The Women's Podcast
Ep 556 Bonnie Garmus: Lessons in Chemistry
Lessons in Chemistry by American author Bonnie Garmus was our latest pick for the podcast book club. In a rare turn of events, our book clubbers found themselves in agreement, collectively singing the praises of this debut novel. That’s why we’re delighted to be joined by the author today, as she tells Róisín Ingle about her long road to writing success, the excitement of her book becoming an instant bestseller and how her main character Elizabeth Zott came to her one evening after a bad day at the office.
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Secret Voices: A Year of Women’s Diaries44:04In this episode, Kathy Sheridan is joined by British author and journalist Sarah Gristwood, who has just released her new book, Secret Voices: A Year of Women’s Diaries. It’s a captivating collection of diary entries from women, looking back over four centuries, to discover how their experience of everyday life has changed down the years and also how it hasn’t. It includes entries from some remarkable women like Virginia Woolf, Oprah Winfrey, Anne Frank, Louisa May Alcott and even Queen Victoria. In this conversation, Gristwood talks about the inspiration behind the collection, the common themes that pop up throughout like anger, frustration and lust and what these intimate musings have taught her about the variety and richness of the female experience.
Overcoming perfectionism: Fiona Brennan and Edel Coffey53:20Being a perfectionist may sound like a good thing, but don’t let the name fool you. A perfectionist’s life is far from perfect. If you are one, or you know one well, you’ll likely know of the debilitating effects that can come with a perfectionist’s constant quest for excellence. So why does it manifest and who is more likely to struggle with it? To explore this world of impossibly high standards. Kathy Sheridan is joined by clinical hypnotherapist Fiona Brennan and author and writer Edel Coffey. Brennan explains what causes perfectionism, why more women than men are likely to suffer from it and the ways we can overcome it, while Coffey shares her personal experience of being a perfectionist, how it has affected different aspects of her life and the joy of finally letting go.
Make Gaeilge Great Again: Áine Gallagher and Mollie Guidera40:51In today’s episode, we’re dusting off our ‘cúpla focal’ and talking about the joys of Gaeilge with two Irish language innovators, Mollie Guidera, aka Múinteoir Mollie and comedian Áine Gallagher. But, don’t worry, you don’t need to have any Irish to enjoy this conversation. Guidera, an online Irish teacher tells Róisin Ingle how she discovered her passion for teaching at the age of seven, showing her American cousins how to speak a few Irish words over Thanksgiving dinner. We also hear how despite getting kicked out of Irish college in her very first year, her love for the language never faltered. Gallagher, who brings Irish into her comedy routines explains how a new year's resolution to speak it everyday set her on path to become ‘Ireland’s only guerrilla Irish language enthusiast’. The pair talk about their passion for our native tongue, what can be done to improve the way it’s taught in schools and why they're on a mission to make Gaeilge great again.
Missing Persons: Clair Wills on the search for her secret cousin46:02In this episode, Kathy Sheridan is joined by British academic and author Clair Wills. In her new book Missing Persons, Or My Grandmother’s Secrets, Wills brings the reader on an intimate journey through her family history and lays bare the brutal treatment of Ireland’s unmarried mothers. The wheels were set in motion for this book in the early 90s, when Wills learned of her long lost cousin Mary, born in Bessborough mother and baby home in Cork in the 1950s. Bessborough was only a few miles down the road from where Wills had spent idyllic childhood summers on her grandmother Molly’s farm. In this episode, she talks to Kathy Sheridan about the inherent shame and guilt that reinforced this culture of secret keeping in Ireland, the challenges of piecing together her family history and why, despite initial reservations, she felt compelled to tell their story.
Breakdown: Cathy Sweeney53:35Breakdown is the debut novel from author and former English teacher Cathy Sweeney. It tells the story of a disillusioned mother, living in a leafy suburb in Dublin, who leaves her house one morning and never returns. In this episode, Sweeney tells Róisín Ingle how she came to write Breakdown and reflects on the stories women still don’t openly tell about themselves even in modern liberal Ireland. In this wide ranging conversation, Sweeney also talks about her childhood spent moving from place to place, how becoming a mother at 18 shaped her life and why she’s turning her attention to Oscar Wilde for her next writing project.
Breaking barriers: Inny Ekeolu and Aghogho Okpara57:05In this episode, we are joined by two young black-Irish women who have excelled in their respective fields of law and medicine, despite plenty of obstacles along the way. Trainee solicitor Inny Ekeolu and second year medical student Aghogho Okpara talk to Róisín Ingle about their career ambitions, tackling imposter syndrome and the importance of representation. They also speak about changes they’d like to see in their industries and how they ignored those who told them to “aim lower”.
Double Act: Millie Daniel-Dempsey and Amy Robyn Lyster35:02All singing, all dancing duo Honey and Lemon are bringing their new show Double Act to the Project Arts Theatre on January 18th. It’s a whistle-stop tour of the history of women in entertainment. Think French & Saunders, The Cheeky Girls and Thelma & Louise. Honey and Lemon consists of Millie Daniel-Dempsey and Amy Robyn Lyster, two multidisciplinary entertainers who experiment with dance, voice and film to blur the boundaries of contemporary dance. In this episode, the pair speak to Róisín Ingle about the inspiration behind the show, their work as artists in residence at the Civic Theatre Tallaght and how movement can do wonders for the mind and body.
Your favourite episodes of 202331:48This week, as we ease into the rhythm of a brand new year, we are taking the opportunity to bring you some highlights from your favourite episodes of The Women’s Podcast in 2023. You’ll hear Marian Keyes sharing some learnings on life as she celebrated her 60th birthday, author and academic Katriona O’Sullivan on how a chance encounter transformed her life, plus columnist Caitlin Moran on the worrying rise of Andrew Tate. There’s also a snippet from our interview with Sinéad O’Connor recorded during the promotion of her memoir Rememberings, plus a lesson on botox from journalist and broadcaster Sali Hughes.If there is a subject you’d like us to cover on the podcast in 2024, please get in touch with us email@example.com or DM us on Twitter or Instagram at @itwomenspodcast
The Women's Podcast 2023 Review50:522023: It was a year that broke global temperature records, riots took over the streets of Dublin and the world looked on in horror as more than 20,000 people were killed in the Gaza Strip, around 70% of which were women and children. HSE-funded fertility treatment became available to couples and the Irish football team did us proud at the Women’s World Cup. Josef Puska was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Aisling Murphy, singer and activist Sinead O’Connor died at the age of 56 and the Irish Government brought in paid leave for victims of domestic abuse. To talk through the pivotal moments of 2023 and how they impacted women in Ireland and around the world, Róisín Ingle is joined by author and academic Katriona O’Sullivan and journalist and broadcaster Alison O’Connor.