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Sex & The Politics of Pleasure at Bloomsbury Festival 2018

Sex & The Politics of Pleasure at Bloomsbury Festival 2018 - Sh! Women's Store
Ky Hoyle, founder & MD of Sh! Erotic Emporium, the first female-focused sex shop in the UK, curates a rousing conversation around sex and the politics of pleasure with other sex-positive pioneers looking to inspire and empower women to find their true sexual selves.

Panel Curator:

Ky Hoyle, Founder & MD of Sh! Women's Erotic Emporium

Creator, founder, all round head girl and sexual retail pioneer of Sh! Women's Erotic Emporium; the UK's first and only multi-award winning sex shop for women. Regularly invited to speak at events including International Women's Day, Women of the World (Spotlight Debate Special exploring sex and sexuality),¬†GenPol and the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation conference ‚ÄėCan education stop abuse?‚Äô. Currently working on her memoir.
Twitter: @MD_ShWomenstore | IG: @kyhoyle1 |

Special Guests:

Nichi Hodgson, Author & Award-winning Journalist

Author, broadcaster, and journalist living in London. She regularly contributes to the Guardian, the BBC, and Sky News on civil liberties and censorship issues, gender politic, and love & dating. From court-reporting obscenity trials to interrogating the adult industry, Nichi makes frequent appearances in radio and TV documentaries and debates on sexuality and society, and recent documentaries for the BBC include 'Being Bisexual' for the BBC World Service, and 'Can Porn Be Ethical?' for BBC Radio 4.
Her first book, 'Bound To You' is a real-life 50 Shades memoir, and her latest book, 'The Curious History of Dating, from Jane Austen to Tinder' is out now in hardback and on Audible.
Twitter: @NichiHodgson  |  IG: @NichiHodgson  |

Stephanie Theobald, Author & Journalist for Guardian, Elle, Sunday Times

Novelist, journalist¬†and¬†broadcaster¬†known¬†for her playful and thoughtful work around sexuality and feminism. She writes regularly for the¬†Guardian, the¬†Sunday Times, and¬†Elle¬†and is the author of four novels. Her new memoir is called¬†Sex Drive: On The Road To A Pleasure Revolution. Oscar-winning actress and writer, Emma Thompson has urged the curious¬†to, ‚ÄúRead it and quiver.‚ÄĚ She lives between London and Los Angeles.
Twitter: @stephotheo  |  IG: @dvdobald  |
Reeta Loi, Writer, Musician & DJ, Columnist at Diva Magazine, CEO Gaysians

Musician and DJ aka LOIAL. She is CEO of Gaysians (, the UK alliance of LGBT+ organisations supporting the South Asian community. She is a DIVA columnist, is writing her debut novel and has been selected by Penguin Random House as one of fifty writers to watch. She's part of the UK Black Pride team, a Forbes 100 woman founder and in 2018 ranked in the Guardian Pride Power List.
Twitter: @r_e_e_t_a_  |  IG: @reetaloi  |
Nimco Ali, Co-founder of Daughters of Eve

A feminist, anti-FGM campaigner and professional over-sharer. She has spoken at events, including Women of the World, The Girl Summit, and the UN Commission on the Status of Women. She has also won numerous awards, including being named one of the Cosmopolitan's Woman of the Year 2010, BBC's 100 Women of 2013, Red magazine Woman of the Year 2014 and 6th on the Woman's Hour Power List 2014. Most recently she was named by The Sunday Times as one of Debrett's 500 most influential people in Britain. She continues to campaign against the practice of FGM and for women's issues and currently works for the Women's Equality Party and as an independent adviser on a number of government and non-government bodies.
Twitter: @NimkoAli  |  IG: @nimkoali

Where: Conway Hall
Tickets: Tickets are free but we strongly advise pre-booking.


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