Who knows what the future (of beauty) might hold? Well, Alexia Inge – co-founder of Cult Beauty – would. Nine years ago, Alexia left a career in advertising and journalism, and later international modelling, to launch her popular online boutique. We are thrilled to welcome Alexia to Stylist Live to share her pearls of beauty wisdom and reveal the latest cult products that should be on every woman’s Christmas list this year in ‘Game Changers: The 5 Beauty Products Every Woman Really Needs in 2018′ – 20:00 – Grow Stage.
Bestselling author, influential foodie, personal trainer and Instagram megastar, we’re so excited to add this one-woman power house to our collection of inspiring speakers – and find out who’s really behind the name Clean Eating Alice. ‘Look at Me! Meet the influencers you can really trust’ – 19:20 – Lead Stage.
Anisah Osman Britton turned her back on a degree at a top UK university, instead opting to intern at around the world with the goal of doing something “businessy”. 5 years later 23 Code Street was born – a London based coding school for women wherein every paying student also pays to teach digital skills to a woman in the slums of Mumbai. We are so thrilled that entrepreneur Anisah will be speaking at Stylist Live to highlight the opportunities that tech skills can bring to a wide range of industries and jobs in today’s world. ‘Quickfire Coding with 23 Code Street’ – 12:30 – Thrive Stage.
Balancing children and a career isn’t easy. Journalist, editor and founder of parenting blog Mother Pukka Anna Whitehouse’s humorous accounts of life with toddlers offers comfort to anyone who might be struggling to see the funny side of parenting. She’ll also be talking at Stylist Live to offer her advice to anyone who wants to take back control of your career on our panel ‘Reclaim the Week! Make flexitime your new 9 to 5′ – 14:30 – Spark Stage.
Yoga instructor and founder of popular health blog Mind Body Bowl, Annie Clarke works on the principle of three pillars to wellness– a healthy mind; a fit body and delicious food. We are delighted that she will be joining Stylist Live to talk about the future of health and happiness on our panel ‘Meet the women shaping the wellness industry’ – 11:30 – Grow Stage
Full time mum, freelance journalist, copywriter and founder and editor-in-chief of online parenting magazine The Early Hour, Annie Ridout knows a thing or two about early mornings. We’re happy to announce, and eagerly anticipating, her appearance at Stylist Live because we need to learn how she does it. Annie will be speaking on a panel with other wonder women as they discuss the ‘Morning Routines of Successful Women’ – 11:30 – Spark Stage.
Former gymnast turned sprinter, Asha Philip was the first British woman to achieve a global 100 metres title at any age-group. We can’t wait to hear what she has to say when she joins her teammate Dina Asher-Smith to discuss the current state of sexism in sport. ‘Sport: Still Sexist as F**k’ – 16:30 – Spark Stage.
A highly regarded beauty journalist for nearly 15 years, Ateh is also one of the nicest women you could meet. She created her web-site Jewel Tone Beauty to celebrate the best products and techniques for women with deeper skin tones, has a cracking Instagram feed, and runs a film business with her husband. ‘Beauty & Cultural Appropriation: How the lines blurred ‘ – 14:40 Grow Stage.
Tackling everything from intersectionality to ageism and global reproductive rights, these women host the ‘baddest’ radio show on feminism today. Made up of the Guardian’s women in leadership section editor, Harriet Minter, author and founder of A Very Good Company, Natalie Campbell, and serial entrepreneur, Emma Sexton. A truly exciting trio. Pitch Perfect: Learn the lingo, win the gig (Interactive Live Pitching)’ – 15:00 – Thrive Stage.
Co-founder of popcorn company Propercorn, Cassandra Stavrou started out in her kitchen when she was just 25. She now leads a team of 40 from their offices in London, selling more than 2.5 million packs of their award-winning popcorn per month – and somehow, she still finds the time to devote to numerous mentoring programs. We are delighted to have Cassandra at Stylist Live this year to speak on the panel ‘Morning Routines of Successful Women’ to divulge her tips for keeping motivated and inspired. ‘Morning Routines of Successful Women’ – 11:30 – Spark Stage.
Author, broadcaster, blogger, podcaster, single mum, bad ass, Cherry does not stop. As passionate about contemporary feminism as she is about women’s health after her debut book ‘Letters To My Fanny’ was published last year, Cherry has become an expert on pretty much everything… ‘How to really let go of prejudice’ – 15:20 – Lead Stage.
Already COO of SKY, Chris joined the Women’s Business Council in early 2016 where he helps to drive legislative changes such as Shared Parental Leave and the right to request flexible working and promotes best practice within companies to tackle the gender pay gap. He joins former model Roger Frampton and insta-dad and flexi-time advocate Matt Farquharson to discuss the pay gap and work life balance. Do men really care? ‘Men On: Work-Life Balance and the Pay Gap’ – 12:30 – Spark Stage.
One of the UK’s top Vinyasa Flow yoga teachers, Claire is the yogi’s yogi, having taught at Triyoga and her own Teacher Training school for the past 17 years. Internationally connected, Claire still trains in Los Angeles and has her finger on all the right wellness pulses, layering music, philosophy and story-telling on top of physical alignment to create a unique and enlightening class. Claire joins our panel: ‘The Women Shaping Wellness in 2018‘ – 11:30, Grow Stage.
Freelance Creative Director at Facebook and Instagram, Clemmie started her blog, The Mother of All Lists during her second maternity leave as a way of ‘saving her sanity’. Her Instagram following then exploded, and as part of the current boom of parenting influencers, Clemmie stands out as honest, relatable, and hilarious. She joins some of her parenting pals on our panel, ‘Fish Fingers and Me: The Story Of #Solidaritea and Standing up to Misogyny’ – 11:00 – Lead Stage.
An Emerald Street regular, journalist Coco joins us to debate how the lines blur around beauty and cultural appropriation. Her short fictional memoir, ‘Flags’, featured in The Good Immigrant (2016), won individual praise from The Spectator and the BBC and was adapted for Radio 4’s Book of the Week. Coco writes a weekly column in the Guardian Weekend entitled ‘All the places I’ll never live’, and is currently working on a proposal for her first book. ‘Beauty & Cultural Appropriation: How the lines blurred ‘ – 14:40 Grow Stage.
We thought long and hard about who was best placed to advise on our panel: ‘How to Close Your Pay Gap?’ Emma Codd is perfect. Managing Partner for Talent for Deloitte UK and Deloitte North West Europe, Codd established and implemented the firm’s gender diversity action plan, a series of specific activities designed to increase the number of women Deloitte attracts and retains. She led Deloitte’s approach to voluntarily reporting its gender pay gap in 2016, and championed the firm’s involvement in the GEO ‘Trailblazing Transparency’ report. ‘How to Close Your Pay Gap’ – 17:20 – Lead Stage.
A former social media editor, author, and award-winning blogger, Gannon is the ultimate showcase for the multi-hyphenate career – and a cool one at that. With an impressive contacts list and provocative weekly content, her podcast ‘Get It Off Your Breasts’ is the place to go for topical debate and forward feminist thinking. She joins us to ‘Reclaim the Week! Make flexitime your new 9 to 5′ – 14:30 – Spark Stage.
