Poorna Bell is an award-winning journalist, public speaker and author. She was previously the UK Executive Editor for HuffPost, and since has freelanced for places such as The Times, The i Paper and Grazia. Her non-fiction books cover topics from travel to love to mental health.
Her word of the day is Strength.
CW: This episode contains discussion of suicide.
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#AnthemsWomen is a collection of 31 original manifestos, speeches, stories, poems and rallying cries written and voiced by exceptional women. It was created, executive produced and sound designed by Hana Walker-Brown, produced by Jaja Muhammad and assistant produced by Bea Duncan. The artwork is by Mars West.
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