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Deborah Warner; Cook the Perfect Tapas; Lilian Pizzzichini

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First broadcast:
Wednesday 07 May 2014

The Virgin Mary is Christianity's most important female figure, but little is revealed about her in the Bible. The Testament of Mary, at the Barbican in London addresses the question of how Mary might have felt about the extraordinary and violent events of her son's life.
The radical Nigerian Islamic group Boko Haram, whose name loosely translates as "Western education is forbidden", has admitted that it abducted more than 200 girls from their school in Northern Nigeria three weeks ago. Pressure on the Government to find the girls remains intense, and pressure from the international community is increasing. So what does this tragedy say about the role of women in Nigerian society?
In 2006 writer Lilian Pizzichini was addicted to drink and drugs, but holding down a job. She took the advice of a fortune teller and bought a 70-foot narrowboat moored on the Grand Union Canal in London. Her memoir "Music Night at the Apollo" - charts her 12 months on the boat, her descent into addiction, and how she learnt about her working-class roots.
Lady Mary Feilding was a Victorian philanthropist who founded a charitable body called The Working Ladies' Guild in 1877. Records relating to the early years of the Guild have recently been re-examined and these documents provide a fascinating insight into the lives of these 'distressed gentlewomen' in Victorian Britain.
Plus Sam Clark, chef and co-founder of Moro restaurant, will Cook the Perfect Tapas dish - grilled peppers with crispy capers.

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  • IMPACT OF BOKO HARAM ATTACKS ON GIRLS IN NIGERIA

    The radical Nigerian Islamic group Boko Haram, whose name loosely translates as “Western education is forbidden", admitted this weekend that it abducted more than 200 girls from their school in Northern Nigeria three weeks ago.  Pressure on the Government to find the girls remains intense, and pressure from the international community is increasing. So what does this tragedy say about the role of women in Nigerian society?  How often is violence used to control them?  Mausi Segun, the Nigerian researcher for the campaigning group Humans Rights Watch, tells Jenni about the rights and roles of women in Nigeria and how these attacks are affecting the uptake of education by girls.

     

  • LILIAN PIZZICHINI

    In 2006 writer Lilian Pizzichini was addicted to drink and drugs, but holding down a job.  She took the advice of a fortune teller (“you will cross water to find your home”), and bought a 70-foot narrowboat, the “Adam Bonny,” on the Grand Union Canal in Southall.  She lived on it for a year, became immersed in an underworld of drugs, vagrants and criminals and lost her job.  Lilian joins Jenni to talk about “Music Night at the Apollo” – a real life memoir of her descent into addiction, 12-months on a boat, the prostitutes and pimps that run the streets and how in between hangovers and come-downs she researched her working-class roots.

  • COOK THE PERFECT…TAPAS

    Red pepper with crispy capers tapas

    Chef and co –founder of Moro restaurant, Sam Clark, will be cooking the perfect Tapas dish - grilled peppers with crispy capers, which Sam says can transform any dish. The recipe is taken from her new book Morito, written with her husband Sam.

     

    Morito by Sam and Sam Clark, is published by Ebury.

  • LADY MARY FEILDING

    Lady Mary Feilding

    Lady Mary Feilding was a Victorian philanthropist who founded a charitable body called The Working Ladies’ Guild in 1877.    The organisation’s purpose was to provide work and other assistance for ‘gentlewomen’ who had fallen on hard times and were unable to support themselves.   The Guild continued to operate in this form until the 1930’s and it lives on today as a residential home for the elderly in Highgate in North London.   Records relating to the early years of the Guild have recently been re-examined and these documents provide a fascinating insight into the lives of these ‘distressed gentlewomen’ in Victorian Britain.    Louise Adamson has been finding out about the life and legacy of Lady Mary with the help of Anne Bancroft, who lives at the Mary Feilding Guild; the historian, Dr Anne Summers and Sam Hurley, who is a descendant of Lady Mary’s brother.

  • THE TESTAMENT OF MARY

    The Virgin Mary is Christianity’s most important female figure, but relatively little is revealed about her character in the Bible.  Colm Toibin’s play, The Testament of Mary, has just opened at the Barbican in London and it addresses the question of how Mary might have felt about the extraordinary and violent events of her son’s life.  Jenni speaks to director Deborah Warner about staging Mary’s monologue.

Credits

Presenter
Jenni Murray
Interviewed Guest
Lilian Pizzichini
Interviewed Guest
Deborah Warner
Interviewed Guest
Sam Clark
Interviewed Guest
Mausi Segun
Producer
Beverley Purcell

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