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LFFW | Women and Football in England

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London Festival of Football Writing

Anna Kessel, Carrie Dunn and Jacqui Oatley MBE will be discussing the current state of women's football in England.

Millions watched the 2015 Women's World Cup as the England Lionesses roared in Canada, winning bronze. Their fighting spirit and fabulous skill captured the fascination of the entire country as their campaign unfolded in the small hours of the 2015 summer mornings.

On the back of this success, attendances in the FA Women's Super League increased, as interest in women's football grew. Top stars talked enthusiastically about the dawn of a new era for women's football, but under the surface, countless instances of ingrained sexism still emanate from the heart of the FA, with prehistoric attitudes still blighting the game.

The panel will be discussing what the future holds for women's football, from the big bucks and big names of the Women’s Super League, to the state of grassroots clubs in elite divisions. They’ll assess England’s chances in the upcoming UEFA Women’s Euro 2017, and should the team exceed expectations, what level of respect, recognition and reward they can expect.

Anna Kessel (@Anna_Kessel) is a sports writer for the Guardian and the Observer and the author of Eat Sweat Play. She is also the co-founder and chair of Women in Football.

Carrie Dunn (@carriesparkle) is a freelance journalist. She writes primarily about sport and has covered events from the Olympics to the Ashes. She is the author of Spandex, Screw Jobs and Cheap Pops, about professional wrestling in Britain, and The Roar of the Lionesses: Women's Football in England.

The event will be chaired by Jacqui Oatley MBE (@JacquiOatley). Jacqui is a sports presenter, hosting mostly football for ITV Sport and BBC Sport. She is best known for being the first female commentator on BBC One's Match of the Day, which she went on to present in March 2015. She is an FA qualified football coach and a director of Women in Football. She also covers darts tournaments on ITV4 and the first female presenter of the BBC's flagship sports news radio show, Sportsweek, on BBC Radio 5 Live.

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About the festival:

- Events will consist of approximately 45 minutes of discussion between panelists, with 30 minutes audience Q&A

- Events subject to change

- The events take place in the basement of Waterstones Tottenham Court Road. There is a lift that serves the basement and there is an accessible, gender-neutral toilet located on all three floors of the shop. If you have any further questions on accessibility, please do not hesitate to contact us - ldnfestivaloffootballwriting@gmail.com

- Seating is unreserved, but for those with hearing/sight impairment, seats can be reserved at the front of the room - please contact ldnfestivaloffootballwriting@gmail.com to arrange

- There is a fully licensed bar and cafe that is open during the course of the event

- Authors will be available to sign copies after the event, though this cannot be guaranteed. If you cannot come to the event, but still wish to purchase a signed copy, please call Waterstones Tottenham Court Road on 02074361886 to organise. You will be required to pay for the book prior to the event and, again, signed copies cannot be guaranteed.

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