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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.
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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 29: Anna Whitehouse

    Episode 29: Anna Whitehouse

    Anna Whitehouse is a journalist, author and radio presenter and the
    founder of Mother Pukka, 'a platform for people who happen to be
    parents'. She is a long-term campaigner in the fight for flexible
    working for everyone.


    We talked about the concept of family and how you can get trapped into
    believing that 2.4 children and a white picket fence equals happiness;
    we discussed flexible working hours and how other countries do it
    better (yes I'm talking about the Netherlands and Sweden again!) and
    we agreed that it is time to end the 1950s hapless dad trope - or as
    she put it, "men don't want to just spunk and leave, they want to
    parent!"
     
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    • 55 min
    Episode 28: Rebecca Vincent

    Episode 28: Rebecca Vincent

    I have been following tattoo artist Rebecca Vincent on instagram since I saw a beautiful tattoo which she did for one of my earlier SP interviewees, Sali Hughes. Rebecca's style is usually botanical-inspired pure black ink. She reinvented herself as a tattoo artist when she felt her previous job as a pub landlady didn't fit well with becoming a mum. Her child is now ten and has recently started identifying as non-binary - a decision which Rebecca and husband Lee have welcomed and embraced. She's a lovely woman with a particularly gentle and kind aura for someone who can inflict so much pain - and I'm seriously considering having a second tattoo now!
     
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Episode 27: Giovanna Fletcher

    Episode 27: Giovanna Fletcher

    Giovanna Fletcher is a writer, presenter and blogger who has a hugely
    successful podcast Happy Mum Happy Baby. When we chatted I asked about
    the course which took her to marrying her childhood sweetheart, Tom
    Fletcher, she also told me how her three boys loved watching her on
    I'm a Celebrity and we compared notes on how many people ask her, as
    the mum of sons, whether she really wanted a girl! Aaaaghhh!
     
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Episode 26: Ellie Taylor

    Episode 26: Ellie Taylor

    This week I talk to stand up and soon-to be-published writer Ellie
    Taylor. She went from being completely disinterested in children to,
    now that she has a little girl herself, finding new mums 'like catnip'
    and striking up conversations with them whenever she can. We talked
    about having a baby when you're not really maternal, performing on
    stage when heavily pregnant, and writing in a pandemic. Her first book
    'My Child and other Mistakes' is out in July.
     
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 25: Mim and Liv NERVO

    Episode 25: Mim and Liv NERVO

    I first met Australian DJ twin sisters Mim and Liv (aka @nervomusic) over 10 years ago when we wrote a song called Not Giving Up On Love together. It was the most fun writing week. I immediately adored them both. Such smart, talented and gorgeous women - and so much positive energy! When they both became pregnant around the same time it seemed the fates were smiling on them. They both have gorgeous baby daughters now but for Liv, she has had to face a very different beginning to motherhood than the one she had envisaged - one as a single mum and the road to that has been traumatic for her. This podcast episode features lots of tears.. but also life lessons and laughs. Some of the themes might be upsetting to listen to but there is still lots of optimism in there, too.. and tons of sisterly love. 
     
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    • 1 hr 23 min
    Episode 24: Cariad Lloyd

    Episode 24: Cariad Lloyd

    This week I'm talking to Cariad Lloyd, actor, comedian, writer, podcaster and mum of two. I hope you'll agree that this is a really positive and uplifting chat, even though we are talking about death. Cariad lost her Dad when she was 16 and we talk about how that has affected her through her life, including when she became a mum. In the last 4 years she has spoken to over a hundred people about their own experiences of losing loved ones, in her popular podcast, Griefcast, which she launched just as she became a mum herself.
     
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    • 1 hr 14 min

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