Ernestina Potts knows all too well how to make a success of what essentially began as a passion project. Whilst in her position as Head of Campaigns for Virgin she co-founded Milk Tooth LDN a jewellery brand that is now adored by the likes of Callie Thorpe. ‘How to break into a business you know nothing about’ – 12.30 – Grow Stage.
YouTuber Witton is known for her candid approach to traditionally staid topics such as relationships, sexual health, liberation and welfare issues. Named one of eight Girls’ Champions as part of the BBC’s 100 Women campaign, Witton is fast becoming so much more than a digital star, moving into print, radio and television with ease. A mentor for millennials and more.
‘Look at Me! Meet the influencers you can really trust’ – 19:20 – Lead Stage.
As a Productivity Ninja for Think Productive, Hayley officially has the coolest job title on the bill. She has trained and coached people in all sectors, from small charities to multinational businesses, to implement methods that instantly increase productivity and cut back on stress. Hayley will be teaching us ‘How To Work Like The French (And Not Get Fired!)’, 16:30, Thrive Stage.
As the former Interim Director of the Government Equalities Office, Helene Reardon-Bond OBE is more aware than most about the troubling realities of the gender pay gap. We are thrilled that she will be taking to Stylist Live’s Lead stage on the Friday to discuss how we can take positive action against this issue on the panel ‘How to Close Your Pay Gap’ – 17:20 – Lead Stage
As one half of incredibly successful sister duo, The Hemsleys, Jasmine was a Stylist Live speaker in our very first year. Now she’s back, launching a solo career with an exciting new cookbook due for release later this year. With a continued passion to balance the body, mind and spirit, we are thrilled to invite Jasmine back to the festival. ‘Morning Routines of Successful Women’ – 11:30 – Spark Stage.
Cultural anthropologist, flirting coach and founder of Flirtology, Jean Smith, is dedicated to bringing a scientific approach to the art of flirting. With regular sell-out tours and her new book, ‘Flirtology: Stop Swiping, Start Talking and Find Love’ on the way in February, she’ll be joining us at Stylist Live to share her insights on how to really up your flirting game. See Jean on the Friday at her session ‘Put Down Your Phone And Flirt: The lost art of human communication’. – 17:30 – Spark Stage.
Rada trained BBC actress Jessica definitely knows a thing or two about confidence and commanding a room. Rising above school bullies to flourish in a career that demands attention, this year she stars in BBC two’s dark comedy ‘Ill Behaviour’. We’re absolutely thrilled to have her join us on the THRIVE stage to lead our ‘Charisma Class’, packed with insight in walking tall, speaking up and taking up space. ‘Charisma Class: How to captivate your colleagues with confidence’ – 11:00 – Thrive Stage.
Two-time gold medal winning Olympian Joanna is the embodiment of determination, stamina and staying calm under pressure. Cycling for Great Britain since the age of 16, if anyone knows how to go after their goals and win, it’s her. Also a spokesperson for Alopecia UK Joanna is a serious inspiration! ‘Sport: Still Sexist as Fu*k’ – 16:30 – Spark Stage.
From T4 on the Beach to interviewing Nelson Mandela, June Sarpong MBE has been a staple of British television and radio presenting for over 15 years. With her new book, Diversify, set for publication later this year, we can’t wait to include her in our line-up of inspirational speakers. ‘Beauty & Cultural Appropriation: How the lines blurred ‘ – 14:40 Grow Stage.
Despite being the Head of Brand and Strategy at Sport England’s This Girl Can campaign, Carlisle-born Kate would have been the first to tell you that she was not a ‘sporty type’. However, after recently completing her first triathlon and learning to dance Kate can now surly count herself within the millions of women she’s inspired to get more active. Now immersed within the worlds of female empowerment and sport who better than Kate to host our ‘Sport: Still Sexist as Fu*k’ panel? 16:30 – Spark Stage.
Better known to her 95k Instagram following as Hurrah For Gin, mum, illustrator and writer Katie has forged a career in documenting her hilarious adventures in parenting. With her latest book, ‘Hurrah For Gin: The Daily Struggles of Archie Adams’ hitting the shelves this October, Katie joins us to talk navigating parenthood – within a sea of online judgement – and all that encompasses modern motherhood. ‘Fish Fingers and Me: The Story Of #Solidaritea and Standing up to Misogyny’ – 11:00 – Lead Stage.
One half of parenting duo Mother and Papa Pukka, copywriter-turned-Insta-Dad Matt is no stranger to sharing his life. With two kids and recently published book ‘Parenting The Sh*t Out Of Life’ to his name, he’ll be at our Festival of Inspiration to discuss work life balance and how to make it achievable. ‘Men On: Work-Life Balance and the Pay Gap’ – 12:30 – Spark Stage.
Her incredible 788K strong Instagram following know her as Body Posi Panda and Megan, a recovering anorexic, is using her past to fuel a body positive future. This September sees the publication of her debut book, Body Positive Power: How to stop dieting, make peace with your body and live. Megan will be talking all things body positivity on both the Friday and Saturday.
‘Look at Me! Meet the influencers you can really trust’ – 19:20 – Lead Stage.
Alice Levine, James Cooper and Jamie Morton are joining Stylist Live to talk porno, off-air friendships and what it’s really like to read your father’s erotica to millions of listeners worldwide. Bringing with them all the gory details on what’s made Belinda Blinked such a ‘romping’ success – Belinkers will definitely want a front row seat to their session, taking place on the Friday. Behind the Podcast with My Dad Wrote A Porno – 18:30 – Spark Stage.
Passionate about her #WarriorWoman campaign, blogger Nat is striving to create a positive environment for women to share and support one another via social media and beyond. Her session ‘How to Really Let go of Prejudice’ is sure to be an inspiring and empowering look at letting go of your judgements.
‘How to really let go of prejudice’ – 15:20 – Lead Stage.
Holistic nutritionist and founder of Rooted London, Pandora Symes is our go to when it comes to looking after ourselves. One of the first in the industry to combine both nutrition and life-coaching, her unique approach to wellness puts her at the top of her game. ‘The Women Shaping Wellness in 2018‘ – 11:30, Grow Stage.
A keen runner who fuelled her training by making her own nut butters, Pip gave up her job as a children’s theatre producer at the Science Museum to launch Pip & Nut three years ago and is now stocked in over 4000 stores and supermarket chains. She tells us how to break into a business you know nothing about. ‘How to break into a business you know nothing about’ – 12:30 – Grow Stage.
Fuelled by her desire to help others, award-winning business woman Poppy Mardall went from Deputy Director at Sotheby’s to Funeral Director of Poppy’s Funerals. She’ll be sharing her tips on taking the plunge and changing direction, and how to ensure your new venture is a success. ‘How to break into a business you know nothing about’ – 12:30 – Grow Stage.
Co-founder of Botanics Lab, Rebekah has gone from chartered accountant to organic juices. Find out how she used her ambition to do a complete 180 with her career in her session ‘How to work for yourself (and make money)’- 18:20 – Lead Stage.
With the release of her much-anticipated debut book, Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race, in June this year and in a time when – more than ever – we all need to take responsibility for racism, we’re thrilled to invite this award winning writer back to Stylist Live. ‘How to really let go of prejudice’ – 15:20 – Lead Stage.
Renee is one of the UK’s top sports and eating disorder specialist dietitians, advising athletes from amateur to Olympic and Paralympic levels. Learn from the best as she shares her expertise discussing ‘The foods to eat for the ultimate mind/body balance’ – 18:00 – Grow Stage.
