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Fertility Fest @ The Fertility Show 

Manchester: 23 - 24 March 2019

London: 1 - 3 November 2019

We are really excited to be developing a new partnership with The Fertility Show this year – the UK’s largest patient event which takes place in Manchester in March and London in November. We are massive fans of the show which is such a valuable resource for people who need assisted conception. It’s an unparalleled place for people to get access to the best clinical experts in the field, and now we hope to bring a whole new focus on the emotional experience of treatment as well through the work of our Fertility Fest artists. Working together in this way we think there’s the potential to create an event that will be truly unmissable in the fertility calendar and help so many people on their fertility journeys.

All tickets £3 (plus entry to the Show)

Special event: Young, Gifted & Infertile

Friday 1 November

Fertility Show London, Olympia London, Hammersmith Rd W14 8UX

London | Fri 1 November | 5pm – 7.30pm

Young, Gifted and Infertile

A special event exploring Premature Ovarian Insufficiency

Dedicated to the Patient Experience®

 

This special event which will form part of Fertility Fest @ The Fertility Show – the UK’s largest patient event – will be a celebration of the amazing creative work, advocacy and support that is being undertaken worldwide to support women experiencing Premature Ovarian Insufficiency. It will include the world premiere of the short play Saving Rachel by William Brown MD, acting as a curtain raiser to a  performance of the critically acclaimed show Flushed by Catherine Cranfield. Followed by a Q&A with a range of experts.

Tickets are limited and can be reserved by emailing tracey@fertilityfest.com

Event Agenda

5pm - 5.30pm: Arrivals Reception

5.30pm - 5.45pm: Welcome from Fertility Fest & The Conover Foundation

5.45pm - 6pm: Performance of Saving Rachel by William Brown MD

6pm - 7pm: Performance of Flushed by Catherine Cranfield

7pm - 7.30pm: Q&A

Produced by Fertility Fest

In association with The Fertility Show

 

Supported by

The Mary Elizabeth Conover Foundation Inc

In association with The McLean Center for Art and Neuroscience

Fertility Fest @
Fertility Show London

Friday 1 Nov - Sunday 3 Nov 2019

Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, London W14 8UX

 

Saturday 2 November

London | Sat 2 November | 11am – 11.45am

The Ultimate Survivor's Guide to IVF

So you’re about to undergo fertility treatment? Hold on tight. Whether this is your first time or you’re already an IVF veteran, you need to prepare yourself for the roller-coaster of your life.

 

If there’s one person who knows the secret to survival, it’s Jessica Hepburn – author (The Pursuit of Motherhood and 21 Miles: swimming in search of the meaning of motherhood), Founder of Fertility Fest and veteran of 11 rounds of IVF. Jessica will be revealing her top tips for survival - whatever your fertility story, however it ends. She will then be joined for a discussion and Q&A with Cat Strawbridge who has just had a daughter after seven years of struggling to conceive and is Co-founder of the popular ‘Live Your Life events’ for the TTC community, and Angela Percileous-Smith, Chair of BICA (the British Infertility Counselling Association).

The Artist
The Experts

London | Sat 2 November | 1pm - 1.45pm

The Doctor in the Bedroom: The Experience of IVF

No one would choose to make a baby in a laboratory. Would they? It’s hardly roses and candles. Is it? So what does the IVF experience feel like and how can you ensure you cope?

 

Film-director and writer Dee Harvey, creator of the virtual reality film IF, will be talking about why she decided to make a love story about struggling to conceive. She will then be joined for a discussion and Q&A with patient advocate and fertility coach Sarah Banks and Dr Srividya Seshadri, Consultant Gynaecologist & Specialist in Reproductive Medicine & Surgery at London’s Centre for Reproductive & Genetic Health (CRGH).

The Artist
The Experts

London | Sat 2 November | 2.15pm - 3pm

When Plan B Is Meant To Be

Lisa Faulkner, Actress, MasterChef-winning Cook and now best-selling author of her new memoir Meant to Be, will be giving an exclusive talk about her painful IVF journey and how Plan A eventually became Plan B. She will be appearing alongside her doctor, Mohammed Taranissi, one of the world’s most revered and successful IVF consultants who will be sharing his thoughts on how best to approach fertility treatment today, and Professor Jacky Boivin, one of the world’s leading reproductive health psychologists.

