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15/06/2012

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Friday 15 June 2012

More than half a million people in the UK (650,000) are working in part time senior jobs paying at least £40,000, according to a new report. The research was commissioned by Timewise, a jobsite for professional part time workers. They say this is contrary to the belief of many people that you can't have a senior level career, on a part time basis. The report is based on analysis of Office for National Statistics data and the results of a study of senior level part time workers.

The portrayal of the female orgasm in literature- we look at the best way to write about sex and we also hear some of the worst examples.

How long did it take you to recover after giving birth? An academic at the University of Salford claims it takes a year to fully recover after having a baby - as opposed to the official view of six weeks. Dr Julie Wray observed practice on two maternity wards in Salford and Trafford for her PhD research. She also interviewed women at various intervals after they had given birth. Many of the women were dissatisfied with post-natal services and found the six week check-up was disappointing because it didn't confirm whether their bodies had reverted to 'normal'. Jenni is also joined by a mother of two, Lisa Bluff.

And Jackie Kay talks about her new play "Manchester Lines".

Presented by Jenni Murray.

Chapters

4 items
  • Jackie Kay

    Jenni is joined by Jackie Kay to discuss her new play 'Manchester Lines'

  • Part-Time Working

    Jenni is joined by Vanessa Dewhurst, HR Director at Mishcon de Reya, Karen Mattison of Timewise and Sheila Lawlor of think tank Politeia to discuss part time working at senior levels

  • How long did it take you to recover after giving birth?

    Jenni is joined by academic Dr Julie Wray and Lisa Bluff, a mother of two to discuss post-natal services

  • Orgasms in Literature

    Jenni is joined by novelist Monique Roffey and Jonathan Beckman, judge of The Literary Review’s ‘Bad Sex in Fiction Award’ to discuss sex in James Joyce's Ulysses

  • Jackie Kay

    The novelist and poet Jackie Kay has described her latest work as a love letter to the city of Manchester. Manchester Lines sees her collaborating with the composer Errollyn Wallen in a story set in a lost property office. The play explores the lives of seven characters whose paths cross there. They’re in search, not only, of missing objects, but of things and people absent from their lives. Jenni is joined by Jackie Kay as she explains the inspiration behind her latest work.

    Manchester Lines is performed from 12th June until 7th July on the Fifth Floor of Number One First Street in Manchester city centre.

    Manchester City Library Theatre
  • Part-Time Working

    Often part time working is associated with women trying to juggle work with children and not getting paid very much. But a new report claims that there are more than half a million people in the UK working in part time senior positions who are paid at least forty thousand pounds a year. The research was commissioned by Timewise, a jobs site for professional part time workers. They say this is contrary to the belief of many people that you can’t have a senior level career, on a part time basis. The report is based on analysis of Office for National Statistics data and the results of a study of senior level part time workers. Jenni is joined by Vanessa Dewhurst, Director of Human Resources, at the law firm Mishcon de Reya. Timewise’s founder Karen Mattison and Sheila Lawlor, The Director of Politeia, a social and economic think tank.

  • Orgasms in Literature

    It’s Bloomsday tomorrow – the annual celebration of the life and work of James Joyce. His novel, the famously tricky and sexually risqué, Ulysses is now regarded by many to be one of the greatest works in English literature but when it was first published it was considered to be a work of pornography. To mark the occasion BBC Radio 4 is broadcasting it in a seven - part dramatization, which climaxes in a well - known soliloquy from its finest female character, Molly Bloom. As she graphically relives her past sexual encounters, in an unbroken stream of consciousness, Jenni asks if Joyce got it right – and explores the best way to capture the female orgasm in writing with her guests, the Orange Prize shortlisted novelist, Monique Roffey, and the judge of The Literary Review’s ‘Bad Sex in Fiction Award,’ Jonathan Beckman.

    Ulysses is broadcast in seven parts on BBC Radio 4 on Saturday 16th June.
  • How long did it take you to recover after giving birth?

    An academic at the University of Salford claims it takes a year to fully recover after having a baby - as opposed to the official view of six weeks. Dr Julie Wray observed practice on two maternity wards in Salford and Trafford for her PhD research. She also interviewed women interviewed at various intervals after they had given birth. Many of the women were dissatisfied with post-natal services and found the six week check-up was disappointing because it didn't confirm whether their bodies had reverted to 'normal'.

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