Ep. 31: Revolutionary Mothering; Musician & Producer Kindness; Puppetry in Sri Lanka

 
Angela Garbes photo by Kelly O

Angela Garbes photo by Kelly O

First, Chrystal and Jemma explore revolutionary mothering. They speak to Like A Mother author and journalist Angela Garbes who challenges the white paradigm of mum books. Artist and author Jasleen Kaur on her south Asian family, cooking and partition. Writer and academic Kim M Reynolds takes us to the protests against misogynist violence in Cape Town in the wake of the murder of Uyinene Mrwetyana. Researcher and activist Milly in Leeds aka @foodbankmum on living on universal credit, the joy of Jaffa Cakes and why food banks need vanilla essence. Plus, BAFTA-nominated writer, actor and director Gabriel Bisset-Smith and his mum, artist Jenny Gordon talk about his play WHITEWASH which is inspired by the experience of growing up as a child of a black mother whilst being seen as white.

Kindness, Something Like A War cover art by Michele Yong

Kindness, Something Like A War cover art by Michele Yong

Stance speaks to musician and producer Kindness about their third and highly anticipated new record Something Like A War. We discuss living and working globally, their grandmother's activism and the power of collaboration.

Sulochana Dissanayake

Sulochana Dissanayake

Finally, we talk with Sulochana Dissanayake, founder and artistic director of Sri Lanka puppet theatre company Power Of Play. They cover art and reconciliation ten years after the civil war, find out about her lifelong love of stage drama and why puppets can say things humans can’t.

Waad and Sama Al-Kateab in For Sama

Waad and Sama Al-Kateab in For Sama

Stance cultural shoutouts:

Books

Dani McClain – We Live For The We: The Political Power Of Black Motherhood

Camille T Dungy – Guidebook To Relative Strangers: Journeys Into Race, Motherhood And History 

Jacqueline Rose – Motherhood: An Essay On Love And Cruelty

Naseem Khan – Everywhere Is Somewhere

Gail Lewis – ‘Birthing Racial Difference: Conversations With My Mother And Others’, Studies In The Maternal

Akwugo Emejulu, Francesca Sobande (eds) – To Exist Is To Resist: Black Feminism in Europe 


Film

For Sama

Merata: How Mum Decolonised The Screen (available on Netflix)

Hustlers

 

Cover: Kindness photo by Michele Yong

Cover: Kindness photo by Michele Yong

 





 
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