Back in 2018 we devoted a whole show to Black History. Cheryl was joined as co-presenter by the newly promoted Professor Olivette Otele of Bath Spa University. Olivette is the first black woman to be made a professor of history at a UK university. She and Cheryl took us on an extensive tour of black history.
As it is October once more, we are re-posting the entire discussion. It is history, it doesn't get old. This is part 1. Part 2 will follow shortly.
On Saturday, December 15th a blue plaque was unveiled in Clifton to commemorate the first meeting of the Bristol and West of England Society for Women's Suffrage. The Society was founded by Florence Davenport Hill who lived in what is now 3 West Mall where the plaque has been placed. The unveiling was attended by Thangam Debbonaire, MP, and there were additional speeches by local historian, Lucienne Boyce, and by Lori Streich of the Bristol Civic Society and Vlue Plaque Scheme. Cheryl Morgan was there to report for Women's Outlook.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(The image is from a previous Acorn action.)
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.