Following on from his recent TED talk, ‘Why Sitting Down Destroys Us’, fitness expert, model and the man behind The Frampton Method, Roger Frampton, joins this year’s Stylist Live line-up. He’ll be sharing his expertise on the Friday of the festival, with tips to improve your posture, new ways to move and telling us why children have had it right all along.
‘Men On: Work-Life Balance and the Pay Gap’ – 12:30 – Spark Stage.
‘Why We Should All Move Like Children: Re- programme your posture’ – 13:40 – Grow Stage.
Outspoken, opinionated and refreshingly honest; we’re excited to welcome Russell Brand to our incredible line-up this year. The award-winning comedian, actor, writer and broadcaster will be joining us for a candid and insightful session discussing his book, ‘Recovery: Freedom From Our Addictions’, on our THRIVE stage. ‘Recovery: Freedom from our Addictions. In conversation’ – 18:00 – Thrive Stage.
She narrowly missed out on topping BBC Music’s Sound of 2017 list, supported Jess Glynne on tour and can count Charli XCX and Jonas Blue as fans. It’s fair to say Raye’s had an impressive year, and she’s only set to go further. She’ll be joining us for an exclusive acoustic set and interview to round off the first day of Stylist Live. ‘Acoustic Set and Exclusive Interview’ – 19:30 – Thrive Stage.
Sam took up her post as Chief Executive of Stylist Live’s official charity partner, the Fawcett Society, in 2015. Previous to this she worked for the Equal Opportunities Commission and the Equalities and Human Rights Commission and has nine years’ experience of working in Parliament under her belt. Sam joins us on Friday to discuss closing the gender pay gap. ‘How to Close Your Pay Gap’ – 17:20 – Lead Stage.
After circumstances forced her to re-evaluate her passions in life, Steph left her job at EDF energy and founded gifting company Don’t Buy Her Flowerswhich she runs with her family. A passionate entrepreneur, as well as having incredible engagement on her social media channels, we’re thrilled to have Steph on board.
‘How to break into a business you know nothing about’ – 12:30 – Grow Stage.
‘Fish Fingers and Me: The Story Of #Solidaritea and Standing up to Misogyny’ – 11:00 – Lead Stage.
We’re thrilled to announce The Fawcett Society as our official charity partner. Working to achieve gender equality for over 150 years, their flagship campaign Equal Pay Day – where women effectively work for free to the end of the calendar year – falls on November 10, the first day of Stylist Live. Make sure to visit their stand and sign up to help honour women fighting inequality in their communities. On the eve of the centenary of women achieving votes for the first time, there really isn’t a better time to genuinely help make change. ‘How to Close Your Pay Gap’ – 17:20 – Lead Stage.
Comedy duo and hosts of the podcast for less-than-perfect parents, Scummy Mummies Ellie and Helen have a lot to say when it comes to motherhood (and fish fingers). Join the women behind #Solidaritea for a discussion on parenting, social media and misogyny. ‘Fish Fingers and Me: The Story Of #Solidaritea and Standing up to Misogyny’ – 11:00 – Lead Stage.
From legal rights to your next move if you’re told there’s no more money in the pot, discover how to negotiate with confidence and get the most out of your career, with Alice Olins and Phanella Mayall Fine, founders of Step Up Club. ‘How to Negotiate a Pay Rise (and extra holiday too)’ – 13:45 – Thrive.
With the ultimate portfolio career, Thomasina is an author many times over, a Guardian Columnist, restaurateur and Co-founder of the internationally successful Mexican-food-cantina, Wahaca. Since winning Masterchef back in 2005 she’s developed seven recipe books, with her latest – Home Cook – packed with 300 gorgeous recipes. ‘The foods to eat for the ultimate mind/body balance’ – 18:00 – Grow Stage.
Having worked in the beauty business for more than 30 years, Tracey succeeded in building the Aveda brand in the UK. Now positioned as the CEO of Aromatherapy Associates, she takes counsel from wellbeing experts on the art of living well, to ensure the success of the business. Tracey joins us for ‘Building Beauty Empires’ to discuss how to make a business a success every time. ‘Building Beauty Empires’ – 15:40 – Grow Stage.
Award winning journalist, broadcaster and sex educator aka “sexpurt”, Alix Fox is a straight-talker on sex and dating in the modern world. Her progressive approach is a breath of fresh air, which is why we’re delighted she’ll be at Stylist Live this year on our panel ‘Tinder Burnout: What Dating Will Look Like in 2018‘ – 15:30 – Spark Stage
During a time when most girls still feel embarrassed to talk about their periods, 17-year-old Amika George launched a campaign to eliminate ‘period poverty’ across the UK by pressuring the government into providing free sanitary products to girls from low-income households – all while studying for her A-Levels. We’re so happy to announce that Amika will be at Stylist live to talk about these issues and more with other young role models on the panel ‘Ask a Teenage Feminist’ – 13:20 – Lead Stage
Stylist’s very own fashion director Arabella Greenhill will join Stylist Live to give her low-down on the latest looks with her intel from the fashion industry. She’s worked as a model, in Fashion PR and as a stylist over the course of her distinguished career – so don’t miss out on this wealth of experience when she teaches us ‘How to Shop Like a Fashion Insider’ – 12:30 Grow.
She’s worked with A-listers from Emma Watson to Kylie Minogue and is one of the UK’s most celebrated make-up artists – with extensive experience on cover shoots to boot. Don’t miss Caroline Barnes on the Lead stage on Saturday as she reveals all about the latest beauty looks for the first-ever live version of Stylist’s beauty franchise ‘Trend on Trial’ – 14:20 – Lead.
Award-winning journalist and President of the Women’s Equality Party, Catherine, is one of the UK’s highest-profile contemporary feminists. Her latest hit book, ‘Attack of the Fifty Foot Women: How Gender Equality Can Save the World!’, blends insight from years in journalism with how and why the Women’s Equality Party needed to form. ‘Politics, Why Bother?’ – 15:40 – Grow Stage
Claire’s ability to share her experiences of living with social anxiety and of undergoing a nervous breakdown in 2013 gave birth to her award-winning blog We’re All Made Here. With a book deal now under her belt, Claire’s enthusiastically friendly approach and practical tips have helped thousands of others suffering from similar mental health issues. We can’t think of anyone better to be speaking at Stylist Live on ‘The Power of Vulnerability: Mental Health and the Work Place’ – 15:50 – Thrive Stage
A Stylist Live favourite, the brilliantly outspoken Clara Amfo is joining us once again to talk intersectional feminism, race, music and more at this year’s festival. An award-winning broadcaster and a woman at the forefront of the UK’s music industry – as Radio One’s Live Lounge host – we’re thrilled to welcome Clara back to our festival of inspiration. ‘How to Be Brave: Speaking up against racism’ – 16:40 – Grow Stage
Serial entrepreneur Debbie set up her first company, Mantra, at the age of 25. She’s now co-founder and chairperson at AllBright – a funding initiative for female-led business. This she juggles with sitting on the advisory board to the Mayor of London whilst making seven-figure deals. It’s no wonder City AM have her shortlisted to be Entrepreneur of the Year. We can’t wait to hear from her Saturday on the Spark stage as she gives her insight on mentoring and her own success. ‘Mentoring, Sisterhood, Buddy Systems: how your core crew are the real secret to success’ – 14:30 – Spark Stage
Fertility and women’s health expert, registered acupuncturist, mentor and speaker, Cannon has helped countless patients achieve their dream of having a family. But her teachings, based in Chinese Medicine, aren’t just for those on the baby-making train. Anyone interested in balance, listening to their bodies and hormonal balance should look no further than Cannon with her straight-forward and easy-to-digest methods. She explores ‘Can Acupuncture Change Your Life?’ – 17:40 – GROW with Stylist’s Beauty Director at Large, Joanna McGarry.