The Artist
The Experts

London | Sat 2 Nov | 3.30pm - 4.15pm

The Invisible Man: talking about the male experience of fertility treatment

It maybe a man’s world, but not when it comes to infertility. For too long the male experience has been invisible. Traditionally the vast majority of tests and treatment have been focused on women and men haven’t been given the chance to talk or even get involved. In fact it’s just been assumed they have the ‘easy bit’ – go into a room with their favourite porn movie or magazine and wank! But is this really true? And even if it is true, is it actually easy?

Actor and Writer Rod Silvers, who recently featured in the BBC Radio 4 series My Name is… about his experience of fertility treatment and childlessness, will be talking about his fight to get men talking which has resulted in his short film England Expects and his play Terry and Jude. He will then be joined for a discussion and Q&A by Russell Davis, Fertility Coach, Author & Speaker, and Dr Sheryl Homa, Director of Andrology Solutions.

The Artist
The Experts

London | Sat 2 Nov | 4.45pm - 5.30pm

Solo Motherhood

More and more people are taking control and following their dream of parenthood alone. But it isn’t an easy decision. How do you find a donor? What happens when you decide to go it alone and it doesn’t actually work? And – wow – then a baby arrives and you find you’re a single parent. How do you cope with that?

Journalist and writer Genevieve Roberts will be talking about her new book, Going Solo – My choice to become a single mother using a donor. She will then be joined for a discussion and Q&A by Mel Johnson, Founder of the online solo motherhood support network Stork and I, and Tracey Sainsbury, Senior Counsellor at the London Women’s Clinic

The Artist
The Experts

Sunday 3 November

London | Sun 3 November | 11.30am - 12.15pm

The Doctor in the Bedroom: The Experience of IVF

No one would choose to make a baby in a laboratory. Would they? It’s hardly roses and candles. Is it? So what does the IVF experience feel like and how can you ensure you cope?

 

Gabby Vautier, Theatre Producer and Co-Director of Fertility Fest will be talking about how she and her husband – the award-winning playwright Gareth Farr – transformed their IVF story into the critically-acclaimed play The Quiet House when they were in the hell of treatment (they now have IVF twins). She will then be joined in a discussion and Q&A with Barbara Scott, the leading Reproductive Reflexologist and 2017 Complementary Therapist of the Year, and Dr Irfana Koita from IVF Matters, the UK’s first online fertility clinic.

The Artist
The Experts

London | Sun 3 November | 12.45pm - 1.30pm

The Invisible Man: talking about the male experience of fertility treatment

It maybe a man’s world, but not when it comes to infertility. For too long the male experience has been invisible. Traditionally the vast majority of tests and treatment have been focused on women and men haven’t been given the chance to talk or even get involved. In fact it’s just been assumed they have the ‘easy bit’ – go into a room with their favourite porn movie or magazine and wank! But is this really true? And even if it is true, is it actually easy?

Author and TV producer Glenn Barden will be talking about and reading from his novel My Little Soldiers and he will then be joined for a discussion and Q&A by patient advocate Richard Clothierand Clinical Director of Gennet City Fertility Dr Benjamin Abravmov.

The Artist
The Experts

London | Sun 3 November | 2pm - 2.45pm

Saying Goodbye – Miscarriage and Loss

If you’ve had to say goodbye to the loss of a dream, whether through miscarriage or the realisation that you can’t make a family the way you’d always thought you would, this special supportive event is especially for you.

 

Zoe Clark-Coates, best-selling author, TV show host and founder of the Mariposa Trust and Saying Goodbye events with her husband Andy Clark-Coates will be talking about their ground-breaking work, alongside Anya Sizer from the national charity Fertility Network UK who was told she only had a 1 in 125,000 chance of conceiving and is now the mother to two IVF and one adopted children.

The Artist
The Experts

London | Sun 3 November | 3pm - 3.45pm

The Queer Family

The Queer Family is not a new phenomenon. The LGBT community has been making babies and parenting for a long time. But the combination of legalised gay marriage and advances in reproductive science has led to an exponential growth in surrogacy, donation, co-parenting and adoption amongst same sex couples and singles. This event will be a celebration and exploration of the options now available from some of the leading voices in this field.

