The World From My Window is an unscripted show where we lead our guests through a conversation inspired by the process a writer takes when planning their work, with the aim of uncovering the true life stories of our guests and bringing new learnings and positivity to our listeners.
One wintery day in early March 2016, Natalie Queiroz's world turned upside down. She was eight months pregnant and preparing for maternity leave when was stabbed twenty-four times during a nine minute attack by a heavily disguised man who turned out to be her partner. Somehow, both Natalie and her daughter survived.
In the week that Natalie attended the funeral of the late Queen Elizabeth II, we spoke with her about her incredible story and how she has somehow been able to turn this chapter into a source of power and purpose. Natalie is now a company director, a TEDx and motivational speaker, an International bestselling author and proud holder of the title MBE for Service to Young People and the Prevention of Knife Crime.
In this episode we talk with the extraordinary Lulu Jemimah from Uganda; a writer, educator and radio producer who defied all social and cultural expectations by taking the brave and unusual decision to marry herself to crowdfund her Oxford University masters degree.
Lulu lets us into a life that has consistently challenged the status quo, transporting us to the back streets of Kampala, via Oxford and Berlin. Thank you Lulu for reminding us what’s possible when you are bold enough to step outside the box.
In this episode we talk to the photographer, business man, connector, champion and founder of the Black British Network Cephas Williams.
In 2020, after the murder of George Floyd, Cephas wrote an open letter to his newly born son called Letter to Zion which has now been signed by almost fifty business executives, who have all committed to coming together to drive systemic change for Black people throughout the UK.
This is a deep conversation not to be missed.
The Fandangoe Kid
We talked with The Fandangoe Kid (AKA Annie Nicholson), whose art is driven by navigating her own story, following the loss of many individuals in her family back in 2011, her practice being largely underpinned by the will to create a platform for open dialogue around the still taboo subject of grief.
Her work seeks to smash taboos around complex subject matters such as loss, trauma release, mental health and gender constructs.
Her story is truly life changing.
To kick off series 2 we chatted with Anick Soni, whose life has been more complicated than most.
In his 20's Anick is already a trailblazer and a champion. His story has opened doors for other young people, showing the world what it means to be born intersex and paving the way for other young people to be able to explore who they are.
We talk about how it feels to have to conform to parental and societal expectations from a young age and what happens when our 'normal' doesn't fit with other peoples' expectations.
Thank you Anick for sharing your truly incredible story with us.
To close Series 1 we speak with the incredible Jade Thirlwall; Little Mix royalty, friend and supporter of The World From My Window and all round beautiful human being. Jade talks about the people that helped to shape her path so far, from the bandmates she calls ‘monumental', to the ex that almost stopped her from auditioning for The X-Factor. The award-winning artist also shares a rare glimpse into her personal life, talking us through the people and the places that have been important to her, and shining a light on what the next chapter looks like for this superstar.