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ORs on the Radio

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20 Oct 2020
Alumnae News

We are very excited to be able to share that ORs have appeared on the radio three times during October, covering a variety of different topics.

Radio 4's Poetry Please programme ‘Every Little Touch’, aired on Sunday 11th October, involved not one but two ORs. It was presented by Noo Saro-Wiwa (No. 3, 1986-94) and produced by Emily Williams (No. 1, 1988- 94). Noo gives her personal perspective on poetry’s relationship with touch. Noo is the author of Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria (published by Granta). In 2012, it was selected as BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week and named The Sunday Times Travel Book of the Year. Four years later, it was awarded the Albatros Travel Literature Prize in Italy. Noo writes book reviews, travel and opinion articles for The Times Literary Supplement, City AM and Prospect magazine, among others. In 2018 Condé Nast Traveler magazine named her as ‘One of the World’s 30 Most Influential Women Travellers’. It is available to listen to online:

 Also on Radio 4 OR Diana Crighton (Belgard, No.4, 1952-57) was interviewed by Mishal Husain on Friday 16th October for the Today programme. Diana discussed the challenges in supporting her daughter Alison, who is in full time care, through Covid-19. Having tried hard since April to raise awareness for this often forgotten sector of care and residential homes for young adults, Diana immediately responded to the Today Programme's request to hear about experiences of the care sector during the Covid-19 pandemic. She talked about the extra diffculties this sector faces, coping with vulnerable adults, learning to cope with their various conditions, and parents who are often lone older parents, with conditions of their own to cope with, and in her case still working as well. Combined of course with the additional difficulties caused by the long periods of time where relatives where not able to visit. It is a powerful and moving 5 minute interview, and will resonate with many who find themselves in similar situations. Diana is a freelance architectural historian, author and lecturer. She also plans and leads occasional architectural tours in Somerset. It is also available to listen to online:

Katy Bourne OBE (Waller, No. 3, 1975-81) appeared on Radio 4's Women's Hour on the 28th October, talking about the increase in cyber stalking over the last year. Katy was able to bring together her experience as Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, and her own personal experiences of having been stalked to talk about the issue and how it has been affected during the pandemic. You can listen to the episode online here:

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