Where There’s Muck, There’s Bras: The Lost Stories of the Amazing Women of the North
Kate Fox works mainly as a stand-up poet and as a broadcaster and speaker. She is a familiar radio voice, having presented Pick of the Week on Radio 4 and been a regular contributor to Radio 3’s The Verb, among many other broadcasts. She has been Poet in Residence for the Great North Run, Glastonbury Festival and Radio 4’s Saturday Live. She’s also a gentle activist and campaigner for the voices of Northerners, the working class, women and the neurodiverse to be heard; mainly by teaching and running workshops in schools and community groups – and by speaking, writing, raising awareness and tutting at injustice and inequality.
In her newest publication Where There’s Muck, There’s Bras: The Lost Stories of the Amazing Women of the North, she explains how astonishing northern trailblazers laid the ground for modern stars, from Victoria Wood to Little Mix. The book began as a stage show, which has been touring around the UK since 2019.
Uncontrollable Women: Radicals, Reformers and Revolutionaries
Nan Sloane is an author, trainer and speaker with an interest in the role of women in the public space, particularly in politics and the Labour Party. An experienced trainer and facilitator, she has worked both in the UK and abroad, delivering workshops and training courses from the Balkans to Botswana on subjects such as political development and leadership skills.
Her newest book, Uncontrollable Women: Radicals, Reformers and Revolutionaries, is a history of radical, reformist and revolutionary women between the outbreak of the French Revolution in 1789 and the passing of the Great Reform Act in 1832. In this book, they take centre stage in both their own stories and those of others, and in doing so bring different voices to the more familiar accounts of the period. She lives in Leeds, and is a long-standing Leeds United season ticket holder.
A Woman in Your Own Right
Anne Dickson is a psychologist, counsellor, trainer and writer with over forty years’ experience of teaching communication skills and management of emotions. She has led training extensively in the UK and internationally – including in Ireland, Scandinavia, Switzerland, Hungary, South Africa and Japan – and for a wide range of private and public groups and organisations.
She is the author of several books, including The Mirror Within and Difficult Conversations. A Woman in Your Own Right, her first book, was originally published in 1982, remaining in print ever since, and has been translated into thirteen languages. As the book celebrates it’s 40th Anniversary and the publishing of a new edition this year – Anne will share with us her thoughts on what has and hasn’t changed in the four decades since it first appeared.
Our host for the evening Helen Bagnall
is best-known as an award-winning writer, curator, and director of the Salon London series.
She has been running life-changing evenings in London since 2008 when she was inspired to create an evening where you could learn more about science, the arts, psychology, and pick up new skills, in a comfortable intimate environment. Helen went on to launch the immersive ALSO Festival in Warwickshire and, of course, Berwins Salon North with Harrogate International Festivals.