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Listener Week: The Anchoress; Hand arthritis; Sheila Bownas; Sex offenders

Welsh singer Catherine Davies joins the Listener Week chain, why hand arthritis is common in post-menopausal women, artist Sheila Bownas, and supporting families of sex offenders.

The fourth link in the Listener Week "Chain" series is Catherine Davies, a Welsh singer-songwriter, nominated by the blogger and knitter Lara Clements who was inspired by Catherine's determination in the music industry. Her debut album Confessions Of A Romance Novelist includes epigraphs and a reading list.

A listener whose ex-husband was convicted for child sex offences wants to raise the issue of how little support there is when you're the parent trying to deal with the aftermath. Jenni speaks to Lisa Thornhill, a senior practitioner at the child protection charity Lucy Faithful and Zoe Fleetwood, a family lawyer.

Listener Chelsea tells how a little late-night online shopping led her to uncover the work of unknown designer Sheila Bownas, whose fabric and wallpaper designs brightened up post-war Britain. Seven years on, Rugby Art Gallery and Museum is exhibiting Sheila's work for the first time.

Osteoarthritis of the hands usually happens as part of nodal osteoarthritis (a form of osteoarthritis that runs in families) and mainly affects women after the menopause. Listener Linda Muller explains how the condition makes life difficult and Tonia Vincent, Professor of Musculoskeletal Biology at Oxford University talks about prevention and treatments.

Presenter: Jenni Murray.

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58 minutes


  • The Listener Chain: Catherine Davies aka The Anchoress

    Welsh singer-songwriter Catherine on her love for the Manics and public libraries

    Duration: 08:21

  • The family aftermath of a conviction for child sex offences

    Lisa Thornhill from child protection charity Lucy Faithful and lawyer Zoe Fleetwood

    Duration: 16:33

  • Sheila Bownas

    Listener Chelsea discovered the work of artist Sheila Bownas

    Duration: 08:39

  • Hand arthritis

    Listener Linda Muller and Tonia Vincent, Professor of Musculoskeletal Biology at Oxford

    Duration: 08:00


Mosac is a voluntary organisation supporting all non-abusing parents and carers whose children have been sexually abused

The Lucy Faithfull Foundation

The Lucy Faithfull Foundation is a registered child protection charity which works across the UK to prevent child sexual abuse

Stop It Now!

Stop It Now! offers online advice and videos for family and friends of offenders. They also run a confidential helpline advising and supporting people concerned about the sexual thoughts and behaviour of another adult towards children. It also provides information and advice to adults with concerns about their own sexual thoughts and behaviour towards children.


NSPCC provides help, advice and support to adults worried about a child

Hand Arthritis

Arthritis Research UK

Trust Me I'm A Doctor

Arthritis Care Free Helpline 0808 800 4050 


Role Contributor
Presenter Jenni Murray
Interviewed Guest Chelsea Chefai
Interviewed Guest Erin Riley
Interviewed Guest Catherine Anne Davies
Interviewed Guest Linda Muller
Interviewed Guest Tonia Vincent
Interviewed Guest Lisa Thornhill
Interviewed Guest Zoe Fleetwood


  • Thu 14 Jul 2016 10:00

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