Our Episodes

The importance of diversity in children’s books

Today's episode was inspired by an article that appeared on The Guardian with the headline 'Picture book bias worsens as female characters stay silent.' The piece was based on research into books published in the last year, showing that most picture books 'present a...

Women write Science Fiction – with Lisa Yaszek

I don't want the future to be female. I want it to be for everyone.Lisa Yaszek In a fascinating episode that covers everything from telepathic matriarchies to lesbian vampire fiction, academic Lisa Yaszek chats to us about the history of women writers in science...

The problem with the chosen one

In our last episode, we had author Aliette de Bodard on to discuss the absence of mothers in speculative fiction. One explanation put forward was the focus of chosen one narratives – these stories rely on the protagonist achieving something great, against all odds,...

Representations of motherhood with Aliette de Bodard

We were inspired to speak to Aliette about representations of motherhood in speculative fiction after reading her excellent essay 'On Motherhood and Erasure'. There's no denying that mothers are demonstrably absent from most speculative fiction. Whether they died...

Writing as a career with Sarah Pinborough

There is more to mastering writing than sentences, plots, and character. Writers must also think about the genre they are writing in, the audience they are writing for, and what medium their final piece will be in. It's no wonder...

The enduring legacy of Shirley Jackson – with Catriona Ward

With a new film adaptation of We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Netflix's The Haunting of Hill House, and the upcoming 60th anniversary of the publication of The Haunting of Hill House, we thought it was high time we turned our attention to the wonderful Shirley...

The Princess Bride

Here at Breaking the Glass Slipper, we love the 1987 film The Princess Bride. I mean, who doesn't? It is endlessly quotable, tongue-in-cheek, and full of great characters. Unfortunately, only a couple of those characters are female and the way they're...

Time travel with Kameron Hurley

Sometimes it is fun to call the shots on this show – and this week (while Lucy was away on holiday!), I decided to indulge a personal favourite subject of mine: time travel. My love of time travelling tales has been life-long, from Back to the Future (obvs) to...

Cultural Traditions of Magic – with Zen Cho

We like to think that fantasy is a limitless exploration of our imaginations, but in reality, fantasy fiction is limited by the cultural experiences of the author. As a result, what most of us are exposed to are a very narrow set of ideas about fantasy and magic –...