This week on Radio DIVA: Musicians Marika Hackman and Charlotte Carpenter

Plus writer and film reviewer Rena Brannen and The L Word's Rachel Shelley with a special Halloween report



In the Radio DIVA studio this week, presenters Rosie Wilby and Heather Peace are joined by British vocalist and songwriter Marika Hackman.


Marika’s English-folk sound channels something very different to “the happy-clappy nature of recent folk”, with striking vocal delivery more akin to that of Cat Power deftly exploring an unsmiling bereft landscape. Her debut album We Slept At Last, released in 2015, was met with significant critical acclaim, with four-star reviews from the Guardian and The Line of Best Fit, as well as being BBC Radio 6’s Album of the Day. Her latest release, I'm Not Your Man came out in June.



Joining Marika in the Radio DIVA studio is another fiercely independent singer-songwriter, the Northampton-based Charlotte Carpenter, whose blues-driven, indie rock has drawn comparisons with the likes of PJ Harvey and Courtney Barnett, as well as praise from BBC Radio’s Lauren Laverne. In an interview with DIVA earlier this month, Charlotte described her music as “honest and emotional storytelling”. 


“I do often use ‘bluesy’ to [describe my music], but actually my heart lies with Americana which has fusions of folk, country, blues, and rock - it has a bit of everything and that’s the direction that I see myself going in. It’s a real mixed bag, you know?”


“I’m really looking forward to being on Radio Diva", she told us, "I'll be sharing some songs, as well as stories of what’s been happening on tour. It’ll be refreshing to speak with women presenters and it’ll be great to talk music with Heather Peace!”



Also in the studio will be writer and film reviewer Rena Brannen, who'll be talking about being a judge at the DIVA Literary Festival this weekend. Shortlisted writers will pitch to Rena and fellow judges, Different for Girls writer and director Jacquie Lawrence, and Desert Hearts director Donna Deitch, before the winner is announced.


And of course, we'll also have our fabulous roving reporter Rachel Shelley with a special Halloween-themed report all about our worst lesbian nightmares! And don’t forget to tune in for the latest LGBT headlines with Radio DIVA's professional lesbro Jonathan Phang.


It’s going to be SPOOK-tacular. (Sorry, not sorry...)



You can listen live to Radio DIVA at 6.30pm every Tuesday (on Resonance 104.4FM and DAB in London and online at or catch up anytime at


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