Woman's Hour

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Natasha Gordon, Consent videos, Two-week wait after IVF

Natasha Gordon tells us about her new play Nine Night and how it feels to be the first black British female playwright to have a play showing in the West End. What difference does it make to have female MP’s and voters when it comes to improving women’s lives? We hear from MPs Nusrat Ghani from the Conservatives, Labour's Jess Phillips, Jo Swinson from the Liberal Democrats and Hannah Bardell of the SNP. We’ll also hear from Sarah Childs, professor of Politics and Gender at Birkbeck and Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu lawyer and women’s rights activist. Georgia has elected its first female President. The Caucasus correspondent for BBC news Rayhan Demytrie explains what this mean for the country. Why are some men asking women to record their consent before sex? We discuss what this shows about understanding consent with Rachel King a journalist who was recently asked to make such a recording and Alix Fox a sex writer and presenter of Radio 1 podcast, Unexpected Fluids. We discuss the stress of the dreaded two week wait after IVF. Izzy Judd is a podcaster and creator of the Uber Barrens Club website; Katy Lidemann is a writer; and Geeta Nargund is a fertility expert. The American columnist and writer Roxane Gay on her book Hunger, fatphobia and feminism. Beer expert, Melissa Cole’s new book The Beer Kitchen combines her two passions: beer and food. She explains the difference between taste and flavour and how to assess beer and pair it with food. Presented by Jane Garvey Produced by Rabeka Nurmahomed Edited by Jane Thurlow Interviewed guest: Natasha Gordon Interviewed guest: Nusrat Ghani Interviewed guest: Jess Phillips Interviewed guest: Jo Swinson Interviewed guest: Hannah Bardell Interviewed guest: Sarah Childs Interviewed guest: Shola Mos-Shogbamimu Interviewed guest: Rayhan Demytrie Interviewed guest: Rachel King Interviewed guest: Alix Fox Interviewed guest: Izzy Judd Interviewed guest: Katy Lidemann Interviewed guest: Geeta Nargund Interviewed guest: Roxane Gay Interviewed guest: Melissa Cole


Pauline McLynn, Breast cancer and older mothers, Salome Zurabishvili, Melissa Cole

New research shows that women who have children in their 30's have a higher risk of breast cancer. Jenni asks Dr Emma Pennery, Clinical Director at Breast Cancer Care to look behind the headline and put the study into context. In her new production of Dr Faustus at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in London, director, Paulette Randall has cast the main roles of the menacing Mephistopheles and the Doctor as women. Best-known for her role as Mrs Doyle in the long-running comedy TV series Father Ted, Pauline McLynn plays the demon and talks to Jenni about the continued relevance of this cautionary tale. What are we prepared to sacrifice in the pursuit of power? Listener's got in touch after hearing criticism by Grandmothers to be of parents using mobile phones and screens in front of their young children. Lucy, one of those listeners, joins the programme to share her experiences along with the parenting commentator Ellie Gibson from the Scummy Mummies podcast. What kinds of advice do they get from their elders and can it ever be welcome? On Sunday 16th of December Salome Zurabishvili will be inaugurated as Georgia’s first elected woman president. What does this mean for the country? And how have Georgian women reacted? Caucasus Correspondent Rayhan Demytrie explains the significance of Zurabishvili and her rise to power. Beer expert, Melissa Cole’s new book ‘The Beer Kitchen’ combines her two passions: beer and food. She joins Jenni in the studio to talk about cooking with beer, the difference between taste and flavour and how to assess beer and pair it with food. Presenter: Jenni Murray Producer: Caroline Donne Guest: Dr. Emma Pennery Guest: Pauline McLynn Guest: Ellie Gibson Guest: Rayhan Demytrie Guest: Melissa Cole Photographer credit: Marc Brenner


Angela Merkel's Successor? Plus Baby Banks, Aimee Stuart, Supporting Support Workers