 

Film-maker Emma Edwards (Inkydink Pictures) presents her award-winning short film Altruistic which follows the journey of the first gay male couple to become legal parents through surrogacy in the UK. She will then be joined for a discussion with Erika Tranfield of Pride Angel, a leading website dedicated to connecting sperm donors, egg donors and co-parents online; Michael Johnson-Ellis from Two Daddies, an organisation supporting people on their surrogacy journey; and Carole Gilling Smith, Consultant Gynaecologist and Medical Director of Agora Clinic in Brighton & Hove and a champion of specialised fertility treatment for gay, lesbian and trans communities.

The Artist
The Experts
 

Fertility Fest @
Fertility Show Manchester

Manchester Central Convention Complex, Manchester M2 3GX

Saturday 23 March & Sunday 24 March 2019

Saturday 23 March

Manchester | Sat 23 March | 10.30am - 11.15am

The Ultimate Survivor's Guide to IVF

With Fertility Fest Directors Jessica Hepburn and Gabby Vautier

So you’re about to undergo fertility treatment? Hold on tight. Whether this is your first time or you’re already an IVF veteran, you need to prepare yourself for the roller-coaster of your life.

 

If there’s one person who knows the secret to survival, it’s Jessica Hepburn – author (The Pursuit of Motherhood and 21 Miles: swimming in search of the meaning of motherhood) and Founder of Fertility Fest. Jessica will be revealing her top tips for surviving the IVF process - whatever your fertility story, however it ends. She will then be joined for a discussion and Q&A with her Co-director of the festival, Gabby Vautier, who went through four rounds of IVF treatment before having twin girls.

The Artists

Manchester | Sat 23 March | 11.45am – 12.30pm

The Doctor in the Bedroom: The Experience of IVF

No one would choose to make a baby in a laboratory. Would they? It’s hardly roses and candles. Is it? So what does it really feel like to have the doctor in your bedroom?

 

Tabitha Moses, winner of the Liverpool Art Prize for her beautiful work on fertility, infertility and IVF which include Investment and On Food and Longing will be showing and talking about what it really feels like to go through the process. She will then be joined for a discussion and Q&A with Dr Irfana Koita and Your Fertility Journey's Kate Davies both from the fertility clinic IVF Matters.

The Artist
The Experts

Manchester | Sat 23 March | 1pm - 1.45pm

Miscarriage

The ‘M’ Word. More common than you might think. Less talked about than it should be. A special, supportive event where we’ll be talking about what might have been and how to find the words and strength to cope.

 

Zoe Clark-Coates, author, TV show host and trail-blazing CEO of Saying Goodbye and The Mariposa Trust will be talking about her work and will then be joined for a discussion by her husband Andy Clark-Coates and Professor Geeta Nargund, Medical Director of Create Fertility.

The Artist/Expert
The Experts

Manchester | Sat 23 March | 2.15pm - 3pm

The Queer Family

The Queer Family is not a new phenomenon. The LGBT community has been making babies and parenting for a long time. But the combination of legalised gay marriage and advances in reproductive science has led to an exponential growth in surrogacy, donation, co-parenting and adoption amongst same sex couples and singles.

 

Film-maker Emma Edwards (Inkydink Pictures) presents her award-winning short film Altruistic which follows the journey of the first gay male couple to become legal parents through surrogacy in the UK. She  will then be in discussion with Erika Tranfield of Pride Angel, a leading website dedicated to connecting sperm donors, egg donors and co-parents online; and Wes Johnson-Ellis, Founder of Two Daddies.

The Artist
The Experts

Manchester | Sat 23 March | 3.30pm - 4.15pm

The Invisible Man

It maybe a man’s world, but not when it comes to infertility. For too long the male experience has been invisible. Traditionally the vast majority of tests and treatment have been focused on women. It’s been assumed that men have the ‘easy bit’ – all they need to do is go into a room with their favourite porn movie or magazine and wank! But is this really true? And even if it is true, is it actually easy?

