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Friday 18 June 2010

Presented by Jenni Murray. The writer Jackie Kay talks about her autobiography 'Red Dust Road'. Tom Manion and Anna Minton discuss two new reports - one which claims that we are becoming more neighbourly and a second that suggests the opposite. Actress Maggie Steed talks about her life and work and about playing the role of Judith Bliss in Noel Coward's 'Hay Fever' - currently on stage at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. And, following the announcement from the Danish government that they will no longer be paying for fertility treatment, Jenni takes a look at the funding of IVF in the UK.


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    Dr Søren Ziebe, Nordic Fertility Society on Denmark's Cut in IVF Funding. Tony Rutherford of the British Fertility Society; & Cristoph Lees, Consultant in Obstetrics & Foetal Medicine, discuss.

  • Jackie Kay

    The award winning poet and author Jackie Kay talks to Jenni about being adopted, all four of her parents and her autobiography - Red Dust Road.

  • Neighbours

    Two recent reports about ‘neighbours’ have arrived at opposite conclusions. Jenni discusses with Tom Manion of the Irwell Valley Housing Association and author Anna Minton.

  • Maggie Steed

    Maggie Steed has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company and appeared on Broadway. She talks to Jenni about her life, work and role as Judith Bliss in Noel Coward's play Hay Fever.

  • Is IVF funding in the UK under threat?

    Until recently, couples in Denmark have had the best access to fertility treatments in the whole of Europe. Now the government there says it will no longer fund IVF. The decision has sent shockwaves throughout fertility services in the rest of Europe. Given the present financial climate should we, in the UK, also be taking a look at how we fund these treatments? To discuss the issue, Jenni is joined by Dr Soren Ziebe, the Chairman of the Nordic Fertility Society. She also speaks to Tony Rutherford, the Chairman of the British Fertility Society, and by Christoph Lees, a consultant in obstetrics and foetal medicine and a founder member of Doctors for Reform.

    Fertility Treatments
  • Jackie Kay

    At the age of seven, the award winning poet and author Jackie Kay realised she was adopted. For the first few years of her life, she had no interest in tracing her biological parents but just before the birth of her son she decided to make contact with her birth mother, who, it turned out, had become a Mormon. Fifteen years later, in 2003, she travelled to Nigeria to meet her father. He had become an evangelical Christian. Jackie joins Jenni Murray to talk about all four of her parents and about her autobiography 'Red Dust Road', a book that she describes as a “love letter” to John and Ellen Kay, the parents who brought her up in Glasgow.

  • The Importance of Good Neighbours

    Two reports in the last two weeks on the subject of neighbours have arrived at opposite conclusions: one says that neighbourliness is on the up and that on average we can all name six neighbours by name. The other says it’s definitely on the way out with twice as many people as thirty years ago saying they would ‘never’ call on their next door neighbour. So how much do we still care about the role of being a neighbour? Tom Manion, Chief Executive of Irwell Valley Housing Association and author Anna Minton join Jenni to discuss.

  • Maggie Steed

    Maggie Steed

    The actress Maggie Steed has worked alongside Johnny Depp and Heath Ledger. She’s also appeared with the Royal Shakespeare Company, has acted on Broadway and stars in the BBC’s ‘Jam and Jerusalem’. At the start of her career, she was told that she probably wouldn’t make it, because she wasn’t ‘conventionally beautiful’. Maggie Steed joins Jenni to talk about her life and work, and about her new role as Judith Bliss in Noel Coward's play Hay Fever – currently on stage at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

    ‘Hay Fever’ is on stage at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds from 11th June to 10th July.

    West Yorkshire Playhouse


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