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World Mental Health Day - And That's Okay

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In this World Mental Health Day Audible Sessions Special, nine celebrities discuss their experiences with mental health. We hear what their mental health problems feel like to them; their experiences of speaking to friends, family, professionals and the public; and the things that can help them feel better.    In these conversations, we cover topics from social media to suicidal thoughts, and we say that whether you sometimes find it difficult to leave the house; you have anxiety, depression, or OCD; or you need to airplane your phone every now and then to stop it becoming addictive - that’s okay.   Featuring Susan Calman, Clarke Carlisle, Marverine Cole, Bryony Gordon, Matt Haig, Matt Johnson, Katie Piper, Vicky Vox and Simon Webbe.   This episode was created in partnership with Mind, the mental health charity. If anything in this programme has affected you or you would like to speak to someone about your mental health, please call the Mind Infoline on 0300 123 3393 or visit the Mind website, mind.org.uk.

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

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Cheer Up Love

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Susan Calman is a well-known comedian and writer who has appeared on countless radio and television programmes. Her solo stand up show, Susan Calman Is Convicted, was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and dealt with subjects like the death penalty, appearance and depression. The reaction to the show she wrote about mental health was so positive that she wanted to expand on the show and write a more detailed account of surviving when you're the world's most negative person. The Crab of Hate is the personification of Calman's depression and her version of the notorious Black Dog. A constant companion in her life, the Crab has provided her with the best and very worst of times. This is a very personal memoir of how, after many years and with a lot of help and talking, she has embraced her dark side and realised that she can be the most joyous sad person you'll ever meet. Cheer Up Love is funny, poignant and (hopefully) informative. It's always good to talk.

©2016 Susan Calman (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton

Narrator: Susan Calman
Author: Susan Calman
Length: 6 hrs
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Susan Calman

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Audible exclusive. The delightfully funny Susan Calman visits the studios to talk about what to expect from her new book - Cheer Up, Love: Adventures in Depression with the Crab of Hate. Susan discusses how she tackles depression - cracking open and shaking off the 'crab of hate' and the journey she took writing her book. 'Nothing makes me happier than talking about depression. Packed with stories, humour and a bit of the serious stuff, I will literally write the book on how it feels to be told, 'Cheer up, love.''

©2016 Susan Calman (P)2016 Audible Studios

Narrator: Susan Calman
Length: 19 mins
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Comic Fringes: Series 1-3

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Nine short stories written and read by comedians, recorded live in front of an audience at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. 'May Contain Nuts' by Janey Godley: a woman glimpses her own mortality when she calculates that only 27 years separate her from her cantankerous father.  'The Hair of the Dead' by Sarah Millican: a moving (and very funny) short story about a compassionate undertaker's assistant.  'Gone Fishing' by Jon Richardson: a tale of love and betrayal set in a remote village in the Yorkshire Dales. 'The Woman Who Sniffed' by Susan Calman: a wry look at office politics, told with Calman’s characteristic humour and upbeat energy. 'Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Be Green' by Patrick Monahan: a tale that warns against paying too much attention to government crime statistics.  'On the Dot' by Shazia Mirza: a story featuring a certain Mrs Pims, who is always mysteriously late for everything. Then one day, the reason for her tardiness becomes apparent.... 'Stairlift Us Up Where We Belong' by Sarah Millican: a poignant and funny monologue exploring the tricky turning point in a woman's life, when she goes from being thought of as useful to becoming invisible.  'Spooky and the Van' by Joe Lycett: 17-year-old Julian is writing a blog. He's currently experiencing the weird limbo that lies between finishing school and starting university. As well as musing upon how his life might change, Julian's neighbor, nicknamed Spooky, is providing plenty of writing material and mystery....  'A Difference of Opinion' by Bridget Christie: When Bridget's husband is assaulted by the ghost of a long dead European leader, it highlights the vast differences in interpretation between a believer and an atheist.  Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.

