Mary Berry, Eniola Aluko, Jackie Kay, Professor Sunetra Gupta and Angelina Jolie Pitt are to guest edit an edition of Woman’s Hour next week.
The Woman’s Hour Takeover week returns on BBC Radio 4 from Monday 13 to Friday 17 June as once again five women take over the programme.
They will all edit an edition of Woman’s Hour and work with the production team to provide their insights into a range of issues and topics.
On Monday, food writer and television presenter Mary Berry will look at gardening as therapy, the legacy of girl guides, bee keeping and how you can express yourself with homemade presents and hand-written notes.
Mary Berry says: “I have been listening to Woman’s Hour for as long as I can remember, so when I was asked to be a guest editor, I jumped at the chance. It is such an honour. I have chosen subjects close to my heart… like the legacy of the Girl Guides – I still have my cooking badge and wonder how guiding has changed from my day. Gardening as therapy – after a busy day recipe-testing or filming inside, I cannot wait to get into the garden. There is so much that gardening has to offer and a garden can be a quiet peaceful place.
“And I’m thinking of keeping bees – so I’d like to learn – along with the listeners – how to get started and what the important home tips for bee keepers are.”
On Tuesday, England and Chelsea footballer Eniola Aluko will explore encouraging girls from deprived backgrounds into sport to develop their confidence, balancing a social life with a busy job, and the people who have inspired her.
On Wednesday, Jackie Kay, the third modern Makar (Scottish poet laureate) examines how writers are responding to the stories of refugees, how to deal with complicated grief, and living with the skin condition vitiligo.
On Thursday, novelist and Professor of Theoretical Epidemiology Sunetra Gupta will look at the impact of professional specialisation on women, the Stettheimer Doll’s House, women’s publishing houses, and whether writing about food can be a high literary form.
And on Friday, filmmaker and UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie Pitt will explore the refugee crisis through the prism of women’s health in the lead-up to World Refugee Day, and tackling the stigmatization of survivors of sexual violence in conflict.
Alice Feinstein, Woman’s Hour Editor, says: “I’m so pleased that for the third year we’ve been able to work with such a range of brilliant women to guest edit Woman’s Hour. Each day, they will be bringing their own curiosity and unique insights, as well as sharing their personal experiences on a series of topics – from bee keeping to women’s health – with our listeners.”
Jane Garvey will present the programme on Monday and Tuesday and Jenni Murray will present from Wednesday to Friday.
Woman’s Hour first handed over the reins for a takeover in April 2014, when JK Rowling, Doreen Lawrence, Kelly Holmes and Naomi Alderman were guest editors for a week. Last September, Kim Cattrall, Nimco Ali, Bishop Rachel Treweek, Michelle Mone and Dame Jacqueline Wilson took over the programme for a week.