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Breaking the Glass Slipper: Women in science fiction, fantasy, and horror

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Podcast discussing women in science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Hosted by Megan Leigh, Charlotte Bond, and Lucy Hounsom. New episodes every other Thursday.

Podcast discussing women in science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Hosted by Megan Leigh, Charlotte Bond, and Lucy Hounsom. New episodes every other Thursday.

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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. New episodes every other Thursday.

Twitter:

@m_leigh_g

Language:

English


Episodes

Women write YA?

5/12/2022
Have you ever wandered into a bookstore and found yourself baffled by the shelving of some books? Have you ever read a review that labeled a book written for adults as YA only to bemoan the amount of adult content? What do most of these erroneously shelved books have in common? They’re written by women. […] The post Women write YA? first appeared on Breaking the Glass Slipper.

Duration:00:39:10

Curses and consent – with Heather Walter

4/28/2022
Fairy tales are both timeless and personal. We see their themes and motifs repeated in stories spanning centuries. But while the characters and scenarios might be familiar, the morals change over time. The story’s message may differ depending on who is telling that story, and who is listening. In particular, women’s roles and sexuality have […] The post Curses and consent – with Heather Walter first appeared on Breaking the Glass Slipper.

Duration:00:53:59

Rights, retellings and the Ramayana – with Vaishnavi Patel

4/14/2022
When Madeline Miller published Circe, it heralded the start of a new wave of feminist retellings, in which writers revisited well-known classics in order to tell the stories of those excluded from the dominant narrative. Now the popularity of mythological retellings is at an all-time high and bookshops are flooded with tales of heroic women […] The post Rights, retellings and the Ramayana – with Vaishnavi Patel first appeared on Breaking the Glass Slipper.

Duration:00:46:56

“Do not take me for granite” – with Amal El-Mohtar

3/31/2022
Ursula K Le Guin is the very definition of a legend. So many of us found our way to speculative fiction through her works, while others only realised later that the tropes we so loved – considered cliched now – were fresh and new when Le Guin brought them to life. When we think of […] The post “Do not take me for granite” – with Amal El-Mohtar first appeared on Breaking the Glass Slipper.

Duration:00:53:16

Deconstructing Cinderella – with JJA Harwood

3/17/2022
The tale of Cinderella – or the Cat Cinderella, or Aschenputtel – is a story that is found in many cultures throughout the world. The extraneous elements may change – sometimes there’s a ball, sometimes not, there can be murder, a nut tree, a fairy godmother or the kindly spirit of a deceased mother – […] The post Deconstructing Cinderella – with JJA Harwood first appeared on Breaking the Glass Slipper.

Duration:00:40:30

Unmapping fantasy with A. K. Larkwood

3/3/2022
It’s high fantasy. You know the drill: personalities are defined by race. Elves are pointy-eared snobs who are unbearably pretty, orcs are barely sentient lap dogs, dwarves love gold and mining… And this is how it’s been, for the most part, since Middle Earth. Not only are these narrow stereotypes incredibly problematic, but they are […] The post Unmapping fantasy with A. K. Larkwood first appeared on Breaking the Glass Slipper.

Duration:00:52:48

Slavic narratives with Gabriela Houston

2/17/2022
If you have been listening to our podcast for some time now, you will be well aware of our fascination with fairytales and how they continue to shape modern speculative fiction. But when we talk about fairytales, we are often thinking of a very narrow subset – those that are more familiar to English-speaking audiences… […] The post Slavic narratives with Gabriela Houston first appeared on Breaking the Glass Slipper.

Duration:00:44:19

Women, history & power – with Kate Heartfield

1/27/2022
For our first episode of 2022, we are going back to the 18th century, to look at the women who wielded power and the means they used to gain it. What challenges did they face? Are they remembered more or less favourably than their male contemporaries? And if, say, they had magic at their disposal, […] The post Women, history & power – with Kate Heartfield first appeared on Breaking the Glass Slipper.

Duration:00:41:39

Beyond the Mafia – with Fonda Lee

12/9/2021
Fantasy – and indeed most fiction – often involves bitter rivalries. Fights over a kingdom or territory, long-standing feuds where people no longer even remember why it began… Such opposing forces are also a key ingredient in organised crime narratives, though they are rarer within fantasy fiction. When it comes to organised crime, our reference […] The post Beyond the Mafia – with Fonda Lee first appeared on Breaking the Glass Slipper.

