This week on Radio DIVA: Comedian Suzi Ruffell, BFI Flare's Emma Smart and WOW Festival's Bea Colley
Plus! Jen Brister co-hosts alongside Rosie Wilby
Clockwise from top left: Jen Brister, Suzi Ruffell, Rosie Wilby and Emma Smart
Welcome back, friends. It's almost Radio DIVA time and with International Women's Day just around the corner, we've a studio full of fantastic women - including a marvellous menagerie of female comedians.
While The Peace is (still) away, Rosie Wilby is joined by none other than stand up comedian, writer, and actor Jen Brister! Rosie and Jen chat to fellow comedian Suzi Ruffell - as seen on Channel 4, E4, BBC3, Comedy Central and Dave (and as heard on BBC Radio4).
Lauded as "a real stand up gem" by The Guardian, Ruffell celebrates her working class roots and captivates audiences with her engrossing tales of social ineptitude - and cat parenthood.
"I can't wait to chat about my upcoming run at Soho Theatre, my UK tour and shooting a comedy special for the BBC", Suzi told the Radio DIVA team.
"I'm really looking forward to joining Rosie and Jen tonight on Radio DIVA, it's always a blast to be on the show!"
BFI Flare programmer Emma Smart will also be in the studio talking about the forthcoming annual festival of queer film, and London Southbank Centre programmer Bea Colley will be giving us the lowdown on this year's Women Of The World festival.
“This year’s BFI Flare festival has one of the strongest programmes for lesbian and bisexual women that we’ve had in years", Emma told Radio DIVA.
"I’m looking forward to having a chinwag with the Radio DIVA team about the selection process, the films that just blew me away, and why lesbian vampires are back with a queer vengeance!”
On top of that, DIVA deputy editor Roxy Bourdillion will be in the studio chatting about the latest issue and roving reporter Rachel Shelley will have another lesbilicious report. Plus, resident "lesbro" Jonathan Phang will have all the latest LGBTQ headlines from OutNews Global.
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While you’re here…
Resonance FM, host to Radio DIVA, celebrates its sixteenth anniversary this year, and with it, the team hope to consolidate, refine and grow as an organisation. To be able to do that, they urgently need to relocate studios and broadcasting gear, as the current site is being redeveloped - at considerable cost - hence a fundraising target of £100,000.
🎶 Radio DIVA needs you! Launched in 2002, @ResonanceFM's award-winning programming gives voice to the vibrant diversity of #London's thriving arts and music scenes - including @RadioDIVA104_4 - and now needs to raise £100,000 to relocate! 🎶 #ResonanceFM https://t.co/xI4WCPhUU5 pic.twitter.com/iAt2PyyiGw— DIVA Magazine (@DIVAmagazine) January 25, 2018
"I've created programming with Resonance FM for nearly a decade now and have learned how to make a radio show from their volunteer technicians", said Rosie Wilby, presenter on Radio DIVA.
"Before Radio DIVA, I had a weekly LGBT magazine called Out In South London. The team at Resonance champion so many new voices and ideas, that wouldn't be heard elsewhere on the airwaves, and have built an international reputation as the 'coolest station in the world'."
Heather Peace, who presents alongside Rosie on Radio DIVA, added: "Resonance FM has given us the opportunity to have a show that caters for lesbian and bi women primarily. A place to talk about the issues we face and meet the people who are representing us in art, music, theatre, tv and film.
"It's a hub of information for us and I feel it's essential we keep being able to broadcast."
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