Today On Ujima: Judy Darley, No More Taboo, Predatory Peacekeepers and Mike Carey

Well that’s a fair old mix of a show.

I started off with local writer, Judy Darley, who is running a literary fundraiser for St. Mungo’s, a charity that works with homeless people. The event is going to be in St. John on the Wall, a fabulous 13th Century church built into the old city walls. Pete Sutton is having his book launch there later in June, though I’ll miss that due to Finncon.

The second half hour saw a welcome return for Chloe Tingle who runs No More Taboo, a non-profit which promotes the use of cheap and recyclable sanitary products. The main project they are raising money for is in Nepal where, unbelievably, women who are having their periods are still shunned socially and required to stay out of the family home until they are “clean” again. You can find the crowdfunding campaign here.

You can listen to the first hour of the show here.

My planned 3rd quarter guest had to cancel, so I took the opportunity of spending a few minutes talking about the Predatory Peacekeepers campaign. This is attempting to hold the UN, and the French government, to account for sex abuse carried out by “peacekeepers” in the Central African Republic. The petition I mention on the show can be found here.

Rant over, I went straight into my final guest interview of the day, which was with Mike Carey. He’s in town promoting his latest (and very good) novel, Fellside. Mike and I will be discussing the book at the Bristol Waterstones tonight. We managed to find the time to discuss the state of the Girl with All the Gifts movie (which will be out in September) and our love for the X-Men as well.

You can listen to the second hour of the show here.

The playlist for today’s show was:

  • Papa Wemba – Show me the way
  • Billy Paul – Me & Mrs Jones
  • The Specials – A Message to you, Rudy
  • The Selecter & Prince Buster – Madness
  • Madness – Night Boat to Cairo
  • The Beat – Mirror in the Bathroom
  • The Bodysnatchers – Lets Do Rock Steady
  • The Specials – Ghost Town