Last year, the Southbank Centre held its first Women of the World Festival, and I’m pleased to report that WOW is back in 2012! A “celebration of the formidable strength and inventiveness of women”, running from 7th to 11th March, this annual festival presents and recognises women from all walks of life, acting as a conversation space for issues of all kinds. WOW includes lively talks and debates about politics, the arts, economics, fashion, science, health and sport. Those attending can take part in workshops and hear from celebrities, politicians, artists and activists on the topics that matter to women worldwide. There are also some music and comedy events scheduled for the evenings, plus a free market all weekend for those of us who are a bit strapped for cash! For full programme and ticketing information for Women of the World Festival 2012, visit the Southbank Centre‘s website.