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Actor Zawe Ashton discusses her fear of getting her period on stage, and Professor Dame Ann Dowling, president of the Royal Academy of Engineering, on her love of opera.

The actor and playwright Zawe Ashton discusses her feelings of anxiety and fear of getting her period on stage. The psychologist Philippa Perry tells us how common it is for women when they are under pressure and what it says about how we and society view the female body.

The author and illustrator Shirley Hughes gives us a masterclass for aspiring picture book writers and illustrators with the Freelance designer Ness Wood and the Editorial Director of Children's picture books at Penguin, Andrea Macdonald.

Dame Ann Dowling the first woman to become President of the Royal Academy of Engineering discusses her love of Opera. The Opera singer and teacher Nelly Miricioiu and her student Hanna-Liisa Kirchin on piano illustrate the operatic voice.

The five times Paralympic swimming champion Ellie Simmonds tells us about her newly discovered love of travelling solo. Amy Baker the author of Miss-adventures: A tale of ignoring life advice while back packing around South America and Sophie Radice discuss the ups and downs of going abroad alone.

Karen Blackett the Chair of Mediacom tells us about her guilty pleasure - watching TV dating shows like The Bachelor and The Millionaire Matchmaker. We hear from the series editor of Channel 4's First Dates Lana Salah and the journalist and blogger Daisy Buchanan about their appeal.

We have music from the singer songwriter Ayanna Witter-Johnson - another of Zawe Ashton's choices.

And Shirley Hughes discusses making her own clothes and hats and some of the funny feedback she gets from the children who read her books.

Presented by Jane Garvey
Producer: Rabeka Nurmahomed
Editor: Jane Thurlow.

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Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Jane Garvey
Interviewed Guest Zawe Ashton
Interviewed Guest Philippa Perry
Interviewed Guest Shirley Hughes
Interviewed Guest Ness Wood
Interviewed Guest Andrea MacDonald
Interviewed Guest Ann Dowling
Interviewed Guest Ellie Simmonds
Interviewed Guest Amy Baker
Interviewed Guest Sophie Radice
Interviewed Guest Karen Blackett
Interviewed Guest Lana Salah
Interviewed Guest Daisy Buchanan
Interviewed Guest Ayanna Witter-Johnson
Interviewed Guest Shirley Hughes
Producer Rabeka Nurmahomed
Editor Jane Thurlow

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