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Every week, join Vick Hope, multi-award winning TV and BBC Radio 1 presenter, author and journalist, and her inspirational guests as they celebrate the best books written by women. They'll discuss this year's shortlisted titles, explore the life-changing books that sit on other women’s bookshelves and talk about what the future holds for women writing today. The Women’s Prize for Fiction is one of the most prestigious literary awards in the world, and has been running for over 25 years. Sit ...
 
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Javier Gomez is a Clinical Microbiologist from the Spanish Ministry of Health. He talks to Nick about the STI testing program in Spain, his work on getting remote testing approved and what treatment looks like. He explains why it is important that the national strategic plans for HIV and STI are separate, but connected; he takes the time to outline…
 
Singer and songwriter Joy Crookes talks about rude awakenings and the feeling of being ‘slapped in the face’ by books. Joy was initially recognised in 2013 for her cover of Hit the Road Jack which she posted on YouTube, gaining over 600,000 views (one of whom was to be her manager). Three years later, she released her debut single, New Manhattan, a…
 
Baroness Doreen Lawrence OBE shares her life of relentless campaigning for justice for her son, Stephen Lawrence. She’s a multi-award winning campaigner and an author, but most importantly she’s a fighter. Her tireless campaigning led to the MacPherson inquiry, which described the Metropolitan Police as “institutionally racist”. In 2003, she was gi…
 
Activist and author Scarlett Curtis celebrates Virginia Woolf and her brave and trailblazing attitude to mental health. Former Women’s Prize for Fiction judge, Scarlett, is co-founder of The Pink Protest which has helped change two laws: a bill to help end period poverty and another to include FGM in the Children’s Act. She’s curated two books, Fem…
 
Campaigner, Gina Miller tells Vick Hope how she has taken adversity and turned it into power. Gina is a businesswoman and dedicated philanthropist who strongly believes in standing up for what she thinks is right, no matter the cost. She has shown this through her social justice work, her True and Fair Campaign, and through the legal challenges she…
 
Join this season’s new host Vick Hope as she talks to Gabby Logan MBE, sports presenter and former gymnast, about the three M’s – midlife, motherhood and her MBE. Gabby is a broadcaster, prolific writer, podcaster and former gymnast. She became a familiar face on our TV screens in the 1990s, and since then has presented every major sporting event i…
 
Barbara Van der Pol (known as Bobbie) is President of the International Society for STD Research, and former President of the American STD Association. She also runs a lab in Alabama as a diagnostician evaluating new STI test methods at a community level. She explained to Nick how she’s working both locally and internationally to understand the pot…
 
In a special episode to mark International Women’s Day 2022, multi-award winning author, screenwriter and playwright Malorie Blackman OBE joins host Zawe Ashton to tell her why writing about black joy is so important to her. After being discouraged from being a teacher because of the colour of her skin, Malorie went on to write over 70 children’s, …
 
Jen Hecht is probably the busiest woman working in sexual health - she’s founder of Building Healthy Online Communities, a consortium which works with dating apps to help them engage with sexual health, creator of Take Me Home, a remote testing platform, and Executive Director of Springboard Health Lab, an incubator to support new ideas in sexual h…
 
We are closing the season with a bang as multi award-winning singer songwriter Emeli Sandé joins host Zawe Ashton to tell her how women’s writing supported her through her journey from quiet medical student to chart-topping megastar. Emeli doesn’t really need an introduction, as you’ve undoubtedly heard of her, or her incredible music. She’s got an…
 
Journalist and writer Bim Adewunmi talks about why female desire needs to be brought out of the shadows and explains why women’s fiction is about more than pastel coloured covers and 3 for 2 tables at bookshops. Bim is a producer at the infamous storytelling podcast This American Life but was thrust in to the spotlight through her own show, Thirst …
 
How do we talk more openly about divorce? In the final episode of season one, veteran broadcaster Jane Garvey talks to me about her own experience of splitting up in the spotlight, why you should get on with your ex for the sake of your children, and how to kickstart your career when you reach ‘middle age’, whatever that might be. Jane almost needs…
 
Actor, presenter and advocate Jameela Jamil tells Zawe why we need to own the narrative around women’s bodies. Jameela started out on T4 in 2009, before becoming the first solo female presenter of the Radio 1 Chart show. But it was her move to the States in 2016 which really propelled her into the international spotlight. Taking on acting for the f…
 
Do you ever talk openly and honestly about money? Do you feel guilty or ashamed over how much you spend? Do you know how much is in your bank account at any given time? Does your partner know about your debts? Do your children know how to save for the future? Davinia Tomlinson is founder of RainChq, an organisation promoting financial inclusion to …
 
Activist, playwright, novelist, critic, broadcaster and ‘searcher’ Bonnie Greer tells Zawe about the power of being on the outside looking in. Bonnie is one of the UK’s most influential black cultural figures - having played a part in running numerous major institutions including the British Museum, the Royal Opera House, London Film School, RADA, …
 
