David Lammy MP; Offensive material online; Rahila Gupta
David Lammy MP on what he'd like Labour to do to engage fathers in family life. Are there risks to free speech in limiting offensive material that's available online? Kirsty Hughes of Index on Censorship debates the issues. NoViolet Bulawayo on writing about her native homeland, Zimbabwe. Rahila Gupta on the play that grew from her struggle against prejudice in caring for her son, born with cerebral palsy, and his life that ended suddenly when he was 17.
In a new report Doing Family: Encouraging Active Fatherhood, Labour MP David Lammy outlines the importance of engaging fathers and helping them feel less marginalised when it comes to their family. He would like to see the next Labour Government deliver real changes – making public services father-friendly, offering better parental leave and child care, and helping dads maintain contact with their children after a relationship breaks down. David Lammy talks to Jane alongside Kathryn Gyngell from the Centre for Policy Studies.
NoViolet Bulawayo was born in Zimbabwe and moved to the USA when she was eighteen. In 2011 she won the Caine Prize for African Writing for a wonderful piece of writing about six children living in a shanty called Paradise and the journey they make to steal guavas from a rich part of town. These same children, with the ten year old narrator, Darling, appear in her first novel, We Need New Names, in which Darling eventually leaves her homeland aged fourteen and moves to what she imagines will be the paradise of America. NoViolet joins Jane in the studio.
Don’t Wake Me: The Ballad of Nihal Armstrong, written by Rahila Gupta, tells the story of the conception, birth and life of her son, Nihal. Three months after Nihal’s very difficult birth a doctor tells Rahila that her baby has cerebral palsy and will never learn to walk, talk, read, or write. But this is only the beginning - as Nihal grows, Rahila recognises that inside his seemingly helpless body is a bright, spirited boy in need of stimulation and education. The play is the story of her relationship with Nihal, her tireless battles against prejudice and ignorance, and most importantly, a wonderful characterisation of Nihal himself, who died suddenly at the age of 17. Rahila joins Jane in the studio to talk about Nihal, his life and why she chose to write the play.
Don’t Wake Me: The Ballad of Nihal Armstrong written by Rahila Gupta is on at The Cockpit Theatre in London
Currently if you have a child under 16, a disabled child under 18, or certain caring responsibilities for an adult, you have the right to ask your employer for flexible working arrangements. From April 2014 this right to request will be extended to cover all employees who have been with their employer for 26 weeks or more, widening the pool of people who could request to change their working pattern. So why is flexible working so important for women today? It’s a topic that will be discussed at the Mumsnet Workfest event on Saturday. Jane is joined by Rachel Krys, a campaigner for inclusion at work, who will be speaking at the event.
Mumsnet Workfest is on Saturday 15 June – a day of inspirational speakers and workshops to help women get back to work, change career or set up own business
|Interviewed Guest||David Lammy|
|Interviewed Guest||Kirsty Hughes|
|Interviewed Guest||NoViolet Bulawayo|
|Interviewed Guest||Rahila Gupta|