This October sees the return of the Women In Comedy Festival.
Now in its seventh year, the celebration of female led comedy will run from 3 to 13 October in Manchester, incorporating around 30 events.
Highlights look set to include Kiri Pritchard-McLean and Rachel Fairburn's serial killer focused podcast All Killa No Filla, as well as the hosts' solo shows: Fairburn's People's Princess recently ran at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Pritchard-McLean's latest work in progress show is already hotly tipped.
The only female orthodox Jewish comedian Rachel Creeger announces herself with Hinayni!. Meanwhile Amy Gledhill - who is one half of the Edinburgh Comedy Award nominated The Delightful Sausage - performs a work in progress, as does Harriet Dyer of the Barking Tales comedy night.
Also in the programme are new acts to be checked out, at Laughing Calves; Beat the Frog World Series winner Kathryn Mather appearing with a solo show; Notflix's musical improv show (pictured); and the Funny Women gang drop in for two shows too.
The Women in Comedy Festival was set up in 2013 by Hazel O'Keefe as a natural progression to her highly successful all female comedy clubs Laughing Cows. She says: "My passion for this project arose from the need to show the vast number of women involved in the comedy scene and to encourage promoters and agents to attend the festival and scout for talent. It's been something I have wanted to do for several years, so it was a matter of timing. Over the past couple of years I feel that the comedy scene has changed for the better, I used to be able to confidently name most of the female acts in the UK. That's not the case now. A festival in the UK to showcase and celebrate in this way was inevitable."
Co-director Jessica Toomey, who runs the Frog And Bucket comedy club, came on board last year. She comments: "It's a privilege to work with a festival that champions, supports and promotes women in comedy and I'm proud that the only city in Europe doing this is my hometown of Manchester.
"Greater Manchester has always been a great region for discovering new comedy, especially women such as the sadly missed Victoria Wood and Caroline Aherne. With recent new pledges such as ITV's 50:50 gender split writing initiative it's more important than ever that there is the platform to allow these women to be seen, heard and discovered."
Actor Maxine Peake noted when she took on the patronship: "I'm proud to be supporting the UK Women in Comedy Festival as a patron. A festival filled with laughter combined with feminist principles taking place in the North... what's not to support!"