Women in Iraq 10 years on; Tracy Chevalier
The female lobby in Rome for the papal election: Guardian journalist Joanna Moorhead on the "pink smoke" events aimed at raising the profile of women in the Catholic Church. Tracy Chevalier on her latest novel, The Last Runaway. Pat Wilkinson, another of our listeners hit by recent changes to state pensions. Women in Iraq 10 years on: Houzan Mahmood talks to Sheila McLennon about an exhibition at the Imperial War Museum North. And introducing partners to parents - what can possibly go wrong? We're joined by Hepzibah Anderson and Angie le Mar.
Presented by Jenni Murray
Produced by Louise Corley.
Joanna Moorhead, journalist and Catholic commentator on the Roman Catholic women’s lobby in Rome and the ‘Pink Smoke’ events, which aim to raise the profile of women within the Church during the Papal election.
Tracy Chevalier’s seventh novel, The Last Runaway, tells the story of a modest Quaker, Honor Bright, who leaves 1850s England for a new life in America. Here she is drawn to a slave hunter, while simultaneously getting embroiled in the runaway slave smuggling operation that is the Underground Railroad. Tracy joins Jenni to discuss her love of writing historical fiction and to explain why she could be described as a ‘method’ novelist.
The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier is published by Harper Collins on 14th March
Pension Changes case studies
Meeting The Parents
Meeting a partner’s parents for the first time can fill us with feelings ranging from mild apprehension to pure dread. Should you brief your partner on what to expect or just go with the flow? And how do you react as a parent, especially if you have misgivings about your child’s choice? Journalist Hepzibah Anderson and comedian Angie Le Mar discuss their experiences and the pitfalls to avoid. It's a subject that has been the inspiration for the current BBC comedy series Cuckoo
Women In Iraq
This month marks the 10th anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq and the end of Saddam Hussein. But despite the fact that a much hated regime no longer exists, the last ten years have not been easy for the Iraqi people and the lives of Iraqi women, in particular, have become much harder. Sheila McLennon takes Kurdish activist Houzan Mahmoud, spokesperson for the Organisation of Women's Freedom in Iraq, to the Imperial War Museum North to view a new exhibition of Iraqi war photographs by award winning Guardian photographer Sean Smith. They discuss the impact that conflict has had on Houzan and on the lives of Iraqi women.