The beauty of diversity: an evening with Francesca Martinez

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Francesca Martinez

Who this event is for

  • Everyone


Main Lecture Theatre, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus


Francesca is a wobbly* comedian, writer, and speaker who has toured internationally and appeared on numerous TV shows. A sought-after social commentator on TV and radio, she has appeared on Question Time, Channel 4 News, Newsnight and This Week, and has made several appearances on Radio 4’s hugely popular The News Quiz alongside the late, great Jeremy Hardy. She has spoken about austerity, climate change, and disability benefits/funding cuts at  numerous events, meetings and rallies.

Her best-selling debut book, What The **** Is Normal?! was published by Penguin Random House in 2014. It received rave reviews and was nominated for two national book awards.

Francesca was awarded Public Affairs Achiever of the Year 2013, nominated a Top Ten Game Changer in BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour Power List 2014, and Hero of the Year in the European Diversity Awards.

She has received an Honorary Doctorate from the Open University ‘for making Britain a more compassionate and fairer society’, and a second honorary doctorate from the University of Bradford ‘for her contributions to equality, inclusive thought and social commentary’.

A Disability History Month event at Oxford Brookes.

*Francesca has mild cerebral palsy but she much prefers the word 'wobbly'.