Angela Merkel has announced she is to step down after 18 years at the helm of Germany’s Christian Democratic Union, though will stay on as Chancellor for the rest of her current term. So who will replace her? One woman is up against two men – Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has been described by some as ‘mini Merkel’. We discuss her policies and what her chances are. Thousands of mums are turning to baby banks to feed and clothe their families and the numbers are increasing. Babybanks work like food banks. Families are referred by their midwife, their social or health worker and they can pick up essential donated items like clothes, buggies and wipes. There are over 100 babybanks across the UK. Little Village runs three in London. Henrietta Harrison went to meet some families at a bank in Balham in South London. Aimée Stuart was a popular and controversial Scottish playwright in the 1930s – so why have we not heard of her? Nicolette Key has directed a revival of Stuart’s play ‘Jeannie’, a Cinderella story of a young women desperate to escape domestic drudgery. She’s here to talk about what she discovered about this feminist writer and her interesting life. As the Radio 4 Christmas Appeal continues we ask who supports the support workers. Three female charity workers Sophie, Bethan and Sophie explain the pressures they feel at work and how they cope. Presenter: Jenni Murray Producer: Kirsty Starkey Interviewed Guest: Kate Connolly Interviewed Guest: Nicolette Key Interviewed Guest: Sophie Tomlinson Interviewed Guest: Bethan Lant Interviewed Guest: Sophie Campion Reporter: Henrietta Harrison


Grannies-to-be. SEN provision in schools. Neo-classical painter Angelica Kauffman reimagined.

Our four grannies- to-be, Rubina from Manchester, Erika from Bedfordshire, Angie from Nottingham and Rosemary from East Staffordshire talk about their anxieties around the birth of their grandchild. Angelica Kauffman was one of the founding members of the Royal Academy, which celebrates its 250th Birthday next week. Yet she’s not included in the famous paintings of those founders. So who was she? We discuss the life and impact of the neo-classical painter. A new Ofsted report claims that thousands of children are missing out on support for diagnosed special educational needs in England, and that provision for pupils with special educational needs (SEN) was too inconsistent. Teachers have urged Ofsted to recognise how a lack of funding is contributing to these issues. So, how do head teachers decide where to spend their money, especially when they have to make cuts? Is SEN a priority? Earlier this year, Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed al-Maktoum, daughter of Dubai’s ruler, left her country and set sail for India with her friend Tiina Jauhiainen., They planned to fly to America for a new life. But 30 miles from the Indian coast, she was seized. She hasn’t been seen since. Tiina joins Jenni to tell the story of the planned escape ahead of tonight's BBC-2 documentary about the case. Presenter Jenni Murray Producer Beverley Purcell Guest; Tiina Jauhiainen Guest Sarah Pickstone Guest Alexandra Burnett Guest Rachael Warwick Guest Angie Browne


Sex and Gender: Sport, Child Neglect

Trans women are keen to share the social, health and intrinsic benefits of playing sport with other women. Trans women athletes can compete with women at international level, but many women feel that transgender sportswomen are at a natural physical advantage in any competition. We look at the arguments and the evidence about whether it’s fairer to include or exclude trans women from women’s sports. Jane is joined by Dr Beth Jones and Dr Nicola Williams The NSPCC has analysed police crime figures to find that cases of child neglect and cruelty have doubled over the past five years. In the last year alone police recorded 17,000 cases of parents deliberately neglecting, mistreating or assaulting their children. Last night they launched their ‘Light For Every Childhood’ Christmas Appeal. Jane talks to Emily Hilton from the NSPCC and to Paula Hudgell who fostered and went on to adopt a little boy who was neglected by his parents. Monika Fahlbusch was shortlisted for ‘Women of the Year and ‘Transformation Leader’ at this year’s Computing’s Women’s in IT Excellence Awards. In 2016, she was named a Silicon Valley ‘women of influence’. She’s senior vice president, chief employee experience officer at BMC Software. BMC is a company that provides systems that help large companies such as the Bank of England run their IT infrastructure. She tells us why she's passionate about working in tech. According to Channel 4 boss Ian Katz rising house prices mean that young people forced to live at home for longer are spending more quality time with their parents watching television. But how easy is to find something that everyone wants to watch? And is it actually bonding time? Listener Caroline has moved back in with her parents as she works on her PhD thesis, and she joins us with her mum to discuss their experience. Plus, TV Critic Emma Bullimore tells us what will bring the whole family together in front of the box over Christmas. Presented by Jane Garvey Produced by Jane Thurlow Interviewed guest: Beth Jones Interviewed guest: Nicola Williams Interviewed guest: Emily Hilton Interviewed guest: Paula Hudgell Interviewed guest: Monika Fahlbusch Interviewed guest: Emma Bullimore