©2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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Susan Calman: Keep Calman Carry On

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Susan Calman is the least relaxed person she knows. She has no downtime, no hobbies (unless you count dressing up your cats in silly outfits), and her idea of relaxation is to play Assassin's Creed, an hour into which she is in a murderous rage with sky-high blood pressure. Her wife had to threaten to divorce her to make her go on holiday, and she's been told by the same long-suffering wife that unless she finds a way to switch off, and soon, she's going to be unbearable. Susan decided her best bet was to try to immerse herself in the pursuits that her friends find relaxing, to find her inner zen and outer tranquillity. In the first series of this show she attempted to ditch the old Susan Calman and attempted to find the new 'Susan Calm' by watching cricket with Andy Zaltzman; going hillwalking with Muriel Gray; visiting an art gallery with Phill Jupitus; and taking a spontaneous holiday with John Finnemore. She enjoyed these pursuits but all too soon found herself slipping back into her old ways. So she tried again in series 2, which involved learning about gardening with Val McDermid, going to a music festival with Robin Ince, trying her hand at baking with the Great British Bake Off's Selasi Gbormittah, and having a go at bird-watching with Emma Kennedy. Keep Calman Carry On is a stand-up show in front of a live audience, in which Susan reports on how successful she's been - both at relaxing and at the pursuit itself - as well as playing in and discussing a handful of illustrative clips from her efforts. It's an attempt to find out how people find solace or sanctuary in these worlds and how Susan can negotiate her own place in them. Written by Susan Calman and Jon Hunter Produced by Lyndsay Fenner A BBC Studios Production Cover photograph: Steve Ullathorne

©2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd

Narrator: Susan Calman
Author: Susan Calman
Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
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Baby Aliens Got My Teacher!

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The first title in the brilliant series by Pamela Butchart. One day Izzy and her friends are surprised to find that their teacher, Miss Jones, is actually being nice to them. This is the woman who was caught secretly smiling when Maisie Miller fell off her chair. There can be only one conclusion: she's been taken over by aliens, and now she wants to make them all aliens, too! Hilariously narrated by Susan Calman.

©2014 Pamela Butchart (P)2017 Nosy Crow Ltd

Narrator: Susan Calman
Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
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Sunny Side Up

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Comedian and broadcaster Susan Calman danced her way across our screens and into our hearts for 10 weeks on Strictly Come Dancing 2017, but how did this ability to find joy change her life?  Susan Calman's enthusiasm at being on Strictly Come Dancing was an inspiration to all of us. Cheer Up Love, Susan's first book, had a clear aim: to help people understand depression. Sunny Side Up has a similarly clear path: to persuade people to be kinder to each other and spread more joy.  These are extremely difficult and confusing times - people are cross and shouty. It's exhausting! But more than anything, people like Susan, people who don't hate other people, are apologising for the way that they think. Susan wants to make sure that they don't. That it's okay to love people, that kindness is something wonderful and brilliant and to bring on the joy.  So the mission is simple. To get the nation to join her in not being negative. To bring back joy, kindness and community, to find that joy in the little things in life and defeat the hate and fear.  Susan is a one-woman army of hope and joy, and she's ready to lead the nation in a different direction. 

©2018 Susan Calman (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Narrator: Susan Calman
Author: Susan Calman
Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
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Susan Calman Is Convicted: Series 1 and 2

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Susan Calman has some very strong opinions, and in her radio debut she expresses them with her trademark wit and charm. In series 1, she examines the current hot political topic of equal marriage, looks at the issues surrounding the death penalty from the perspective gained whilst working on death row, considers how best to deal with depression and evaluates what it means to be Scottish.  In series 2 she explains why she has never been interested in having children, explores society’s obsession with appearance, discusses intellectual snobbery and asks what it is that makes us human. The first series of Susan Calman Is Convicted won the 2013 Writers' Guild of Great Britain Awards for Best Radio Comedy. Written by Susan Calman Produced by Lyndsay Fenner A BBC Studios Production Cover photograph: Steve Ullathorne

©2019 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2019 BBC Worldwide Ltd

Narrator: Susan Calman
Author: Susan Calman
Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
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There's a Werewolf in My Tent!

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Izzy and her friends are so excited about their school trip. They’re going camping and there’ll be marshmallows and no washing and everything. But then weird things start happening! There are howling sounds at night, and some sausages have gone missing, and it’s nearly a full moon…. But it’s when they see their new teacher’s hairy legs that they know! There’s a werewolf on the school trip and they’re all doomed! Another brilliantly funny story from the best-selling, award-winning Pamela Butchart. Find more of Izzy’s adventures! Baby Aliens Got My Teacher The Spy Who Loved School Dinners My Headteacher Is a Vampire Rat Attack of the Demon Dinner Ladies To Wee or Not to Wee! There’s a Yeti in the Playground The Phantom Lollipop Man Icarus Was Ridiculous

©2017 Pamela Butchart (P)2020 Nosy Crow

Narrator: Susan Calman
Length: 2 hrs and 3 mins
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My Head Teacher Is a Vampire Rat

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The third title in the brilliant series by Pamela Butchart. Izzy and her friends have been plunged into more primary-school craziness. This time, they decide that their new head teacher is a vampire rat, based on his being slightly scary, having the blinds drawn in his office during the day and the fact he's banned garlic bread at lunchtimes. Now they just have to come up with a plan to vanquish him.... Hilariously narrated by Susan Calman!

