England cricketer Graeme Fowler joins Poorna Bell, Will Williams and Susan Elliot Wright for a frank and illuminating discussion about stress, depression, suicide and stigma ahead of Mental Health Awareness week.

Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year, and 1 in 3 adults will experience a serious mental health problem at some point in their life.

Despite high profile advocates such as Prince William raising awareness about the importance of mental health, the subject remains taboo and millions still suffer in silence.

Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK, and in the US men are four times more likely to commit suicide than women. In this episode we discuss the stigma surrounding mental health with award-winning journalist Poorna Bell and former England cricketer Graeme Fowler, who talks candidly about his fight to overcome depression in his autobiography Absolutely Foxed.

Author Susan Elliot Wright joins us to discuss her forthcoming novel The Flight of Cornelia Blackwood, which deals with a very rare form of psychosis affecting new mothers.

Also taking part in our discussion is meditation teacher Will Williams, who tells us how he uses ancient Vedic techniques to manage anger, anxiety and stress.

Finally, bestselling author and meditation guru Bob Roth will read an extract from his latest book, Strength in Stillness: The Power of Transcendental Meditation.

Benjamin Zephaniah, Ben Holden, Rupi Kaur and Rachel Spence explore the transformative power of poetry in this episode of The Words.

And to top that off, bestselling poet Rupi Kaur will read a poem taken from her latest book, the sun and her flowers.

In a time of great divide and uncertainty, more and more people are turning to poetry to find comfort. More than a million poetry books were sold last year in the UK alone, the highest number on record. Gone are the days when the poetry canon was ruled by dead white males. We’ll be discussing the new poetry mediums adopted by our guests in this episode alongside some beautiful and arresting recitals.

Chris Carter, Louise Candlish, Lisa Cutts and Andrew Wilson join Craig Robertson and Rosie Goldsmith for an investigation into the art of writing thrillers.

The crime fiction genre used to be just that, fiction, and its authors mainly inventors; today the genre reflects real-life crime and its authors resemble real detectives.

Detective Constable Lisa Cutts, criminologist Chris Carter and crime scene journalist Craig Robertson tell Rosie Goldsmith why the best thriller writers share an impeccable sense of observation and a deep understanding of forensic evidence.

Listen to Lisa, Chris and Craig’s discussion

In part two, Rosie talks to Louise Candlish about her new thriller, Our House: an absolutely riveting modern thriller about a scarily credible crime.

Louise Candlish on a very modern crime crime

And finally, in The Words, we hear about crime fiction old-style with an exclusive reading by Andrew Wilson, author of the A Talent For Murder series, starring none other than the original queen of crime, Agatha Christie.

Andrew on the Mistress of Misdirection, Agatha Christie



We’re joined by Sarah Vaughan, Anne Helen Petersen and Laura Bates to discuss the pervasive culture of sexism in society in the first episode of The Words podcast.

Sarah Vaughan
explores power, privilege and the question of consent in her topical new novel, Anatomy of a Scandal.
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Anne Helen Petersen, meanwhile, is a BuzzFeed columnist whose brash and brilliant book of essays, Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud, explores the magnetism of women who break boundaries and the punishment that often comes along with it.
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Joining them in the studio is Laura Bates, with an exclusive preview of her new book Misogynation, which uncovers the true scale of sexism and gender inequality in society. Laura is one of the UK’s leading feminist writers, public speakers and founder of the Everyday Sexism Project – an inspiration to us all.
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