JO BRAND on BORN LIPPY: THURSDAY 20TH JUNE, BRIGHTHELM CENTRE
Sometimes it’s hard to be a woman and sometimes it’s time to be a hard woman. This is a book for all those times.
Once upon a (very very) long time ago Jo Brand was what you might describe as ‘a nice little girl.’ Of course, that was before the values of cynicism, misogyny and the societal expectation that Jo would be thin, feminine and demure sent her off down Arsey Avenue.
The plot thickened, when due to a complicated fusion of hormones, horrible family dynamics and a no-good boyfriend they hated, Jo ended up leaving home at 16. Now she’s considerably further along life’s inevitable bloody ‘journey’ – and she’s f***ed up enough times to feel confident she has no wisdom to offer anyone.
BUT THEN Jo calmly explained the effects of sexism on women to a dismissive all-male panel on Have I Got News for You and it turned into a viral phenomenon so maybe she has some advice to offer after all…
Born Lippy is a gathering of all the things Jo wishes she’d known, all the things she’s learnt, and all the things she hopes for the future. A century after women got the vote (albeit married women over the age of 28) it’s time to take stock of exactly what it means to be female today. And if there’s one thing women are entitled to, it’s having a bloody good moan about things big and small – so here goes…
Packed with memorable anecdotes from her life and career, full of jokes and funny stories, coloured by her experiences as a psychiatric nurse, stand-up and working mother of two, this hilarious book aims not only to entertain but also to really help people.
Tickets are £12 and available from Eventbrite and from City Books in Hove. The Brighthelm Centre (North Road, Brighton, BN1 1YD) is just a short walk down from Brighton Station.