Caring for the Elderly, Meryl Streep, Author Helena Coggan
According to pre-election research done for Woman's Hour the cost of caring for a family came out as the third most important issue for women. Jenni looks at the rising cost of caring for the elderly. This year Meryl Streep received her 19th Oscar nomination for her supporting role in 'Into the Woods'. From the Woman's Hour archive, the actress speaks to Sue MacGregor about coping with fame, how she never set out to be a movie star and the joys of motherhood. Viv Grant discusses leaving her job as a head teacher to provide leadership and support for people in her former profession. Fifteen year old Helena Coggan discusses her debut novel The Catalyst.
Presenter: Jenni Murray
Producer: Claire Bartleet.
The Cost of Caring For An Elderly Person
This year Meryl Streep received her 19th Oscar nomination for her supporting role in ‘Into the Woods’. Streep has more Academy Award nominations than any actor or actress in history, winning Oscars for Best Supporting Actress for Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) and Best Actress for Sophie's Choice (1982) and The Iron Lady (2011). Streep, who sings in ‘Into the Woods’ and wore prosthetics on her face and gnarly teeth to transform into a vindictive old witch, will be hoping to take home her fourth Oscar on Sunday. From the Woman’s Hour archive, the legendary and versatile actress speaks to Sue Macgregor about coping with fame, how she never set out to be a movie star and the joys of motherhood.
Back in 2001, Viv Grant was a very successful headteacher, who had turned a failing primary school around. This success however came at a cost - the sacrifice of her own family life, acute isolation and endless self-doubt. Everyone looked to her for leadership, but she had no-one to talk to. Eventually she left her job to found an independent support service for school leaders. Viv talks to Jenni about her experience, and the importance of meeting headteachers’ emotional needs.
Helena Coggan is fifteen, studying for her GCSE’s and her debut novel is being published this week. The Catalyst is a fantasy novel set in a future version of London, where the population are divided into those who are magically Gifted and mere mortals, the Ashkind. Helena talks to Jenni about sitting down to write the book age thirteen, female heroines and the type of book she wanted to write.
|Interviewed Guest||Meryl Streep|
|Interviewed Guest||Sue MacGregor|
|Interviewed Guest||Viv Grant|
|Interviewed Guest||Helena Coggan|