As traditional gender roles shift more and more in today’s society, the role of men in parenthood gains new meaning as well. Today’s fathers are questioning thousands of years of toxic masculinity and patriarchal dominance, allowing for more nuance and flexibility in narrowly defined mother/father roles.

In this unabashedly personal discussion, poets Hugh Dunkerley and Anthony Anaxagorou will share their own approaches, experiences, fears and dreams in relation to masculinity and fatherhood, while a ‘history’ and sociological perspective of fatherhood will be offered by Laura King.

About The Speakers

Anthony Anaxagorou

Anthony Anaxagorou is a British-born Cypriot award-winning poet, fiction writer, essayist, publisher, and poetry educator. He has published nine volumes of poetry, a spoken-word EP, and a collection of short stories. He is the founder of Out-Spoken. GB.


Hugh Dunkerley

Hugh Dunkerley lives in Brighton with his wife and son. His latest poetry collection is Kin (Cinnamon Press) which explores the experience of contemporary fatherhood. He currently runs the MA in Creative Writing at The University of Chichester, where he is Reader in Creative Writing and Contemporary Poetry.


Laura King

Laura King is a historian who researches the history of families, relationships, gender and everyday life in twentieth-century Britain. She has specialised in the history of fatherhood in modern Britain, charting the way that men’s roles, relationships and identities have changed – or not . Her book, ‘Family Men’, was published by OUP in 2015.