Annual Lecture, Norah Fry Centre for Disability Studies, The Beauty of Diversity

2 February 2017, 7.00 PM - 2 February 2017, 8.30 PM

Francesca Martinez

Woodlands Christian Centre, on the corner of Belgrave Road and Woodland Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 2AA

The Beauty of Diversity

Event overview: Francesca will talk about her own rollercoaster journey to self-acceptance, including the challenges of being labelled 'abnormal' and growing up in a society obsessed with conformity. She will look at the politics behind a culture that breeds fear of difference and propose a 'Wobbly Revolution' in how we see ourselves and each other.

Francesca Martinez is an award-winning wobbly* comedian, speaker and writer who has performed sell-out shows in Edinburgh, the West End, Hollywood, Broadway and Davos. She has toured the world from South Africa to Singapore, Ireland to Australia, and Canada to Malaysia. Her stand up show 'What The **** Is Normal?!' was nominated for Best Show at Leicester Comedy Festival and won the FMN Award at the Edinburgh Festival. Francesca's TV and radio credits include Grange Hill, The News Quiz, The Frank Skinner Show, Extras, Russell Howard’s Good News, The Jonathan Ross Show, Loose Women, This Morning, BBC Breakfast and Live At The Apollo. She is a regular guest on This Week and Newsnight. Her best-seller 'What The **** Is Normal?!' was published in May 2014 by Penguin Random House, was nominated for the Chortle Book Award and won runner up in the Bread and Roses Book Award 2015. Francesca is a hugely popular motivational and after-dinner speaker, nominated for 'Motivator Of The Year 2005' with Sir Bob Geldof. She won the Public affairs Achiever of the Year Award 2013, and was nominated a Top Ten Game Changer in BBC 4's Woman's Hour Power List 2014. In 2015 Francesca received an honorary doctorate 'for making Britain a fairer and more compassionate society' and a second in 2016 ‘for her contributions to equality, inclusive thought and social commentary’.

* Francesca has mild cerebral palsy but she much prefers the word ‘wobbly’. “ONE OF THE CIRCUIT'S MOST BRILLIANT COMEDIANS” The Observer.

This event is free and all are welcome. To register for this event please visit Eventbrite.

Doors open 6.30 pm. Refreshments available - wine, soft drinks, coffee and tea.

Accessible venue, hearing loop and signers available.

Parking information can be found on the Eventbrite booking page.

Contact information

Angela Torrington,  a.torrington@bristol.ac.uk

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