Gallery and review: Caitlin Moran, Birmingham Town Hall

Wolverhampton's own Caitlin Moran brought her Moranifesto to Birmingham Town Hall last night as she spoke passionately about her desire to rip up the rule book and set out how she would make the world a better place.

Gallery and review: Caitlin Moran, Birmingham Town Hall

Caitlin speaks to fans in Birmingham

The columnist and writer of Channel 4's Raised by Wolves, which is set on a Wolverhampton council estate, spoke to BBC Radio 6's Matt Everitt about her new book, Moranifesto, in front of an audience of several hundred.

The hour-long show was her very own party political broadcast on what she believes is wrong with this country and how it could be made better. You may have noticed Moran is everywhere at the moment, largely due to the increasing success of Raised by Wolves, but she has written several books before, mostly based on her experiences of being female.

She talked about her disdain of the political elite - her view that only a select band of people who go to the same school can only make it into Government and live in a bubble that will be forever out of reach for the 'working class'. What gets to her even more is how she says this has become the accepted norm. She spoke enthusiastically about how for someone who has grown up on benefits, the path before them is not inevitable.
She is the embodiment of her argument. As she reminded the town hall audience, she was brought up on benefits in Wolverhampton and yet made it big, becoming an award-winning columnist for The Times, writing her own TV show, speaking on stage to the masses, rather than being just one of the masses.

While at times the evening took the feel of a protest rally her many frustrations with the world were punctuated with humour that endeared her to the audience.
She was cheered on and raised many laughs throughout the show, not least from interviewer Everitt, who only needed to pitch a handful of questions, such were the length of Moran's monologues. 

The second half of the show was dominated by feminism. As a self-confessed and unapologetic feminist, it is an issue Moran talks about with a fevered passion. 
But she still managed to keep it light, such as when she said her only female role models to choose from when she was growing up were either Margaret Thatcher or Courtney Love.

It was a rant about a letter she once received questioning why she is always photographed pulling faces - 'looking like someone's drunk mother having a stroke' - which brought the laughs as she spoke of her hatred for women who try to look attractive in photographs. 'Because I'm having fun' was her answer at the end of it. 

She won't change to fit into how society says she should, and nor would she say should anyone else.

Like one of those role models she had to choose from, she's not for turning.

By Richard Guttridge
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