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Free speech and feminism, Joan Littlewood, Graphic novel by Una

Jenni Murray presents topics including freedom of speech and feminism, theatre director Joan Littlewood remembered and graphic artist Una on her story of abuse.

Two speakers have pulled out of a feminist conference in protest after campaigner Jane Fae withdrew saying she was effectively being silenced because she had written about pornography. Is this evidence of increasing intolerance and efforts to actively censor views which might offend?

Una, a graphic artist has drawn a novel-length comic, "Becoming Unbecoming," about the devastating abuse she endured as a child in the 1970s, set against the backdrop of the Yorkshire Ripper manhunt.

A sculpture of the pioneering theatre director Joan Littlewood will be unveiled on Sunday at Theatre Royal Stratford East, we take a look at her life and legacy.

Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire was created by Elizabeth, Countess of Shrewsbury - better known as Bess of Hardwick - in the 1590's. She outlived four husbands, was an astute and wealthy businesswoman. Louise Adamson reports.

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45 minutes

Chapters

  • Free Speech and Feminism

    When does a fear of offending others become censorship? Woman's Hour discuss.

    Duration: 13:25

  • Joan Littlewood

    Woman's Hour discusses the legacy of pioneering theatre director Joan Littlewood.

    Duration: 09:41

  • Bess of Hardwick

    Woman's Hour reports on the history of Hardwick Hall, founded by Bess of Hardwick.

    Duration: 11:49

  • Becoming Unbecoming

    Graphic artist Una has drawn a novel-length comic about sexual child abuse in the 1970s.

    Duration: 07:08

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Jenni Murray
Interviewed Guest Louise Adamson
Interviewed Guest Caroline Criado-Perez
Interviewed Guest Jude Kelly
Interviewed Guest Jane Fae
Interviewed Guest Stella Duffy
Interviewed Guest Una
Producer Dianne McGregor

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