Radio, TV, philanthropy, motherhood; Emma is one of our favourite Renaissance women. As the queen of live TV (Big Brother, The Voice – and new launch The Voice Kids), and spokesperson for UNICEF UK, Emma brings with her a wealth of experience and a passion for people and understanding. Welcome on board Emma! ‘Why We Should Raise Our Sons as Feminists’ – 15:20 – Lead Stage
Francesca Martinez describes herself as a ‘wobbly’ comedian, actress and writer. Since launching her comedy career back in 2000 she’s toured sell-out runs at prestigious festivals such as; Montreal, The Melbourne Comedy Festival and The Edinburgh Fringe. Her warm comedic style has since ventured from stage to screen, radio and page. After releasing her first book ‘What the **** Is Normal?!’ Francesca received critical acclaim for her writing. So, we’re thrilled to have her join us on Saturday on the Spark Stage to give an exclusive reading of her essay – from our very own book! ‘The Stylist Book: Exclusive readings’ – 11:30 – Spark Stage
This is Freddie’s third year at Stylist Live. Born in Paris (but a Londoner-at-heart) she’s been a digital strategist in the fashion industry, a personal stylist and blogger, confidence consultant, and most recently opened her own pop up salon, Big Hair, No Care. Freddie encourages us to open up ourselves to the power of ‘yes’ and also sits on the panel on why she’s bringing up her son (the super cute Hugo ) as a feminist. ‘Your Year of Yes! Open yourself up to the possibilities of 2018′ – 11:30 – Grow Stage and ‘Why We Should Raise Our Sons as Feminists’ – 15:20 – Lead Stage
Nutritional Therapist and Founder of GP Nutrition, Gabriella’s advice is sought after by London’s busiest people in need of a health reboot at the centre for wellbeing, Grace Belgravia. If there’s one person who can teach us how to survive work pressure and a full-on social life, it’s Gabriella. Bring it on. ‘Surviving Full on Work Days and Still Staying Social’ – 13:30 – Thrive Stage
After enduring years of bullying, Harnaam – a sufferer of polycystic ovary syndrome – transformed herself into a body confidence activist, model and Instagram star. Dubbing herself ‘The Bearded Dame’, she gained international fame, spreading her refreshing body-confidence message, challenging the antiquated mainstream beauty standard. Harnaam joins us on to talk ‘Don’t Hate the Shake: Body Positive & Proud’ – 12:30 – Spark Stage
London-based Integrative Psychotherapist, Hilda works with clients on a broad range of subjects, including anxiety, bereavement, infertility, addiction, abuse and depression and believes each person is unique and distinctive, rejecting a one-size fits all approach to therapy. She explores the psychological impact of dating on ‘Tinder Burnout: What Dating Will Look Like in 2018‘ – 15:30 – Spark Stage
No matter your political stance we can surely all agree Jess is one of the most bad-ass women in politics. Labour MP for the constituency of Birmingham Yardley and a fireclay outspoken activist for women’s rights, Jess is our kind of feminist. With her book, ‘Everywoman: One woman’s truth about speaking the truth’, published at the beginning of this turbulent year we’re thrilled to have Jess at this year’s festival – shining a little light on why we should still ‘bother’ with politics.
‘Book Wars Live’ – 12:20 – LEAD and ‘Politics, Why Bother?’ – 15:40 – Grow Stage
Former features editor at Shortlist and freelance journalist Jimi Famurewa has been nominated for a BSME rising star award. More significant perhaps is his venture into fatherhood, as it inspired his Stockholm-based investigation into Scandinavian-style shared parental leave and a book advising on the capital’s most memorable kid-friendly activities. We are thrilled that Jimi will be joining Stylist Live to share his perspective on ‘Men on: Parenting’ – 13:30 – Spark Stage.
Joanna McGarry has spent over a decade searching the corners of the globe for the next big thing in beauty. Having joined the Stylist team as Beauty Director in 2010, she has since garnered 9 industry awards for her lively features and shoots. Now, she splits her time between beauty journalism and a BSc degree in Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture at Westminster University. ‘Can Acupuncture Change Your Life?’ – 17:40 – GROW
Award-winning author and screenwriter Jojo is of course best known for tugging at our collective heart strings with the modern-day classic ‘Me before You’ series. However, with eleven books under her belt and a background in journalism, there’s a lot to learn about Jojo besides her page to screen success. We can’t wait to sit with her on our THRIVE stage to get inside the mind of this literary virtuoso. ‘How to Write Modern Romance (and score a film deal too)’ – 17:00 – Thrive Stage
Recently named one of the world’s top 10 holistic health icons it’s no wonder Julie’s yoga classes draw hundreds every week. Better known to her huge Insta following as The Flexi Foodie, Julie is a bestselling author whose latest book, Superfoods Superfast: 100 energizing recipes to make in 20 minutes or less hit the shelves in July 2016. ‘Just Breathe: A Masterclass in Starting your Day Strong’ – 10:00 Thrive Stage
The founder of kikki.K didn’t realise what a goldmine of an idea she’d stumbled upon when she noticed a gap in the market for stylish stationery 15 years ago. Fast forward to now and she’s built something of a cult following for her range of beautifully-designed stationery products, including the famous 3AM Journal that started her on this journey. Listen to Kristina talk about the life-changing magic of journaling on the Saturday.
Bestselling author and columnist Laura has written about heartbreak, growing and sex everywhere from The Guardian to Buzzfeed. Her latest book Ice Cream for Breakfast was described by Stylist as “life lessons you know but have neglected”. While her upfront and unafraid blog Superlatively Rude is a refreshing space for “stories about messy humanness”. ‘The Stylist Book of Life Lessons: Exclusive readings’ – 11:30 – SPARK and ‘From Blogging to Bestseller: How to write words people want to read’ – 14:40 – Thrive Stage
Whether it’s DJing for the Capital Radio Breakfast Show, a party for Paris Fashion Week or a private event at the V&A museum, former model Parsons has merged her passions – art, music and fashion – for the perfect portfolio career. She joins us to lay out 2018’s sartorial wish list with Stylist’s fashion director Arabella Greenhill. ‘Shop Like a Fashion Insider: The 2018 Wish List’ – 12:30 – Grow Stage
Benefit’s head make-up and trend artist Lisa Potter-Dixon has worked with some of UK’s top designers on creating catwalk make-up looks. We can’t wait for her to share some of her talents and beauty knowledge as she chews over some of the current make-up trends on Stylist Live’s ‘Trend on Trial’ – 14:20 – Lead Stage.
