Wonderful Bletchley Park work by year 6 Girls at Surbiton High Schoolย 

I was invited to Surbiton High School earlier this year to speak about my book Saving Bletchley Park. The year 6 girls and teachers went on a trip to Bletchley Park a few weeks ago. Today I was invited back to see all the work they had done and hear about their trip. They had made Anderson shelters, morse code machines, cardboard suitcases and had dressed up in 1940s clothes, it was fabulous. Cross curricula activity at its best ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ‰


Saving Bletchley Park – book launch at Waterstones Piccadillyย 

Last night was one of the best nights of my life! My book Saving Bletchley Park was launched at Waterstones Piccadilly in central London. It was an amazing evening with speeches, a reading from my book, tears, drinks, great conversation and lots of laughter ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks a million to everyone that came and made it such a special night โค๏ธ   


UK/US Special Relationship – Winfield House roundtable

Enjoyed contributing to an extremely interesting round table discussion about the UK/US Special Relationship this morning at the U.S. Ambassador in London Matthew Barzun‘s residence Winfield House in Regent’s Park ๐Ÿ˜€ ย The conversation ranged from women to technology, from art to Bletchley Park and beyond. Looking forward to some practical next steps to take things to the next level.

My International Women’s Day 2016 in pictures #IWD2016

My #IWD2016 started with a keynote at King Games in Soho, what a great bunch of people, and supercool offices.   
Quick catchup with @lloyddavis and @technokitten for an #IWD2016 podcast    
Bumped into Professor Sarah Martindale from Nottingham University outside the House of Commons. 

Spent 2 hours live tweeting the #IWD2016 debate for the 50:50 Parliament campaign. Got chucked out for taking a photo, then was let back in to continue. 


Went to the private view of Jess de Wahls fabulous #STOPJECTIFY exhibition at the Different Gallery on Percy Street in London. 

A wonderful #IWD2016 with so many friends old and new. Happy #IWD2016! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ‰

How technology and education changed my life

It was quite surreal to receive this email today, inviting me to my talk at London South Bank University ๐Ÿ™‚

LSBU Alumni 2015
Dear Susan,

As a graduate of the BSc Computing Studies, class of 1993, we are delighted to invite you to an exclusive pre-drinks reception to welcome your fellow classmate, Dr Sue Black, back to LSBU.


Dr Black will deliver an inspirational talk about how technology and education changed her life. When Sue enrolled on the course, she was a single mum living on a Brixton council estate. Today, she is one of Europeโ€™s top 50 women in tech and a key voice in our digital future.

Date: Wednesday 18th November
Time: 17:30 โ€“ 21:00 including drinks and buffet reception
Venue: Events Theatre, Keyworth Centre (LSBU Southwark Campus)

This is an opportunity for you to reunite with your former classmates over drinks and hear Dr Blackโ€™s talk in a specially reserved area. Please email to register your place at the pre-drinks reception.

As we may not be in touch with all of our BSc Computing Studies graduates, please feel free to invite your fellow LSBU alumni or let us know so we can send them an invitation.

Best wishes,

The LSBU Alumni team
Olivia, Rishi and Laura

Saving Bletchley Park at Chester Literary Festival

Last night Steve Colgan and I gave a @savingbletchley book talk at Chester Literary Festival. We travelled up together on the train from London together during the afternoon. 

Arriving at Chester station around 5pm ๐Ÿ˜€


After dropping our bags at the hotel we made our way over to Chester Town Hall. 


I was so excited as it was the first time I’d given a talk at a literary festival, and the first time I’d read from my book in public. 

Steve was great to be on stage with. 

And the audience were great too, they asked lots of good questions. 


Questions about the veterans, social media, crowdfunding, cryptography, Enigma, computing and much more ๐Ÿ˜€

   It was a very enjoyable 90 minutes. 

  Afterwards Steve and I took a selfie

  Then walked through a very beautiful Chester city centre. 



 Before arriving at Hickory’s restaurant by the river for some delicious ribs ๐Ÿ‘


 And frozen yogurt ๐Ÿ˜€

This morning we made our way to Chester station before parting ways, Steve going back off to London

  And me to Manchester, catching up on a bit of reading and knitting on the way 



Thanks Mark Carline for the pics not take by me ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘  

“Saving Bletchley Park”, New York roasting, Cheltenham Literary Festival, Raspberry Pi, GCHQ and “Women in the World”

I’ve had a fabulous last couple of weeks, here are some of the highlights, in pictures. No wonder I’m tired ๐Ÿ˜‰

I received and started making the final changes to my “Saving Bletchley Park” manuscript



I got to have a great catchup there with the wonderful Vanessa Vallely



I met Elaine Finn and after a couple of glasses of wine at the reception we decided to take a daring selfie ๐Ÿ˜‰



After the BBC event finished a few of us went for dinner ๐Ÿ™‚


My lovely son Olly and DiL Tony made a fab family lunch


My grandson Felix took a liking to mushrooms


The next day I flew to New York


..and found myself upgraded to business class! Woohoo, thanks British Airways ๐Ÿ™‚


My awesome friend Kelly took me to MOMA and I got to check out the Warhol exhibition


Wow! It was so incredible to be in the same room as these iconic pics


Kelly and I took some colourful selfies in the MOMA garden


I roasted my great friend J Kelly Hoey at her 50th birthday party in New York.


