with comedian and juicy brain Jessica Fostekew, preparing for a workshop on the 12th November at Stylist Live, where we’ll join with 175 lucky people to banish impostor syndrome and build confidence through the magic of swearing. We had so much fun planning it, I can’t wait to share the life changing magic of saying “fuck you!”

And next week, I’m speaking at the Science Museum Lates. They’ve quite sensibly put me in the basement for that one. I’m on at 20:40 and 21:15 (sessions are about 25 minutes long.)  Come along and find out how I switched from robots to swearing, why video games really do hurt, and what I think is the meanest psychology experiment ever devised…  The first session will be BSL interpreted too!