Stylist’s editor-in-chief, Lisa was one of the feminist pioneers to create Stylist Magazine. With an extensive background in journalism that saw Lisa as the editor of such publications as Smash Hits her dream was to print a magazine that ditched diets and features fixated on dating in favour of stories that inspired, focused feminism and fulfilment for smart progressive women. Eight years on with multiple awards and over 400,000 copies printed weekly the Stylist dream has been realised – we can’t wait to hear Lisa shout about it at this year’s festival. ‘Why We Should Raise Our Sons as Feminists’ – 15:20 – Lead Stage
Exhibiting at high profile spaces such as the Saatchi Gallery and designing for the likes of Liberty London, Lou is a modern-day artist, illustrator and embroiderer. Joining us at the festival to talk about her ‘Year of Yes’ as Pukka’s brand ambassador we’re excited to learn how she focuses on female empowerment through embroidery workshops. ‘Your Year of Yes! Open yourself up to the possibilities of 2018′ – 11:30 – Grow Stage
Founder of coveted beauty brand Rodial, Maria joins us to talk about Your Year of Yes! on the Grow stage on Saturday. Patron of the British Fashion Council with a beauty empire spanning almost twenty years, we’ll be sure to have our notebooks at the ready for this one. ‘Your Year of Yes! Open yourself up to the possibilities of 2018′ – 11:30 – Grow Stage
Her incredible 788K strong Instagram following know her as Body Posi Panda and Megan, a recovering anorexic, is using her past to fuel a body positive future. This September sees the publication of her debut book, Body Positive Power: How to stop dieting, make peace with your body and live.
Megan will be talking all things body positivity on both the Friday and Saturday.
Friday: ‘Look At Me! Meet the influencers you can really trust’ – 19:20 – Lead Stage
Saturday: ‘Don’t Hate the Shake: Body Positive & Proud’ – 12:30 – Spark Stage
Author and co-founder of A Very Good Company, a consultancy focusing on shared value, sustainability and social innovation, Campbell is also one third of The Bad Ass Hour. The women’s networking podcasters teach their secrets to a successful pitch, with Natalie also contributing to our panel ‘Kindness Culture: How to make money without selling your soul’ – 16:30 – Spark Stage
One of our favourite outspoken women, Nimco is a British Somali feminist and social activist, who co-founded non-profit organisation, Daughters of Eve. Recently becoming a politician, standing for the WEP in Hornsey & Wood Green, Nimco has also been named one of the UK’s most influential people by The Sunday Times. ‘Politics, Why Bother?’ – 15:40 – Grow Stage and ‘Coping with Internet Fame: Social Media (please use responsibly)’ – 11:30 – Grow Stage
Writer, musician, student and teenage feminist Olamiju Fajemisin began her career at online magazine ‘gal-dem’. Impressive enough, but did you know she’s still just 17. She joins our inspiring panel of teenage feminists to discuss the changes she’d like to see in the world, and how we can make them a reality. ‘Ask a Teenage Feminist’ – 13:20 – Lead Stage
Olivia joins our Stylist Live ranks as our youngest speaker this year. At just 15 she’s a total bad-ass feminist and activist whose ‘Of Our Own’ website started with a change.org petition. Her ‘Rooms of Our Own’ campaign, which asked for half the rooms at her school to be named after inspiring women, as opposed to the majority representing male achievement. The campaign reached the national press and resulted in a guest spot on ‘The Guilty Feminist Podcast’. So we’re thrilled to welcome her to talk about her feminist fight at the festival. Bring on ‘Ask a Teenage Feminist’ – 13:20 – Lead Stage
Award-winning journalist, author and public speaker Poorna has written for some of the UK’s top publications on topics from mental health to social media and most recently published ‘Chase the Rainbow’, about grief for her late husband. She joins our Festival of Inspiration for ‘The Stylist Book: Exclusive readings’ – 11:30 – Spark Stage
With the release of her much-anticipated debut book, Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race, in June this year and in a time when – more than ever – we all need to take responsibility for racism, we’re thrilled to invite this award winning writer back to Stylist Live. ‘How to Be Brave: Speaking up against racism’ – 16:40 – Grow Stage
Comedian, actor, writer and of course, one half of hilarious duo Mitchell & Webb, Robert Webb — self-proclaimed feminist — joins us at this year’s festival to explore the themes of his new book, How Not to Be a Boy. Questioning society’s prevailing attitude towards masculinity, whilst taking a look back over his own life and the lessons on gender he’s no longer sure were helpful. He joins us on the Saturday and we can’t wait to hear what he has to say. ‘Book Wars Live’ – 12:20 – Lead Stage
Entrepreneur and specialist coach in personal brand, image and presentation skills, Russell’s clients include board directors, entrepreneurs and celebrities. Intuitive and practical, his approach is also original and fun. A genuine pleasure to spend time with, Russell shares his expertise on ‘Becoming a Brand: How & Why it’s Crucial for Success‘ – 11:10 – Thrive Stage
Member of the House of Lords, Labour’s Shadow Attorney General and one of the country’s most prominent human rights activist, we can’t wait to hear from Shami Chakrabarti at this year’s festival. Bringing along her latest book, ‘Of Women’, which urgently and passionately highlights the gender inequality we’re all still facing, Shami is sure to inspire fierce debate as we question ‘Is the Future Still Female?’, 17.20, Lead Stage
Australian born Vertue has helped overstressed Brits (including David Beckham) keep fit, unwind and connect spiritually since she moved to these shores in 2014. Combining dance, gymnastics, strength and conditioning with yoga for a truly unique personal training experience, Vertue joins nutritionist Gabriella Peacock to explore and enhance our energy levels in ‘Surviving Full on Work Days and Still Staying Social’ – 13:30 – Thrive Stage
Better known by the username Father of Daughters, Simon Hooper has made a name for himself by sharing his family life on social media. After noticing a lack of fathers sharing online, Simon took to Instagram to give his followers a peek into the realities of fatherhood. We can’t wait for his sure to be insightful session on the Saturday at Stylist Live.
‘Men on: Parenting’ – 13:30 – Spark Stage
Host of the podcast Made of Human, Sofie is a Danish born comic who’s taken the UK circuit by storm. Winning ‘Best Newcomer’ at the Edinburgh Fringe for her debut stand-up show Bubble Wrap in 2015, her highly anticipated new show, Dead Baby Frog, began its UK tour in Peterborough this October. See Sofie’s stand-up session on the Saturday.
