FÉILE AN PHOBAIL FESTIVAL, BELFAST, 2022
In August 2022, the Epidemic Belfast team organised an event as part of the Féile an Phobail Festival (Festival of the People) in West Belfast.
ESRC FESTIVAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCE, 2019, 2021
In 2021, I co-organised an event at Sunflower Bar, Belfast, with Eugenie Scott and Rebecca Watterson, on Belfast's medical history which showcased research findings for the Epidemic Belfast podcast. This incorporated a quiz, walking tour and top 10 most interesting findings from our podcast.
In 2019, I co-organised an event as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science. This incorporated a walking tour of Belfast's medical heritage followed by accessible talks on Northern Irish medical history delivered by historians at Ulster University.
NORTHERN IRELAND SCIENCE FESTIVAL, 2019, 2020
In 2019, I co-organised an event as part of the Northern Ireland Science Festival. This incorporated a walking tour of Belfast's medical heritage followed by accessible talks delivered by medical historians at Ulster University. With over 180 events across 50+ venues, the NI Science Festival offers a stimulating and wide range of events focusing on the wonders of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. These events present some of the best scientists from NI and beyond to discuss their work, cutting-edge research and what the future might hold. During the day, the Festival offers a range of workshops, talks and interactive activities for young people, parents and schools. In the evening we will present an eclectic mix of scientific debate, talks, theatres, comedy, music and film for adults. A link can be found here: https://nisciencefestival.com/event.php?e=163
STENDAHL FESTIVAL OF ART, LIMAVADY, 2017
In 2017, I presented on the suffragettes and women's history at the Stendahl Festival of Art, Limavady in Northern Ireland. Stendahl is an innovative arts festival that seeks to promote the arts and creativity. Stendah's vision is to drive growth in arts participation and the many beneficial outcomes this can bring to individuals and communities and facilitate a greater creative base and thus develop innovation in the region, broadening opportunity for tomorrow’s generation. It has regularly won best small festival awards and was headlined in 2017 by Ash.
IMAGINE! BELFAST FESTIVAL OF IDEAS AND POLITICS: SUFFRAGETTES - ONE HUNDRED YEARS ON, 2016
The 2015 release of the film Suffragette re-ignited interest in the votes for women campaign, prison experiences and the political and cultural legacies of the suffragettes. In March 2016, I organised an event at Black Box Belfast entitled ‘The Suffragettes: One Hundred Years On’, an evening of discussions and performances that brought to life the ideas and politics of the suffragettes and considered how their ideas still influence us today.
Supported by the Wellcome Trust, the event offered short, accessible talks on themes including the history of the Belfast suffragettes (Dr. Margaret Ward, Queen’s University Belfast) and the ethics of hunger striking, past and present (Dr. Ian Miller, Ulster University). Manchester-based feminist poet Steph Pike showcased her poetry inspired by the suffragettes and Sarah Feinstein (University of Manchester) discussed the cultural legacy of the suffragettes with a discussion of feminist punk music. The event also featured a round-table discussion about women’s rights with academics and members of the Belfast Feminist Network which the audience was invited to join in.