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Podcast discussing women in science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Hosted by Megan Leigh, Charlotte Bond, and Lucy Hounsom.

Podcast discussing women in science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Hosted by Megan Leigh, Charlotte Bond, and Lucy Hounsom.
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United Kingdom

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Podcast discussing women in science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Hosted by Megan Leigh, Charlotte Bond, and Lucy Hounsom.

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@m_leigh_g

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English


Episodes

S03, E16: Magic, Wealth and Power with Vic James

8/9/2018
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Social inequality and the unequal distribution of wealth is more prevalent than ever and it's a subject that sits at the heart of Dr Vic James' fantasy trilogy. We talk to her about power plays and politics, female ambition, naughty aristocrats, class division, reclaiming the bitch and our fascination with family drama. Full episode notes are available at www.breakingtheglassslipper.com

Duration:00:56:03

S03, E15: Women's jobs in fantasy

7/26/2018
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Having already looked at women's jobs in science fiction, we decided to turn our critical gaze to fantasy. Fantasy fiction tends to mimic the world that we know, whether historical or contemporary, but alters it in ways that can either be subtle or all-consuming. If you can believe that dragons exist in an alternative world, why can’t you believe that there might be women with skills independent of the men around them? Full episode notes are available at www.breakingtheglassslipper.com

Duration:01:00:48

S03, E14: Grimdark with Anna Smith Spark

7/12/2018
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We spoke with author Anna Smith Spark, Queen of Grimdark, to try and get to the bottom of what exactly Grimdark is. "In the grim darkness of the far future, there is only war." Full episode notes, including texts mentioned in the episode, can be found at www.breakingtheglassslipper.com

Duration:00:49:25

S03, E13: Women's jobs in science fiction

6/28/2018
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With equality of pay and the drive to get more women in top executive jobs reaching the headlines in our current era, does the world of the future have women in the same roles they occupy now, or do they have them in traditionally male-dominated jobs? We celebrate the wonderful women who are shattering the glass ceiling in one of our favourite genres, from doctors, mechanics, and military leaders, there are some truly inspirational and badass women working hard in science fiction. Full...

Duration:00:57:42

S03, E12: Toxic Masculinity

6/14/2018
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We started this podcast to highlight the issues around the representation of women in genre fiction. But women aren’t the only ones who suffer at the hands of harmful tropes, poor characterisation, and limiting traditional gender roles. In this episode, we discuss the men-folk. While they may tend to get the majority of 'screen time' across all genre fiction mediums, they don’t always have it easy. Predominantly, tropes around male characters promote ideas of masculinity that are...

Duration:01:09:44

S03, E11: Women's ghost stories with Melissa Edmundson Makala

5/31/2018
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Ghost literature written by women in the 19th century was more about social commentary than pure entertainment, argues academic Melissa Edmundson Makala. Charlotte positively geeks out with Melissa about her book, Women's Ghost Literature in Nineteenth-Century Britain (Gothic Literary Studies). Full episode notes are available at www.breakingtheglassslipper.com

Duration:00:59:07

S03, E09: Fighting oppression with Paige L Christie

5/3/2018
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We ask Paige L Christie about sacrificial tropes, using education as a kind of rebellion, and how cultural myths are used to oppress and establish social order. Full episode notes are available at www.breakingtheglassslipper.com If you enjoy what we do, please leave a review!

Duration:00:49:24

S03, E08: Describing women with Gwen C Katz

4/19/2018
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Why is it such a problem that men write poor descriptions of women? And what makes them bad descriptions in the first place? Breaking the Glass Slipper speak to YA author Gwen C. Katz about the pervasiveness of poor descriptions of women across genres and what we can do to address the problem. Full episode notes are available at www.breakingtheglassslipper.com If you enjoyed this episode, please share and leave a review!

Duration:00:56:11

S03, E07: Jeanne Cavelos on teaching genre writing

4/5/2018
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Can writing be taught? Why go to a genre-specific writing course? What do students learn at such workshops? Charlotte and Megan talk to writer and founder of Odyssey Writing Workshops, Jeanne Cavelos, about teaching creative writing in a genre-specific context. http://www.odysseyworkshop.org Full episode notes available at www.breakingtheglassslipper.com

Duration:01:02:45

S03, E06: Fantasy, nostalgia, and working for hire with David Tallerman

3/22/2018
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Charlotte interviews writer David Tallerman about writing fantasy and crime, writing-for-hire, Dungeons and Dragons, and the current trend for nostalgia in a lot of genre fiction. David Tallerman has written novels, novellas, short stories, and comics. You can find him online at www.davidtallerman.co.uk Full episode notes are available at www.breakingtheglassslipper.com

Duration:00:28:21

S03, E03: The Bechdel-Wallace test

2/8/2018
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For over 30 years we have used the Bechdel-Wallace test to push for gender equality in film. But does it go far enough? The Bechdel-Wallace test should be applauded for getting the conversation started, but we believe it is time to move on. We should be demanding that a higher bar is set and that our media passes more often than not. But what would such a test look like? Full further reading notes available at www.breakingtheglassslipper.com

Duration:00:51:22

S03, E02: Christian mythology in fantasy with Jeannette Ng

1/25/2018
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We chat to fantasy writer Jeannette Ng about her use of Christian mythology in her debut novel, Under the Pendulum Sun. Full episode notes are available here: http://wp.me/p7P6my-cd

Duration:01:10:01

S03, E01: 2017 in review and anticipation for 2018

1/11/2018
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Charlotte, Lucy, and I discuss our favourite genre pieces of 2017 and what we're most looking forward to in 2018. Get ready for your to-read and to-watch lists to explode! Full notes, including all texts mentioned in the episode are available at www.breakingtheglassslipper.com

Duration:00:56:43

S02, E25: Interview with RJ Barker

12/7/2017
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Charlotte interviews RJ Barker on writing female characters, his favourite genres, and writing characters with disabilities. Full episode notes available at www.breakingtheglassslipper.com

Duration:00:30:24

S02, E23: Diversity in video games with Emily Marlow

11/9/2017
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Lucy chats to Emily R Marlow about diversity in RPGs and the importance of gender representation in gaming. Full episode notes available here: http://wp.me/p7P6my-aS

Duration:00:50:24

S02, E21: Pat Cadigan - Queen of Cyberpunk

10/12/2017
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We interviewed Pat Cadigan at FantasyCon 2017 on the resurgence of cyberpunk, writing both novels and short fiction, the relationship between technology and the mind, and keeping her ideas fresh.

Duration:00:47:48

S02, E19: In praise of YA with Frances Hardinge

9/14/2017
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We talk to award-winning YA author Frances Hardinge about everything that young adult (YA) fiction has to offer both readers and writers. Full episode notes available at www.breakingtheglassslipper.com

Duration:00:55:36

S02, E18: Interview with Tim Lebbon

8/31/2017
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Charlotte interviews horror writer Tim Lebbon on his writing process, his character inspirations, and what scares him.

Duration:00:29:38

The power of playlists

8/24/2017
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Bonus episode: Megan Leigh, Charlotte Bond, Lucy Hounsom, and Kieron Gillen discuss the power of playlists in writing and inspirate at Nine Worlds Geekfest 2017.

Duration:00:59:28

S02, E16: Interview with Seanan McGuire

8/3/2017
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Charlotte interviews the prolific writer Seanan McGuire (also known as Mira Grant) about her writing process, inclusive characters, Maine Coons, filk, and more.

Duration:00:46:24