26 minutes | Jun 30th 2020

"Dialling down the feminism" with writer and comedian Alex Bertulis-Fernandes

Alex Bertulis-Fernandes is a comedian and writer. She's been doing stand-up for the past year, and she is writing a memoir while being mentored on the Penguin WriteNow mentoring scheme*. 

Alex and I met at the late, much-loved Clean Prose writers' space a few months ago, at a memoir-writing workshop taught by writer Cathy Rentzenbrink.

Alex was actually the person who broke some comedy news to me last week - that I was a nominee for the Funny Women Stage Awards 2020 - she had been in the same position last year, and she happened to see this year's announcement before I did! 

On this episode, Alex tells me about her 'Dial down the feminism' artwork, which went viral on Twitter, and what that felt like. She goes into how social media helps a comedian's work these days, and how writing stand-up sets has influenced the writing of her book. She rounds off the episode with some great advice on why writers should aim to be vulnerable. 

Find Alex on

- Twitter: https://twitter.com/alexbertanades

- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexbertulisfernandes/

* Click for more information on the recent report into the lack of diversity in UK publishing

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