You might know Susan Earl from her roles in Red Dwarf, So Awkward, Reggie Perrin or as Christopher Dean’s mum in the Christmas special of Torvill and Dean.  She is a comedian, actress, writer, single mother and my friend.

We first met over chamomile tea in the Greek Pelion where we were both slighty stressed mothers trying to have an adult conversation with two young children apiece running wild.  We have since tried to set up a holistic holiday company together (and failed), been on community holidays together (and loved them) and kept each other sane through life’s ups and downs.

In this conversation we talk about parenting, feminism, writing, misogyny and holidays and how, through comedy and laughter, we can find connection and comfort through even the hardest of times.

 

One of Susan’s comic songs that I so love is called ‘Hot Middle Aged Loving’, her it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-E88k88_6QQ  and you can find out more about her work here: https://www.hd-management.co.uk/susanearl.

We talked about the work of Laura Bates which you can find out more about through these links:

https://everydaysexism.com

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/sep/02/men-who-hate-women-by-laura-bates-review-fierce-and-eye-opening