Freya Ridings; Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder; Kindertransport Anniversary & Child Refugees;

The UK has the 4th highest level of prenatal alcohol use worldwide, yet rates of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder are unknown. New research published by the University of Bristol today reveals some concerning statistics. Tina speaks to Dr Cheryl Mcquire who led the study and Jane, now 28, who wasn’t diagnosed with FASD until she was 14. Freya Ridings might not be a name you recognise, but you’ll have her heard her voice – her song Lost Without You has been in the top 40 chart since the summer, when it was featured in a moment of heartbreak on the ITV2 show Love Island. Freya joins us to perform the song, and to discuss her whirlwind year and using her dyslexia to her advantage. Last night, Melanie Timberlake won the Disability Coach of the Year 2018 award, for her work as an Ikkaido coach. She joins Tina to discuss her work, and how disability-inclusive sport has offered her solace from an abusive childhood and postnatal depression. In her first book of comic strips, French comic artist and feminist Emma, reflects on social and feminist issues by means of simple line drawings. By dissecting the mental load – all the invisible and unpaid organising, list-making and planning that women do to manage their lives (and their families) she shares the hilarious and often serious side of women’s lives. On 2nd December 1938, the first Kindertransport train arrived into Liverpool Street Station, marking the start of a momentous rescue mission that saved the lives of 10,000 children from Nazi occupied Europe. 80 years on, how significant was the programme? And what can its history teach us about the current child refugee crisis? Beth Gardiner-Smith is the Chief Executive of Safe Passage. Olivia Marks-Woldman is the Chief Executive of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. Jackie Sanders is the Director of Communications and Public Affairs at the Fostering Network. They all join Tina to discuss the legacy of Kindertransport and what it’s like to look after child refugees today. Presenter: Tina Daheley Producer: Kirsty Starkey Interviewed Guest: Dr Cheryl Mcquire Interviewed Guest: Jane Interviewed Guest: Freya Ridings Interviewed Guest: Melanie Timberlake Interviewed Guest: Emma Interviewed Guest: Olivia Marks Woldman Interviewed Guest: Beth Gardiner Smith Interviewed Guest: Jackie Saunders


Grandmas, Maternity leave, Prison, Forced marriage

Over a quarter of mums (27%) did not enjoy their maternity leave as much as they thought they would, according to a poll commissioned for The Emma Barnett Show on BBC Radio 5 Live. ComRes questioned over 1,000 women who’d been on maternity leave in the past ten years, and found that nearly half (47%) felt lonely while on maternity leave. Nearly one in five mums (19%) wished they’d gone back to work earlier, and two in five (41%) missed being at work. Jenni spoke to BBC Radio 5 Live reporter Kathryn Stanczyszyn about the survey, and to mums Donna Davies and Claire Gooch about their experiences. The final part of BBC2's 'Inside the Foreign Office' features Sophie Lott who works in the Forced Marriage Unit. The Unit was launched in its current form in 2005 and is the only government-run unit of its kind in the world. Each year staff assist up to 1,400 people at risk of being forced into marriage. Around 78% of the victims are female with many of them being under 18. Jenni talks to Sophie about assisting the thousands of British citizens who find themselves in this position. At the end of the summer we asked anyone who was about to become a grandmother for the first time to get in touch and tell us what they were looking forward to and what they were worried about. Here are four of the women who responded talking to Caroline Donne who recently became a grandmother herself. Mother and daughter Cheryl and Abigail Byron were separated for two years when Cheryl was served a prison sentence that neither of them were expecting. Don’t Forget the Birds is a new play in which they tell the story of how they coped without each other – and how much it took to rebuild their relationship after the prison gates were opened. Presenter: Jenni Murray


