Why does society judge women who are single? We’ll hear from listener Joy, Emily Hill author of Bad Romance and from the journalist Bibi Lynch.
Doreen and Virginia have belonged to the same book club, set up in 1965, for decades - is it one of the oldest in the UK? They're joined by Melissa Cummings-Quarry and Natalie Carter who are the co-founders of the Black Girls Book Club to discuss why book clubs are so appealing to women.
We explore Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (inattentive type) in girls, with Heidi whose daughter was diagnosed at 14 and Dr Celine Ryckaert a clinical lecturer at King’s College London.
And we talk about the pain of a close friendship ending with Annabel Fenwick-Elliot senior content editor at The Telegraph and psychotherapist Hilda Burke.
Presented by Jane Garvey
Produced by Rabeka Nurmahomed
Edited by Jane Thurlow
Listener Week: Day Five
Listener Trisha wonders why people seem find it odd that she and her adult son get on so well - she and her daughter don’t get the same surprised reaction when they spend time together. So why the difference?
Following the death of her husband, listener Suzie Ladbrooke lost her appetite and has no pleasure in eating alone. She wants to know how other people adapt after a family loss. She is joined by nutritionist Jane Clarke.
Another listener contacted us to talk about living in private rented housing as you get older. She says it’s not just millennials who are unable to buy their own home and so living in rented accommodation and house shares – but as you get older the challenges change.
Listener Week: Day Four
Day Four of Listener Week.
One Listener wanted us to talk about how you get over falling out with your best friend. Doreen and Virginia wondered if they're members of the longest running Book Club - which began in 1965. Twenty year old Sophie Taylor got in touch seeking advice for female entrepreneurs like herself. And Wandja Kimani asked us to discuss carving out a life in a community when you find yourself in a minority.
Presenter: Jenni Murray
Producer: Beverley Purcell
Guest; Annabel Fenwick-Elliott
Guest; Hilda Burke
Guest; Natalie Carter
Guest; Melissa Cummings-Quarry
Guest; Sophie Taylor
Guest; Jo Fairley,
Guest; Julie Baker
Guest; Wanja Kimani
Guest; Rachel Edwards
Parenting: raising sons to be good men
How do you teach gender equality to boys?
Listener Week: Day Three
Listener Ellie Kemp wants to raise the subject of school Parent Teacher Associations and the difficulties they face in finding parents who have the time or the confidence to volunteer, particularly in rural areas, as well as the increasing reliance schools have on the money they raise. She is Chair of her son’s school PTA. What is the role of PTAs, what part do they play in children’s learning and what are the benefits for the volunteers and pupils? With Gill Sims, illustrator, blogger and author of the Why Mummy series and Tracey Handley, from the charity Parentkind
One listener asked us to discuss manners – she says her grandchildren seem to be growing up without learning any table manners and fewer and fewer grown-ups now hold a knife, fork and spoon properly. How much do manners matter? We hear from Gill Sims, author of the Why Mummy series.
Listener Paris Moore is training to compete in her first IronMan competition in Barcelona in October. She wants to raise questions about attitudes to women competing in endurance sports and to inspire other women who may be questioning their ability to train for similar events. She is joined by 13 x IronMan Champion Lucy Gossage who also works as an Oncologist.
Adapting to a new routine and pace of life after the death of a partner can be lonely and isolating. But, as one listener told us, getting out and about can also be life-changing. When 75 year old Bernard Bibby got in touch with us about his new passion for ballet, we sent reporter Tamsin Smith to his weekly class at the Bridge Academy of Performing Arts in Rochester to find him preparing to limber up at the barre.
Presented by: Jenni Murray
Produced by: Caroline Donne
Interviewed guest: Ellie Kemp
Interviewed guest: Tracey Handley
Interviewed guest: Gill Sims
Interviewed guest: Paris Moore
Interviewed guest: Lucy Gossage
Interviewed guest: Bernard Bibby