Clara Swedlund is a physique coach and sports psychologist who overcame bulimia and binge-eating in her teens and early twenties. She competes in bikini bodybuilding competitions and helps clients like me train to get strong and fit for life. She’s only too aware of the impact of social media when it comes to defining what a perfect body looks like…
 
Film director Nia DaCosta chats to Zawe Ashton about directing the new Marvel film - The Marvels and why she’s proud of the label ‘black, female director’. Nia is an American Director and Screenwriter. Her debut feature film Little Woods, which she wrote and directed, won her the Nora Ephron Prize at the Tribeca Film Festival and her ambitious upda…
 
Orla Chennaoui began her career as a news journalist but moved over to sports for the London 2012 Olympics. In 2019 she joined Eurosport as the lead presenter for cycling events, in a very male-dominated field. She was diagnosed with post-natal depression after the birth of her first child, and lives with anxiety on a daily basis. Orla spoke to me …
 
Sexual Health London is the world’s largest remote testing programme, and Adrian Kelly is its lead commissioner. He spoke to Nick about how and why it’s been such a successful example of health promotion at scale. Voices of people from across the globe who are changing the face of sexual health for the better. Hosted by Nick Malhomme, head of the S…
 
TV presenter, executive and author June Sarpong tells Zawe Ashton how storytelling has played a central role in her life. June must be one of the most well known faces on TV - but more recently she’s become known as an opinion maker and author who’s not afraid to engage in politics, and speak her mind. Alongside being a key voice in the Remain camp…
 
Kathryn Mannix is one of the UK’s leading palliative care specialists who carefully and tenderly encourages us to talk and learn more about the ultimate elephant in the room - death. Kathryn’s written two brilliant books on the subject - With the End in Mind And her latest book - Listen Kathryn is also a patron of End of Life Doula UK, an invaluabl…
 
Radio DJ and TV presenter Edith Bowman talks to Zawe Ashton about their shared teenage obsession with Marilyn Monroe, being part of the early days of MTV UK, and how Alice Walker’s The Colour Purple changed her life. Over her long and impressive career in broadcasting, Edith has acted as a touchstone and a guide into music, cinema and the media wor…
 
Have you ever wondered what it’s like when a doctor becomes a patient? I thought I was unlucky when I got breast cancer but then I spoke to my next guest, the American ophthalmologist Dr Will Flanary. He had testicular cancer twice - first a med student and then as a junior doctor. But that’s not all. In 2020 Will had a cardiac arrest and his amazi…
 
Director of Harewood House Trust, Jane Marriott, provides insight into its second Harewood Biennial devoted to craft and craftsmanship. Titled Radical Acts: Why Craft Matters and curated by Hugo Macdonald, the exhibition considers why craft is a Radical Act, what can be learnt from our roots, and how craft can facilitate personal, communal and soci…
 
The construction industry is one of the greater culprits in modern society for carbon emissions and waste. But the subject of reuse in construction and architecture is gaining ground. Encouragingly, we are beginning to see material solutions and building processes that are bringing sustainability into the heart of an industry that is currently resp…
 
Mass commercial farming is a modern ill with extreme environmental and social consequences. Traditional, rural farming communities are decimated by conglomerates, and once fertile fields are rendered wasteland. How might craft help? Fernando Laposse is a Mexican designer who has developed a project he calls radical agriculture in a rural farming co…
 
The impacts of our throwaway culture are extreme – socially, environmentally and globally. In the UK alone, we produce around 200 million tonnes of waste a year. Michael Marriott is a London-based product, furniture and interior designer with resourcefulness built into the heart of his practice. His extensive portfolio explores ways in which surplu…
 
Not so long ago, we wouldn’t have thought twice about getting out the sewing box and mending holes in our clothes. Today, thanks to the rise of fast fashion and the decline of our patience and skills at darning, we tend to consider worn out garments as no longer of use. Textile artist Celia Pym has a unique approach. She is on a crusade to help us …
 
Join Joe Williams and Vanessa Mudd, the creatives behind Leeds-based Heritage Corner, as they discuss the making of A Storm at Harewood, launched in Spring 2021 as part of Harewood House Trust's Open History programme. Heritage Corner took Harewood visitors through a series of walks around the House and Grounds, recounting the story of Pablo Fanque…
 
Iconic actor Claire Danes talks to our new host Zawe Ashton about the messy female protagonists that have had a positive impact on her life. Claire Danes is one of the most celebrated actors working today - and the winner of multiple Golden Globes, Emmys and an Oscar. From her portrayal of a totally fresh and cool Juliet in Baz Luhrmann’s legendary…
 
Candice Carty-Williams, bestselling author of Queenie, talks to our new host Zawe Ashton about how groundbreaking fiction can help decolonize British literature. Candice and her debut novel Queenie made history smashing every glass ceiling going when it was published back in 2019. The novel was conceived when Candice was just twenty-six. It went on…
 
For anyone with an interest in sex, intimacy and love - this show is for you. Sex after illness, cancer, the menopause, bereavement and when you’re older. Sex expert and retired nurse Sam Evans founder of Jo Divine and who’s personally helped me - joins me to talk about sex, more sex, lube and more lube and how embracing experimentation and making …
 
