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Woven Space, Motherless daughters, The Split

A look at willow inspired music and why women are avoiding drugs that could prevent cancer. Plus daughters on growing up without their mothers.

Woman's Hour Craft Prize finalist Laura Ellen Bacon weaves delicate strands of willow into huge nest-like installations that emerge from buildings or inhabit public spaces. She recently discovered that her work had inspired Scottish composer Helen Grime to compose a new orchestral piece called Woven Space. It made its premiere at the Barbican performed by London Symphony Orchestra with Simon Rattle conducting as part of his inaugural season. How did Helen recreate the intricate structures of willow in her music?

Why are women with an increased risk of breast or ovarian cancer opting not to take Tamoxifen as a preventative measure? Fiona Osgun, Health Manager from Cancer Research UK discusses.

Losing your mother when you're either young or old can leave an indelible mark on your life. Some weeks back we interviewed two women US born Hope Edelman and UK therapist Mandy Gosling who, having both lost their mothers young, were co-hosting the first Motherless Daughters Symposium here in the UK. It was held earlier this month and brought together women from around the UK who had lost their mothers at various ages, with the aim of opening a dialogue about the enduring effects of this kind of loss. Georgina Hewes went to talk to some of them to hear their stories.

A new six-part TV drama series The Split features a family of female divorce lawyers offering a glimpse into the legal world but how realistic is the drama in terms of the work that family lawyers do when it comes to dealing with divorce? Family lawyers Jenny Beck and Lucy Verity give the lowdown.

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58 minutes



Role Contributor
Presenter Jenni Murray
Participant Georgina Hewes
Interviewed Guest Laura Ellen Bacon
Interviewed Guest Fiona Osgun
Interviewed Guest Jenny Beck
Interviewed Guest Lucy Verity
Producer Anne Peacock


  • Thu 26 Apr 2018 10:00

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