Women on the Western Front, Blackfishing, Menopause reversal

Opera North’s new commission marking the Armistice centenary Not Such Quiet Girls, tells the repressed and forgotten stories of women in World War I through staged scenes and music from the time. Singer and academic Jessica Walker talks to Jane about what inspired her to write the piece. The act of ‘blackfishing’ involves using make-up, hair products and sometimes even surgery to appear black or ethnically ambiguous. Why is blackfishing problematic and what does it say about the way social media views women of colour? Wanna Thompson is a Toronto-based music, culture and lifestyle blogger. Jacqueline Springer is a contemporary black culture journalist. How well are schools doing at safeguarding the vulnerable children who feel that their gender identity does not match their birth sex? We discuss what’s happening in practice and why some people are concerned about how well young people are being supported. Last night the BBC documentary The Truth About The Menopause explored a pioneering treatment that claims to reverse the menopause. At the moment young cancer patients who are undergoing an early menopause due to chemotherapy are being offered this treatment, but could older women ever benefit from it? Jane is joined by consultant paediatric oncologist, Sheila Lane from the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. Presenter: Jane Garvey Producer: Laura Northedge Interviewed Guest: Jessica Walker Interviewed Guest: Wanna Thompson Interviewed Guest: Jacqueline Springer Interviewed Guest: Sheila Lane Interviewed Guest: Layla Moran Interviewed Guest: Michele Moore


Leaving controlling relationships, Caryl Churchill, Cilla

This week sees the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women begin 16 days working towards that goal. But how is emotional abuse, which can be difficult to see visible signs of, fitting into that work? We talk to Natalie, who successfully took her partner to court for coercive control, and Katie Ghose, the Chief Executive of Women’s Aid. As the playwright Caryl Churchill celebrates her 80th birthday, we hear how her work has impacted women in and outside the arts. Actor Deborah Findlay, writer Moira Buffini and Professor Elaine Aston discuss. A new album of Cilla Black’s music has been released, remastering her vocals with accompaniment from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. One of the producers of the album, Juliette Pochin, explains how they remastered some of her greatest hits. This week Jane began a series of conversations about sex and gender. She spoke to Bex Stinson, who is the Head of Trans Inclusion at Stonewall, and Helen Lewis, the Deputy Editor of the New Statesman, about why conversations around the topic are so quickly labelled toxic. Ariana Grande hit the news this week as she cut her trademark ponytail in the wake of her recent break-up. Why is hair often an outlet during big lifestyle changes? Jenni is joined by hair historian Rachael Gibson, hairdresser Michael Douglas and Georgie Willock who chose a bold new look as a new mum. In 1992 Jayne Zito's first husband, Jonathan, was stabbed to death by a paranoid schizophrenic at Finsbury Park tube station in London, just months after they were married. Calling for an independent inquiry immediately the trial was finished she headed the Zito Trust for 16 years, an influential lobbying organisation aimed at supporting victims and improving the delivery of community care services to the severely mentally ill. Jayne talks to Jenni about life after the campaigning ends. The Women’s Atlas looks at the world through maps and charts of women’s experiences around the world, and is now in its fifth edition. Its author, the geographer Joni Seager joins Jenni to discuss the changes she’s charted in women’s lives since she began the project in 1986. Presented by Jenni Murray Produced by Rosie Stopher Edited by Jane Thurlow Interviewed guest: Natalie Interviewed guest: Katie Ghose Interviewed guest: Caryl Churchill Interviewed guest: Moira Buffini Interviewed guest: Deborah Findlay Interviewed guest: Juliette Pochin Interviewed guest: Bex Stinson Interviewed guest: Helen Lewis Interviewed guest: Rachael Gibson Interviewed guest: Michael Douglas Interviewed guest: Georgie Willock Interviewed guest: Jayne Zito Interviewed guest: Joni Seager


