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There's More to Life Than Children

For anyone considering or living a life without children for any reason

Childlessness comes in many forms – choice, chance, circumstance all play their part. For some a life without children can feel like a glorious decision, for others it can be a dream snatched away. 

Three events

Today in celebration of the opening of Avalanche, an adaptation of Julia Leigh’s memoir on the Barbican Main Stage, we invite a group of amazing artists to share their own unique stories, and in doing so show the world why there can be so much more to life than children.​

Overview:

Women Speak: 1.30pm - 2.45pm
Men Speak: 3.15pm - 4.30pm
Fertility Fight Club: 5pm - 6.15pm

Saturday 27 April 2019

The Pit

1.30pm, 3.15pm & 5pm

Day Ticket £20 (3 events)

Individual Event Tickets £10

Women Speak

1.30pm - 2.45pm

  • Italian Scottish Singer songwriter Chiara Berardelli - lover of words, chords and honesty – writes songs about life and how it affects her. She will be sharing tracks from her third and most personal album to date, Seamonster, inspired by the loss of her dream to become a mother but how she’s finally made that ok.

  • Yorkshire based theatre-maker Victoria Firth will be performing an extract from her hit, hilarious 2018 Edinburgh Festival solo show How To Be Amazingly Happy! which explores how you find a new ‘once upon a time’ after the ‘happy ever after’ never turned up.

The performances will be followed by a discussion and Q&A with the artists and Heather Wiffin, Coordinator of ‘More To Life’, Fertility Network UK’s programme for those living life without children, and Anthony Ryb, Specialist Grief Counsellor for the London Women’s Clinic.

Chaired by Jody Day, Founder of Gateway Women the global support and friendship network for childless women.

Saturday 27 April 2019

The Pit

1.30pm - 2.45pm

Individual Event Tickets £10

Proudly produced in association with Fertility Network UK

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With thanks to our principal clinic supporters:

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The Artists

The Experts

The Chair

Men Speak

3.15pm - 4.30pm

  • Actor and writer Rod Silvers is determined to give a voice to childless men. He began back in 2011 with his short film England Expects which used football as a metaphor for going through unsuccessful IVF. And in 2018 he wrote, produced and performed in Terry and Jude about the lives of two older, single, childless men. But if you think those sound like stories of defeat and sadness, then think again. Rod who started his creative life as a stand up comedian will never fail to make you grin!

  • One of the UK's most celebrated writers, Benjamin Zephaniah, will be interviewed on stage by Fertility Fest Director Jessica Hepburn about his personal experience of infertility. As one of the first male artists to speak about the subject, this will be an amazing and rare opportunity to hear Benjamin's story in his own wise and wonderful words.

The performance will be followed by a discussion and Q&A with both artists and two fertility experts.

Chaired by Jody Day, Founder of Gateway Women the global support and friendship network for childless women.

Saturday 27 April 2019

The Pit

3.15pm - 4.30pm

Individual Event Tickets £10

Proudly produced in association with Fertility Network UK

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With thanks to our principal clinic supporters:

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The Artists

The Expert

The Chair

Fertility Fight Club

5pm - 6.15pm

To end today’s event we will be staging one of Fertility Fest’s signature Fertility Fight Clubs. Four speakers take to the stage for ten minutes each to tell us about something they feel passionate or angry about in the world of fertility, infertility, reproductive science and modern families. Our Fight Clubs are live-streamed on Facebook so if you can’t be with us in person, feel free to join us from the sofa from your own home (watch this space for links coming soon). With plenty of live and online discussion and debate. Roll up your sleeves and get ready!

Fight Clubber 1: Yvonne John

Author of Dreaming of a Life Unlived and leading voice on the childless experience of women of colour.

Fight Clubber 2: Blythe Pepino

Founder of BirthStrike

 
Fight Clubber 3: Bibi Lynch

Journalist and broadcaster

Fight Clubber 4: Sheridan Voysey

Writer and Broadcaster

 

Chaired by Heather Whiffin and Natalie Silverman from The Fertility Podcast

Saturday 27 April 2019

The Pit

5pm - 6.15pm

Individual Event Tickets £10

Proudly produced in association with Fertility Network UK

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With thanks to our principal clinic supporters:

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The Fight Clubbers

The Chairs

And then you are welcome to join us this evening for the opening performance of Julia Leigh’s Avalanche in the Barbican Theatre. Book tickets here.

You might also enjoy:

What might have been - out of the shadows, into the spotlight

Fertility Fest Artists and Experts unite to talk about one of the biggest infertility taboos

The Pursuit of Motherhood & 21 Miles by Fertility Fest Founder Jessica Hepburn

Books To Love

For more information email hello@fertilityfest.com or follow us on Twitter @FertilityFest

For press enquiries, please contact Midas Public Relations on 020 7361 7860 or email Hannah.Mcmillan@midaspr.co.uk

Thanks

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