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If you’re keen to flex your grey matter and be surrounded by pioneering women across a range of fields, then you’ll be pleased to hear that there’s a jam-packed schedule of female-led talks taking place this autumn.
From feminism to the life-changing leaps you can make in your fifties and beyond, it’s all there. So get your diary at the ready and prepare to block out the inspiration-inducing dates below.
Who: Katy Brand and Katherine Parkinson
Where: King’s Place, London
When: September 6th
How much: £14.50
As part of the London Podcast Festival, Jennifer Hudson (aka award-winning comedian and author Katy Brand) and Lilian Bayliss (Bafta-winning actor and writer Katherine Parkinson) will be delivering a live version of their light-hearted podcast Women Like US.
Past topics with a satirical twist have included Childfree Holidays & The Paleo Diet and Faces & Free Speech.
Who: Mary Beard, Rachel Reeves and Priti Patel On Women In Power
Where: Emmanuel Centre, London
When: September 26th
How much: £31.90
MPs Rachel Reeves and Priti Patel will join renowned classicist and broadcaster Mary Beard on the Intelligence Squared stage to discuss how women negotiate political power in a largely male-dominated world. Reeves will also talk about some of the trailblazing women who feature in her acclaimed book Women in Westminster, including Barbara Castle, Eleanor Rathbone, Harriet Harman and Tessa Jowell, who all fought for change in the House of Commons – where the number of male MPs outweigh the number of female MPs almost 2:1.
Who: Viv Groskop
Where: The Gainsborough Bath Spa, Bath
When: October 2nd
How much: £15
As part of the ‘Phenomenal Women’ 2019 series of talks, journalist, writer and comedian Viv Groskop will be sharing her insights on the art of public speaking, inspired by her new book How to Own the Room.
Who: Mariella Frostup
Where: Baillie Gifford Big Tent, Wimbledon BookFest
When: October 9th
How much: £20
Journalist and radio/TV presenter Mariella Frostrup will be talking about her latest book Wild Women, an amazing anthology that chronicles the best of female travel writing from the 1700s to present day.
The pioneering globetrotters featured include Edith Wharton, Dervla Murphy and Cheryl Strayed. Mariella will be also joined on-stage by journalist and author Bella Pollen and journalist and adventurer, Lois Pryce.