In the Mouth of the Wolf

In the Mouth of the Wolf

"Life continues to throw challenges and obstacles at me. But I know I can deal with them."

For Louise Houghton her path was very clear from the age of four - she was destined to be in front of the camera. Her ambition, drive and a bit of luck have got her a long way. In this uplifting piece about being true to yourself despite the bumps in the road, Louise shares her story and inspires us along the way.

Suffragette City

Suffragette City

"If you just teach one person something positive, then it's worth it."

When costume coordinators Amy Trend, Hannah Monkley and Amy Towle dressed as Suffragettes for the Women's March in 2017 they didn't expect the fantastic response they got, or how it would lead to a whole new mindset. In an exclusive for 100 Voices for 100 Years the team behind the popular podcast Same Shit Different Century talk about the birth of the podcast, how they are inspired by the generations of women who have gone before them and how some problems are really still the same.

The Stone

The Stone

"A desert country seemed the place that best reflected our emotions."

After losing their daughter, writer Sandra Arnold and her husband took to travelling to process their grief and found themselves Oman. For 100 Voices for 100 years Sandra shares her story The Stone, inspired by one of the moments from their time in the desert. A beautiful piece about the moment when hope returns. 

Nora Davies' Mock Exam

Nora Davies' Mock Exam

"Mr Smith begrudgingly wrote ‘Good Effort’ at the bottom of the paper. I thought nothing of it."

Miriam Elin Jones didn't have a habit of speaking up, until a particularly bitter injustice in sociology class changed her whole attitude. A funny and charming piece for 100 voices for 100 years about learning how to speak up and how we all need a little bit of Nora Davies every now and then.

Ma Chroi

Ma Chroi

"She was my biggest champion. She loved and cared for me enough to be brutally honest about my work."

When writer Debbi Voisey lost her friend Donna, she lost a soul mate. But it started a process of self-discovery for Debbi which she talks about in this heartfelt piece, where she reads her short story Ma Chroi, dedicated to her friend. 

Deeds Not Words

Deeds Not Words

“I found people who were eager to tell stories, not just perform.”

Beth Stevens set up her blog All The Worlds A Stage at the age of 18 but it was during a production of Blue Stockings she found a community of female theatre makers that inspired her to start her own feminist enterprise. An uplifting and hopeful piece about what can happen when inspiring women get together.

Other People

Other People

"I’ve gained confidence in things I find difficult to do by organising events around them."

When Jude Higgins retired at 60 it didn't remotely occur to her to stop creating opportunities to get people together and share stories. In a beautiful, warm piece Jude explains how she was inspired to get involved in running the Bath Short Fiction Award and how she has built a whole family from this community. A piece about the threads that bind us together. 

Play On

Play On

"It’s not unusual to go through a phase of intense imaginative play - but my phase continues today, and I’m 35. "
For performer, producer and Co-Director of Croydon Cycle Theatre Vanessa Hammick, performing has been her life-blood since she was a tottering acrobat on a chair in her living room. In this uplifting piece, she talks about the highs and lows of her choice and how for her, the play is always the thing.

Half Smiling

Half Smiling

"I’m sure you’ve also heard the expression Life Imitates Art..."

Writer Rebecca Rouillard was thrilled when she won a prestigious award for a book in which one of the main characters has a degenerative condition. When she woke up with a numbness in her body, she wondered what was going on.... An optimistic and honest piece about coping with Bells Palsy (and the rest of life) and how, with a bit of help from Flannery O'Connor, it's possible to stay positive. 

Mary Poppins On Steroids

Mary Poppins On Steroids

“In teacher training you’re encouraged to create a persona - turned out mine was Mary Poppins."

After years as a jobbing actor, Olivia Chappell decided to get a Real Job. She excelled at it; and then she was transferred to a new school... A story about putting yourself out of your comfort zone and how stepping away can make you come back stronger.