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  • Date and time: Wednesday 14 June 2023, 7pm to 8pm
  • Location: Online only
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

Event details

Join us for a wonderful, uplifting and funny evening of conversation, laughter and literature.

Manasamitra is overjoyed to welcome Jay Courtney as our second Festival of Conversations event, to read from her new book Juicy Crones and lead a conversation about the joys and challenges of being an older woman.

Honest, moving and funny, Juicy Crones is a celebration of women in later life, offering an uplifting roadmap for the quest to find new meaning, truth and purpose, and redefining what it means to be an older woman.

'The average woman will live 30 years after menopause, you can have lots of fun in that time!'

This is a YouTube Premiere event. You’ll be sent a link to the screening a couple of days before it takes place, as well as a reminder an hour before.

Please note that YouTube provide automated captioning that may not be 100% accurate and may vary in quality.

About the speaker

When Jay Courtney retired from her role as lead for Children’s Health and Wellbeing for Gloucestershire (Education), she did not expect to find her world so ‘beige’, nor did she anticipate the ageism and sexism she encountered.

After winning the Daily Telegraph’s ‘Just Back’ travel writing competition for her account of a solo trip to the Faroe Islands, Jay set out on a personal quest to answer existential questions about who she was as an older woman. She turned to those in the know - women who were also exploring these big questions and had found unique answers.

Thumbing her nose at the notion that post-menopausal women are ‘dried up and past their best’, in Juicy Crones, Jay shares her own journey of struggle and enlightenment alongside 12 inspiring yet relatable women who, after overcoming major life challenges, have embraced their cronehood with gusto. Some of their unique paths have led literally to new destinations - opening a campsite in rural Hungary, hiking the caminos of Europe, scuba diving in Mexico, organising walking holidays for women and exploring Italy as a travel writer. Others have found those new places within themselves, connecting to music, art and nature - building physical strength or attending to spiritual growth, even flying planes! From bold leaps of faith to realising dreams, these are all stories of risk, adventure, laughter, loss and love - and, ultimately, of acceptance.

The Artistic Director and CEO of Manasamitra is one of the 12 women celebrated in the book, so this event has a special significance for them.
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