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Pat Phoenix, scrapbooking, Shelagh Stephenson and Italian widows

Duration:
58 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 04 May 2012

The Italian widows of men who have killed themselves because of the recession meet in Bologna in Northern Italy on Friday, May 4th for a march to highlight the country's problems of unemployment and bankruptcy. Well over a thousand people are expected to take part.

Pat Phoenix found fame in Coronation Street playing the devil may-care divorcee, Elsie Tanner. She was an iconic figure and a new play opens this week about her life which was almost as dramatic off the cobbles as it was on.

They're an unlikely trio to share common ground, but Queen Victoria, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner and socialite Paris Hilton all have one thing in common. Scrapbooking. Queen Victoria made the hobby popular when she reigned over us, Hefner has maintained a scrapbook of his own life since his teens and Hilton has launched her own range of scrapbook products. It's a hobby dominated by women and this weekend, a host of craft events take place nationwide to celebrate National Scrapbooking Day, offering inspiration and practical tips on how a family photo or memento can be embellished with things like buttons, patterned paper and text to create a scrapbook page. And if you prefer your cutting and pasting to be done at the click of a mouse, digital scrapbooking offers a modern, on-screen alternative. To discuss the appeal and art of scrapbooking, Jenni is joined by traditional scrapper Jackie Payne and by digital scrapbooker Suzy Beecher. Presented by Jenni Murray.

Chapters

5 items
  • Italian Widows' March

    25 Italian women widowed when their husbands killed themselves because of the recession will march through Bologna. Jenni discusses the problem with Tiziana Marrone & Andrea Vogt.

  • The Queen of the North

    The play The Queen of the North focuses on the life of Pat Phoenix, immortalising the role of Elsie Tanner on Coronation Street. Jenni talks to the playwright Ron Rose.

  • Shelagh Stephenson & "Not a love story"

    Shelagh Stephenson, writer of ‘Not a Love Story’, talks about the new drama for Woman’s Hour, which charts the emotional free fall of a young woman in the months after she has been raped.

  • Scrapbooks

    Discussion about the attraction of keeping scrapbooks as an adult. Jenni talks to Jackie Payne – Avid scrapbooker & Suzy Beecher who makes digital scrap books.

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  • Pat Phoenix - Queen of the North

    Pat Phoenix was a legend in her time and still remains one of the most iconic figures to emerge from television. She found fame in Coronation Street playing the devil may-care divorcee, Elsie Tanner. A play has just opened at the Octagon Theatre in Bolton celebrating her life, which was almost as dramatic off the cobbles as it was on.

    We hear from Lynda Rooke who plays Pat Phoenix and Jenni is joined by Ron Rose who has written the play.

    The Queen of the North is on at the Bolton Octagon from Thursday 3rd - Saturday 26th May 2012.

    The Octagon Theatre, Bolton
  • Scrapbooking

    They’re an unlikely trio to share common ground, but Queen Victoria, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner and socialite Paris Hilton all have one thing in common. Scrapbooking. It’s a hobby dominated by women and this weekend, a host of craft events take place nationwide to celebrate National Scrapbooking Day, offering inspiration and practical tips on how a family photo or memento can be embellished with things like buttons, patterned paper and text to create a scrapbook page. And if you prefer your cutting and pasting to be done at the click of a mouse, digital scrapbooking offers a modern, on-screen alternative. To discuss the appeal and art of scrapbooking, Jenni is joined by traditional scrapper Jackie Payne and by digital scrapbooker Suzy Beecher.

  • Shelagh Stephenson

    Jenni talks to the writer Shelagh Stephenson about ‘Not a Love Story,’ the new drama for Woman’s Hour next week. It charts the emotional freefall of a young woman in the months after she has been raped and how her decision to seek justice against her attacker in court ends up miring her relationship with her boyfriend, friends and even members of her own family. Shelagh Stephenson has previously won the Olivier award for her stage play ‘The Memory of Water’. Her more recent work includes 'Enid' a biopic of Enid Blyton for BBC4 and 'Shirley' , a film about the life of Shirley Bassey for BBC2, both broadcast last year.

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    On Tuesday's programme we discussed what to wear when attending a wedding. We hear some listener responses.

  • Italian Women Raise Awareness of the Recession's Tragic Impact

    Twenty Five Italian women widowed when their husbands killed themselves because of the recession will march through Bologna in Northern Italy on Friday. They and their families want to bring attention to the problems of unemployment and bankruptcy. They are often left with debts and little support. Up to one and a half thousand people are expected to take part in the march. They'll be led by Tiziana Marrone, the unemployed wife of a bricklayer who set fire to himself outside the tax office in Bologna last month, dying nine days later. Jenni speaks to Tiziana and also to Andrea Vogt, a journalist based in Bologna.

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