Duration:00:48:14

Cli-fi and catastrophe

11/25/2021
We are destroying our planet. The scientists agree, there is no denying that catastrophic climate change is imminent. And yet our leaders continue to pay lip service to the issue without taking real, impactful action. If things don’t change – drastically and soon – we won’t have a planet to call home. Speculative fiction writers […] The post Cli-fi and catastrophe first appeared on Breaking the Glass Slipper.

Duration:00:42:21

Hopeful speculative fiction with Ryka Aoki

11/11/2021
The incredible Ursula K. Le Guin won the National Book Foundation medal for distinguished contribution to American letters in 2014. In her much-shared speech, she noted that “hard times are coming, when we’ll be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now, can see through our fear-stricken society and […] The post Hopeful speculative fiction with Ryka Aoki first appeared on Breaking the Glass Slipper.

Duration:00:50:36

Body horror with Ellen Datlow

10/28/2021
Your body is a temple – a saying that has been with us for centuries. The message: look after your body because you and it are going to be together for a long time. The body is in a symbiotic relationship with the soul: one cannot exist without the other. But what if one of […] The post Body horror with Ellen Datlow first appeared on Breaking the Glass Slipper.

Duration:00:41:52

“Perfect” women – with Cat Valente

10/14/2021
The idea of perfection, the perfect being, is one of the oldest stories in the world. How that perfection might be tainted, or turn against the hand that made it, is something that has always intrigued writers of fiction. We can see this idea in stories as wide ranging as The Stepford Wives to Pygmalion […] The post “Perfect” women – with Cat Valente first appeared on Breaking the Glass Slipper.

Duration:00:47:25

Female friendships – with Alix E Harrow

9/30/2021
Female friendships tend to take a back seat in our narratives, so that when they are given the space to exist, they exist almost solely to discuss a man. Virginia Woolf once commented that “all the great women of fiction were . . . not only seen by the other sex, but seen only in […] The post Female friendships – with Alix E Harrow first appeared on Breaking the Glass Slipper.

Duration:00:42:38

Power and agency in dystopian YA with Melissa Welliver

9/16/2021
Coming of age stories have long been a staple within speculative fiction genres, but in the last decade, we have seen an explosion of popularity in what publishers and booksellers refer to as YA – young adult – literature. And within that bracket, nothing is more popular than dystopian YA. We live in an increasingly […] The post Power and agency in dystopian YA with Melissa Welliver first appeared on Breaking the Glass Slipper.

Duration:00:50:45

Reconciling our love of works by problematic creators

9/2/2021
Recently, a number of prominent television and film creators, as well as authors, have either been outed for bad behaviour or made hateful public statements. Anyone who is a regular listener will know that we often refer to Harry Potter and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And they are not the only texts we mention that […] The post Reconciling our love of works by problematic creators first appeared on Breaking the Glass Slipper.

Duration:00:57:06

The mash-up: science fiction and cosmic horror with Ada Hoffmann

8/19/2021
The history of humanity is arguably the history of us trying to explain everything around us. Both science and religion have developed as divergent threads of this goal, inextricably linked but often at odds with one another. Science fiction and cosmic horror also like to explore similar issues, so it feels natural that we are […] The post The mash-up: science fiction and cosmic horror with Ada Hoffmann first appeared on Breaking the Glass Slipper.

Duration:00:43:59

Political fantasy with Katherine Addison

8/5/2021
We talk about unequal societies a lot on this show, about privilege and power and who is in a position to use it. We wanted to take a critical look at a subgenre that maybe best reflects the democratic, bureaucratic society that many of us experience every day. Some of our favourite books fall under […] The post Political fantasy with Katherine Addison first appeared on Breaking the Glass Slipper.

Duration:00:44:24

Technology and the fear of change with Sarah Pinsker

7/22/2021
Technological advances are incredible. Just think, the phone in your pocket is infinitely more powerful than the computers that sent the first spaceships to the moon! Technology has given us basic things we take for granted like running water and electricity, to more modern inventions such as the internet, surgical robots, and automated vacuum cleaners. […] The post Technology and the fear of change with Sarah Pinsker first appeared on Breaking the Glass Slipper.

Duration:00:48:19

The power of love with Tasha Suri

7/8/2021
Love can raise us up. Love can tear us down. It can be our strength, our weakness, and everything in between. And inevitably, love makes fools of us all. While we all enjoy reading a good romance, a love story is rarely just a love story. It has so many other uses within a narrative. […] The post The power of love with Tasha Suri first appeared on Breaking the Glass Slipper.

Duration:00:53:44