Cuckoo: Teenage life in a small Irish town, coercive control convictions, help for low-paid women

Since the end of 2015 controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate or family relationship has been an offence. Jenni speaks to Natalie, one of the few survivors to secure a conviction against her abuser for coercive and controlling behaviour, who experienced the abuse from her ex-husband. Katie Ghose, chief executive of Women’s Aid, joins them to discuss the latest figures from the charity looking at the current situation for domestic abuse services. Life can be pretty tough when you’re an outcast in a small town. We speak to the writer, Lisa Carroll and actor, Caitriona Ennis about their new play Cuckoo - focusing on two teenagers growing up in a Dublin suburb. Penny Mordaunt MP, the Women and Equalities Minister, has recently announced a new initiative to help low-paid and unskilled women workers. This marks a shift from focusing on women in the boardroom to those that she calls ‘invisible women’. Jenni speaks to Jessica Zambrano, a woman who had to leave her job as a cleaner due to the costs of childcare, and then to Christine McAnea, Assistant General secretary at UNISON and Jessica Prestidge, a senior researcher at the think tank Bright Blue about the plans and look at what more needs to be done. And we hear from Katherine Pearce, the curator of a new exhibition of 50 Victorian paintings of children at Guildhall Art Gallery. She argues that seeing the paintings together shows some surprising contemporary attitudes to gender roles and family life. Presenter Jenni Murray Producer Kirsty Starkey Interviewed Guest: Katie Ghose Interviewed Guest: Lisa Carroll Interviewed Guest: Caitriona Ennis Interviewed Guest: Christine McAnea Interviewed Guest: Jessica Prestidge Interviewed Guest: Jessica Zambrano Interviewed Guest: Katherine Pearce Photographer: David Gill


Breakup hair, Jayne Zito, Frieda, Arguing

In 1992 Jayne Zito's first husband, Jonathan, was stabbed to death by a paranoid schizophrenic at Finsbury Park tube station in London, just months after they were married. Calling for an independent inquiry as soon as the trial finished, she headed the Zito Trust for 16 years, an influential lobbying organisation aimed at supporting victims and improving the delivery of community care services to the severely mentally ill. Jayne talks to Jenni about life after the campaigning ends and the costs and gains that remain. Annabel Abbs joins Jenni to talk about her new book Frieda, a novel based on the life of “the real Lady Chatterley” DH Lawrence’s wife Frieda von Richthofen. She famously left her husband and three children to “elope” with Lawrence and spent the rest of his life inspiring, collaborating and editing his work. But what was the emotional cost of abandoning her family to enter into an intense and violent relationship with the famously difficult Lawrence? And did she ever find the freedom she desperately longed for? Regular conflict is a household can impact not only family relationships, but a child’s overall well-being. Children who grow up witnessing their parents constantly arguing are more likely to suffer from mental illnesses and poor life skills. What does the research around this say and what can we learn from it? Donna Molloy is the Director of Policy and Practice at the Early Intervention Foundation. Laverne Antrobus is a consultant and educational psychologist for The Tavistock and Portman NHS clinic. NHS Digital has published its Mental Health of Children and Young People in England Report, 2017. It is the latest in a series which provides England’s best source of data on trends in child mental health. The last one was published in 2005 before social media became widespread. Tom Foley, Director of Data, NHS Digital joins Jenni to discuss its findings. Arianna Grande is the most recent in a long line of celebs to drastically trim her locks after a public break-up. Why is our hair often the first thing we change after a relationship ends? Jenni is joined by hair historian Rachael Gibson, hairdresser Michael Douglas and Georgie Willock who chose a bold new look as a new mum. They look into what is behind our need for reinvention and whether it’s always a good idea to get the chop. Presenter: Jenni Murray Interviewed guest: Jayne Zito Interviewed guest: Annabel Abbs Interviewed guest: Donna Molloy Interviewed guest: Laverne Antrobus Interviewed guest: Rachael Gibson Interviewed guest: Michael Douglas Interviewed guest: Georgie Willock Interviewed guest: Tom Foley