 

Film-maker Thomas Webb will be presenting an extract from his ground-breaking feature length documentary in which six men talk candidly to camera about how it really feels to go through fertility treatment as a man. He will be joined on stage afterwards for a discussion by Raj Mathur, Consultant Gynaecologist and Subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine at Manchester Fertility.

The Artist
The Expert

Manchester | Sun 24 March | 10.30am - 11.15am

The Doctor in the Bedroom: The Experience of IVF

No one would chose to make a baby in a laboratory. Would they? It’s hardly roses and candles. Is it? So what does it really feel like to have the doctor in your bedroom?

 

Photographer Sophie Ingleby will be showing and talking about her beautiful project – SEED – which documents the journey of the fertility patient. She will then be joined for a discussion and Q&A with Fertility Coach and former IVF patient Sarah Banks and Dr Jane Stewart, Consultant in Reproductive Medicine and Gynaecology at Newcastle Fertility and Chair of the British Fertility Society.

The Artist
The Experts

Sunday 24 March

Manchester | Sun 24 March | 11.45am - 12.30pm

It’s Good To Talk (And What Not To Say)

When you’re struggling with infertility it can be hard to talk. It’s also true that people around you often don’t know what to say. No doubt you’ve had to encounter any one of the following: ‘So, when are you going to have kids?’ ‘Relax and it will happen.’ ‘My friend got pregnant as soon as she stopped trying...' Arrghhhhhh.

 

Writer and Speaker Alice Rose will be talking about her ‘Think! What Not To Say' campaign and will then be joined on stage for a discussion with Barbara Scott, the leading Reproductive Reflexologist and 2017 Complementary Therapist of the Year and Justine Bold, academic and author of a book about integrated approaches to infertility and IVF, about why it’s so important to talk, who to talk to and how.

The Artist
The Experts

Manchester | Sun 24 March | 1pm - 1.45pm

The Invisible Man

It maybe a man’s world, but not when it comes to infertility. For too long the male experience has been invisible. Traditionally the vast majority of tests and treatment have been focused on women. It’s been assumed that men have the ‘easy bit’ – all they need to do is go into a room with their favourite porn movie or magazine and wank! But is this really true? And even if it is true, is it actually easy?

 

Singer-songwriter Bob Strawbridge will perform a selection of tracks from his latest EP Never Alone which has been inspired by his and his wife’s long fertility struggle – bringing forth a deeply personal collection of songs which tells of six years of lost pregnancies and unsuccessful IVF. He will be joined on stage afterwards for a discussion with Michael Close, Director of LogixX Pharma and an expert voice on male infertility.

The Artist
The Expert

Manchester | Sun 24 March | 2.15pm - 3pm

Solo Motherhood

More and more people are taking control and following their dream of parenthood alone. But it isn’t an easy decision. How do you find a donor? What happens when your decide to go it alone and it doesn’t actually work? And – wow – then a baby arrives and you find you’re a single parent. How do you cope with that?

 

In this session you’ll meet two wonderful women who have been there, done it and have all the answers. Writer and performer Claire Taylor, who spent five years going through treatment as a single woman before finally having her son, will be sharing an extract from her new solo show, Single Multiplication, about her epic voyage into the world of motherhood with all the monsters and mirth she encountered along the way. She will be joined on stage for a discussion by Mel Johnson, Founder of the online solo motherhood support network Stork and I; and Lucia Grounds from the national charity the Donor Conception Network.

The Artist
The Experts

Manchester | Sun 24 March | 3.30pm - 4.15pm

The Ultimate Survivor's Guide to IVF

With Fertility Fest Directors Jessica Hepburn and Gabby Vautier

So you’re about to undergo fertility treatment? Hold on tight. Whether this is your first time or you’re already an IVF veteran, you need to prepare yourself for the roller-coaster of your life.

 

If there’s one person who knows the secret to survival, it’s Jessica Hepburn – author (The Pursuit of Motherhood and 21 Miles: swimming in search of the meaning of motherhood) and Founder of Fertility Fest. Jessica will be revealing her top tips for surviving the IVF process - whatever your fertility story, however it ends. She will then be joined for a discussion and Q&A with her Co-director of the festival, Gabby Vautier, who went through four rounds of IVF treatment before having twin girls.

The Artists

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