Author Archives: mariella

The Hay Book Show Ep22

Talking about books

Spitting Image

A 30th Anniversary Celebration

Shopping Trip to Morocco

Souk Searching

Boxing Clever/Small is Beautiful

The box set bonanza that’s swept into our lives is a blessing

Our first ever Glastonbury

The 5 day festival of contemporary performing arts

Complacent Wife

We’re in our early 50s and got married when I became pregnant with our son.

Gay Dad

Last year my father told my mother that he was gay


I'm utterly friendless

First Love

All my adult life I have mistrusted women


I have little enthusiasm for anything but you wouldn’t know it as I’m very entertaining

Dream Job

After years of doing jobs I hated I have finally got my dream job

Depressed Girl

I’m a 16-year-old girl. I recently realised that I’m suffering from depression

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards

A youth awards programme founded in 1956 by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Art Room Speech

Giving young people a platform and the skills needed to articulate their feelings

Bullied Girl

Hi I'm a 13 yr old girl and I have a problem where I get

Bisexual Boyfriend

I’m 31 and in a relationship with a bisexual man

Angry Wife

I’m not very nice to my husband

41 and Pregnant

My boyfriend has now told me he 'did not sign up for this'

Troubled Teen

My 16-year-old daughter has recently gone to live with my Mum


My boyfriend broke up with me yesterday after several months of living together

Dating my father-in-law

For the past 3 months I have been seeing the father of my daughter’s fiancé

Abused Boy

I am having a lot of problems related to my past

Difficult Sister

I would really appreciate some advice about how to deal with my older sister

36 Virgin

I want to be in a relationship but which gender?!

Sexey’s Speech Day

One of the most important skills you’ll need to learn, in a world on information


The world, it seems, is once again our oyster and Kerala a pearl

Vamizi – Mozambique

We were palpitating with excitement at the natural wonder of the archipelago Vamizi

Boyfriend Porn

Far from feeling insecure you should be proud of the strength of character you’ve displayed

Alcoholic Dad

My father died in June as a result of his chronic alcoholism

Why Gender Matters

The route to gender equality has too often been painted as a battle between men

Escaping On Foot

Some of the world's best adventures are those offered on foot


Cambodia today is clearly on fast forward

Driving Down Memory Lane …

I’ve always liked an epic drive

Norwegian Trip

This tiny Norwegian village is a blueprint for everything a ski resort should be

Millions of Women Benefit from….

The Private Members Bill on Gender Equality in International Development was passed