Storyhouse Childless

A day of events to explore living as a non-parent in a family-centric world
  • £15 Day Pass in Advance (£20 on the day)

What's happening in Storyhouse Childless?

Childlessness is on the rise in the UK, both by choice and due to infertility. The childlessness rate is around 20% for women in the UK and 25% for men and The Institute of Public Policy Research estimates that, by 2030, there will be two million people aged over 65 without adult children, up from 1.2 million in 2012.

Join us for a day of events, talks, workshops, performances and activities to explore living as a non-parent in a family-centric world.

Storyhouse Childless is a dedicated day to address societal expectations, insensitivity and media stereotypes – in particular the narrative that childless individuals are less happy than those with children. This day is specifically for anyone who is childless not because of choice – whether that be due to infertility, circumstance, or other factors. It will be a safe space to raise awareness and challenge taboos.

“Since Storyhouse opened, there have been events on childlessness included in some of the Storyhouse Women programmes, including talks from Jody Day and Lizzie Lowrie. Earlier this year, we were approached by a member of the Chester Gateway meet-up group, which is part of a global network for people who are childless, set up by Jody Day. They asked if there could be more events on this topic. This conversation was the first step towards programming an entire day dedicated to this community. With the help of Chester Gateway and Dr. Dawn Llewellyn (University of Chester) this programme was co-created.”Nicola, Community Programme Manager, Storyhouse

Tickets are £15 for a day pass if purchased in advance, and £20 if purchased on the day.

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On Stage Jody Day: Key Note
Garret Theatre

Jody Day is the British founder of Gateway Women, the global friendship and support network for childless women, and the author of Living the Life Unexpected: 12 Weeks to Your Plan B for a Meaningful and Fulfilling Future Without Children (2016: Bluebird/PanMacmillan).

Girl Gang HQ Pin Badge Market Place

Chester based company Girl Gang HQ houses an extensive range of exclusively designed enamel pin badges. Satire, Feminism, Politics &…

On Stage Real Life Stories: Chester Gateway Women talk candidly about their real life experiences
Garret Theatre

Join them as they chat about their everyday lives, the highs, lows and challenges they face and how they feel about & respond to those comments, questions and situations that sometimes just keep coming and can make childless life way harder than it needs to be.

On Stage 10 Minute Talks
Garret Theatre

A collection of three peoples stories as told in 10 minutes talks. Robin Hadley The rise of the new MAWFIA:…

On Stage Yvonne John – Dreaming of the Life Unlived: Intimate Stories and Portraits of Women Without Children
Garret Theatre

There are many questions that Yvonne John gets asked on a daily basis but there was that one question that…

On Stage The Hero, The Victim and The Villain of Childlessness
Garret Theatre

Every life tells a story, but good stories don’t happen by accident. The pain of childlessness can feel like a…

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The Kitchen

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