I took some blurred selfies as I was crossing 6th Avenue


I worked on (amongst other things) the acknowledgements for my book “Saving Bletchley Park”ย at Gimme Coffee in Brooklyn


Coincidentally my friend Martin was in New York with his wife and goddaughter, so we met up for dinner at Soho House, then another coincidence my friend Judith happened to be there too, so we caught up too ๐Ÿ™‚


I had a lovely breakfast in Brooklyn with my awesome friend @ctrouper


I stayed at an Airbnb in Brooklyn near Hewes Street subway ๐Ÿ™‚


The morning after the night before, a massive breakfast with birthday girl Kelly (I can’t believe she’s 50!) and Kelly’s friend Devon, another awesome woman ๐Ÿ™‚


Kelly and I went for a stroll in Central Park to burn off a few calories from breakfast and happened upon a wedding taking place on the bridge in Central Park. How romantic! They were English too ๐Ÿ™‚


Kelly and me in central Park


My favourite place for BBQ is Virgils in NYC, I have dinner there at least once every trip ๐Ÿ™‚


Virgils BBQ – โค


Through twitter I met up with Gem Barrett, we had a great dinner at Virgils and then took some drunken selfies in Times Square ๐Ÿ™‚



After 5 days in NYC I was so happy to get home to my family, especially Cheeky, my youngest daughter


The next day I was off to Cheltenham Literary Festival to chair a panel on “Navigating our 24/7 culture”


On the panel were Annette Karmiloff Smith and Michael Acton Smith, we were introduced by the fabulous Isabella from Cheltenham Ladies College.


A couple of days later I went to Cambridge for the day, on the tube on the way there I bumped into my lovely friend Mex aka @anniemole


I had a great meeting at Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge to discuss setting up and leading a #womenintech Centre of Excellence at Lucy Cavendish ๐Ÿ™‚


While I was in the area I nipped in to see mates at the Raspberry Pi Foundation: Carrie Anne Philbin @missphilbin and Philip Colligan ๐Ÿ™‚


It chucked it down on the walk back to the station ๐Ÿ˜ฎ I checked in on Swarm and found myself being tweeted by Microsoft Research offering me an umbrella! I was delighted to accept.


That night my daughter Emma treated me and Cheeky to dinner, it was great to catch up ๐Ÿ™‚


The next day I was off to Cheltenham again, this time to give a talk at GCHQ! I had a great day, met lots of interesting people and bumped into Sir Dermot Turing who was signing hundreds of copies of his book “Prof” about his uncle Alan Turing ready for his book launch the next day.


When I got back to London I met up with my mate Steve Hills and we went to a fun private do at L’Escargot in Soho organised by Stephen Colegrave. Mitch from Unbounders read out a couple of “Letters of Note” with his usual great comic timing ๐Ÿ™‚


The next day I had a bit of a break to take my grandson for a walk by the Thames ๐Ÿ™‚


I was excited to get a press pass for the Women in the World event at Cadogan Hall, London, as I turned up on the first night celebs were getting their pics taken on the red carpet ๐Ÿ™‚


There were so many great women there, onstage and off. Google “Women in the World” to see some of the incredible talks. So inspiring ๐Ÿ™‚


Sarah Gavron and Meryl Streep discussing their film Suffragette, out tomorrow, i cant wait to see it!


Ursula von der Leyn, German defence minister was amazing, 7 children and making great changes in German politics. Incredible role model for us all.


It was great to get a chance to catch up with my lovely friend Ann O’Dea who runs Silicon Republic in Dublin ๐Ÿ™‚


…and awesome to catch up again with Lauren Boyle – European Digital Girl of the Year 2014 – and her mum Tania ๐Ÿ™‚


…and what an absolute honour to meet and get a selfie with the “Dagenham Girls” ๐Ÿ™‚


Just showing off my press pass, and blue nail varnish ๐Ÿ˜‰


I was also featured that day on the cover of the Autumn issue of the London South Bank University magazine, I’m speaking there next month.


I bought quite a bit of wool in New York, I couldn’t help myself! The first thing I made was this jacker for my grandson, hope it fits…i need to get some buttons…


At the weekend we visited Polesden Lacey National Trust property in Surrey, its an incredible house and gardens, highly recommended


Here we are outside the house


Did you enjoy that? Me too, let’s go and get a cup of tea…


Communities 2.0, Wales, Digital Inclusion

I had a truly awesome day yesterday keynoting the Communities 2.0 conference at the Cardiff Swalec stadium. I gave my talk “If I can do it, so can you” which is all about how technology and education have changed my life, helping me to bring my family out of poverty and into prosperity. I had so much fabulous feedback and met some really lovely people. The digital inclusion people in Wales are an absolutely wonderful bunch.

Communities 2.0 are just having their funding cut at a time when getting people online and tech savvy is becoming critical to lead an everyday life. It’s such a shame that all the good digital inclusion work, which has put Wales in a leading position in Europe, is now being scaled down.

Being in Cardiff was also a great opportunity to meet up with my fab new friend Aimee Bateman. We met when we both gave a talk at TedxClapham recently. I expect really great things from Aimee, what a superstar ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

I don’t think I’ve ever had so many lovely tweets from one event. Incedible support. Thank you Communities 2.0 and everyone at the #c2conf for all your interest and questions.