Stylist Live: A celebration of Inspirational Books and Intersectional Feminism

Words: Lavinia Petrucci | Subbing: Joanne Clark

Stylist Live was better than ever in its third edition, this time at Olympia London. Between inspirational talks and various freebies, no one left empty handed.

Stylist Live got bigger and better last weekend at Olympia London. The three-day festival included more than 200 pop-up shops and inspiring talks and workshops.

This year the amount of focus on books was extraordinary. On Saturday, the book war was between Labour MP Jess Philips with her book Everywoman opposite the actor and comedian Robert Webb with his How Not to be a Boy.

Source: Lavinia Petrucci

One of the most packed sessions was certainly the discussion on How to be Brave: Speaking up against racism. With two extraordinary panellists like Reni Eddo-Lodge, the author of Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race and BBC Radio 1’s Clara Amfo, the chat was anything but cliché. Reni’s book was the red thread throughout the talk, sparking important considerations on matters such as meritocracy in the work place or Lupita Nyong’o natural hair being photo-shopped out of her Grazia UK Cover.


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The London based author first gained recognition trough her 2014 blog post that carries the same title of her now successful book. Although the title itself has brought people to criticise it without even having read it, it reflects on systemic racism in Britain. Definitely a conversation that desperately needs to be had.

Right after this talk, on the Lead Stage Shami Chakrabarti, human rights activist and Labour Shadow Attorney, upon the release of her second book, Of Women, held the talk Is the Future Still Female? She stressed the importance of the gender pay gap, on the day before Equal Pay Day. She also shined the light on how non-western women are still struggling with other kind of fights, like how in India it is still legal for a husband to rape his wife.

On Friday, Russell Brand discussed his book Recovery: Freedom From Our Addictions and singer/song writer RAYE performed an exclusive intimate gig.

Heart Radio presenter Emma Willis opened up in one of the many panels about feminism, the gender pay gap and empowerment.

For the first two years the event was held at the Business Design Centre in Islington. The Bronze tickets were £15 online and £25 on the door, they included a complementary drink, access to the open stage sessions, talks and the Stylist catwalk. As Campaign reported, this year the audience increased by a third. Just like what the CEO of Shortlist Media told Campaign, the event really was an urban festival, where the readers could virtually walk into the magazine in its every aspect.

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