Episode 10: Fanny Cradock - Nightmare in the Kitchen

• April 4th, 2018

Fanny Cradock was one of the first tv chefs, terrifying viewers and employees alike from the fifties until the 1990s. Her on and off-screen shenanigans were the stuff of nightmares and she is still (in)famous over twenty years after her death. Join Donna and Tom as they talk about her life.

Music by Stefan Kartenburg, featuring Dimitri Artmenko on strings, and it's from dig.ccMixter. 

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Episode 9: Christina Rossetti - From Storm to Calm

• March 24th, 2018

Donna and Tom discuss the Victiorian poet, Christina Rossetti. A member of the remarkable Rossetti family (her brother was the painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti, the founder of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood) her most famous poem is probably "Goblin Market", which is still in print today. She spent much of her life unhappy, in emotional turmoil, wrestling with her personal demons, but always creating prolific amounts of poetry. As poets (especially women poets) of the Victorian era go, her name is one of the most well known.

 

Music by Stefan Kartenburg, featuring Dimitri Artmenko on strings, and it's from dig.ccMixter. 

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Episode 8: Catherine of Aragon - The True Wife

• March 8th, 2018

Welcome to Episode 8! Here we will talk about Catalina, or Catherine of Aragon, daughter of Isabella and Ferdinand, the King and Queen of Spain. Betrothed to Arthur, Prince of Wales, from the age of 4, Catherine's fate would involve widowhood after only a few months of marriage and eventual marriage to Arthur's younger brother Henry, the future King of England. Unfortunately, she became victim of Henry VIII's inability to produce a male heir, and her subsequent downfall was inevitable. A fervent Catholic, her refusal to agree to an annulment of their marriage so he could marry Anne Boleyn, eventually led to Henry's break with Rome and the Pope, and the creation of the Church of England.

Music by Stefan Kartenburg, featuring Dimitri Artmenko on strings, and it's from dig.ccMixter. 

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Episode 7: Elizabeth Ponsonby and The Bright Young People.

• February 22nd, 2018

Welcome to episode 7 of the show. Here, we talk about Elizabeth Ponsonby, one of the main characters of the so called Bright Young People of the Roaring 1920s. As the Jazz Age exploded, a set of young socialites issued in a short-lived era of 24 hour partying, drinking, drug-taking and gilded fun. This group of aristocrats, adventurers and bohemian artists lived large and provided the tabloid press of the day with a stream of outrageous gossip and photographs and fabricated "youth culture." But, as the second world war loomed, reality set in for most of these people, with Elizabeth being a notable exception.

Music by Stefan Kartenburg, featuring Dimitri Artmenko on strings, and it's from dig.ccMixter. 

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Episode 6: Mary Somerville - Queen of Science

• February 12th, 2018

Donna and Tom delve into the life of Mary Somerville, described in the 19th century as "The Queen of Science". Among other things they discuss nocturnal, covert algebra, the little Fife town of Burntisland, Beyoncé, and the normality of first cousins marrying each other. It's all good.

 

Music by Stefan Kartenburg, featuring Dimitri Artmenko on strings, and it's from dig.ccMixter. 

Our website is gallusgirlsandwaywardwomen.weebly.com, and you can find us on Twitter @gallusgirlstory

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Episode 5: Muriel Spark - A Blazing Talent.

• February 4th, 2018

This year is the centenary of Muriel Spark's birth. Join Donna and Tom as they talk about the life of one of the 20th century's greatest writers and the creator of one of literature's most iconic characters - Miss Jean Brodie.

Excerpt is from "Appointment in Arezzo: A Friendship with Muriel Spark" by Alan Taylor. Music by Stefan Kartenburg, featuring Dimitri Artmenko on strings, and it's from dig.ccMixter. 

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Episode 4. Mary Queen of Scots. Part 2 - The Return to Scotland

• January 19th, 2018

Donna and Tom discuss what happens to Mary Queen of Scots on her return to her homeland. Spoiler: It doesn't end well. Music by Stefan Kartenburg.

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Episode 3: Mary Queen of Scots. Part 1 - The French Princess

• January 7th, 2018

Join us in the first of a two-parter as we look at Scotland in the reign of James V, the circumstances that saw his daughter Mary Stuart taken to France, and her golden childhood at the French court of Henri II.

Music by Steve Kartenburg

Poem by Rabbie Burns

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Episode 2: Nell Gwynn: Working Class Hero

• December 17th, 2017

Join us as we delve into the life of Nell Gwynn, mistress of King Charles the II and superstar of the London working class. Music by Stefan Kartenburg.

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