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Olympic boxer Nicola Adams, Novelist Eimear McBride

Two-time Olympic gold medal winning boxer Nicola Adams, Eimear McBride, author of A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing, on her new novel, 150 years of Barnardos, and new zika advice.

Two time Olympic gold medal winning boxer Nicola Adams - she became the first female Olympic boxing champion at the London 2012 games and then successfully retained her flyweight title in Rio. Jenni talks to Nicola about her Olympics experiences, what she plans next, and the future of women's boxing.

Plus Eimear McBride. Her debut novel, A Girl Is A Half Formed Thing, won the Baileys Prize For Women's Fiction. Now she joins us to talk about her new novel, The Lesser Bohemians.

150 years of Barnardo's - the children's charity is celebrating by releasing previously unseen archive material showing the lives of the first fostered children in 1887, during the early days of their pioneering work. Barnardo's Manager of Heritage and History, Sara Clarke, describes the beginnings of fostering, and Brenda Farrell, Head of Fostering and Adoption, explains foster care today.

And the zika virus. As the World Health Organisation strengthens their guidance on the virus, WHO Epidemiologist Dr Colleen Acosta tells us why and shares their most up to date advice.

Presenter: Jenni Murray
Producer: Emma Wallace.

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58 minutes


  • Nicola Adams

    Double Olympic champion, Nicola Adams, talks about Rio and the future of women's boxing

    Duration: 09:17

  • Zika Update

    Dr Colleen Acosta, of the World Health Organisation, explains current zika guidelines

    Duration: 05:11

  • Barnardo’s

    To celebrate 150 years of Barnardo’s they’ve released images of foster children from 1887

    Duration: 09:16

  • Gravetalk

    Angela Robson visits the Gravetalk Cafe to understand what service they provide

    Duration: 08:38

  • Eimear McBride

    The author talks about her second novel which she calls a love-letter to London

    Duration: 09:15


Role Contributor
Presenter Jenni Murray
Producer Emma Wallace
Interviewed Guest Nicola Adams
Interviewed Guest Eimear McBride
Interviewed Guest Sara Clarke
Interviewed Guest Brenda Farrell
Interviewed Guest Colleen Acosta


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