Par­a­lympian El­lie Sim­monds to guest-edit BBC’S Women’s Hour

The Scotsman - - Around Scotland - By SHERNA NOAH news­deskts@scots­man.com

Par­a­lympic cham­pion El­lie Sim­monds and Fresh Meat ac­tress Zawe Ash­ton have signed up to guest-edit Woman’s Hour next week.

The pair are two of five women who are fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of JK Rowl­ing, Dame Kelly Holmes and Mary Berry, by tak­ing over an edi­tion of the BBC Ra­dio 4 show from Mon­day.

Five-time Par­a­lympic cham­pion Sim­monds, who is re­turn­ing to “full-time train­ing” af­ter tak­ing a year out, will talk about trav­el­ling, the im­por­tance of ocean con­ser­va­tion and her ex­pe­ri­ence of 0 El­lie Sim­monds is to guest-edit Woman’s Hour vol­un­teer­ing with the Brown­ies.

Writer and di­rec­tor Ash­ton, best known for her role as Vod in Fresh Meat, will dis­cuss the anx­i­ety she ex­pe­ri­ences as an ac­tress about start­ing her pe­riod on stage, in front of an au­di­ence, among other top­ics.

Shirley Hughes, the chil­dren’s book writer and il­lus­tra­tor, Dame Ann Dowling, pres­i­dent of the Royal Academy of En­gi­neer­ing, and Karen Black­ett, chair of me­dia agency Me­di­acom, have also signed up this year.

The pro­gramme’s edi­tor, Karen Dalziel, said: “I’m ex­cited that once again we have five re­mark­able women to gueste­dit Woman’s Hour. Each has cho­sen is­sues they care about deeply, from ocean con­ser­va­tion to cos­tume de­sign, and I’m sure they’ll con­nect with our lis­ten­ers in a warm and mean­ing­ful way.”

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