Women of the World 2012

7 Mar 2012 - 11 Mar 2012
WOW 2012 asked, what obstacles exist that prevent women from realising their potential and what can we do to change these? The festival was made up of talks, debates, music, film, comedy an conversations that celebrated the talents of women, young and old, from all walks of life and all parts of the world.

We heard fascinating stories from women breaking the mould in science, enterprise, law, the arts, health, activism, education, politics, sport, fashion, finance and family life.

There were speed mentoring sessions, free music, a crèche, great food, a market place and much more to be discovered and experienced.

Contributors included, Ruby Wax, June Sarpong, Annie Lennox, Emeli Sandé, Katy B, Shami Chakrabarti, Hannah Pool and Dawn Porter amongst many others.

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Listen to Anna Burns discuss her Man Booker award-winning novel, Milkman
Read a short interview with the television presenter and comedian
Enjoy a very condensed version of Homer’s epic poem
From model to expert in animal behaviour, the remarkable career of this unique actress
Read an extract from Churchwell’s new book, Behold, America
The author discusses her debut book Ponti and taking The Odyssey away from the male gaze
How an increase in prizes is helping bring through more diverse voices
Take a look at the work of the Danish-Icelandic artist
The creative producer and director of Circus 1903 explain the show’s origins in this video trailer
The six authors read live from their shortlisted novels in this special podcast recording
Enjoy a special preview trailer of the performance
Take our interactive quiz to find out who you’d be in Homer’s epic poem
Enjoy a Spotify playlist of music crafted by the man behind the sound of the 1980s
The author on nature, writing, nostalgia, the 1930s and visions of England then and now
Isabella Rossellini, her dog Pan, and a collection of child’s toys. Welcome to a circus like no other
Yep, it's that time already. Discover ways to keep your little ones entertained, with us
Chosen by the National Poetry Library especially for the occasion
Find out why Haydn is the ‘King of Symphonies’, in this video
From living in exile to appearing in films, the author’s remarkable story

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WOW stories

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One journey can change a life. One life can change the world! Dr Kiran Bedi is interviewed at WOW 2012
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Kicking off the second WOW Festival's speed mentoring programme with a speech from Cherie Blaire
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For the first time in history, all five UK and NI poet laureates are women