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The Women's Podcast, hosted by Kathy Sheridan & Róisín Ingle.

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The Women's Podcast, hosted by Kathy Sheridan & Róisín Ingle.

    Ep 424 The Artist’s Way: Unlock your creativity with Julia Cameron

    Ep 424 The Artist’s Way: Unlock your creativity with Julia Cameron

    The Artist’s Way was first published in 1991 by screenwriter and teacher Julia Cameron. A classic guide to creativity, the book has sold over five million copies and has recently been redesigned and relaunched for a new generation.

    Hailed by celebrities such as Alicia Keys, Russell Brand and Reece Witherspoon, it’s key ideas include Morning Pages, a daily ritual designed to declutter the mind, and the Artist’s Date, a commitment to set aside time each week to nurture your creative soul. Even if you feel like you haven’t a creative bone in your body, Cameron maintains ‘there is no such thing as a non-creative person’.

    In this conversation with Róisín Ingle, the author explains how the book came about after her recovery from alcoholism, how the practises work to move past creative blocks and why you're never too old to try something new.

    • 42 min
    Ep 423 Fat Cow, Fat Chance: Dame Jenni Murray’s weight loss journey

    Ep 423 Fat Cow, Fat Chance: Dame Jenni Murray’s weight loss journey

    By age sixty-four, Jenni Murray's weight had become a disability. The broadcaster and author avoided the scales, wore a uniform of baggy black clothes and refused to make connections between her weight and health issues. A successful author and the host of BBC Woman’s Hour, Murray appeared to have it all, but in private she lived with a growing fear that she wouldn’t even make it to seventy. In this episode, she speaks to Kathy Sheridan about the life changing surgery which helped her lose eight stone in less than a year and why she decided to document her weight loss journey in the new book, Fat Cow, Fat Chance. This latest offering from Murray is a refreshingly honest account of what it’s like to be fat when society dictates that skinny is the norm.

    • 50 min
    Ep 422 Big Night In: Emma Donoghue

    Ep 422 Big Night In: Emma Donoghue

    The last Big Night In of our first season took place on Zoom last Saturday night with author, literary historian and playwright Emma Donoghue. The Room-author joined us from her home in Ontario, Canada where she lives with her partner and two teenage children. Donoghue has just released The Pull of the Stars, a novel set 100 years ago in Dublin during The Great Flu. The pandemic setting was a complete coincidence she told Roisin Ingle, explaining that the book had been written and submitted before Covid-19 hit. She spoke about her writing life, going to the Oscars, sexuality, parenting and her swotty tendencies which began in childhood.

    This was our last Big Night In for a while so we wanted to thank our sponsor Green & Blacks for providing gorgeous hampers of chocolate and every single one of you who joined us over these distracting, joyful and entertaining Lockdown conversations. We'll definitely be bringing The Big Night In back.

    • 57 min
    Ep 421 The Joy of Yoga: Cathy Pearson & the Celtic Yoga Woodland Festival

    Ep 421 The Joy of Yoga: Cathy Pearson & the Celtic Yoga Woodland Festival

    Yoga has had an excellent pandemic. There's been a boom in online classes and even President Michael D Higgins was still getting his downward dog on in the Áras during Lockdown. So it's the perfect time for a free online yoga festival and in this episode we talk to Cathy Pearson, the woman behind the Celtic Woodland Yoga Festival, a three day gathering for people who love yoga or who are just yoga curious. Pearson spoke to Roisin Ingle about the festival, about how she went from a job in the film industry to a life in the healing arts in the jungles of Thailand and about how she juggles her practice and motherhood.

    For more details and to register for free go to celticwoodlandyogafestival.com

    • 30 min
    Ep 420 Tennis Lessons: Susannah Dickey on periods, sex and friendship

    Ep 420 Tennis Lessons: Susannah Dickey on periods, sex and friendship

    In this episode Roisin Ingle talks to Susannah Dickey, the author of a stunning debut novel Tennis Lessons which is set in Northern Ireland and follows a young woman as she struggles to find her place in the world. Dickey is an award-winning poet from Derry but her new novel shows her gift for the longer novel form. She has written a fantastic book containing rich dialogue and a gritty, authentic coming of age story. We follow the unnamed protagonist from the age of 3 right up to her late twenties, as she deals with the break-up of her parents marriage, various sexual encounters and trying to reconcile the life she imagined for herself with the one that is playing out. It's also the story of friendship, the kind that puts you back together when you are lost. Also, in this episode Ingle announces our final Big Night In with special guest Room-author Emma Donoghue.

    • 50 min
    Ep 419 Grief, death & celebrating lives during a Pandemic

    Ep 419 Grief, death & celebrating lives during a Pandemic

    On today's episode, we are talking about life, death and grief in the time of Covid-19. This is a fraught issue, not just for those who've lost loved ones to the virus but for those with friends or relations that died during this very strange time of socially distanced funerals where numbers are severely limited. Roisin Ingle spoke to Orla Keegan at The Irish Hospice Foundation’s Bereavement Support Line which launched on the 9th June to provide a confidential space for people to speak about their experience or to ask questions relating to the death of someone during the COVID-19 pandemic or a previous bereavement.

    Also, back in March The Irish Times put forward an open call to readers to share their personal experiences of bereavement during the pandemic. Some of those who contributed also shared their story on the confronting coronavirus podcast. Today we bring you some of those recordings to shine a light on the very different kind of mourning that has been happening at this time.

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

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237 Ratings

237 Ratings

Míoda ,

Love this podcast

Super podcast, Róisín is such a lovely broadcaster.

Helswave ,

Great Chats with Marianne

Smiled all the way around my 2km loops walk listening to this!! Great honest and funny chat with Marianne - love the way she taps into the different ways of approaching Covid - she really spelled it out to take it easier on ourselves! ‘Don’t be going learning something new!! Definitely loving this “Less daily lifestyle’

coronalockin ,

Mary Lou Mc donald

Roisin I just love your podcast & listen to you all the time , follow you on Twitter & love watching your gorgeous daughters who are very talented . I shed a tear when you broke down talking to your lovely mum it was so touching ...
but ....Mary Lou ? For a woman who is so articulate usually & has plenty to say I thought she was very poor & evaded all your questions ! & constantly just wanted to attack the current govt , & why did she have to wait 16 days for result when every known person in town got results immediately ! ( Ciara Kelly , Claire Byrne , Ryan tubriddy ) etc ... another ploy of hers to have a go at govt ! I didn’t enjoy at all .

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