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Surfing at 40 plus; Madeleine Peyroux; sleep deprivation

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 12 July 2011

Presented by Jane Garvey. A new report has found that long working hours are proving detrimental to the family life of new MPs - should parliament be more family friendly? Reinventing yourself after 40: Wilma Johnson on surfing in Biarritz; Madeleine Peyroux sings live in the studio and sleep deprivation when you have young children.

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4 items
  • MPs and family life

    A new report has found that long working hours and the competing demands of Westminster are proving detrimental to the family life of new MPs. MPs Diane Abbott and Elizabeth Truss discuss.

  • The joy of surfing with Wilma Johnson

    Artist Wilma Johnson talks to Jane about her love of surfing.

  • Young mothers and sleep deprivation

    In her latest novel, Go To Sleep, the writer Helen Walsh describes extreme sleep deprivation which mirrored her own experience. Helen and Professor Jim Horne discuss.

  • Madeleine Peyroux

    Madeleine Peyroux talks about her music and performs live “Don’t Pick a Fight With a Poet” from her new album “Standing on a Rooftop”.

  • Wilma Johnson on surfing

    Artist Wilma Johnson was in her forties living on the west coast of Ireland with her husband and three children when she decided that what she really wanted to do was move to Biarritz and learn to surf. Ten years on, she's still there, has set up the ‘Mamas Surf Club’ and manages to surf nearly every day. So just what is it about surfing that draws so many people or all ages to it? Jane hears from two women in their sixties still riding the waves, and talks to Wilma Johnson about her decision to move to Biarritz and her love of surfing.

    Wilma Johnson’s book ‘Surf Mama’ is published by Beautiful Books Limited, ISBN 9781907616211

  • Madeleine Peyroux

    Madeleine Peyroux

    Madeleine Peyroux has received critical acclaim for a voice that echoes and reinterprets jazz and blues greats like Billie Holiday and Bessie Smith. Her singing has been likened to a worn out angel. The former winner of the Best International Jazz Artist at the BBC Jazz Awards, she has just released her fifth solo album, in which she broadens her musical palette to embrace an organic, American roots sound. She joins Jane to discuss her musical career and to perform the track “Don’t Pick a Fight With a Poet” from her new album “Standing on a Rooftop”, live in the studio.

    “Standing on a Rooftop”is available on the(Emarcy/Decca),label

  • Why is family friendly policy not working?

    A new report from the Hansard Society has found that long working hours and the competing demands of Westminster and constituency work are proving detrimental to the family life of new MPs. Some of the MPs who responded to the survey reported that long working hours and Westminster/constituency demands have a detrimental effect on their personal and family lives – their responses include: ‘overwhelming', ‘devastating' and ‘ I rarely see my family.’ But others said they went into the job with their eyes open and had expected long hours. So should Parliament be more family friendly? Jane is joined by the Labour MP and Shadow Minister for Public Health Diane Abbott and the Conservative MP Elizabeth Truss.

  • Young mothers and sleep deprivation

    In her latest novel, 'Go To Sleep', the writer Helen Walsh describes a young mother struggling to cope with post-natal illness and extreme sleep deprivation. Helen began writing it when she too was the mother of a young baby. She went through two almost entirely sleepless years and felt like she was living on the edge of madness, suffering from hallucinations and suicidal thoughts. Helen wants to break the taboos around post natal illness but also wonders whether we don’t take sleeplessness seriously enough?
    Helen Walsh and Professor Jim Horne discuss.

    'Go To Sleep' by Helen Walsh is published by Canongate Books ISBN 978 0 85786 005 7

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