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There's More to Life than Children: Men Speak

Fertility Fest


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.

Actor, writer and stand-up comedian 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. 

One of the UK's most celebrated writers, Benjamin Zephaniah, will be interviewed 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 is a rare opportunity to hear Benjamin's story in his own words.

The performance will be followed by a discussion and Q&A with the artist. Chaired by Jody Day, Founder of Gateway Women the global support and friendship network for childless women

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

Produced in association with Fertility Network UK 

Day Ticket

Buy a ticket to all three events in There's More To Life Than Children, Women Speak (1.30-2.45pm), Men Speak (3.15-4.30pm) and Fertility Fight Club (5.00-6.15pm) and save £10. 

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Key information

We want Fertility Fest to be as inclusive as possible and this means being sensitive to people with and without children. We are conscious that some people who are struggling to conceive or are involuntarily childless find it difficult to be around children. But we are equally conscious that there are people who have been on a long and complex journey to conceive who want to come to the festival and might not have childcare support. We don’t want anyone to feel excluded.

With this in mind, we therefore ask that if you would like to or need to bring children / babes in arms to the event or you find it particularly difficult to be around children then please contact us at [email protected] ahead for a chat about how to give you the best experience on the day and make sure we can positively address all people’s feelings and needs.

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