24 episodes

Hello I’m Sophie Ellis-Bextor and this is my new series Spinning Plates where I speak to busy working women, who also happen to be mothers, about how they make it work. I am a singer and have released 7 albums in-between having my 5 sons who are aged between 1 and 16 so I spin a few plates myself. Being a mother can be the most amazing thing.. but it can also be hard to find time for yourself and your own ambitions. I want to be a bit nosy and see how other people balance everything. Join me while I speak to a host of interesting and inspirational women who’ve really made me think - and laugh, and sometimes cry.
Welcome to Spinning Plates.

Spinning Plates with Sophie Ellis-Bexto‪r‬ Sophie Ellis-Bextor

    • Parenting
    • 4.8 • 272 Ratings

Hello I’m Sophie Ellis-Bextor and this is my new series Spinning Plates where I speak to busy working women, who also happen to be mothers, about how they make it work. I am a singer and have released 7 albums in-between having my 5 sons who are aged between 1 and 16 so I spin a few plates myself. Being a mother can be the most amazing thing.. but it can also be hard to find time for yourself and your own ambitions. I want to be a bit nosy and see how other people balance everything. Join me while I speak to a host of interesting and inspirational women who’ve really made me think - and laugh, and sometimes cry.
Welcome to Spinning Plates.

    Episode 23: Rosa Bloom

    Episode 23: Rosa Bloom

    This week I meet Rosa Bloom, designer of the sequinned capes and cat suits that have brightened so many festivals. They've been described by one of her customers as 'wearable happiness' and I love the superhero feeling I get when I wear her clothes on stage.  In our chat I hear about growing up in a household shared by three families, and about how she and her husband chose a new family name when they had their little boy. She also tells me about how her husband offered to take over as primary carer of their little boy Otto when he was a few months old, helping her continue with her company but resulting in him being diagnosed with post natal depression. We talk about adapting to life in a pandemic and how we can't wait for festivals to be back on!
     
    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Episode 22: Jess Phillips

    Episode 22: Jess Phillips

    I really wanted to meet Jess Phillips. We are just about the same age and I have followed her career with interest and affection. I was very glad to say that I liked her just as much in real life as I have done from afar. Jess is the Labour MP for Yardley in Birmingham, serving the same area she grew up in. It's also where she has brought up her 2 sons with her husband Tom, who has always done the lion's share of the childcare and cooking. Jess jokes that she sometimes feels like a 1950s househusband asking Tom why dinner isn't on the table, when she's finshed work. She is pleasingly happy in her own skin and has a turn of phrase that really tickles me. She talked to me proudly about her mum and dad's political activism, and happy memories of watching Prime Minister's Questions after school with her nan every week. She talked about how every woman should be able to choose to have or not have a baby. And she described how she sometimes deals with aggression by fighting back with humour. She revealed that having two children made her feel she could do anything. And she also has one of the best stories I have ever heard invoving paving slabs. Though I realise the bar for that may not be very high.
     
    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Episode 21: Jack Monroe

    Episode 21: Jack Monroe

    Jack Monroe is a cook, a writer, a campaigner and also a mum to 10 year old Johnny. We talked about Jack's dream job in the fire service, experiences of not having enough to eat as a new mum, what it means to identify as non-binary, and how you should never panic when your child only wants to eat chicken nuggets. 
     
    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    • 1 hr 43 min
    Episode 20: Róisín Murphy

    Episode 20: Róisín Murphy

    Musician Róisín Murphy can be a creative ‘bag of baldoons’ - a phrase her mum uses to conjure up what she’s like when she’s working on multiple projects. She is also mum to 10 year old Clodagh and 8 year old Tadhg. We talked about savouring every moment while your children are little. And I learned a lot about elaborate bedtime tucking-in routines, which I’ve been practising on my boys ever since! 
     
    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Episode 19: Carrie Reichardt

    Episode 19: Carrie Reichardt

    Let me introduce you to Carrie Reichardt. She's an artist who lives round the corner from me in little old suburban Chiswick. And she has completely covered her home with mosaic so that it's now an eye-popping work of art. When I met her, she did not disappoint. She's refreshingly honest, she's brave and she's a bit bonkers. And she says that as a post-menopausal woman, she now feels more like a teenager than she ever has before.


    We talked death row, her mum's ferocious knitting, and being honest with your children about your failings.


    Oh yes, and by the way, this one's got a happy ever after ending!
     
    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Episode 18: Sali Hughes

    Episode 18: Sali Hughes

    This week I meet Sali Hughes beauty writer and co-founder of the Beauty Bank which distributes toiletries, self care products and make up to people who can't afford them. She's also been vocal on the subject of trolling which she experienced herself recently. She's a mum of two teenage boys, who she is proud of and loves spending time with. We started by talking about how people get really hung up on the subject of having all sons - something we've both experienced...
     
    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    • 1 hr 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
272 Ratings

272 Ratings

Wiltshire Philippa ,

Late to the party ...

... but loving it! You ask for suggestions each time, so how about Billie Piper? That’s some life right there!

Georgieporgie42 ,

Brilliant podcast

This is my favourite podcast! So looking forward to series 3!!!

naomiPVR ,

The best

Look forward to this podcast every Monday.
Thank you

Top Podcasts In Parenting

Listeners Also Subscribed To