Charlie Webster; Puccini; Villette

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TV sports presenter, Charlie Webster, has been speaking about the way that she was sexually assaulted as a child. She decided to waive her right to anonymity as she is about to embark on a 250 mile run between 40 football grounds to raise money for the charity Women's Aid. Charlie talks about her experiences.

Puccini's opera, The Girl of the Golden West, is perhaps one of his least performed operas. Set in a gold-mining community on the American frontier during the California Gold Rush, it's a story of true love and second chances. Opera North is staging a new production for the first time in three decades. We talk to the star of the show, Minnie, played by Soprano Alwyn Meller and the director, Aletta Collins.

Most of us feel we know the story of Jane Eyre. Even if we've not read it we might well have seen the film or television series. It's considered by many to be Charlotte Bronte's masterpiece. But according to novelist Lucy Hughes-Hallett Charlotte, Bronte's final and less popular work, Villette, is her greatest novel. We'll be discussing whether it's possible to say which is the better novel.

Presenter: Sheila McClennon
Producer: Bernadette McConnell.

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The Girl of the Golden West

Puccini’s opera, The Girl of the Golden West, is perhaps one of his least performed operas.  Set in a gold-mining community on the American frontier during the California Gold Rush, it’s a story of true love and second chances.  It tells the tale of a love triangle involving Dick Johnson, aka the bandit Ramerrez, Sheriff Jack Rance and Minnie, the Girl of the Golden West who runs the Polka saloon.  Opera North are staging a new production for the first time in three decades.  We talk to the star of the show, Minnie, played by Soprano Alwyn Meller and the director, Aletta Collins.

Charlie Webster

TV presenter Charlie Webster has been speaking about the way that she was sexually assaulted as a child. 31-year-old Charlie decided to waive her right to anonymity as she is about to embark on a 250 mile run between 40 football grounds to raise money for the charity Women’s Aid. The assaults on Charlie  were carried out by her athletics coach when she was 15. He was later sentenced to 10 years in jail and put on the sex offenders’ register for life.  Charlie says she wants to break the taboo surrounding issues like sexual abuse and domestic violence. She is doing fund-raising run for Women's Aid to increase awareness of these issues.

Charlotte Bronte's greatest novel: Jane Eyre or Villette?

Most of us feel we know the story of Jane Eyre. Even if we’ve not read it we might well have seen the film or television series. It’s considered by many to be Charlotte Bronte’s masterpiece.  But according to novelist Lucy Hughes Hallet  Charlotte Bronte’s final and less popular work, Villette, is her greatest novel.  We’ll be discussing whether it’s possible to say which is the better novel. Sheila McClennan is joined by Lucy Hughes Hallet and Dr Lucasta Miller, author of The Bronte Myth, to discuss.

 

 

Lucy Hughes-Hallett will be giving a masterclass How to Read the Other Charlotte Brontë on 18th January.

International Aid & Gender Equality

A private members Bill, which aims to put into law that the UK Government must consider the impact on gender equality in the allocation of international aid,  is going through the Commons this morning (Friday, January 17th).This is the first Bill of its kind in the UK and if it gets through today, then it will go onto the House of Lords and may well become law. Sheila is joined by Dr Maria Neophutou, Executive director of the Great Initiative which advocates gender equality both in the UK and abroad. They are a key driving force behind the bill. Also to discuss the bill will be Dr Eleanor O’Gorman, senior associate at the Gender studies Centre at Cambridge University and a freelance consultant who has worked with aid organisations on gender and  Tanya Barron,  Chief executive of Plan, a global children’s charity.

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Role Contributor
PresenterSheila McClennon
Interviewed GuestCharlie Webster
Interviewed GuestAlwyn Meller
Interviewed GuestAletta Collins
Interviewed GuestLucy Hughes-Hallett
ProducerBernadette McConnell

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