Shauna Tohill of REWS

November 5, 2018

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Back in September Cheryl intervewed Shauna Tohill, one half of the all-female rock duo, REWS. Since then REWS have been on tour, first as support for the American band, Halestorm, and then in their own right. This coming Sunday they will be playing The Louisiana in Bristol. Tickets are still available, and here's the interview of whet your appetites.

The two REWS songs that Cheryl played are available on YouTube so you can listen to them via these links:

And you can buy the REWS album, Pyro, from Amazon and all good record stores.

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Queer Mental Health Trailer

November 2, 2018

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On next Wednesday's show Cheryl will be talking to queer performer, La JohnJoseph, about a mental health workshop they will be running at Hydra Books that same evening. Here's a quick taster of what they will be talking about. For details of how to book for the event, see here.

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Max Tariq - Gender Neutral Clothing

October 10, 2018

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Cheryl talks to Jo-Jo, the founder of Bristol's first, and currently only, gender neutral clothing brand. What does it mean for clothing to be gender neutral? How do designers cope with fit? Jo-Jo explains all. And he talks about how the company strives to be climate neutral as well. You can buy Jo-Jo's designs from Max Tariq.

Nice to see Ben the Engineer get into the photo there.

This interview was originally broadcast on Wednesday, October 10th, 2018.

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Women Talking - Muslim Women’s Clothing

September 10, 2018

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On Wednesday this week a great event will be taking place at the Malcolm X Centre in City Road. It is being put on by Interculture as part of their Women Talking series, and it will look at the hot topic subject of what Muslim women wear on their heads. However, unlike most of the discussions of this type that we see in the mainstream media, this one will have actual Muslim women explaining their culture.

The event will run from 7:00pm to 9:30pm at the Malcolm X Community Centre, 141 City Road, BS2 8YH. For further details see Facebook.

In August Cheryl welcomed Sahar from Muslim Engagement & Development (MEND) and Lisa from Interculture into the studio. Their conversation makes a great trailer for Thurday's event.

This interview was originally broadcast on Wednesday, August 15th, 2018.

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The Channel: Voices from Detention - Isobel Tarr

September 8, 2018

 

 

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Yaz was joined in the studio by Isobel Tarr - artist, activist and creator of The Channel project.

Isobel explains how The Channel was originally devised as a means for communicating across the water border between Calais and the UK. Creating human connection and conversation between people in the Calais migrant camp and people in Oxford.

This time the borders are within the UK, and conversations will happen between people in immigration detention and people in Bristol.

We listen to voices, stories and reflections from people being held in immigration detention here in the UK, and explore the power of creating space to explore these issues, and our responses, together.

The Channel phone booth will be appearing in different spaces in Bristol between 15th and 20th September, and the project will culminate in an event on 27th September - giving people the resources to prepare in case they are detained, and to consider strategies for ending detention.

This interview was originally broadcast on Wednesday 29th August 2018.

We can't include the music played with the interview due to copyright restrictions, but here is a playlist of all the songs played on this date.

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The Bristol Cable - Lorna Stephenson

September 7, 2018

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Yaz was joined in the studio by Lorna Stephenson, journalist and coordinator with The Bristol Cable.

They chatted all things independent journalism and media in the hands of its members and the communities it exists within. We talked about the role of community media, working cooperatively, being led by membership, and the recent Boot Out Bailiffs campaign.

We found out how to get involved, and details of their upcoming members meeting.

This interview was originally broadcast on Wednesday 29th August 2018.

We can't include the music played with the interview due to copyright restrictions, but here is a playlist of all the songs played on this date.

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Anne Corlett Interview

September 5, 2018

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This is an interview with science fiction writer, Anne Corlett, whose debut novel, The Space Between The Stars, Cheryl very much enjoyed. Anne is a graduate of the Bath Spa University creative writing programme.

This interview was originally broadcast on Wednesday, September 5th, 2018.

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Acorn Bristol - Maddie

August 29, 2018

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Yaz was joined in the studio by Maddie, an organiser with Acorn Bristol's newly formed BS5 branch. They talked about how Acorn works as a community based union confronting issues of poor housing conditions for its members, as well as tackling the systemic issues behind these. Maddie explained how Acorn is expanding across the UK as well as developing local groups across Bristol. We find out about their current campaigns, recent actions, and how to become a member.

This interview was originally broadcast on Wednesday 29th August 2018.

We can't include the music played with the interview due to copyright restrictions, but here is a playlist of all the songs played on this date.

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Bristol Safe Housing Crisis

August 23, 2018

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Today in Bristol the community union, Acorn, held a demonstration outside the City Council offices in Temple Street. They were protesting on behalf of two women who are about to be made homeless because the safe house they are living in is about the clsoe down. Cutbacks in and fragmentation of social services are leading to system that fail, and even persecute, those in greatest need. Cheryl spoke to one of the organisers of the protest.

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Sharifa Whitney James - LGBT+ Ageing

August 10, 2018

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Getting old is hard enough, but for LGBT+ people ageing comes with additional terrors of facing discrimination from people you have to rely upon for support. Bristol Ageing Better has appointed Sharifa Whitney James as their development worker for the LGBT+ community. In this interview she tells Cheryl what her job entails, and what she thinks she can do for Bristol's LGBT+ community. You can find out more about her role from the BAB website.

Cheryl and Sharifa also talked about Bristol's BME LGBT+ community who recently celebrated their first ever black pride event. You can find out more from the Kiki Bristol Facebook page. And there was mention of this event coming up soon at the Arnolofini featuring the legendary Travis Alabanza.

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