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We are the Hotbed Collective.
We are making life better one orgasm at a time with our podcast The Hotbed, and our new book More Orgasms Please: Why Female Pleasure Matters. We also have a decent Instagram account. We are mainly Anniki Sommerville and Lisa Williams, but we are also sometimes Cherry Healey.

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Until you’ve tried (and crucially, failed) it’s hard to imagine how trying for a baby could be anything other than a rollicking great time.

For many couples it’s simple. Shaggity shag shag and you’re up the duff. But for some, trying for a baby can turn into an unplea...

April 2, 2018

Phowar he's a bit of alright. 

He's more than alright.

Oooh he's a sort.

I love a man with chubby thighs.

God a man who is just starting to lose his hair.

God that's gross.

No a ginger man. 

Like Prince Harry.


A man who is bossy.

A man who is the singer in a band.

A skin...

If you’ve listened to our podcast The Hotbed, you will probably have heard the episode Pelvic Paw Patrol, in which we talk to Dr Amal Hassan and post-natal doula and personal trainer Elizabeth Davies about all things pelvic floor. They talk about how pelvic floor dysfu...

February 25, 2018

We want The Hotbed to be inclusive and have male and female perspectives on sex and relationships. In this post a Dad shares his experience of going through a sex break with his wife and how he looks forward to things picking up again. It's important that we keep these...

January 15, 2018

I wasn’t a particularly early starter, but I always looked older than my age so found that men were hassling me for sex from about thirteen. It didn’t help that I went out to clubs in Soho, and lied about my age, and wore platform shoes and had enormous hair (though I...

January 10, 2018

Well maybe not actually turning 40. I’m sure as I headed through my late 30’s it got better. And if you’re not there yet and you’re filled with fear at the thought of aging, I’m here to tell you, you have nothing to worry about. Last night my husband and I had sex. Act...

December 19, 2017

A little while ago, I wrote (another) anonymous blog, wondering whether having surgery would help me to rekindle my sex life. And no, not that, kind of surgery, but intricate surgery to repair parts that had suffered after giving birth to two children within two years....

December 19, 2017

I remember my husband saying to me, a few heady weeks into our relationship, that he couldn’t imagine getting into bed with me and not touching me, or sitting next to me and not resting a hand on me. We were connected by touch the whole time we were together, either ho...

November 12, 2017

So we're still recovering from the fabulousness that was our first 'A NIGHT WITH HOTBED' live podcast event which took place at Old Street Records this week. This was really the first time that we'd stood up on stage in front of an audience and told everyone what we we...

October 5, 2017

(image of Burt Reynolds from https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/378302437427498137/?lp=true)

When I was coming of age, during my glorious technicolour years , which I remember with more clarity than I can remember anything much that’s happened in the last few months, possi...

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About us

We are Anniki and Lisa, and we want to talk about sex. Sex after a 14-hour day of work and parenting. Sex rather than watching five hours of Breaking Bad. Sex after ten years of being in the same bed as each other. Sex when you're single but none of your friends are. We want to talk about sex without even mentioning penis straws. Like actual grown-up sex. Thank you. Please join in. It's not always easy to talk about it but it's much easier to talk about it together. #backinthesack. 

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