Harriet Langanke is a journalist, sexologist and founder of GSSG, a not-for-profit foundation in Cologne which co-ordinates national and international projects promoting sexual health. She spoke to Nick about her work promoting open minded attitudes to sex and sexuality - a ‘sex positive’ approach. Voices of people from across the globe who are cha…
 
My first guest is the wonderful actor, writer and producer Greg Wise. He’s appeared on stage and screen as well as getting behind the lens to produce documentaries. At the moment he’s starring in Strictly Come Dancing, inspired by his sister Clare. Greg looked after her as she was dying from breast cancer. He picked up her blog when she was too unw…
 
Don’t Ignore the Elephant is a brand new podcast hosted by Dr Liz O’Riordan, the breast surgeon with breast cancer. For too long we’ve been scared to be open and honest about things that embarrass us or scare us. Things like depression, grief, and losing your sex drive. The elephants in the room. Liz will be getting them out in the open and asking …
 
Tim Alston is a technology expert who set up Preventx, the European leader in STI Remote Testing. Preventx predominantly works in the UK and the company administers some a number of public programmes including Sexual Health London – the world’s largest remote testing programme. Tim spoke to Nick about how he’s led the way in promoting remote STI te…
 
Recorded in front of a live audience at Latitude festival, comedian and writer Katherine Ryan tells Yomi why no-one should be scared to be disliked. Katherine is a stalwart of all the big TV comedy panel shows, she’s presented numerous other programmes, and last year she wrote, starred in and executive produced her own sitcom, The Duchess, about a …
 
Dr. Sullivan is Charles Howard Candler Professor in Epidemiology in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta. He is also the Co-Director of the Center for AIDS Research Prevention Science Core. He told Nick why he’s dedicated his life to reducing HIV inequities across the US - specifically for sexual and gender minorities,…
 
Recorded in front of a live audience with guest presenter Pandora Sykes, 2021 Women's Prize Chair of Judges Bernardine Evaristo shares the five books that have shaped her as a person and as a writer. Bernardine Evaristo is an award-winning, number one bestselling writer, a Professor of Creative Writing and also an activist who endlessly campaigns f…
 
Yomi speaks to the six incredible authors who have been shortlisted for the 2021 Prize - Brit Bennett, Patricia Lockwood, Claire Fuller, Cherie Jones, Susanna Clarke and Yaa Gyasi. The winner of this year’s prize will be announced on September 8th. The 2021 shortlist: ** The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett ** Unsettled Ground by Claire Fuller ** No …
 
Bella Mackie, Okechukwu Nzelu and Nell Frizzell join Yomi to dive into the final two books from the 2021 shortlist, Piranesi by Susanna Clarke and How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House by Cherie Jones. Bella Mackie is a journalist and the author of Jog On and her new book, How to Kill Your Family is out on July 22nd, Okechukwu Nzelu is a teache…
 
Outspoken Labour MP Jess Phillips tells Yomi why she was always destined for a life helping others, and how her favourite book helped her realise she was pregnant. Jess has represented Birmingham Yardley in parliament since 2015, and currently serves in Keir Starmer’s shadow cabinet on the front bench as Shadow Minister for Domestic Violence and Sa…
 
Candice Brathwaite, Michelle Elman and Caleb Azumah Nelson join Yomi to compare and contrast two books from this year's Women's Prize for Fiction shortlist, Yaa Gyasi’s Transcendent Kingdom and Unsettled Ground by Claire Fuller. Michelle Elman is an author, speaker and life coach who’s the force behind the Scarred not Scared campaign, Candice Brath…
 
Journalist and writer Paris Lees tells Yomi why being trans is only part of her identity, as she explores her top five books by women. Paris is the editor of META, a new publication devoted to gender issues, a contributing editor at British Vogue, she has columns with Gay Times and DIVA and appears in The Guardian, VICE and Pink News. In 2013 she w…
 
Raven Smith, Otegha Uwagba and Yassmin Abdel-Magied join Yomi to dive into two books from this year's Women's Prize for Fiction shortlist, The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett and No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood. Raven Smith is a fashion columnist and author of Trivial Pursuits, Otegha Uwagba is the former founder of the working wom…
 
Recently named as one of the most influential people of African heritage in the UK, Afua Hirsch takes us on a journey through the books that have shaped her. Afua Hirsch is a writer, broadcaster and author. Her book Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging was published in 2018 and became a Sunday Times bestseller, kickstarting a national convers…
 
Join iconic fashion designer and legend of female empowerment Diane Von Furstenberg as she discusses the five books which have shaped her career with Yomi. Diane is best known for her groundbreaking “wrap dress” which came out in 1974 and earned her global recognition, becoming a wardrobe staple around the world. It’s still worn by celebrities incl…
 
DJ, presenter and author Annie Macmanus chooses her five favourite books by women and tells Yomi why she’s outgrown Annie Mac. Annie is best known as a BBC Radio 1 DJ where she currently hosts the flagship daily new music show, Future Sounds. She’s also an incredible club DJ, playing at the world’s biggest venues, events and festivals, and has cura…
 
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