‘Don’t Hate the Shake: Body Positive & Proud’ – 12:30 – Spark Stage and ‘Stylist Live’s Stand-Up Spot with Sofie Hagen’ – 18:10 – Thrive Stage
Founder of Susan O’Hanlon Fine Cards & Gifts, Susan was a homeless mother of three, before turning her life around and starting her own business. 11 years later she joins us to discuss, not only her incredible success, but how she gives back in ‘Kindness Culture: How to make money without selling your soul’ – 16:30 – Spark Stage
Tamara combined her passion for health and nutrition with her business expertise to create dairy-free food and drinks company, Rebel Kitchen. She joins our panel of happiness entrepreneurs to share her tips on how to build your empire whilst staying true to yourself. ‘Kindness Culture: How to make money without selling your soul’ – 16:30 – Spark Stage
Founder of global travel club Mr & Mrs Smith, Tamara knows how to make the most from a holiday, whether it’s a two night minibreak or a fortnight in paradise. She joins us to share her tricks to turn economy into first class and basic doubles into a suite with a view. ‘How to Upgrade Your Holiday Like a Pro’ – 16:20 – Lead Stage
It seems like anyone can become an ‘expert’ on what we should eat. Thankfully, registered dieticians Rosie Saunt and Helen West are on a mission to bust open food and health myths. The Rooted Project are a refreshingly sane voice in an industry becoming more extreme by the minute. ‘Myth Busting: The Real Ways to Eat Well in 2018′ – 14:40 – Grow Stage
From legal rights to your next move if you’re told there’s no more money in the pot, discover how to negotiate with confidence and get the most out of your career, with Alice Olins and Phanella Mayall Fine, founders of Step Up Club. ‘How to Negotiate a Pay Rise (and extra holiday too)’ – 13:45 – Thrive Stage
Award winning chef, writer and the restaurateur behind London’s coveted Ottolenghi’s, Yotam Ottolenghi joins us for this year’s festival. Together with his long-term collaborator, Dr Helen Goh, they’ll discuss their highly-anticipated recipe book, Sweet, which promises to be packed with a symphony of desserts. We can’t wait to welcome these culinary masterminds to the stage for a first taste of their just desserts. ‘The Sweeter Things in Life: The psychology of desserts’ – 11:20 – Lead Stage
Aedamar is the Marketing Director at Coca-Cola UK & Ireland and has been surprising its consumers with innovative campaigns for the last 15 years. She will be representing the brand as part of our expert panel of judges who will decide the winner of the Stylist x Diet Coke Creators Collective. ‘The Ultimate Live Pitch! The winner of Diet Coke’s Creators Collective Revealed’ – 12:30 – Grow Stage.
Having appeared in Channel 4’s ‘Utopia’ and as a young Margaret Thatcher in ‘The Iron Lady’, actress Alex is no stranger to being in front of the camera. She brings her industry insight to Stylist Live to discuss ‘Women on Telly: The changing landscape of females on screen’ – 13:20 – Lead Stage.
Successfully representing and uniting modern Muslim women, fashion curation website Amaliah takes the sting out of shopping for those who love the latest trends, but who need clothing that covers their arms and legs. Nafisa Bakkar and Selina Bakkar will be at Stylist Live on a panel with other forward-thinking influencers in ‘Meet the Muslim Women Empowering Others’ – 15:20 – Lead Stage.
Yoga instructor and founder of popular health blog Mind Body Bowl, Annie Clarke works on the principle of three pillars to wellness– a healthy mind; a fit body and delicious food. We are delighted that she will be joining Stylist Live to talk about the future of health and happiness on our panel ‘Ease in & let go: Morning Meditation’ – 10:00 – Thrive Stage.
After setting up the most honest and reliable pregnancy advice site out there, Doctor + Daughter, with her ob-gyn father, mum-of-two Becca created A Mother Place, which offers fun, informative – and most importantly open-minded – ante-natal classes and networking. She’s part of our panel ‘The Future of Motherhood in 2018’ – 12:20 – Lead Stage.
Fans of Bella Younger will know her as the brains behind Instagram account Deliciously Stella, a hilarious parody of the clean eating craze. Much to the chagrin of those staunchly in support of the ‘cleaner lifestyle’ Bella also now has her own book, Bella Younger’s Deliciously Stella. She’ll be at Stylist Live to talk all things unclean and to discuss the highs and lows of her unexpected rise to fame on social media on the panel ‘Coping with Internet Fame: Social Media (please use responsibly)’ – 11:30 – Grow Stage.
Award-winning stand-up comedian, actor and writer Bridget is an absolute tour de force of feminism, humour and energy. An Edinburgh Fringe regular and one of Stylist magazine’s favourite comics, we’re so excited to have her back at the festival once again. You’ll find Bridget at Stylist Live on the Sunday.
‘Sunday Papers’ – 11:15 – Thrive Stage and ‘Stylist Live’s Comedy Spot with Bridget Christie’ – 17:05 – Thrive Stage.
Feature writer, Telegraph columnist and author of ‘Mad Girl’, Bryony Gordon is refreshingly outspoken about her personal battles with depression and OCD. For the launch her mental health podcast ‘Mad World’, Bryony interviewed Prince Harry about his own mental health issues. We are thrilled that Bryony will be speaking at Stylist Live and will be an invaluable member of our panel on ‘How to be Happy’ – 11:30 – Spark Stage.
Body-confidence influencer, writer and model Callie Thorpe has quickly made a name for herself by championing diversity within the fashion industry. We’re so excited to welcome her to our awesome line-up this year. She’ll share what’s sure to be an empowering and thought provoking take on style, body image and inclusivity within the fashion industry. ‘The Changing Shape of Fashion’ – 14:30 – Spark Stage
One of the most respected and celebrated names in hair care right now, Charlotte is an award-winning hairstylist, owner and artistic director of the Hair Lounge salon and founder of the Charlotte Mensah Academy. She’s become a true inspiration to stylists, business owners and women worldwide so, we are absolutely thrilled to include her in our discussion on ‘The Politics of Natural Hair’ – 11:20 – Lead Stage.
Freelance writer, hypnotherapist and anxiety expert Chloe Brotheridge’s bestselling book ‘The Anxiety Solution: A Quieter Mind, a Calmer You’ is a practical guide for women with anxiety on how to have a quieter mind and live a calmer life. We are overjoyed to have Chloe at Stylist Live to calm our nerves in her useful masterclass ‘How to be calm: 5 Practical Ways to Find Inner Peace’ – 14:45 – Thrive Stage.
Lester, a successful Mezzo Soprano, musician, composer, and activist, who is gender fluid, wowed the literary world with their memoir / tome-to-live-by, ‘Trans Like Me: A journey for all of us’ earlier this year. With a background working with young trans people through the Queer Youth Network, Lester makes the most complex of subjects easy to digest and joins our panel on ‘Navigating Gender in 2018′ – 14:40 – Grow Stage.
Comedian, podcaster, screenwriter, author, public speaker, Frances-White is a Renaissance woman of the modern age. Winner of The Writers’ Guild Award for Best Radio Comedy in 2016 (for ‘Deborah Frances White Rolls the Dice’), her comedy podcast ‘The Guilty Feminist’ has had 18 million downloads in 18 months. Pretty nifty. She hosts the ‘Sunday Papers’ – 11:15 – Thrive Stage and also teaches us ‘How to Win An Argument (& not sound like a dick)’ – 13:40 Grow Stage.
A robot scientist who also moonlights as a journalist for Forbes, the FT, Sky News and the BBC, Byrne is here to teach you how to turn the air blue with benefits in ‘F**k it: Swearing Therapy’. Using actual science, Byrne argues that swearing is both big and clever and can help us to deal with pain, work together, manage our emotions and improve our minds. We can’t f**king wait! ‘F**k it: Swearing Therapy’ – 13:35 – Thrive Stage.
NHS Doctor, Television Presenter and resident medical expert for ITV’s This Morning, Dr Ranj Singh specialises in wellbeing and has recently become an advocate for male body confidence. Posing for an ITV campaign in just his boxers Dr Ranj is an insightful voice within the – lesser acknowledged – topic of male body confidence. Hear from him Sunday on ‘Men on: Male Body Image’ – 15:30 – Spark Stage.
