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DJ Annie Macmanus chats to artists, writers, musicians and a host of fascinating people about CHANGE. Each guest talks through the biggest changes they have overcome in childhood and adulthood, and how they effect change. The podcast explores how change punctuates our lives, how it can totally derail us and define who we are. How we confront it, react to it and how we try to activate change has never been more important than in this moment.

Changes with Annie Macmanus Annie Macmanus

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    • 4.4 • 32 Ratings

DJ Annie Macmanus chats to artists, writers, musicians and a host of fascinating people about CHANGE. Each guest talks through the biggest changes they have overcome in childhood and adulthood, and how they effect change. The podcast explores how change punctuates our lives, how it can totally derail us and define who we are. How we confront it, react to it and how we try to activate change has never been more important than in this moment.

    Bernardine Evaristo

    Bernardine Evaristo

    In this wonderfully compelling conversation, The Booker Prize winning author opens up to Annie about her childhood, going to the Youth Theatre, losing herself in a toxic relationship with another woman and her hopes for the future of society.


    As the first black woman to win the Booker Prize, Bernardine Evaristo is, rightly so, unashamedly basking in the huge success of her ninth novel ‘Girl, Woman, Other’. In this episode, Bernardine Annie through her own journey with writing and talks about enjoying mainstream recognition much later in life, believing in herself and the sacrifices she has made. She describes herself as “unstoppable” - something which may not have happened had she not experienced the changes she has in her life. 


    You can buy the book and find out more about Bernardine’s work here: https://bevaristo.com/girl-woman-other/
    You can follow Bernardine on twitter: @BernardineEvari and instagram: @bernardineevaristowriter
     
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    • 48 min
    Susan Herdman (Lottery Winner)

    Susan Herdman (Lottery Winner)

    Have you ever wondered what actually happens when you win the lottery? How you deal with the reality of this overwhelming amount of money? Susan Herdman won the lottery in 2010, on a 14 million to one chance. In this episode she tells us about her life before and after the win, the strange heightened night when she knew that she had won but it was unconfirmed by the lottery, and where she went and did karaoke with the winning ticket tucked in her bra (every woman knows of course that this is the safest place for an uncashed lottery ticket)! She explains how she panicked afterwards and clung on to her previous life before having an epiphany at the age of 41. We also talk about her teenage acne and how despite all this good fortune in her life, she still has trouble looking in the mirror. Listen now!
     
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    • 44 min
    Romesh Ranganathan

    Romesh Ranganathan

    As a child within the space of six months, Romesh Ranganathan’s house was repossessed, he changed schools, his mum found out his dad was having an affair and his dad went to prison! Later in life, Romesh changed careers from being a maths teacher to a comedian, something he almost gave up following his Dad’s death. Since then Romesh has become a BAFTA winner and one of the most successful comedians in the UK. In this interview Romesh talks openly about all these changes with his usual cynical wit, including the very personal conversations he had with his Dad, lessons learnt, failure and of course the laughs along the way!  


    Romesh’s new book ‘As Good As It Gets - Life Lessons from a Reluctant Adult’ is out on 15 October 2020. 
    You can pre order it here: https://www.waterstones.com/book/as-good-as-it-gets/romesh-ranganathan/2928377041731
    You can buy tickets for his 2021 tour 'The Cynic's Mixtape' here: https://www.romeshranganathan.co.uk/tour/
    And you can follow Romesh on instagram and twitter @romeshranga 
     
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    • 53 min
    Zadie Smith

    Zadie Smith

    During early lockdown, in response to these extraordinary times, the bestselling, award winning author Zadie Smith wrote six personal, powerful and reflective essays exploring ideas and questions around our new reality. In this honest conversation, Zadie talks with Annie about the change the world has seen through her own personal experience in both New York and back in her home city of London and the differences between them. She reflects on what we notice about ourselves and our relationship between time and work, homeschooling, what other other people mean to us, community, the danger of individualism, and the importance of art. This conversation was recorded at the end of July 2020. Read the new collection of essays, Intimations - all royalties go to charity. You can buy a copy here: https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/321/321775/intimations/9780241492383.html


    Content Warning: this episode discusses the effects of Covid 19 and events that occurred during lockdown including brief references to mass death and violent protests. 
     
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    • 45 min
    Sinéad Gleeson

    Sinéad Gleeson

    From a childhood spent caring for her mother, to her own struggles with “wonky hips” and leukaemia, Sinéad has had a unique take on the way our health shapes our perspective of life and love.


    In this discussion with Annie, the bestselling author talks about illness, the body, and how women are treated by male doctors.


    Follow Sinéad: @sineadgleeson on twitter
    Read her new collection of essays, Constellations
     
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    • 38 min
    Paddy

    Paddy

    Patrick Burke has seen a lot of change. In this roller coaster of an interview with Annie, we hear the moments that led Paddy into a life on the streets... and the moment that brought him back from the brink.


    Warning: this episode discusses substance abuse and violence


    Paddy supports the work of Shelter. We should too. Support their work at this most difficult of times.
     
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    • 52 min

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32 Ratings

32 Ratings

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Love your Robyn interview!

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rsilva07 ,

Absolutely delightful!

Annie is wonderful! I love the genuine and interesting conversations and her guests are phenomenal! So glad I found this!

AnnalisaS ,

So glad I found Annie

I love the conversations with friends and family. Annie is the kinda girl everyone wants as their best friend. Really fun show!

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