WORLDY WOMEN is a podcast co-hosted by Cecilia Gragnani & Ana Torre about immigrant women and their stories. We interview women from all walks of life and we talk about how immigration has affected their lives.
We decided to start this podcast because we’re both immigrants and the immigrant experience can sometimes be a lonely one. We want our listeners to realise that they’re not alone, that others out there question their identity, their place in the world and struggle to reconcile two and sometimes three cultures. And we believe that by putting these stories out there perhaps we can encourage non-immigrants everywhere to look at us from a different perspective.
You can find us on SOUNDCLOUD, ITUNES and STITCHER.
We love to hear from our listeners. For information, to share your story or just for a chat, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our guests so far have been:
Yuka Harada – Parr, a Japanese language teacher, an English translator and interpreter. She is also an illustrator with a passion for manga. She is an art, music & theatre lover with a particular interest in jazz and contemporary music. Yuka describes herself as a food enthusiast who enjoys both cooking and eating.
Vimala Moti Vidyadhar, a firm believer that life is a one-way ticket so all we need to do is make each day count and enjoy the show. Her zeal comes from exploring connections of any kind – be it with people, brands, food or culture. She has over 13 years of experience in empowering brands to make meaningful human connections with focused outcomes. She enjoys curating insightful experiences as she believes in the power of storytelling to inspire generations. She has been a mentor to children and holds counseling workshops for parents. Vimala moved to Milan in 2019 and is currently looking for opportunities to explore her strengths.
MacKenzie Horn, an activist from Phoenix, Arizona. She came to the UK four years ago to attend drama school, and quickly decided to make England her home. She currently works in politics. The campaign she mentions in the interview is: www.demandpeoples.vote
Anna Oborotova is a Russian artist and Art teacher. She first moved to Scotland from Estonia in 2008 with the hope of building a better life for herself in the UK. http://www.anna-oborotova.com instagram: @anita99ani
Giulio Romano Malaisi, is an Italian guitarist who moved to London at the age of 18. Here he quickly gained work as a session player, concertist and composer – collaborating with top musicians from all over the world. He is a regular at many top venues and festivals across the UK, plays in different bands and different genres thanks to his incredible versatility. https://www.giulioromanomalaisi.com/
Katya Marletta is Sicilian or North African as she likes to say. She is a journalist/press office freelance specialized in cinema and lifestyle currently living in London. She has collaborated with RAI, Mediaset, Endemol, CharityStar UK, FTLModa New York, film production companies, agencies and artists. With her work she wants to promote new talents. She has been a correspondent at mayor film festivals such as La Biennalde di Venezia, BFI London Film Festival, Sundance, Festa Internazionale del Cinema di Roma as well as working at Milan, London and New York’s fashion weeks.
She always remembers meeting Pope Francis and Ennio Morricone as two of the most important experiences in her career. She defined them as “essence of light and genius”. Twitter and instagram: @katyamarletta
Ankita Saxena is a British-Indian poet and playwright from London. She read English at Oxford where she was the Head of Events of Oxford University Poetry Society & President of the Turl Street Arts Festival. She is a former Barbican Young Poet and currently part of the poetry collective Octavia, for women of colour poets, led by Rachel Long and based at The Southbank Centre. https://ankitawrites.com
Angela Peters is an Australian actress, voiceover artist, and writer. She has an award-winning blog for new actors to the industry, B.A.B.E., as well as being the founder of the UK Actors Tweetup. Angela is also an acting coach and has worked with dozens of actors on the business side of being a professional actor. A regular face on television in Australia and often seen in films screened in cinema and film festivals, she completed an advanced diploma in Method Acting, and then went on to train at Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris. When she isn’t acting you can hear her doing various voiceovers in her native Aussie accent. https://www.angelapeters.tv twitter: @angiepang / instagram: @angiepet http://actingbabe.com
Andrea Rocha is a Canadian Cellist, Top liner and Producer based in London UK. She’s got loads of experience as a session cellist, performing on stage with Liam Payne, Paloma Faith and Calum Scott to name a few. She’s played on records for Becky Hill, Tom Walker, Plested, Jones and continues to arrange and record for loads of up and coming artists. Andrea has got three cuts with Polydor artist Hannah Jane Lewis and works continuously with signed artists and producers around London. https://andrearochamusic.weebly.com
Bruna De Palo is a professional Life Coach, NLP Practitioner & Public Speaker from Italy who moved to London in 2012. Her specialty is to empower people with Life Skills, Tools & Techniques so they can Think & Act Differently, opening their life to thousands of new, exciting possibilities. https://brunadepalo.com/
Julie Cheung-Inhin is a British East Asian actor and playwright. She is also a fierce advocate for diversity and ethnic minority representation in the performing arts industry in the UK. Twitter: @Jcheunginhin
Tatiana Nudnova is a citizen of the world. Born in Belarus at the time of Soviet Union, she moved to Moscow with her family after the Soviet Union collapsed. Over the years she has lived in the United States, Russia, the UK, went back-packing to South America for a year until she settled back in London in 2011 where she founded her chocolate business “Love in Chocolate”. www.facebook.com/loveinchocolate.co.uk
Cinthia Lilen is an Argentinian actress with a set designing degree. She came to London to complete her actor’s training and stayed because she was hungry for adventure and wanted to meet people with a different cultural background than her own. Twitter @CinthiaLilen