The great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst on the campaign to get more women into parliament

Hundreds of women from all over the country have been invited by their MP to Westminster today to mark the centenary of the Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act passed on 21 November 1918 which gave all women over the age of 21 the right to run for political office for the first time. Helen Pankhurst the great-granddaughter of suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst talks to Jenni about the importance of women taking up public office. One of the victims of the so called “black cab rapist”, John Worboys, has described the impact that getting justice has had on her. The woman, who can only be known as DSD, says she’s unable to leave her house and her marriage has broken up as a consequence. We discuss the toll this kind of experience has on the victims of sexual violence as well as the effectiveness of the Victim Contact Service. The fifth edition of the Women’s Atlas has been published showing in charts and infographics the status of women around the world. Its author, the geographer Joni Seager, Professor and Chair of Global Studies at Bentley University in Boston talks about the advances that have been made and the key issues still to be tackled. And we celebrate the work of playwright, Caryl Churchill’s as she celebrates her 80th Birthday. What’s been the impact of her exploration of sexual politics & feminism over more than 50 years? Presenter Jenni Murray Producer Beverley Purcell Guest; Helen Pankhurst Guest; Prof Joni Seager Guest; Moira Buffini Guest; Deborah Findlay Guest; Prof Elaine Aston Guest; Kim Harrison


Weekend Woman's Hour: Lea DeLaria, Pregnant women in prison, Sikh divorce

Comedian, actress, activist and musician Lea DeLaria - famous for playing Big Boo in Orange is the New Black - tells us about her homage to David Bowie. We hear about a new health initiative in England for women that will focus on disease prevention across three stages of our lives. Health Minister Jackie Doyle-Price and Lesley Regan, President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists talk about the plans. The American photojournalist Lynsey Addario, described as one of the five most influential photographers of the past 25 years, discusses her recent work in Yemen. Pregnant and post natal women in English prisons are not getting the care they need according to research done by Dr Laura Abbott, a senior lecturer in midwifery at the University of Hertfordshire. She's joined by Naomi Delap the director of the charity Birth Companions to discuss. How are people with learning disabilities represented on screen? We hear from Carly Jones a disability activist who has autism and from Louise Dyson the founder of VisABLE People Casting Agency. Families can spend up to £75,000 on a Sikh wedding but what happens if you get divorced? Minreet Kaur and Jasprit Panesar discuss how their failed marriages caused difficulties for them with friends and family. The crime novelist Cath Staincliffe tells us about her new novel Fear of Falling which focuses on a friendship between two women and their struggles with unwanted pregnancy, infertility and a failing adoption. Presented by Jane Garvey Produced by Rabeka Nurmahomed Edited by Jane Thurlow Interviewed guest: Lea DeLaria Interviewed guest: Jackie Doyle-Price Interviewed guest: Lesley Regan Interviewed guest: Laura Abbott Interviewed guest: Naomi Delap Interviewed guest: Louise Dyson Interviewed guest: Carly Jones Interviewed guest: Louise Dyson Interviewed guest: Minreet Kaur Interviewed guest: Jasprit Panesar Interviewed guest: Cath Staincliffe


