Sex in Lockdown


Are sex and social distancing unnatural bedfellows? From having more to wanting more, and from doing it yourself to abstaining completely - we have brought together some of the greatest minds, researchers and global sexperts to discuss how life under lockdown has impacted our sex lives.

Speakers include writer and campaigner Lucy-Anne Holmes, author of Women on Top of the World - all about what women think about during sex; Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah, co-founder of the Adventures from the Bedrooms of African Women and the forthcoming book The Sex Lives of African Women (Dialogue Books); and performer, playwright and poet Dr Jessi Parrott.

Chaired by broadcaster and founder of Stance podcast Chrystal Genesis. All ticket buyers will receive a very special preview of Nana's new book The Sex Lives of African Women after the event.

This event will have BSL interpretation and digital captioning. 

If you'd like to submit any questions for Lucy, please email them to with the event title in the subject line. 

This event features a performance by a WOW Sounds artist. Don't miss an incredible performance by the Zimbabwean ‘Princess of Mbira’ Hope Masike.

Sex in Lockdown is part of WOW UK Festival 2021, a very special digital programme, featuring groundbreaking In Conversations and interactive workshops. Over three weeks we’ll explore everything from mental health to sex in lockdown, radical childcare to being everything from a grandmother to an artist in a pandemic (or both!). Find out about The WOW Foundation and its work year-round to fight gender inequality here.

For this year’s festival, we are offering audiences the chance to pay what they can for tickets from £1 upwards. If you’re able to pay a higher ticket price, your contribution will include a donation to help WOW continue its work fighting for gender equality all year-round.

About the speaker:

Lucy-Anne Holmes is a writer, actress and campaigner living in Sussex. She is the author of three previous novels which were published in ten countries, and of Don't Hold My Head Down, her funny and eye-opening personal sexual odyssey. Lucy-Anne was also the founder of the No More Page 3 campaign to convince the owners and editors of The Sun newspaper to cease its Page 3 feature, which showed photos of topless models. The newspaper withdrew this feature as a result of the movement. When she is not working on Women on Top of the World, Lucy-Anne is on a training course to become a sacred sexual priestess.

Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah is a feminist activist, writer and blogger. She is the co-founder of the Adventures from the Bedrooms of African Women, an award-winning blog that focuses on African women, sex and sexualities. She works with the Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) as Director of Communications and Media.

Dr Jessi Parrott is a London-based performer, playwright and poet, who has Cerebral Palsy and is a powered wheelchair user. In their creative practice, they especially enjoy creating collaborative work which engages with the intersections of gender, sexuality and disability. Their most recent personal project was part of Jamie Hale’s CRIPtic Pit Party at the Barbican in October 2019. In performing other people’s work, they most recently played Fennel in Naomi Westerman’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik for Cuckoo Bang’s online new writing showcase MegaBITS (August 2020), and were part of an audio recording of Time’s speech from The Winter’s Tale alongside 42 other performers. They are also an academic and researcher, and recently completed their PhD at the University of Warwick, which positioned disability as an employment issue in UK theatre and television. This background, along with previous experience as a member of Where’s My Vagina, means they are incredibly excited to hold space for other artists through leading and co-creating our next contribution as a collective. 

Chrystal Genesis is a broadcaster and arts & cultural consultant from London living in New York City. She runs and hosts Stance, the award-winning independent arts, culture and politics podcast and has presented on BBC Podcast Radio Hour & BBC Front Row. She works as a Producer for Neon Hum Media and prior to this, Chrystal worked at the BBC producing multi-platform arts, news and current affairs content for the Today Programme, Woman's Hour, The World at One and PM, all on Radio 4, as well as on shows for BBC London, 6 Music, BBC 1, The World Affairs Unit, The Political Unit and BBC World in London and Washington DC.



Tickets are non-refundable.