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Jane Dolby was widowed in 2010 when her trawler-man husband lost his life at sea during a freak storm. It was 10 months before Colin's body was found and during that time was unable to prove her husband had actually died because without a body, a death certificate cannot be issued. Jane had four children, the youngest of whom was just 3 years old and was helped and supported through this difficult time by the Fishermans Mission charity. In 2012, wanting to repay the charity for all their help, Jane had the idea of gathering local fishermen's wives together to record a song.
The plan was for Fishwives Choir to sing along to a backing track and make a few CDs to sell in the local pubs. But the project soon gathered interest and within weeks, around 80 ladies all related to fishermen or from fishing families were involved. They came from all around the UK and in 2013, fishwives from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland recorded a single. They were invited to perform on The One Show, BBC breakfast and appeared in the national and international media. The girls were the subject of several documentaries including Radio 4's A Fishwives Tale which was later nominated for an award at the European radio awards. Jane's blog, in which she recorded her thoughts and feelings around loss and bereavement but also the often hilarious antics of the Fishwives, came to the attention of a literary agent who secured a book deal for Jane and Song of the Sea was published in 2015.
Adam is an international renowned artist whose large-scale narrative drawings and prints can be found in the collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum, Tate, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon as well as many leading private collections including that of HRH The Prince of Wales.
Andy Merritt is one half of the duo Something & Son. They explore the social and environmental issues that define our time via everyday scenarios, criss-crossing the boundaries between the visual arts, architecture and design.
Bryony Gillard is an artist, curator and educator whos work attempts to create a space for genealogies of intersectional feminist practice that are elusive, messy and entangled in contemporary concerns.
Caryn Franklin MBE, former fashion editor and co-editor of i-D Magazine and prime-time BBC TV presenter throughout the eighties and nineties, is a multi-platform broadcaster, fashion and identity commentator and activist.
Christopher Sacre is a deaf signer and has been a visual artist and art facilitator for over 20 years. He specialises in providing creative workshops/activities that are accessible to deaf people and their families, supporting other facilitators to improve the accessibility of their provision at galleries, museums, and other creative events.
Artists Trevor Mathison and Gary Stewart form Dubmorphology a London based research, production and performance group who make experimental sound and visual installations that examine the relationship between culture, technology and creativity.
Kayo Chingonyi was born in Zambia in 1987, moving to the UK at the age of six. He is the author of two pamphlets, and a fellow of the Complete Works programme for diversity and quality in British Poetry.
Laura Blake joins our Crude Britannia discussion on climate and the estuary on Sat 22 May. She is Chair of the Thames Crossing Action Group, formed to protest against the proposed, new Lower Thames Crossing.
Lazarus Tamana is an international activist, a defender of human rights, environmental and Indigenous issuses. He is currently the President of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) Nigeria