GORGEOUS Lives

an in-depth interview with an interesting woman

Adorable Dora – a tribute to Dora Bryan by West End Star, Rosemary Ashe with Josephine Pembroke

06 Jul 2021

Singing sensations Rosemary Ashe has a wonderful habit of writing one woman shows to perform, always musical, her last successful show featured Ethel Merman. Today we talked about her spanking brand new show called ADORABLE DORA, a tribute to Dora Bryan. Dora was an actress and singer in the second half of the 20th century,…

Diamonds at the Lost & Found by Sarah Aspinall with Josephine Pembroke

What did we expect our mothers to be in the 20th Century? Apron wearing, docile, tactile and never critical. But one day we find out that our mothers are people and they have dreams and expectations. Today I am welcomed onto Radio Gorgeous a woman who is an award winning producer and documentary maker, Sarah…

Women on Nature, edited by Katherine Norbury author of The Fish Ladder with Josephine Pembroke

Acclaimed author Katharine Norbury tells us why it’s time to have a book about nature written solely by women. Naturalists in the past have painstakingly recorded nature naming plants, trees and animals and controlling the environment. It’s time for us to take a more spiritual approach as we face an ecological crisis, it’s time to…

Jennifer Saint, author of Ariadne with Donna Freed

02 Jul 2021

Ariadne and her sister Phaedra were pivotal footnotes in the heroic stories of men with the exception of the letters Ovid wrote in their name. It was these passionate but powerless voices that sparked Jennifer Saint’s debut novel Ariadne. Ariadne is a vibrant retelling and imagining of their stories as well as a story of sisters, growing up…

My Journey to Judaism – OSHER by Tetiana Michaels with Josephine Pembroke

Tetiana thinks that her great grandmother was “secretly” Jewish, as being a Jew in Ukraine back then was dangerous. Tetiana tells us why she, an independent modern woman fell in love with an ancient faith and converted.  #RadioGorgeous #Judaism #Memoir 

The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls Mona Eltahawy, Radio Gorgeous meets the world’s number one feminist!

Mona has written a manifesto which starts and ends with abuse by men to women, she wants us all to stand up for ourselves and “Fuck the patriarchy” she tells us why and how to do it. Listen hard.  #Feminism #FuckThePatriarchy #RadioGorgeous 

Polly Samson, author of A Theatre for Dreamers with Donna Freed

24 Jun 2021

Charmian Clift left London in 1954 with her husband and children to live on the Greek island of Kalymnos. The following year, they moved to Hydra where they were the forerunners of a bohemian artist community. Leonard Cohen stayed with them when he first visited the island. Her vivid memoirs of this time have been…

PLEASE YOURSELF, How to Stop People-Pleasing and Transform the Way You Live by Emma Reed Turrell

Are you a people pleaser? You may not even know you are one because according to author and therapist Emma Reed Turrell there is more to people pleasing than the sweet, saint like image we all imagine. Cambridge University educated Emma is our guest today on Radio Gorgeous and we are delving into the people…

MEGHAN MISUNDERSTOOD by Sean Smith Man Week on Radio Gorgeous

09 Dec 2020

Today we talk about the most controversial now ex-Royal MEGHAN, activist, actor, mother and Prince Harry’s partner. Sean has written a wonderful sympathetic book about a sadly much maligned woman MEGHAN MISUNDERSTOOD, is published by Harper Collins #Royals #RadioGorgeous #Meghan 

Berkoff’s Women, with Linda Marlowe LIVE STREAMING directed by comedian Josie Lawrence

18 Nov 2020

Linda Marlowe trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Linda has a long with writer and director Steven Berkoff includes his plays Greek, Decadence, East, The Trial and Metamorphosis, Steven has described her as his muse.  Linda has been in many plays, films and TV you may remember her as as  he matriarch…

Radio Honey, by Tara Arkle is set in an all women’s Radio Station! With Josephine Pembroke

