Sheila Dillon; British women and Islam; fatherhood; female composers
Food Programme presenter Sheila Dillon speaks about having cancer.
Why do British women convert to Islam? The University of Cambridge has surveyed 50 women - we talk to the report author and some of the women involved.
Brian Viner on bringing up teenage girls.
Helen Grime and Anna Meredith discuss careers as composers.
British women converting to Islam
This week a report, examining the experiences of nearly 50 British women who have converted to Islam, is published by the University of Cambridge’s Centre of Islamic Studies, in association with the New Muslims Project, Markfield. It's a fascinating dissection of the conversion experience of British women in the 21st Century. To discuss some of the issues Jenni is joined by Professor Yasir Suleiman from the Centre of Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge, who led the report, and by Anita Nayyar, who converted to Islam in 2000 when she was eighteen and by Batool Al Toma, director of the New Muslims Project UK and a convert to Islam.
The report is 'Narratives of Conversion to Islam in Britain: Female Perspectives'.
Britain’s New Generation of Female Composers
Helen Grime is Associate Composer for The Halle. She is the first woman to hold the post at the orchestra. ‘Near Midnight', her first major Halle commission, will receive its premiere at Bridgewater Hall in Manchester on Thursday 23rd May. As a forerunner to a special Woman’s Hour programme about the orchestra next month we celebrate the new generation of British women composers breaking through. Helen Grime and Anna Meredith tell Jenni about the challenges and highlights of making it as an established composer.
A special edition of Woman’s Hour will be broadcast in conjunction with the BBC Philharmonic on June 21st . Tickets available from 31st May at BBC Ticket Website
The trials and tribulations of Fatherhood
The trials and tribulations of fatherhood, that's the subject of Brian Viner’s new book; “The Good, the Dad and the Ugly”. Brian recalls bringing up his daughter and two sons and rising to the challenges of their teenage years – decisions about letting them have alcohol, his daughter and boyfriends and whether or not to let them go to music festivals. Stephen Falder is a businessman and inventor, who also has brought up three children, a boy and two girls. Jenni Murray asks Brian and Stephen about the best way to deal with tricky situations and teenagers.
|Interviewed Guest||Brian Viner|
|Interviewed Guest||Helen Grime|
|Interviewed Guest||Anna Meredith|
|Interviewed Guest||Sheila Dillon|