Sandi Toksvig and Kathy Lette to top the bill

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Comedian Sandi Toksvig, author Kathy Lette and human rights barrister, Baroness Helena Kennedy QC are just three of the names set to help the third Women of the World Festival in Derry an event not to be missed.

Securing the three speakers, along with a host of local and international speakers, facilitators, writers and artists has been a huge coup for the local organising committee of WOW - which this year had their funding slashed by 75%.

A spin off from the world famous WOW festival at the Southbank Centre in London, WOW Derry examines a wide range of issues affecting modern women - from how we are potrayed in the media, to how we deal with the change of life, to how we keep house and head decluttered.

Taryn Gleeson, programmer of this year’s festival said: “There are 35 diverse events happening throughout the day and all bar one are completely free. We’re especially delighted to announce that comedian and politician Sandi Toksvig, author Kathy Lette and human rights barrister Baroness Helena Kennedy QC will be appearing at the festival.

“The closing event of the festival will be Sandi’s show on knitting, equality and history at 6pm on Saturday 14th November. The festival is totally inclusive of all communities, genders, nationalities and ages.

“We would love to see more men and boys at the festival this year. There are men involved in many of the panel discussions and talks, including representatives from the White Ribbon campaign and local men like Paddy Nash and Michael Bradley.

“If you are a girl or woman or you care about a girl or a woman WOW Derry ~ ~Londonderry will have something to offer you.”

Most events during the festival are free to attend. Tickets for Sandi Toksvig’s talk will be priced at just £10 and are available from the Derry Playhouse.