Growing up with gal-dem

Growing up with gal-dem

By gal-dem

Welcome to gal-dem's first ever podcast, Growing up with gal-dem. Over the course of the series Liv Little and Charlie Brinkhurst Cuff invite a different guest to respond to old diary entries, text messages, or letters from their younger selves - nurturing important conversations about growing up.

Episodes

Emma Dabiri on growing up with boys as a number one hobby

This week, author and broadcaster Emma Dabiri joins Liv and Charlie to talk about her experiences of growing up black in Ireland and how as a young girl she was held to more rigid standards than her peers. Her number one hobby at the time was boys, and she kept a diary which she speaks through during the show.Find transcripts and show notes for all of Growing up with gal-dem here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/07/2045m 17s

Analysing family ties with Joy Crookes

Singer-songwriter and BRIT nominee Joy Crookes joins gal-dem in this episode to explore all things family. Having moved out at a young age, Joy reflects on what it meant to have a ‘chosen’ family as a support network during a time of newfound responsibility and freedom. Also discussing topics such as generational trauma, Joy shares a restorative, bonding exercise that helped shape her connection with her heritage and her relationship with a loved one.Find transcripts and show notes for all of Growing up with gal-dem here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/07/2039m 43s

Travis Alabanza on silencing shame and discovering queer spaces

Theatre maker, producer and artist Travis Alabanza speaks to gal-dem about the idea of confessions, shame, and their introduction to queer spaces. They discuss the confidence that came with embracing their inner freak and how a pivotal moment at 17 have shaped who they are today.Find transcripts and show notes for all of Growing up with gal-dem here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/06/2047m 24s

Ruby Tandoh on finding strength through friendships

Joining gal-dem for this episode is writer and cook Ruby Tandoh, who discusses food in lockdown, high expectations and why friends are so important. Having always been hyper-productive, as a teenager Ruby would closely align self-satisfaction with personal targets. A plethora of challenging goals and Ruby’s own high expectations of herself, caused her time to be spread thinly, weighing heavily on her mental state and sense of inner well-being. Here, Ruby discusses how being less busy enabled time to get to know herself and why she wishes she found more support in others growing up.Find transcripts and show notes for all of Growing up with gal-dem here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/06/2036m 50s

Michaela Coel on feedback and ‘taking the note'

In this episode of Growing Up with gal-dem, we speak to actor, writer, producer and creator of Chewing Gum Michaela Coel. Michaela reads an old blog post from her days in drama school where she reflects on the idea of "taking the note" as a young actor, as well as the limited roles that exist for black women on screen.Michaela also speaks to us about her experience of being spiked and how this informed her new drama; I May Destroy You, which is available to watch on iPlayer now.Find transcripts and show notes for all of Growing up with gal-dem here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/06/2036m 38s

Growing Up With gal-dem live with Anita Sethi, Reni Eddo-Lodge and Mariam Khan

Recording live from Words Weekend festival, on this special episode we’re joined by Reni Eddo-Lodge, journalist and author of ‘Why I’m No Longer Speaking to White People About Race’, Mariam Khan, editor of anthology ‘It’s Not About the Burqa’ and writer, journalist and critic Anita Sethi. In a joint discussion between all three of our literary guests, we speak about encountering casual racism within friendship groups, the complexities of existing in multiple cultures and the impact that has on our affiliation to britishness, and the common expectation of diasporan eldest daughters to take on mothering roles within their families.Find transcripts and show notes for all of Growing up with gal-dem here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/06/2058m 33s

Sasha Keable on destigmatising mental health and medication

During the fifth episode of Growing Up with gal-dem, singer-songwriter Sasha Keable speaks to gal-dem about her journey with mental health, substance abuse, and why taking medication should be destigmatised. After a lengthy battle with depression, we hear about the importance of therapy at various stages in her life. After seeking out therapy at a period when she was self-harming at a young age, she guides us through how these experiences have shaped her process as a musician.Find transcripts and show notes for all of Growing up with gal-dem here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/05/2035m 44s

Rejecting heteronormativity in queer relationships with Naeem Davis

For the fourth episode of Growing Up with gal-dem, we hear from cultural curator and founder of BBZ, Naeem Davis. Naeem tells us about the LGBTQI+ spaces that helped to shape their identity growing up and how they were inspired to curate spaces that were even more inclusive. We hear about how a trip to San Francisco was a pivotal moment for adopting the term ‘queer’ and how this has influenced how they define themself.Naeem shares a text they sent a soon-to-be girlfriend, who they chased in the hope of being in a ‘normative’ relationship. Naeem guides us through the importance of maintaining independence in relationships and how pushing boundaries in love is something to be celebrated.Find transcripts and show notes for all of Growing up with gal-dem here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/05/2040m 38s

Munroe Bergdorf on ending toxic relationships

In this episode of Growing Up with gal-dem,  we sit down with model, LGBTQI+ activist and founder of Goddess Platform, Munroe Bergdorf. A prominent speaker on trans rights, she highlights members of the community and works to combat transphobia through her activism.Munroe reads text messages from a toxic relationship and shares the difficulties that come with growing apart from a partner. Having been in a relationship with someone with vastly differing views to her own, she reflects on how she removed herself from the situation and started on a journey of self-acceptance.Find transcripts and show notes for all of Growing up with gal-dem here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/05/2038m 15s

Finding beauty in friendships with Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee

After moving to London from Singapore, artist Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee was shocked by the everyday discrimination and sexualisation she faced and quickly realised that many other East Asian women either had been through or would experience similar issues. This inspired her project Xing - a photography book that explores how East Asian women move through the world. Through collaborating on creative projects, Elizabeth explains the strength and beauty she has found in forging interracial friendships and the solidarity that came with them.Find transcripts and show notes for all of Growing up with gal-dem here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/05/2031m 56s

Candice Carty-Williams on why she's over being the strong friend

Kicking off the series, gal-dem speaks to Candice Carty-Williams, author of best-selling novel ‘Queenie’, about continuously being labelled the strong friend and family member. After the death of a close friend in her early twenties, Candice discusses her battle with depression and anxiety, and the pressures facing in the context of her Caribbean upbringing. We hear about the tools she has used over the years to enhance her mental wellbeing and set boundaries and how they inevitably influenced her when writing her hit novel.Find transcripts and show notes for all of Growing up with gal-dem here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/04/2034m 58s

Introducing Growing up with gal-dem

Welcome to Growing up with gal-dem, our first ever podcast. Inspired by our book I will not be erased: our stories growing up as people of colour, Liv Little and Charlie Brinkhurst Cuff of gal-dem magazine interview guests with their past diary entries, text messages and letters to uncover valuable lessons on growing up.Find transcripts and show notes for all of Growing up with gal-dem here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/04/201m 31s
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