Nadine Muller Wins Heritage Lottery Funding for War Widows’ Stories

Nadine Muller Wins Heritage Lottery Funding for War Widows’ Stories

LJMU English's Dr Nadine Muller has secured funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund for her new project War Widows' Stories. Reflecting on how the idea for this venture came about, and what the project will achieve, Nadine says: My first book, The Widow: A Literary & Cultural History, is due to be published by the end of the year, and while I’m proud of the monograph, it very much feels like a book alone won't do this topic justice. The stories I uncovered are filled with injustice, prejudice, and hardship in many different forms. Yet very few people seem to be aware of the challenges widowhood has presented for women in Britain over the past two centuries on economic, psychological, and social levels, and even fewer are aware that to this very day there are battles left to be fought. Of course one group of women is very much aware of these issues, and that is widows themselves. I often go on about the benefits of blogging...
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Nadine Muller Records Programme for BBC Radio 3

Nadine Muller Records Programme for BBC Radio 3

In April this year I was announced as one of the AHRC / BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinkers 2015. Out of 550+ applicants, ten of us were eventually selected for this opportunity to bring our research and ideas to both the airwaves and to screen. My first broadcast took the form of a five minute essay on Victorian widows for an edition of Radio 3's Free Thinking, presented by Rana Mitter and recorded at the Hay Festival earlier this year (you can listen back to the whole programme here). Yesterday, on Remembrance Sunday, I was able to record my first ever edition of The Essay, which resulted the interesting challenge to condense 200 years of the history of widows in Britain into a 15 minute script fit for broadcast and of interest to the general public, in a way that would neither send radio listeners nor my live audience to sleep! My producer - the wonderful Jacqueline Smith - was very hands-on and...
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