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Talk, Tue 28 Feb 2017

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bOing! Festival, Gulbenkian Canterbury


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Join BBC Journalist, author and University of Kent Chancellor Gavin Esler for an evening of conversation exploring the life and work of his special guest, Jo Brand

Jo is a BAFTA winning comedian, writer and actor with an international reputation for her individual ‘brand’ of humour and sardonic wit. A bit of a reprobate in her youth she later grappled with academia and achieved a degree in Psychology and qualified as a Psychiatric Nurse at the Maudsley and Royal Bethlem Hospitals- for six years she led the Emergency Clinic Nurse Team as the Senior Charge Nurse.

No doubt when Jo graduated from Brunel University she wore her mortar board hat with style and aplomb but with great delight, by invitation, she donned a doctoral bonnet when in November 2006 the University conferred upon her an Honorary Doctorate. Jo’s life, to date, has been varied and challenging. Her creative output is prolific and her commitment to representing minority groups almost equal to her professional life in entertainment. She has made several series for television, a major success, ‘Getting On’ which she collaboratively wrote and portrayed Nurse Kim Wilde, reviving the role in ‘Going Forward’ and last year as Rose, a social worker in ‘Damned’, another three handed writing liaison.

Few panel games on television or radio have not featured Jo making her own unique contribution to the ‘highbrow humour’ of her fellow team mates- QI, Have I Got News For You, Just a Minute, The News Quiz to name a few. Jo has excelled at the quiz game too- three times winner to donate a healthy sum to a charity of her choice.
Unforgettably, Jo gave a commendable performance as Britney Spears performing ‘Hit Me Baby One More Time’ in 2009 for Comic Relief. ‘An Extra Slice’ warmed the hearts of the nation as she gently sympathised with the ousted baker week by week. Writing is also Jo’s forte- with seemingly minimal effort her words flow through the medium of fact and fiction, the former in quasi autobiography, ‘Can’t Stand Up for Sitting Down’.

More personally Jo has talked frankly about her overweighted-ness and the invective this has prompted in her stand up career, and her astute ability to fence with her hecklers. However, Jo fearlessly strode across the North of England, coast to coast, to raise a huge amount of money for Comic Relief. Jo somehow manages to somehow balance her professional and aid work with family life, friends and her love of crossword solving and reading.

We are delighted that Jo has found the time to take part in University events in the past, including a special live edition of the popular TV show QI which took place at the Canterbury campus to mark Kent's 50th anniversary celebrations.

You can keep the conversation going by joining a High Table dinner in Darwin Conference Suite after the talk (£35). When you book a ticket for the talk, you will automatically be offered the opportunity to buy a dinner ticket too.

Make sure to join the conversation beforehand; you can submit questions on Twitter using #GavinAsks or by email via

Money raised from the sale of tickets for the In Conversation will go towards the Kent Opportunity Fund.

Baby changing facilitiesCash PointCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (with charge)Disabled accessDisabled toiletsFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencing

Level access to the theatre, foyer and bar through automatic doors.

Event details

Dates Times
Tue 28 Feb 2017 18:30
Located in the Gulbenkian Cafe.


Please note this event has sold out.



See location of Gulbenkian Theatre on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TR 140599  Lat: 51.29799 Long: 1.06832

By car: Situated on the campus of the University of Kent. Follow the A2/M2 towards Dover and turn off onto the A28 towards Canterbury. Continue up to a large roundabout and follow the signs to 'The University'. When on the University's campus, follow the signs to the Gulbenkian Theatre. A map is available to download from their website.

By train: The closest BR train station is Canterbury West. From there, buses are available by Westgate to take you onto the University's campus. From the University drop off point, follow the signs towards the library and the Cornwallis buildings and on to the theatre.

By bus: A regular bus service operates from Canterbury City Centre to the University. For details telephone Travel Line on 0871 200 2233. Unibus 08702 433 711

Free parking is available to Gulbenkian customers after 5pm on weekdays and all day at weekends in any University car park.

Parking: free

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 2 miles from Canterbury West station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Cash PointCash Point
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (with charge)Credit cards accepted (with charge)
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing

Level access to the theatre, foyer and bar through automatic doors.

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesLift equipped with raised floor numbers or braille numbers or letters
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)
  • YesHearing loop installed in public areas


  • YesEntrance is well lit


  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesLow potassium
    • YesLow sodium
    • YesNut free
    • YesAdditive free
    • YesOrganic
    • YesVegetarian
    • YesVegan
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