Strictly’s back! It’s the 17th series and Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman have rolled out the red carpet for the class of 2019. To celebrate, Woman’s Hour dedicates a programme to dance with Strictly head judge Shirley Ballas, Love Island participant and professional ballroom dancer Curtis Pritchard, Professor of Dance History Theresa Buckland from Roehampton University, Sujata Banerjee, a Kathak artist and educator and Ingrid Mackinnon, a choreographer who teaches jazz, ballet, modern & African dance. Jane asks whether it is ever too late to learn to dance, why dance can make you feel so good… and hosts a dancing lesson, live on air, accompanied by the musician Joe Stilgoe.
Presenter: Jane Garvey
Interviewed guest: Shirley Ballas
Interviewed guest: Curtis Pritchard
Interviewed guest: Theresa Buckland
Interviewed guest: Sujata Banerjee
Interviewed guest: Ingrid Mackinnon
Interviewed guest: Joe Stilgoe
Dr Shuping Wang, Cecelia Ahern, Selina Periampillai
Two decades ago, a public health official exposed how contaminated blood and plasma had led to tens of thousands of impoverished villagers and hospital patients being infected with hepatitis and HIV in Henan province, China. Today that story is told in a new production called ‘The King of Hell's Palace’ at the Hampstead Theatre. Jenni hears about that production and the story behind it from Chinese whistleblower, Dr Shuping Wang and playwright Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig. Author Cecelia Ahern talks about her new book Postscript; The Sequel to PS I Love You. British-born Mauritian cook Selina Periampillai describes the diverse cuisine of Mauritius and its neighbouring islands in her first cookbook, The Island Kitchen. And, we discuss the stigma that surrounds childhood sexual abuse.
Presenter: Jenni Murray
Producer: Ruth Watts
Parenting: How to successfully integrate a family into an established community
Listener Wandja Kimani emailed the programme to ask us to discuss carving out a life in a community when you find yourself in a minority. Jenni speaks to Wandja and to the author Rachel Edwards, who moved from London to a small hamlet in Oxfordshire over 20-years ago.
Reverend Traci Blackmon mobilising mothers in the US against guns
Whilst the UK is dealing with a serious knife crime problem affecting teenagers especially in our cities, America is dealing with a gun problem. In the city of St.
Louis, Missouri, the number of children who’ve been killed by a gun keeps on rising. According to latest figures 23 have died this year, most of them were caught in the cross fire, doing normal things like playing outside their house.
Mothers, some who’ve lost a child,, marched in the City last weekend to express their anger. Siobhann Tighe meets the organiser, the Reverend Traci Blackmon,
A new BBC drama series ‘World on Fire’ tells the story of World War Two through the lives of ordinary people, from all sides of the conflict. Jenni talks to one of the stars of the series Lesley Manville about taking on a role that's so different from that of Cathy in the series ‘Mum’.
Lucia Osborne-Crowley was fifteen when she was violently raped by a stranger. In her book ‘I Choose Elena’ she's writesabout the aftermath - her silence, shame, and, what she feels is the lasting impact on her body.
And we speak to the woman who led Europe to victory over the US in the Solheim Cup
Presenter Jenni Murray
Producer Beverley Purcell
Guest; Lucia Osborne-Crowley
Guest; Lesley Manville
Guest; Catriona Matthew
Reporter Siobhann Tighe
Flexible Working, Brexit Party Tour, Australian Suffragettes
Led by Nigel Farage, the Brexit Party was formed in March of this year. In May it took 29 seats in the EU elections, more than any other party and nearly one third of all votes cast. Polls suggest the Brexit Party attracts the support of more men than women. But there are many women among the many voters who still feel strongly that the UK should fulfil the 2016 referendum result and leave with or without a deal. The Brexit party is holding a series of events as part of a national tour. Jane went to an event in Southport.
The reality of searching for part time or flexible work. Just how hard is it to find good jobs - that make use of your skills and abilities - part time? We’ll be looking at new research from the flexible working consultancy Timewise, showing just how few advertised jobs there are for part time or flexible work, and asking why. We’ll also be getting advice on how to negotiate if you see your dream job advertised but at full time hours you can’t manage or don’t want - are employers likely to consider a strong candidate on fewer hours? And what can employers do to make part time or flexible work work for them?
A few weeks ago we asked our listeners to get in touch and send us a picture that somehow captured them at their best. Not just looking your best, but feeling your best. Today Kelly Ford tells us about a reunion captured on camera.
Historian Clare Wright on the overlooked history of the Australian suffragettes and their impact on the campaign for votes for women in Britain.
Presenter: Jane Garvey
Interviewed guest: Claire Fox
Interviewed guest: Karen Mattison
Interviewed guest: Sarah Hathaway
Interviewed guest; Kelly Ford
Interviewed guest: Clare Wright
Producer: Lucinda Montefiore