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Scots comic brings light touch to menopause chats

21 February 2021

It’s not a subject that typically raises a smile or leads to relaxed conversation … and certainly not in a hushed library setting.

But now library staff in Fife are teaming up with Scottish comedian Janey Godley in a project that encourages greater openness about the menopause.

An online comedy night on Wednesday (24 February) will launch the Pause … not Full Stop initiative, which is to feature a series of creative events aimed at promoting discussion.

Janey Godley’s menopause-themed event will include time for informal chat so that audience members can share their experiences – and chat about what might help them to cope with the symptoms.

Pause … not Full Stop is one of 16 projects in the UK-wide Engaging Libraries Programme. The initiative enables libraries to interact with their users in new ways while encouraging local communities to engage with research.

The Fife project, which will include themed bakery sessions, drama workshops and other activities, had been due to start last May, but Covid put events on hold.

OnFife Libraries staff will work with leading experts to help raise awareness of research linked to the menopause and direct people to trusted sources of information.

Numbers at the Zoom event are limited to 100, but the show will be filmed and shared later online. Tickets for the one-hour show, which starts at 7pm, are £3.

The Engaging Libraries Programme is a partnership between the Carnegie UK Trust, Wellcome and the Wolfson Foundation.

Other challenging topics to be addressed by library staff across the UK as part of the programme include fake news, climate change and attitudes to death.

OnFife Project manager Yvonne Melville said: “We’re really pleased Janey can join us. We want to encourage people to challenge their own – and society’s – view of the menopause and to do so while having a laugh in a relaxed setting.”

Bookings for the event close at 12am on Tuesday. To find out more, go to: http://bit.ly/3al9cKO


For further information contact Sheona Small, press officer, 07809 727 989 or email sheona.small@onfife.com

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