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Listener Week: The Anchoress; Hand arthritis; Sheila Bownas; Sex offenders

July 14th, 2016

Episode 632 of 985 episodes

The fourth link in the Listener Week "Chain" series is Catherine Davies, a Welsh singer-songwriter, nominated by the blogger and knitter Lara Clements who was inspired by Catherine's determination in the music industry. Her debut album Confessions Of A Romance Novelist includes epigraphs and a reading list. A listener whose ex-husband was convicted for child sex offences wants to raise the issue of how little support there is when you're the parent trying to deal with the aftermath. Jenni speaks to Lisa Thornhill, a senior practitioner at the child protection charity Lucy Faithful and Zoe Fleetwood, a family lawyer. Listener Chelsea tells how a little late-night online shopping led her to uncover the work of unknown designer Sheila Bownas, whose fabric and wallpaper designs brightened up post-war Britain. Seven years on, Rugby Art Gallery and Museum is exhibiting Sheila's work for the first time. Osteoarthritis of the hands usually happens as part of nodal osteoarthritis (a form of osteoarthritis that runs in families) and mainly affects women after the menopause. Listener Linda Muller explains how the condition makes life difficult and Tonia Vincent, Professor of Musculoskeletal Biology at Oxford University talks about prevention and treatments. Presenter: Jenni Murray.

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