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Woman’s Hour

I love it when fun things happen unexpectedly, and this week I was approached by BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour. I am really excited to say that I will be appearing on the programme this coming Monday 13th June 2016! 🙂 The show is being guest edited by Mary Berry and I’ll be chatting with Jane Garvey from Woman’s Hour and Momtaz Begum-Hossain from @TheCraftCafe. Momtaz runs the craft night The Make Escape in London and has worked in the craft industry for many years designing and selling products, writing books and running a wide variety of craft workshops for children and adults all over the UK. I’m really looking forward to discussing crafting and letter writing, and representing the Northern crafters out there!


Woman's Hour feature | Hello! Hooray!


The art of writing letters


Do you still write letters? Many of my long-term readers will know that it’s something that I try and do as much as I can. I really love spending time making cards and envelopes to send (yes, I still do that after many years!) and I always send thank you cards for gifts that I have received. I think it’s really important to do this – partly because I was brought up doing it, and partly for the pleasure of saying thank you. For me, it’s much nicer to do that with a card or a letter, with something you can hold in your hand. What do you think? Do you still send letters or thank you cards? I’d love to know, so please do leave a comment in the box below if you have time. I do hope you can tune in on Monday! 10am (BST) on BBC Radio 4.


If you’d like to make your own cards or envelopes, there are loads of tutorials on my blog! See links below or browse through the archives to find inspiration.


An update


I had so much fun on the show and have had some lovely comments – thank you so much! 🙂 Here are a couple of photos of me in the broom cupboard at BBC Newcastle before we got started:


Woman's Hour | Hello! Hooray!


On the radio | Hello! Hooray!


It was a really great experience – thank you all for tuning in! I’ve been working on something exciting since the show…stay tuned for more information coming soon!


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  1. Judy B on June 10, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    Wow Clare, that’s amazing! I’ll be listening in on iPlayer after work 🙂 xx

    • Clare on June 10, 2016 at 8:32 pm

      Aww, thanks Judy! I’m really looking forward to it 🙂 xxx

  2. Maggie Whitton on June 10, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    I still write letters by hand, though sometimes I find it frustrating because I can type quicker than I can write now. I wholeheartedly agree that it’s so lovely to hold something in your hand, and to see the person’s personality through their handwriting. I encourage my children to write thank yous and postcards too.

    • Clare on June 11, 2016 at 7:51 pm

      That’s a very good point about the handwriting – it’s lovely when you see the envelope and know who it’s from. Thank you for reading and for letting me know your thoughts, Maggie!

  3. Caroline Hill on June 28, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Hi Clare, I love womans hour – but I missed your slot!
    I will be following your web page from now on though!!


    • Clare on June 30, 2016 at 3:38 pm

      Hi Caroline! Aww, thank you so much 🙂 I think you might be able to listen again on iPlayer? I need to update this post really as a follow-up! xx

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