Susan Quilliam

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Susan Quilliam
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Susan Quilliam
Born 1950
Liverpool, England
Occupation Writer, psychologist, coach

Susan Quilliam (born 1950 in Liverpool) is a British psychologist with particular focus on personal relationships. She works as an advice columnist, writer, broadcaster, consultant, trainer and coach. Quilliam is associated with several relationship organisations, including Relate and the Family Planning Association, and is the author of 21 books published in 33 countries and 24 languages. She revised The Joy of Sex (2008) for modern sensibilities.

Early life, education and career[edit]

Born in Liverpool in 1950, Quilliam gained her Psychology degree at the University of Liverpool in 1971[citation needed] followed by a PGCE at Christ's College of Education in 1972.[citation needed] She then taught English and Personal, Health and Social Education (PSHE) in secondary and further education between 1972-1979[citation needed] before moving to London to work in educational publishing until 1983.[citation needed]

In 1983 she established Jonquil Publishing (later The Chalkface Project), a publishing company specialising in Personal and Social Education,[citation needed] whilst concurrently working freelance as a writer on relationships and sexuality.[citation needed] This later part of her career developed through advice-giving work as an agony aunt to various publications including Good Housekeeping, which brought a high level media profile.[citation needed]

Later public career[edit]

Quilliam is the sex and relationship agony aunt for Fabulous magazine,[citation needed] a Sunday supplement, as well as relationship columnist for Cliterati and resident psychologist answering patient questions for the Sexual Advice Association website.[citation needed]

Quilliam came to attention in both the US and UK for her rewriting of the manual The Joy of Sex in 2008. Originally published in 1972, she reworked Alex Comfort's book for a better male/female balance. She has in addition written 21 books on love and sex published in 30 counties and 21 languages;[citation needed] three of her books have been written for Relate and The Samaritans, with whom she works closely.[citation needed] Since 2003 she has also been Consumer Correspondent columnist for, and a member of the Editorial Board of, the Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care.[citation needed]

Quilliam has appeared on radio and television and from 2008 to 2010, co-presented a weekly radio programme, Sex in the City with Jim Davis on LBC 97.3.[citation needed] She is on the Media Advisory team of the Enduring Love? project at the Open University.[citation needed]

Quilliam has run workshops on relationships and intimacy and is on the London faculties of The School of Life[citation needed] and Your Daily Bread],[citation needed] and has spoken several times at the Royal Society of Medicine on the links between relationships and health.[citation needed]

She was shortlisted for the Family Planning Association’s Rosemary Goodchild Award for excellence in journalism,[citation needed] and has also served as a judge for this award.[citation needed] In 2009 Quilliam was named one of the Family Planning Association’s 21st Century Achievers.[citation needed] In August 2013, Quilliam was announced as the official spokesperson and Sex and Relationship Expert for the Durex brand of sexual health and pleasure products.[citation needed]

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