Breaking the Glass Slipper: Women in science fiction, fantasy, and horror

Breaking the Glass Slipper: Women in science fiction, fantasy, and horror


Latest Episodes

Beneath the skin of the earth – with Nicola Griffith
February 15, 2024

Welcome to our first episode of 2024. Yes, the titles a quote from our incredible guest. As a podcast dedicated primarily to speculative fiction, we rarely find ourselves taking a deep dive into hist

Othering and exoticism in fantasy with Eliza Chan
December 07, 2023

Modern fantasy owes much to J.R.R. Tolkien, including his problematic colonialist views and othering of cultures and races different from his medieval European-inspired setting. Many authors since the

Community and isolation – with Jennifer Thorne
November 23, 2023

We love our folk horror. The genre has been growing in popularity these past years, and its not hard to see why. Writers take pastoral settings such as windswept hills or rugged sea coasts and imbue

Romancing the necromancer – with Alice James
November 02, 2023

Welcome to our Halloween episode! Romance has always been big business and these days there are plenty of subgenres. Despite its popularity, however, some snobbery still exists, often dismissing roman

The dark half of the year – with Lili Hayward
October 05, 2023

Its October, so were officially allowed to talk about Christmas. Sure, weve got Halloween first, and thats a celebration we should all be enthusiastic about, but take a look at what books are bein

The power of language – with Jelena Dunato and Ioanna Papadopoulou
September 21, 2023

We often take for granted the role language plays in communicating our favourite stories. And here in the west, there exists an unspoken expectation to be able to consume those favourite stories in En

“Something a little monstrous” – with Isabel Cañas 
September 07, 2023

Were honoured to have Isabel Caasjoin us on the show as she talks us through not only her fabulous new novel, Vampires of El Norte, but also her experience of breaking into publishing as a Mexican-

The poison salon – with Rose Biggin
August 24, 2023

In the preface to Les Fleurs du mal, Baudelaire indicated that boredom is the truest suffering, andthis idea later became central to the fin de sicle movement, an era of decadence in which artificema

Medical hive minds – with Hiron Ennes
August 10, 2023

When it comes to science fiction and particularly dystopian science fiction doctors are either the saviours of humanity with their invaluable medical knowledge, or they are the villains, using a l

Exploring Jewish folklore – with Ariel Kaplan
July 27, 2023

Folklore and fairy tales can sometimes be inextricably bound up with religion. In the Grimms own collection of fairy tales, the Devil turns up and so do angels. The Peasant in Heaven as well as Th