Written from the heart

Up and coming musician and poet Michaela Woods joins the Girls Around Town this weekend with a sneak preview of her debut album and second poetry book, both due to be released later this year.

Newark-based Michaela – who performs as Wilted Flower – will be at Stray’s Coffee Shop on Saturday 21 September, when she’ll be playing the new album in full and doing a selection of readings from the book, Grow in the Dark.

Her melodic, stripped-back performances reflect on experiences in her life to create honest and raw songs about mental health issues, loss and love which she likens to those of Keaton Henson and Daughter.

The new book follows on from her first collection of poems, No Longer A Wordless Book, published in October 2017 and described by one reviewer as ‘a truly emotional collection of poems written from the heart’.

Tune in or listen online between 10am and 12 noon on Sunday when Michaela will be talking to June and Rosalyn about the inspiration behind her music and poetry which she says are ‘a look inside my heart and head’.

And sharing one of the tracks from her album with everyone…

This mumpreneur’s on fire!


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Are you a mother in business? Then you’re in good company – these days, more and more mums run their own businesses…

In fact, the Collins English Dictionary even has a word for mums like you!

Mumpreneur (noun) : A woman who combines running a business enterprise with raising her children

One such woman is this week’s Girls Around Town guest Laura Young, who’ll be talking to June about her own life as a mumpreneur.

She’ll be describing why, how and when she set up Lexico, handmaking jewellery and hair accessories. And how she’s helping to support other mumpreneurs too, through her involvement in the Mums in Business Association.

Originally an online community designed to be a place where MIBs could gather to support each other, MIBA was launched in June 2017 by sisters Estelle Keeber and Leona Burton. Over the past 18 months, the MIBA tribe has grown to almost 32,000 and members now regularly meet in person too, at networking events in over 50 locations worldwide – from England and Spain to Australia and Barbados to name just a few!

Tune in or listen online between 10am and 12 noon on Sunday to hear Laura’s story and find out about the Mumpreneur on Fire series of books, each one featuring the stories of inspirational, empowered mothers in business just like her.

A very modern morality tale

Earlier this year, Jackie Buxton joined the Girls Around Town in the studio to talk about her book Tea & Chemo

During that interview, there was barely time to give more than a brief mention to her debut novel, Glass Houses, which was published by Urbane Publications in July 2016.

So she’ll be back next weekend to pick up where she left off nine months ago, explaining what inspired her to write this modern day fable of crime, redemption and hypocrisy.

An amazing book about the consequences of our actions, how making one stupid mistake can be felt by so many like a shockwave…will keep you transfixed from the first page to the last

When 51-year old Tori Williams sends a text while driving on the M62 motorway and allegedly causes the horrific crash in which three people die, her life implodes. Public and press are baying for her blood but Tori is no wallflower and refuses to buckle under their pressure or be a pariah in society.

Instead, she sets about saving the nation. But can she save Etta, the woman who saved her life? Or will Etta’s secret be her downfall?

Tune in or listen online between 10am and 12 noon on Sunday when June, Tina and Sue find out more about Glass Houses and catch up with what Jackie’s been doing since her last visit to Radio Newark.

Is there another book in the pipeline perhaps? And, if there is, can she be persuaded to share at least a hint or two about the tale she’ll be telling next?