©2015 Pamela Butchart (P)2017 Nosy Crow Ltd

Narrator: Susan Calman
Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
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Icarus Was Ridiculous

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Izzy loves all the stories the ancient Greeks told! She can’t wait to tell her friends about Icarus, who was a total numpty, and the Trojan Horse, which ended a war and wasn’t even real!  So pull up a plinth and enjoy all the drama of the original Greek myths, as told by Pamela Butchart, in collaboration with the British Museum. Now with even more sandals!   Laugh-out-loud fun from Blue Peter Award winner Pamela Butchart.   Find more of Izzy’s adventures!   Baby Aliens Got My Teacher The Spy Who Loved School Dinners My Headteacher Is a Vampire Rat The Demon Dinner Ladies There’s a Werewolf in My Tent To Wee or Not to Wee The Phantom Lollipop Man There’s a Yeti in the Playground

©2019 Pamela Butchart (P)2020 Nosy Crow

Narrator: Susan Calman
Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
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The Phantom Lollipop Man

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Izzy and her friends are shocked when they find their lollipop man has disappeared! Maisie thinks he’s gone to Rome, but if that’s true, why do they keep seeing a weird white wispy cloud around the school? And why do Izzy’s legs feel cold even though she’s got tights on?  Could it be that the lollipop man is a phantom and he’s come to spook them all? Laugh-out-loud fun from Blue Peter Award winner Pamela Butchart.   Find more of Izzy’s adventures!   Baby Aliens Got My Teacher The Spy Who Loved School Dinners My Headteacher Is a Vampire Rat To Wee or Not to Wee! There’s a Werewolf in My Tent There’s a Yeti in the Playground The Phantom Lollipop Man Icarus Was Ridiculous

©2018 Pamela Butchart (P)2020 Nosy Crow

Narrator: Susan Calman
Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
Available on Audible
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The Spy Who Loved School Dinners

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The second title in the brilliant series by Pamela Butchart. Izzy is really pleased to have been put in charge of the new girl at school. Matilde is French, and Izzy and her friends can't wait to show her their den and its moth, and to help her avoid school dinners (also known as poison). But Matilde LOVES school dinners and even has seconds! And that's when they know...Matilde is a spy, and she has come to find out their secrets. They must stop her before it's too late! Hilariously narrated by Susan Calman.

©2014 Pamela Butchart (P)2017 Nosy Crow Ltd

Narrator: Susan Calman
Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
Available on Audible
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Attack of the Demon Dinner Ladies

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The fourth title in the brilliant series by Pamela Butchart. Izzy and her friends have never liked school dinners. And they're getting worse. The dinner ladies are acting strangely (making up random rules, wearing hats and cooking new food, even more horrible than usual). Lollipop man mentions there is a new head dinner lady and calls her 'a bit of a legend' (in a bad way) and that she used to be here a long, long time ago and has returned. Izzy and friends wonder if she is the reason for the strange behaviour. They wonder why she has returned. They find out she was fired. They speculate as to why and decide she's a demon who's returned to do bad things. Because why wouldn't she be? Hilariously narrated by Susan Calman!

©2016 Pamela Butchart (P)2017 Nosy Crow Ltd

Narrator: Susan Calman
Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
Available on Audible
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To Wee or Not to Wee

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The fifth title in the BRILLIANT series by Pamela Butchart. Hamlet could NEVER make his mind up about ANYTHING. And one time he actually went to school in just his pants and got sent home because he couldn't decide what to wear. When Izzy (star of The Spy Who Loved School Dinners) is asked to tell her friends some HILARIOUS and SCARY stories, she knows exactly where to look: Shakespeare, the king of SUPER dramatic stuff. After learning about Macbeth (a STRONG solider who ate four bowls of porridge and 20 pieces of toast every morning) her friends want more. So Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Romeo and Juliet,/i> all get the Izzy treatment. There's blood and guts, ghosty stuff, and plenty of people wandering around in their nighties. The perfect introduction to the Bard! The perfect introduction to Shakespeare, with all the tragedy, comedy and romance of the original plays (plus some crisps). Hilariously narrated by Susan Calman!

©2016 Pamela Butchart (P)2017 Nosy Crow Ltd

Narrator: Susan Calman
Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
Available on Audible