BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour Educates Middle England on Grime & Trainers!

grime_ladies_womenshourAt about 32 minutes in, presenter Jane Garvey introduces freelance Guardian music writer Hattie Collins and BBC 1Xtra DJ Yasmin Evans. Collins is co-author of ‘This is Grime’, a book featuring stunning images by Olivia Rose Photography, described as “the definitive book on Britain’s most provocative subculture”, released on 08/09/16.

Starting with a brief tribute to Mercury Prize-winning Skepta, the ladies discuss women in the 13 year old UK grime music scene with samples from Lady Leshurr, NOLAY and Nadia Rose. For a full 10 minutes, they talk the birth of the genre in Bow, East London in the early Noughties and the rise of women in the genre without much support from the men. Avoiding falling into that irritating habit of academising black culture, these ladies really put across the talent and artistry of the unapologetic first ladies of Grime, stemming from their own obvious admiration.

Garvey says that she was delighted to bring the genre to a new audience, but that she also knew that many of their Women’s Hour regular listeners are very much into Grime already. Immediate feedback seemed to support that, in this the show’s 70th birthday year.

‘This Is Grime’ is available at Amazon and Google Books for £16.99 on Kindle, £13.60 for the paperback.
You can also check out Collins talking at greater length to DJ Target on BBC 1Xtra

For the first 32 minutes, Garvey talks to other guests:

  • Fashion historian Amber Butchart and Hannah Rochell discuss the rise of the trainer.
  • Young women and apprenticeships with Carole Easton, Chief Executive of the Young Women’s Trust, and Pensuree Wallis, Apprentice at Eurostar.
  • Cultural historian Siân Evans on her new book, ‘Queen Bees’, about the lives of six society hostesses between the Wars
  • Lawyer Louisa Ghevaert on how legal changes in India will affect international surrogacy.

Listen to the show here:

Words by @DescantDeb