A Social Historian, Television Broadcaster and writer, Emma is best known for her opinion pieces on natural hair, with the BBC regarding her as a regular expert for their platforms. Her upcoming book ‘A History of Hair’ will be published by Penguin in 2018 – But you’ll be able to find Emma talking about ‘The Politics of Natural Hair’ – 11:20 – Lead Stage.
A regular on our television screens for over 20 years, Fearne is one of the UK’s most popular presenters, DJs, and authors. She’s also a hugely talented artist and an enthusiastic cook and advocate for healthy living, having recently released three books along the theme (‘Cook Happy, Cook Health’, ‘Happy’, and most recently ‘Cook. Eat. Love’). She joins her old hosting buddy Reggie Yates to talk past, present and (hopes for the) future. ‘Fearne Cotton & Reggie Yates in conversation’ – 16:20 – Lead Stage.
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Having previously worked on Stylist’s award-winning beauty team, writer, beauty guru and fashion designer Giselle currently works on beauty product development at pebble&co. We’re thrilled she’s joined us to host The Politics of Natural Hair. Welcome back Giselle. ‘The Politics of Natural Hair’ – 11.20 – Lead Stage.
An award-winning Vlogger and presenter, Grace’s videos have attracted over 23 million total views on her official Youtube channel, covering a multitude of topics from fashion to mental health issues. Her documentary ‘Clean Eating’s Dirty Secrets’, challenging the claims many health gurus swear by, was a huge hit and her recently released debut book ‘No Filter‘ looks to follow suit. ‘Generation (Dating) Game’ – 16:30 – Spark Stage.
After struggling for years to feel at peace with her mother’s death, Jess developed Afterbook, a digital platform where you can build a legacy to tell the life story of a deceased loved one or indeed your own. Jess will be chatting with Michelle Kennedy on the Sunday to discuss ‘How to Launch an App (and really make money from it)’ – 14:20 – Lead Stage.
Joining us this year off the back of a brilliant Edinburgh run of her show, ‘Silence of The Nans’, Radio Four and television comedy writer Jessica will be delighting in a little ‘swearing therapy’ with us on Sunday 12 November – alongside our swearing Scientist, Dr Emma Byrne. A regular co-host on the podcast ‘The Guilty Feminist’, fans of her steadfast wit and punchy humour will definitely want a front row seat to her session! ‘F**ck it: Swearing Therapy’ – 13:35 – Thrive Stage.
Journalist, author and communication coach, Joanna’s built a career training professionals in finding their voice. From the BBC to London’s Metropolitan Police force there are few industries she hasn’t infiltrated with her confidence boasting techniques. This year Joanna will lead the session‘Hear Me Roar: How to keep your cool and find your voice when you feel like crying’ – 12:25 – Thrive Stage. Prepare to feel powerful!
From T4 on the Beach to interviewing Nelson Mandela, June Sarpong MBE has been a staple of British television and radio presenting for over 15 years. With her new book, Diversify, set for publication later this year, we can’t wait to include her in our line-up of inspirational speakers. ‘Navigating Gender in 2018′ – 14:40 – Grow Stage.
A multi-award-winning YA fiction author and trans activist Juno joins us this year after publishing her emotive and honest memoir ‘The Gender Games’. As a regular contributor to The Guardian, BBC Women’s Hour and television news as a consultant on education, sexuality, identity there’s no one better to sit on ‘Navigating Gender in 2018′ – 14:40 – Grow Stage. Welcome aboard Juno!
Effortlessly hilarious, unashamedly outspoken and never outwitted, we’re thrilled to welcome Katherine Ryan back to this year’s festival. The Canadian comedian, writer and television presenter has gone from sell out stand-up tours to hosting must see shows, such as this year’s How’d You Get So Rich and the provocative Your Face or Mine. We can’t wait for Katherine to re-join our awesome line up with her unique nothing-is-off-limits brand of comedy and feminism! Make sure to catch Katherine on the Sunday!
‘Katherine Ryan’s Big Finish’ – 16:40 – Grow Stage
Leyla is a psychotherapist specialising in supporting survivors of sexual abuse. She is a leading international campaigner on female genital mutilation (FGM), founded The Dahlia Project, the UK’s first specialist therapeutic service for FGM survivors and co-founded anti-FGM charity Daughters of Eve. Leyla regularly appears in both print and broadcast as an expert commentator. Catch Leyla on the Sunday on our session ‘Meet the Muslim Women Empowering Others’ – 15:20 – Lead Stage.
Stylist’s editor-in-chief, Lisa was one of the feminist pioneers to create Stylist Magazine. With an extensive background in journalism that saw Lisa as the editor of such publications as Smash Hits her dream was to print a magazine that ditched diets and features fixated on dating in favour of stories that inspired, focused feminism and fulfillment for smart progressive women. Eight years on with multiple awards and over 400,000 copies printed weekly the Stylist dream has been realised – we can’t wait to hear Lisa shout about it at this year’s festival.
Journalist and author Lucy has long been Stylist’s resident ‘outspoken’ columnist. Tackling the topics and taboos often on the tip of our tongues – when we’re not sure we should actually voice them. Returning to the festival this year to take a unique look at dating, Lucy will sit on Sunday’s ‘Generation (Dating) Game’ panel as a member of ‘Gen Y’ to talk all things of the relationship era gone by. ‘Generation (Dating) Game’ – 16:30 – Spark Stage.
As Stylist’s former fashion editor and freelance stylist and writer, it’s safe to say Lucy knows the ins and outs of the industry. She’ll be bringing her expertise as Show Stylist for the Stylist Catwalk at our Festival of Inspiration.
Holistic nutritional health coach, blogger and chef Madeleine has taken the internet by storm with her happy and healthy approach to living well. With the recent arrival of her first child, she joins us on Sunday to discuss ‘The Future of Motherhood in 2018’ – 12:20 – Lead Stage.
Melissa, one half of sister duo Hemsley & Hemsley, is back at Stylist Live for a second time. With upcoming book ‘Eat Happy: 30-minute Feelgood Food’ due for release in January 2018, she’ll be sharing her thoughts on ‘How to be Happy’ – 11:30 – Spark Stage.
Shortlist Media’s Chairman Mike is a man of many talents. A former magazine editor who revolutionised the magazine world by launching ‘freemiums’ Shortlist and Stylist in 2007 and 2009 respectively, Mike is also the brains behind the biggest event a magazine has ever produced – Stylist Live. And he’s also one of Lord Sugar’s terrifying interview panel on The Apprentice. Mike joins our panel of judges for the announcement of Stylist x Diet Coke’s Creators Collective winner.
After helping to launch dating app Bumble, and working on social networking site Badoo, Michelle Kennedy took time out to start a family – and launch a new business of course. Helping to shape modern parenting with her new app, Peanut, that connects new mothers, we can’t wait to learn more from Michelle at Stylist Live. ‘The Future of Motherhood in 2018’ – 12:20 – Lead Stage and ‘How to launch an App (and really make money from it)’ – 14:20 – Lead Stage.
Spoken word artist, writer and nurse Molly is no stranger to making her voice heard. From performances at Glastonbury to mentions in major publications — not to mention her published debut collection of poetry — Molly will be sharing some of her most powerful work at ‘Stylist’s Poetry Slam’ – 12:30 Spark Stage.
