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Last Call to Run for Refuge

Last Call to Run for Refuge

26th January 2015

This week is your last chance to apply to run for domestic violence charity Refuge at the London Marathon 2015

Refuge is the UK’s largest specialist provider of domestic violence services, working with over 3,000 women and children on any given day. Domestic violence is a huge issue that affects one woman in four in the UK. Fundraising can help Refuge to reach more women and children who need their help.

To run the marathon on the 26th April 2015 for Refuge you need a sponsorship pledge of £1800 and the registration fee is £100. This could be the year that you join the world’s biggest and best marathon. The London Marathon welcomes 35,000 r…

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Katherine Ryan Glams up Jonathan Ross Show

Katherine Ryan Glams up Jonathan Ross Show

26th January 2015

Not only is Jonathan Ross back on our screens but he chose to kick off his eighth series of ITV's 'The Jonathan Ross Show' with none other than 2008 Funny Women Awards winner Katherine Ryan as one of his guests. Katherine sat alongside the very funny Caroline Quentin, Colin Firth, Taron Egerton and Take That.

Katherine was on the show to promote her extended tour of her stand up show 'Glam Role Model'. It focuses on her fascination with celebrity and the British tabloids from her perspective as a Canadian. Katherine told Jonathan that even though she is from a small town she is not the biggest star to emerge from her part of Canada, for now apparentl…

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Sandi Toksvig for President!

Sandi Toksvig for President!

20th January 2015

In a way, she already is – we’re thrilled to find out that Sandi Toksvig has just been named President of ‘Women of the Year’.

The Women of the Year assembly is the largest of its kind in the world, and it holds an annual Lunch & Awards. Sandi has been the compère for that event for over a decade. That long-standing association and her many other achievements make her the obvious choice for President. She takes the position following Baroness Helena Kennedy QC’s term ending last year.

You can read the full press release from Women of the Year by clicking here.

At Funny Women, we’re obviously big supporters of the work that Women o…

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The Sun Covers Up?

The Sun Covers Up?

20th January 2015

Yesterday 'The Sun' newspaper made a few modest changes to one of its most famous traditions. The No More Page Three campaign has had what could be classed as a little victory and prompted the paper to cover up the usually topless Page Three model. 

What was known as Blue Monday shall henceforth be known as the day the Murdoch nipples died. 

It seems 'The Sun' had hoped to make the change with little fanfare but Harriet Harman has vowed not to let the news be buried. Harriet told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme that: "It won't be quiet – we will be making sure it is not quiet.

“We do think that, in a newspaper that is ab…

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Helen Lederer calls it CWIPs

Helen Lederer calls it CWIPs

19th January 2015

Comic actor and writer Helen Lederer has told 'The Sunday Times' that she plans to launch a brand new award to recognise comedy writing by women. Speaking to Richard Brooks about finishing her debut novel 'Losing It': "I was amazed to find no fiction prize or awards category that specifically recognised humorous writing by women" this discovery inspired the idea for CWIP (Comedy Women in Print). 

We spoke to Helen during a break in her busy filming schedule to talk about awards, women in comedy and writing. While we have a category for comedy scripts in our Awards Helen told us "It's about adding to what's already there. Havin…

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