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Fertility Fest

Fertility Fest

Gabby Vautier and Jessica Hepburn are joint founders and directors of Fertility Fest – the world’s first arts festival dedicated to fertility, infertility, reproductive science and modern families. Both women are professional arts producers and former IVF patients and founded Fertility Fest in 2016 with the aim of using the power of the arts  -  theatre, music, dance, literature, visual art and film - to unlock the experience of the fertility patient in order to find ways of improving mental health and emotional support. 2019 was the biggest festival yet with a four week residency at London’s Barbican Centre (23 April to 18 May) and satellite festivals at the The Fertility Show in Manchester and London - the UK’s largest patient event; and ESHRE Vienna - the biggest fertility industry conference in the world. Jessica is the former Executive Director of the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith and now also an author and fertility campaigner following the publication of her two books The Pursuit of Motherhood and 21 Miles.  Gabby is the former Head of Creative Learning and Professional Practice at the Barbican and mum to twin girls born as a result of IVF. 

Fertility Fest timetable at The Fertility Show London 2019 coming soon...

“We are really excited to be partnering with The Fertility Show this year. We have long been massive fans of the Show which is such a valuable resource for people who need assisted conception. It’s an unparalleled place for people to get access to the best clinical experts in the field, and now we hope to bring a whole new focus on the emotional experience of treatment as well. Working together in this way we think there’s the potential to create an event that will be truly unmissable in the fertility calendar and help so many people on their fertility journeys.”

 

Take a look at the great sessions Fertility Fest hosted at The Fertility Show Manchester 2019.

Day Time Panel
Saturday 10.30-11.15

The Ultimate Survivors Guide to IVF

If there’s one person who knows the secret to survival, it’s Jessica Hepburn – author (The Pursuit of Motherhood and 21 Miles: swimming in search of the meaning of motherhood) and Founder of Fertility Fest. Jessica will be revealing her top tips for surviving the IVF process - whatever your fertility story, however it ends. She will then be joined for a discussion and Q&A with her Co-director of the festival, Gabby Vautier, who went through four rounds of IVF treatment before having twin girls.

The Artists

Jessica Hepburn 

Gabby Vautier 

Saturday 11.45-12.30

The Doctor in the Bedroom: The Experience of IVF          

Tabitha Moses, winner of the Liverpool Art Prize for her beautiful work on fertility, infertility and IVF which include Investment and On Food and Longing will be showing and talking about what it really feels like to go through the process. She will then joined for a discussion and Q&A with Dr Irfana Koita and Kate Davies from IVF Matters.     

The Artist - Tabitha Moses   The Experts - Dr Irfana Koita  Kate Davies

                                                  

                                                                       

Saturday 13.00-13.45

Miscarriage   

The ‘M’ Word. More common than you might think. Less talked about than it should be. A special, supportive event where we’ll be talking about what might have been and how to find the words and strength to cope.                 

The Artist            

Zoe Clark-Coates

The Expert

Andy Clark-Coates  Professor Geeta Nargund

Saturday 14.15-15.00

The Queer Family       

Film-maker Emma Edwards (Inkydink Pictures) presents her award-winning short film Altruistic which follows the journey of the first gay male couple to become legal parents through surrogacy in the UK. She  will then be in discussion with Erika Tranfield of Pride Angel, a leading website dedicated to connecting sperm donors, egg donors and co-parents online and Wes Johnson-Elis, who with his husband Michael are parents via UK Surrogacy.                                    

The Artist - Emma Edwards  The Expert - Erika Tranfield and Wes Johnson-Elis

Saturday 15.30-16.15

The Invisible Man: the male experience of infertility   

Film-maker Thomas Webb will be presenting an extract from his ground-breaking feature length documentary in which six men talk candidly to camera about how it really feels to go through fertility treatment as a man. He will be joined on stage afterwards for a discussion.  

The Artist    The Expert

Tom Webb     Dr Raj Mathur

Sunday 10.30-11.15

The Doctor in the Bedroom     

Photographer Sophie Ingleby will be showing and talking about her beautiful project – SEED – which documents the journey of the fertility patient. She will then be joined for a discussion and Q&A with Fertility Coach and former IVF patient Sarah Banks.    

The Artist - Sophie Ingleby  The Expert - Sarah Banks and Dr Jane Stewart

Sunday 11.45-12.30

It's Good to Talk (And what not to say)   

Writer and Speaker Alice Rose will be talking about her ‘Think! What Not To Say' campaign and will then be joined on stage for a discussion with Barbara Scott, the leading Reproductive Reflexologist and 2017 Complementary Therapist of the Year and Justine Bold, academic and author of a book about integrated approaches to infertility and IVF, about why it’s so important to talk, who to talk to and how.                     

The Artist - Alice Rose   The Experts - Barbara Scott and Justine Bold

Sunday 13.00-13.45

The Invisible Man  

Singer-songwriter Bob Strawbridge will perform a selection of tracks from his latest EP Never Alone which has been inspired by his and his wife’s long fertility struggle – bringing forth a deeply personal collection of songs which tells of six years of lost pregnancies and unsuccessful IVF. He will be joined on stage afterwards for a discussion.                                                            

The Artist - Bob Strawbridge   The Expert - Michael Close

Sunday 14.15-15.00

Solo Motherhood   

In this session you’ll meet two wonderful women who have been there, done it and have all the answers. Writer and performer Claire Taylor, who spent five years going through treatment as a single woman before finally having her son, will be sharing an extract from her new solo show, Single Multiplication, about her epic voyage into the world of motherhood with all the monsters and mirth she encountered along the way. She will be joined on stage for a discussion by Mel Johnson, Founder of the online solo motherhood support network Stork and I and Lucia Grounds from the national charity Donor Conception Network.                                           

The Artist - Claire Taylor   The Expert - Mel Johnson and Lucia Grounds

Sunday 15.30-16.15

The Ultimate Survivors Guide to IVF       

If there’s one person who knows the secret to survival, it’s Jessica Hepburn – author (The Pursuit of Motherhood and 21 Miles: swimming in search of the meaning of motherhood) and Founder of Fertility Fest. Jessica will be revealing her top tips for surviving the IVF process - whatever your fertility story, however it ends. She will then be joined for a discussion and Q&A with her Co-director of the festival, Gabby Vautier, who went through four rounds of IVF treatment before having twin girls.                              

The Experts               

Jessica Hepburn               

Gabby Vautier

Sometimes nature needs a helping hand, give yourself the best chance

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