Magazine article The Spectator

CULTURE NOTES - the Wow Factor

Magazine article The Spectator

CULTURE NOTES - the Wow Factor

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Next month, a formidable band of women will take to the stage at the Southbank Centre for the Women of the World Festival, now in its second year.

The line-up includes veteran Annie Lennox, who will perform with rising stars Katy B, Jess Mills, and Brit Award winner Emeli Sande as part of an eclectic menu of music, comedy, poetry, debates and workshops that cover topics ranging from domestic violence to vajazzling.

But if Eighties icons and trends in personal grooming leave you cold, there is plenty more on offer.

Top of my list is Irish actress Lisa Dwan's (above) adaptation as a one-woman play of Beside the Sea , a French novella by Veronique Olmi (publ ished in an award-winning English translation by Peirene Press). This remarkable and courageous book takes us inside the head of a young woman who goes to the sea side with her two small sons and kills them . …

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