Janey Godley launches new menopause initiative in Fife with online gig

Top Scottish comedian Janey Godley is celebrating the success of a new venture that encourages greater openness about the menopause.

Saturday, 6th March 2021, 1:50 pm

The renowned stand-up, who teamed up with OnFife library staff to kickstart the’ Pause…not Full Stop’ initiative, said the launch event had been eye-opening and enjoyable.

Speaking after the online comedy event, the entertainer said: “It’s great that the subject can be aired and I really enjoyed being able to connect with other women."

Her menopause-themed set went down a storm with a sell-out crowd, paving the way for informal chat that let audience members share their experiences with guest panellists.

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The comedy night was the first in a series of creative events aimed at promoting discussion about the menopause. The Pause initiative will also feature themed bakery sessions, drama workshops and other activities.

Samantha MacDougall, OnFife libraries’ service development officer, said: “Janey was the ideal person to break the ice. Aided by our wonderful panellists, she definitely got the conversation started – so much so it was hard to finish!"

Pause…not Full Stop is one of 16 projects in the UK-wide Engaging Librariep Programme.

The initiative enables libraries to interact with their users in new ways while encouraging local communities to engage with research

Libraries staff will work with leading experts to help raise awareness of research linked to the menopause and direct people to trusted sources of information.

Project researcher Dr Vanessa Beck, from Bristol University said: "It was such good fun and a lovely event. Janey was brilliant, taking a very balanced but positive spin on the whole thing."

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