Additional events on the 15th September

Previous years 'special event' speakers include:

Felix Francis, Clare Mackintosh, Aoife Mannix, Malika Booker and Alycia Smith Howard.

Visit our 'Speaker Archive' page to see all of the speakers who have appeared at our events over the years. If you would like to speak at our event, please get in touch via our contact form.

  • 7.30pm - Jackie Hagan

    This is Not a Safe Space is a new solo show from award-winning poet, playwright, and stand-up comedian Jackie Hagan which explores the experience of living at the margin and the complicated weirdness of being human. The show combines stand-up comedy and spoken word and was created from over 80 interviews with people on benefits living in the UK. These are not sob stories - they are well rounded lives full of the spiky humour and the complicated weirdness of being human. Jackie weaves these narratives together with poetry and anecdotes, celebrating the weird, the wonky, the unruly, and the resilient. Recordings of these interviews are played throughout the show, which also features humorous and heart-breaking anecdotes from Jackie’s own life growing up working class in the North of England and living as a disabled person.

    About Jackie Hagan:

    Jackie Hagan is a working-class queer disabled poet, performer and theatre-maker and a Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellow. Her work focuses on celebrating the experiences of people left out of the mainstream. Her solo show Some People Have Too Many Legs won the 2015 Saboteur Award for Best Spoken Word Show and toured nationally to venues including Hull Truck and Bristol Old Vic. Her debut play Cosmic Scallies was commissioned by Graeae and ran at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in summer 2017.
    Age guidance: 14+

    Content warnings: Strong language, references to sex, references to drug use, references to sex work