Kellie Maloney, the legendary boxing manager and promoter formerly known as Frank Maloney, will be appearing on a ‘Transgender Trailblazers’ panel, alongside actor and stand-up comedian Rebecca Root, at the inaugural Radio Times Festival this September.
The fight for transgender equality was catapulted onto TV screens and newspaper front pages in 2014, when Kellie Maloney announced that she was undergoing gender realignment surgery. Maloney, who also appeared in last year’s Celebrity Big Brother, will be joined by Rebecca Root, lead actor in upcoming BBC Two comedy Boy Meets Girl, Britain’s first transgender sitcom. For their Radio Times Festival session, both women will be talking about busting societal taboos and adjusting to their new lives. Kellie will also discuss her new book, Frankly Kellie: Becoming a Woman in a Man’s World.
Kellie Maloney says of her involvement with the festival: “Transgender discussions might not be something that a Radio Times audience would normally expect, but I’m really excited to be able to shine a light on these issues and hopefully help inspire people to be true to themselves.”
Ben Preston, Radio Times editor, says: “Television has always been a force for social change. I want our Radio Times Festival to amplify the conversation that is already taking place about transgender issues. We’ve all read a lot about Caitlyn Jenner in America, but Kellie Maloney and Rebecca Root are powerful pioneers with much to say about the British experience. They’ve got fascinating insights and deserve to be heard more widely.”
Tickets for the Radio Times Festival go on sale to the public today.
The first festival of its kind, Radio Times Festival celebrates the best of TV, radio and books over one weekend, 24th – 27th September 2015, in the historic grounds of Hampton Court Palace. There will be actors, directors, presenters, screenwriters and novelists on hand with stories to tell and insights to give, alongside exclusive screenings and sneak previews of upcoming programmes, plus a host of free events. Festival-goers will also get the chance to enjoy delicious food and drink from pop-up gourmet street stalls and bars, or relax with a spot of shopping at the boutique shopping village. Waterstones will also be on hand with an on-site bookshop, stocked with books by all the writers attending the Festival, with book signings taking place after writers’ sessions.
Make a date and book tickets now by calling the Box Office on 0871 2305 539 or visiting the festival website www.radiotimesfestival.com