Tara Arkle has found out what she really wants to do – write. Being the daughter of super talented parents Anthony Newley and Joan Collins, meant it took a while for Tara to know her true direction. Now very happily settled in the West Country of England, as well as writing Tara supports her local…

You Goddess!: Lessons in Being Legendary from Awesome Immortals by E. Foley & B.Coates with Donna Freed

18 Oct 2020

Elizabeth and Beth tell us exciting and amusing feminist slants on Goddesses. They talk about Athena, Medusa and The Furies. The very ancient Goddesses often have wild, dark pasts; more like real women, don’t be afraid of to use everything you have to get what you want.  #Goddesses #RadioGorgeous #Feminism 

The Glorious Guinness Girls – Three Sisters. One Shared Destiny. By Emily Hourican with Josephine Pembroke

02 Oct 2020

The Guinness family are as close to Irish royalty as we get and the glorious Guinness Girls probably garnered as many column inches as actual princesses back in their day. Launched as Debutantes in the roaring 20s the sisters quickly became the darlings of the Bright Young Things. The Glorious Guinness Girls – Three Sisters….

Other Girls Like Me by Stephanie Davies, a memoir from Greenham Common

09 Sep 2020

Stephanie broke away from her long term boyfriend and went to live in the all women camp Greenham Common in Berkshire in the 80s. The women’s wildness, irreverence and freedom influenced Stephanie greatly and she finally found out who she was.  Other Girls Like Me is published by Bedazzled and is up for an award…

CYNTHIA MOSS with CORINNA McSHANE on pioneering elephant research, Echo films and 50 yrs in the African bush

03 Aug 2020

To honour her 80th birthday, Dr Cynthia Moss talks to Corinna about how growing up in the USA inspired a love of nature, leading her to spend five decades in the Kenyan bush.  Many of you will recognise Cynthia from the award-winning films shown on the BBC, PBS and Animal Planet, about the female elephant…

Henley headliner Hao Zi Yoh with Corinna McShane on her journey to becoming an award winning concert pianist – featuring an exclusive performance!

Many of us have been missing live concerts and recitals, so it’s wonderful that the Henley Festival is producing a digital show. Corinna talks to one of the headliners, Hao Zi Yoh about her journey to becoming a concert pianist – from playing the Carnegie Hall aged 12, moving from Malaysia to Germany at 14 and finding…

Women of Steel – The feisty factory sisters who helped win the war with Josephine Pembroke

01 Jul 2020

The last national crisis before Coronavirus was the Second world War, everybody was expected to do their bit. Men went to war and women were conscripted to do “mans work” however dirty, noisy and dangerous. Today we talked to the Sheffield based Journalist Michelle Rawlins who has written a book celebrating The feisty factory sisters…

Mud, Maul, Mascara, Catherine Spencer Captain of Englands Women’s Rugby Team for 3 years with Josephine Pembroke

22 Jun 2020

Catherine Spencer has written a book about her life and most importantly when she was the captain of the England women’s rugby team for three years. She scored eighteen tries for England, won six of the eight Six Nations competitions she took part in, and captained her team to three championship titles, a European cup,…

Gorgeous Curiosities: Viktor WYND The Unnatural History Museum

Curiouser and curiouser – it’s not MAN WEEK and yet we present Viktor Wynd, writer, artist and pataphysicist? Dear listener, we couldn’t resist! Viktor Wynd takes Donna Freed on a tour of his Hackney museum, The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art and Unnatural Science. The walk-in curio cabinet is crammed with all manner…

The Book of Echoes by Rosanna Amaka, exploring the redemptive powers of love and hope LITERARY LUSTS with Donna Freed

Rosanna Amaka spent 20 years writing her haunting and powerful debut. The Book of Echoes tells the intertwining stories of Michael in Brixton and Ngozi in Nigeria. The book explores the legacy of slavery and colonialism and the dissolution of communities. Despite and partially due to devastation, hope and love emerge as powerful and poetic…