Fresh from this year’s Love Island, Montana knows a thing or two about dating. She’ll be with us on the Sunday for what we’re sure will be an honest and open take on life, love and the ‘Generation (Dating) Game’ – 16:30 – Spark Stage.
Best known for her unique blend of honesty and openness, Munroe is a transgender model raising awareness of social issues that are affecting thousands of people across the world today. Munroe shares her experience via public speaking, digital and mainstream media, talking about sensitive subjects and topics some perceive as ‘taboo’, and challenging stereotypes on gender, race, diversity and sexuality. ‘Navigating Gender in 2018′ – 14:40 – Grow Stage
Pussy Riot founder and Russian conceptual artist Nadya Tolokonnikova will be one to watch at Stylist Live. An activist since she was 17-years-old, Nadya has been imprisoned for her oi-punk protests in Russia but shows no signs of backing down. Hear what she has to say about current events and her latest art exhibition at London’s Saatchi Gallery on the Grow stage on Sunday. ‘Pussy Riot! In Conversation with Nadya Tolokonnikova’ – 15:40 – Grow Stage.
Model, TV Presenter and multi-platform storyteller, Naomi’s candid and frank attitude – especially with regards to the modelling industry – has meant she’s fast becoming a prolific voice in the body positive movement. Having lived extensively in New York, Tokyo, London and Andalucía, Naomi’s somewhat of a citizen of the world. So, we can’t wait to get her – undoubtedly insightful – on the changing shape of fashion. ‘The Changing Shape of Fashion’ – 14:30 – Spark Stage
No-one can crank up the heat in the kitchen quite like best-selling food writer and TV cook, Nigella Lawson. Since the 1998 release of her first book ‘How to Eat’, Nigella’s tempting and hassle-free attitude to food has earned her the reputation as one of the most popular names on the British food scene. We want to know what drives and inspires Britain’s queen of food and entertaining. We couldn’t be more excited to have her at Stylist Live this year to dish out some advice and to talk about her latest cookbook, ‘At My Table’, with Stylist editor Lisa Smosarski. ‘Inspire Me: Lisa Smosarski talks to Nigella Lawson ‘ – 13:30 – Spark Stage
With one book under her belt and her second ‘Wild Embers’ on the way later this year, writer and poet Nikita knows just how to inspire us with her words. We can’t wait to welcome her for an afternoon of empowering spoken word poetry on Saturday. ‘Stylist’s Poetry Slam’ – 12:30 Spark Stage.
Former boxer, model and Britain’s Next Top Model judge, Sculfor joins us to discuss male body image. From industry expectations to what the body confidence movement means to men, we can’t wait to hear to hear his take on what it’s all really doing to the male psyche. ‘Men On: Male Body Image’ – 15:30 – Spark Stage.
Joining us to host Sunday’s ‘Meet The Muslim Women Empowering Others’ is British Muslim, writer and trainee lawyer Raifa. Also a presenter on the fast-growing podcast ‘Mostly Lit’, Raifa and co-host, Alex Reads, dip into the landscape of books, pop-culture and wellness on a weekly basis. Welcome on board Raifa! ‘Meet the Muslim Women Empowering Others’ – 15:20 – Lead Stage.
Broadcaster, actor, writer and director, there isn’t much Reggie hasn’t done. From a successful career in radio to multiple BBC documentaries — not to mention hosting the sadly departed Top of the Pops — he’ll be with us at this year’s Stylist Live, alongside former presenting partner Fearne Cotton. The ultimate nostalgia fix. ‘Fearne Cotton & Reggie Yates in conversation’ – 16:20 – Lead Stage.
Naturopath, nutritionist and former Canadian Olympic swimmer Rhian is now CEO at boutique fitness brand Psycle. Bringing with her to the fitness world a focus on exercise to fuel happiness as opposed to obsessing over smaller waist lines. So, we can’t wait to hear what she has to say on ‘How to be Happy’ – 11:30 – Spark Stage.
She’s starred in The Crown and Call the Midwife, performed her sell out feminist science stand up show at the Edinburgh Fringe two years running, and is about to embark on a UK tour. Now, Samantha has published her first collection of comedy poems, POENTRY: silly po-faced entries to prove that poetry isn’t just for po-faced people. Come see Samantha host ‘Stylist’s Poetry Slam’ – 12:30 – Spark Stage
An artist, activist and all-round troublemaker, Scottee never disappoints. He recently had his first book published, Bravado, a memoir of working class masculinity, and is currently touring the country with his tour of the same name. Listed on the Independent’s Rainbow List as one of Britain’s most influential LGBTQI+ people, we can’t wait to hear what Scottee has to say about the current state of male body image. ‘Men on: Male Body Image’ – 15:30 – Spark Stage.
She’s the ground-breaking comedian whose daring stand-up routines helped to re-level the playing field for British Muslims. We are thrilled to welcome Shazia Mirza and more than intrigued to hear what she’ll divulge when she joins Stylist Live for ‘Meet the Muslim Women Empowering Others’ – 15:20 – Lead Stage
Senior Content Director at Shortlist Media, Simon oversees the creation of video content across the company’s social platforms for its ever-growing digital audience. With a background in print, television, and digital – as well as a previous post as Creative Head of Comedy at the BBC – Simon brings his tech background to the judging panel for Stylist x Diet Coke’s Creators Collective winner.
London-based hair and beauty journalist Sue Omar explores the politics of natural hair explaining from first-hand experience why ‘going natural’ has become somewhat of a curl revolution. ‘The Politics of Natural Hair’ – 11:20 – Lead Stage
Best known for her roles as Raquel in the cult Crazyhead and stealing scenes as Cynthia in Chewing Gum, South Londoner Susie is a RADA-trained actor and author. She joins her RADA mate Alexandra Roach to discuss women on television and why she’s currently writing her own roles. ‘Women on Telly: The changing landscape of females on screen’ – 13:20 – Lead Stage and ‘Sunday Papers’ – 11:15 – Thrive Stage.
Co-founders of cult jewellery brand Tatty Devine, Rosie and Harriet met whilst studying at art school. Since it began back in 1999, the brand has gone from strength to strength and the pair continue to run things from their studio in London’s East End. They join our expert panel of judges for the Stylist x Diet Coke Creators Collective.
Le Cordon Bleu trained chef and author of ‘The Naked Diet’, Tess cut her teeth working in the kitchens of Harwood Arms, River Cottage and The Ritz London. A certified health coach, her simple and stripped back approach to cooking nourishes both the body and mind. We can’t wait to hear her ‘Five food hacks to get you out of the kitchen’ – 10:20 – Lead Stage
After meeting on maternity leave, award-winning beauty journalist Samantha Silver and celebrity stylist Gemma Rose Breger, decided to combine their talents and set up a go-to advice portal for busy mothers. With nearly two decades of experience between them working on national newspapers, magazines and television, and for brands including Net a Porter, Marks & Spencer, The X Factor and Revlon, they sit on our panel: ‘The Future of Motherhood in 2018’ – 12:20 – Lead Stage.
Writer, performer and burlesque artist Vanessa has performed at a whole host of events and venues from The Royal Albert Hall to Glastonbury. With a published collection of work ‘Joyriding the Storm’ and multiple slam wins to her name, we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to see her perform her poetry live. ‘Stylist’s Poetry Slam’ – 12:30 Spark Stage.
*line-up and speakers are subject to change. Please check back regularly for the most up-to-date listings.