Nichi Hodgson will be discussing The Curious History of Dating on Friday 21st July in the Arcadia Tent – approximate timing 12.30pm – and again on Saturday 22nd July in the Babylon Tent – approximate timing 2.30pm. Buy tickets here

Nichi Hodgson is an author, broadcaster, and journalist living in London.

A former sex columnist for Men’s Health, she regularly contributes to the Guardian, Vice, and the Telegraph on civil liberties and censorship issues, sex and the law, and gender politics. From court-reporting obscenity trials, to getting a nuru massage at a Nevada brothel, Nichi is fearless in the face of sexual misadventure, emboldened by her stint as a professional dominatrix.

As well as regular media appearances on BBC radio and Sky News, Nichi makes frequent appearances in TV documentaries and debates on sex, porn and society. Her Radio 4 documentary on porn and ethics is available on iPlayer.

Her first book, Bound To You, details her time as a professional dominatrix and personal submissive, and her latest book, The Curious History of Dating, from Jane Austen to Tinder, is published by Little, Brown.