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Laura Mvula, Laini Taylor, Co-housing for older women

Laura Mvula on anxiety; fantasy fiction writer Laini Taylor on her latest book; Britain's first co-housing scheme specifically designed for and by older women.

Singer-songwriter Laura Mvula has experienced anxiety and panic attacks for the last 10 years. Her fear of being alone exacerbates her symptoms. She describes how she has coped and why she wanted to make the documentary, 'Laura Mvula: Generation Anxiety' for Woman's Hour.

Older Women's Co Housing -OWCH - is made-up of 26 women all over the age of 50. It's the first scheme in the UK specifically designed for and by older people. After struggling to find adequate sites and development partners since 1998, the residents have finally moved into their new homes. Georgina Hewes went to meet them.

It has been two years since the introduction of the Anti-Slavery Act but in that time there has been an eight-fold increase of women arriving from Nigeria to Europe. Of the 11,100 Nigerian women recorded as arriving in Italy, an estimated 80% showed signs of being trafficked. Jane asks Britain's Independent Anti-slavery Commissioner Kevin Hyland what can be done to stop these women from being trafficked.

Young adult fantasy fiction writer Laini Taylor on the follow-up to the hugely successful Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. Why has she put a librarian at the heart of her latest book - Strange the Dreamer?

Presented by: Jane Garvey
Produced by: Caroline Donne.

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58 minutes


  • Saffiyah Khan

    Duration: 05:35

  • Laura Mvula

    Duration: 10:18

  • Co-Housing

    Duration: 10:41

  • 2 Years on From the Anti-Slavery Act

    Duration: 07:35

  • Laini Taylor

    Duration: 07:53


Role Contributor
Presenter Jane Garvey
Producer Caroline Donne
Interviewed Guest Laura Mvula
Interviewed Guest Kevin Hyland
Interviewed Guest Laini Taylor


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