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Being A Man Festival at Southbank Centre

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by Bryony Harrison (subscribe)
Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from
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Why do Men Love Sheds?

A bit of X, a dash of Y, a few puppy dog tails, and testosterone, and wham, BAM, you're a man. Or are you? A weekend festival at the Southbank Centre explores what Being A Man is all about. Between the 31st January - 2nd February, key speakers such as Billy Bragg, Nick Hornby, and Grayson Perry will lead conversations and Q&A sessions that cover the subjects of fatherhood, sex and sexuality, war, class, race, ageing, nature versus nurture, attitudes to women, and feminism.

You will also find out why men like thing such as sheds, football, and cars. Or in some cases, why they don't. It will be a historical, sociological, and scientific study that invites you to contribute your own thoughts and questions about the role of men, the importance of masculinity, and what you think it means to be a man in today's world.

On the 31st January Sit Down for Your Rights, and join Grayson Perry for a bit of humorous banter as he unleashes his 'male intuition' and asks questions like 'Why are our penises locked in the past? Why is transvestism so alpha male?' and 'Why am I always right?'

On a more serious note, discuss the political points of policy making, or meet Zachery Oberon, who traces back moments in his childhood and asks why he became an actor, while his brother self-destructed.

Then on Sunday, in a men-only event, get personal over lunch, and chat with other guys what being a man means to you.
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Why? Male bonding
When: 31st Jan - 2nd Feb
Phone: 44 (0)20 7960 4200
Where: Southbank Centre
Cost: 10-25
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