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There's More to Life than Children: Women Speak

Fertility Fest

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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.

Italian Scottish Singer songwriter Chiara Berardelli writes songs about life and how it affects her. She shares tracks from her third and most personal album to date, Seamonster, inspired by the loss of her dream to become a mother.

Yorkshire based theatre-maker Victoria Firth performs 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.

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

Produced in association with Fertility Network UK 

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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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