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Stories of news, creativity and the internet, told to Suchandrika Chakrabarti | Shortlisted: Best Host at The Lovie Awards (the European Webby Awards) 2019 | Heard on BBC Radio 4 | Newsletter: suchandrika.substack.com | Instagram: @freelancepod | Twitter: @freelance_pod_

Freelance Pod Suchandrika Chakrabarti

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Stories of news, creativity and the internet, told to Suchandrika Chakrabarti | Shortlisted: Best Host at The Lovie Awards (the European Webby Awards) 2019 | Heard on BBC Radio 4 | Newsletter: suchandrika.substack.com | Instagram: @freelancepod | Twitter: @freelance_pod_

    From the Egyptian revolution to pandemic lockdown, with Kim Fox of The American University in Cairo

    From the Egyptian revolution to pandemic lockdown, with Kim Fox of The American University in Cairo

    In 2011, two years after American radio producer and reporter Kim Fox had moved to Cairo to take up a teaching role at The American University of Cairo, the Egyptian Revolution happened, in response to increasing police brutality on what would turn out to be the dying days of President Hosni Mubarak's presidency. 
    Kim spent time at the demonstrations in Tahrir Square, which involved up to 2 million people.

    • 19 min
    "Dialling down the feminism" with writer and comedian Alex Bertulis-Fernandes

    "Dialling down the feminism" with writer and comedian Alex Bertulis-Fernandes

    Alex Bertulis-Fernandes is a comedian and writer. She's been doing stand-up for the past year, and she is writing a memoir while being mentored on the Penguin WriteNow mentoring scheme*. We met at the late, much-loved Clean Prose writers' space a few months ago, at a memoir-writing workshop taught by writer Cathy Rentzenbrink. Alex was actually the person who broke some comedy news to me last week - that I was a nominee for the Funny Women Stage Awards 2020.

    • 25 min
    "Grief is an incredibly creative experience" - Author Flora Baker on self-publishing The Adult Orphan Club

    "Grief is an incredibly creative experience" - Author Flora Baker on self-publishing The Adult Orphan Club

    Freelance writer and author Flora Baker has combined memoir and a self-help guide in her first book, The Adult Orphan Club.
    Flora lost her mother at 20, and her father at 30, just a few years ago. We 'met' via the Young Orphans Whatsapp group, although thanks to lockdown we have not yet met in person. 
    After her mother's death, Flora went travelling for five years, and detailed her adventures on her blog, Flora the Explorer. Travelling allowed her to postpone doing the work of grieving.

    • 33 min
    MEL Magazine deputy editor Alana Levinson on what The Great Solicited Dick Pic Experiment reveals about digital journalism

    MEL Magazine deputy editor Alana Levinson on what The Great Solicited Dick Pic Experiment reveals about digital journalism

    MEL Magazine's deputy editor Alana Levinson joins me on this episode to talk about how necessary editing is for good writing - but it's been devalued in a digital world where any of us can press publish whenever we like. 
    And yes, she also delves into the origins of The Great Solicited Dick Pic Experiment by MEL writer Miles Klee, and what the piece revealed about the difference between male and female experiences of the internet.

    • 33 min
    From Anonymous Animals to Animal Crossing: Marie Foulston's lockdown party in a spreadsheet

    From Anonymous Animals to Animal Crossing: Marie Foulston's lockdown party in a spreadsheet

    When I saw Marie Foulston's tweet about the lockdown houseparty that she threw in a spreadsheet, I knew that I had to invite her onto the podcast to hear all about it!

    Marie is now a freelance creative producer and playful curator, and was most recently Curator of Videogames at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

    Marie tells me about the anxiety of organising the spreadsheet party and waiting for her friends to arrive - just like hosting an IRL soirée!

    • 31 min
    "Content is one of the beautiful things about the internet" - Book editor Parul Bavishi on writing in a pandemic

    "Content is one of the beautiful things about the internet" - Book editor Parul Bavishi on writing in a pandemic

    Joining The Writers' Hour every morning for one week early on in lockdown helped me break through the cobwebs and write the outline of the book that I've been working on for the past year, in fits and starts. I used the hour to write longhand, which always helps unlock my creativity. 
    The Writer's Hour is a simple idea: every weekday morning between 8 and 9am BST, the founders of The London Writers' Salon, Parul Bavishi and Matt Trinetti, hold a Zoom meeting where writers turn up and... write.

    • 23 min

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Engaging and clever interviews

I really enjoy this podcast - it's lovely to hear what all the incredibly creative freelancers are up to. I like the interview style as well - warm and perceptive, like all the best conversations

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Easy listening and plenty to takeaway

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