Date: Friday 11th March, 6.00pm - 9.00pm

Location: No 70 Oxford St, Manchester, M1 5NH

Tickets: FREE - See Eventbrite for tickets

Kate Fox has always known she didn't want children. (Though she wouldn't have minded giving birth to spaniels). She began developing a stand up show to explore the topic in 2013 and was surprised at the positive response of both parents and non-parents, and at how common choosing to be child-free now is. The show "Good Breeding" was performed at the Leicester and Glasgow Comedy Festivals and the Edinburgh Fringe and became a Radio 4 comedy show which aired in June, 2015. She realised how many people are still stigmatised for choosing not to be parents (especially women). There are now ‘child-free’ and ‘otherhood’ movements. Kate's choice of comedy as a medium to explore the issues reflects her belief that the complex set of personal, social and economic issues that are involved in having, or not, having children needs to be talked about more openly and freely.

Kate Fox did a PG Diploma in Radio Journalism at Leeds Trinity in 1997 & worked as a newsreader and reporter for stations including Galaxy North East and Manchester and Metro Radio. She dabbled in stand up for years but things took off when she added poems and she became a full time performance poet in 2006, winning slams and competitions and becoming a regular on Radio 4's Saturday Live from 2007-2014. She recently wrote and performed two comedy shows for Radio 4 including one episode about how she didn't want children and one about how she didn't want a big white wedding. She now holds a full time PhD studentship at the University of Leeds where she is researching performance and Northernness.

Convened by Dr Ginette Carpenter (MMU)

‌Ginette Carpenter is a senior lecturer in the department of English. Her research interests are in feminist theory, women’s writing and theories of reading. Her publications include work on Jeanette Winterson and the figure of the mother in contemporary gothic film and she is currently co-editing a volume on the work of Hilary Mantel. Her interest in the concept of the ‘childfree’ originates from a combination of her own childfree status with an increasing anxiety about the reactionary polarisation and compartmentalisation of women’s identities that can attach to the use of the term.





 This event was part of Wonder Women, Manchester’s annual feminist festival. From 3-13 March 2016, we celebrate the women’s movement born in our city through film, art, music, walking tours, gallery takeovers, comedy and debate, asking how far we’ve come in 100 years – and how far we have yet to go. Visit



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