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Susan Boyle; Jude Kelly; Lone Frank

58 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 21 November 2012

Susan Boyle on the changes to her life with fame and success. Woman's Hour Power List: Jude Kelly from the Southbank Centre discusses powerful women in the Arts. Lone Frank talks about her book My Beautiful Genome, shortlisted for the Royal Society Winton Prize for science books.
Presenter Jenni Murray
Producer Karen Dalziel.


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  • New breast cancer reconstruction guidelines

    New breast reconstruction guidance is being introduced on Wednesday 20th November which aims to improve the quality and delivery of care for all breast cancer patients in the UK. The guidelines written by a group of experts including The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons, Association of Breast Surgery and Breast Cancer Care have been developed in response to findings from the National Mastectomy and Breast Cancer Audit, which involved more than 18,000 women. It highlighted a number of inconsistencies in breast cancer patient care across the NHS. To discuss Jenni is joined by Joe O’Donoghue, specialist in oncoplastic breast surgery at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Newcastle and Emma Pennery, Clinical Director, Breast Cancer Care.
    NHS Breast Reconstruction

  • Church votes against women bishops

    For the want of six votes out of 448 in the whole of the Church of England’s synod, there will be no women bishops. And there can’t be another vote on the matter for another five years. So where does that leave those senior women who believed they would soon be elevated to positions of power? Christina Rees is a member of the General Synod.

  • Danish Science writer Lone Frank

    Lone Frank is the only woman writer to be short-listed for the 2012 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books. She trained as a research scientist in biotechnology before becoming a science journalist. In her book My Beautiful Genome she ponders the consequences of biological fortune-telling and asks: ‘What might be waiting in my future? Will I die the way my parents did? If I took a sneak peek at my genome, could it tell me what is in store for me? And if I know my prognosis well in advance, can I rewrite my future?’ She looks at consumer-led “genomics”, such as  the first genetic dating service, and a genetic test for infidelity in men. And she explores the connection between specific genes and personality prompted by her own families struggle with depression.  My Beautiful Genome by Lone Frank :  Oneworld Publications  in paperback.

  • Susan Boyle

    Three years ago, Susan Boyle achieved instant global stardom after her rendition of Les Miserables ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ on Britain’s Got Talent. Her first three albums have sold over 18 million copies and topped the charts in numerous countries. There’s been a musical based on her life, and she’s performed with the likes of Elaine Paige and most recently her childhood pin up Donny Osmond. Despite her millions, the Scottish singer still prefers to reside in the home she grew up in Blackburn, West Lothian. Her latest album ‘Standing Ovation’ is a collection of songs from the stage.

  • Power List Expert Witness: Jude Kelly on the Arts

    Jude Kelly is the Artistic Director of Southbank Centre, Britain’s largest cultural institution, showcasing classical and contemporary music, dance, performance, visual arts, literature, and spoken word. She began as a theatre director, and is now of the most powerful women in the arts world, but on the way up she had to fight prejudice and sexism, and faced a lack of female role models. Who are the most powerful women and why is it just so very important to hear women’s voices in the arts?

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