It’s less than 2 weeks to go till WOW 2012 launches!!!

We are so proud of the programme. A highlight for me are the Under 10’s feminist corner on Saturday  – it’s led by amazing poet Caroline Bird and our team of under 10s who will be talking about girls, boys, playgrounds, and forgotten histories of amazing women and deciding which they want to be; another highlight is Camila Batmanghelidjh and Erin Pizzey talking about the violence cycle, and how they have both dedicated their lives to helping people try to break it. They are such inspiring speakers and both have changed innumerable women’s lives and therefore changed the way we are able to think about the world. It’s hard not to feel inspired and motivated hearing them talk and we feel really priviledged that they’ll be part of WOW. I can’t wait.

We’ve also got panels about stereotypes and attitudes that still exist towards gay women, chaired by the BBC’s Jane Hill, a panel about women and sport with Hope Powell who’s the coach of the England women’s football team, and Susie Orbach in conversation with Jude Kelly about women’s relationships to their bodies and the various industries involved in selling ideas of physical beauty. And PAWA and Funny Women return with an hour of stand up comedy from a line up of Asian women – last year it was a brilliant event, totally oversubscribed, so we’ve brought it back. OH – and another personal highlight is Ironing it Out – Margaret Thatcher – feminist icon? The film has rekindled the debate in newspapers and round the dinner table (certainly in my house) about Maggie and her feminist credentials so we’ve got Jane Garvey from Women’s Hour chairing a debate with Dame Ann Leslie, Natasha Walter and Laura Liswood. Come and contribute your view!

So – bring your girlfriends, boyfriends, parents, guardians, grandparents, great-grandparents, step fathers, step mothers, cousins, sisters, aunties, sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, and most importantly, your under 10’s (is there anyone I’ve left out)?

See you there! Follow me @dominopateman for cool bits of info on the run up to the festival!