American comedian, actor, activist and musician Lea DeLaria

Comedian, actress, activist and musician Lea DeLaria is famous for playing ‘Big Boo’ in ‘Orange Is The New Black’ but she made her name as the first openly gay stand-up on a late night show in America. She joins Jane in the studio to talk about her jazz homage to David Bowie, being butch and the importance of rage. This week an Irish politician held up a pair of knickers in Parliament. Ruth Coppinger did it to protest at the way a teenage girl was treated in a rape case. The lawyer for the man accused of raping her, who was found not guilty in the end, told the jury: “You have to look at the way she was dressed. She was wearing a thong with a lace front.” Ruth Coppinger says she used the underwear to highlight “routine victim-blaming.” The unusual gesture has led to a series of protests in Ireland about consent and how women are treated in sexual assault cases. It’s sparked a social media campaign and a washing-line of knickers in Dublin city centre. Parenting under any circumstances can be tricky – but certain circumstances can make it much, much more challenging. Louise Halling was diagnosed with a form of muscular dystrophy –at 19. It’s a degenerative illness, which causes muscles to waste. She and her husband Mark, have a six-year-old, Jacob. For her, and other mothers with a disability, parenting has all kinds of additional hurdles to overcome - which are not often really acknowledged or widely discussed. Courage Everywhere is the National Theatre’s four day nod to the 100th anniversary of the first women in the UK gaining the right to vote. This evening’s play-reading, In The Parlour, is set in March, 1913 in the US: a discussion between two women, divided by race, the night before the first suffrage demonstration, the African-American women are not being allowed to march with the white female suffragists. Award-winning writer, Judy Tate joins Jane explains the significance of this historical event. Since 2014, Holbeck in Leeds has been a ‘managed area’ for sex work, meaning that sex workers are able to operate between certain hours without being prosecuted. But recent outcry from local residents has led to an independent review of the approach. So what does a managed area mean for the safety and rights of sex workers? Jane is joined by Professor Teela Sanders, criminologist from University of Leicester and Gemma Scire, from Basis Yorkshire. Presenter: Jane Garvey Producer: Kirsty Starkey Interviewed Guest: Ruth Coppinger Interviewed Guest: Susan Dillon Interviewed Guest: Lea DeLaria Interviewed Guest: Louise Halling Interviewed Guest: Judy Tate Interviewed Guest: Gemma Scire Interviewed Guest: Teela Sanders Reporter: Catherine Carr


Late Night Woman's Hour: Work and Rest

Lauren and guests reflect on how we can find the right balance between work and rest. Often presented as opposites, our attitudes to work and rest are changing under the influence of a range of technological and social forces. Many people work from home, but how many of us also home from work? And how do we maintain the boundaries between the two when it's so easy to check your work email at midnight? Lauren's guests this month are: Emma Gannon: writer, blogger, and founder of the podcast Control Alt Delete. Emma wrote a book of the same name in 2016, and is currently working on a new book, The Multi-Hyphen Method, in which she's going to be looking at how we can 'design our own careers and work less.' Dr Zeena Feldman: lecturer in digital culture at King's College London. Zeena is interested in how digital media blur the boundaries between our work and home lives. Earlier this year she launched the Quitting Social Media project, examining peoples' reasons for disconnecting. Rosie Fletcher: writer, stand-up comedian and co-founder of the Rosie & Jessica's Day of Fun podcast. Rosie has M.E., which has affected her ability to work and meant a radical reassessment of how she manages her energy. She writes about her experiences for the New Statesman and Huffington Post. Ash Sarkar: lecturer and senior editor at Novara Media, Ash's work focuses on the enduring legacies of colonialism in modern Europe, the intersections between race, class and gender, as well as the political meaning of Beyoncé.

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Natasha Gordon tells us about her new play Nine Night and how it feels to be the first black British female playwright to have a play showing in the West End. What difference does it make to have female MP’s ...