It’s the second episode of Her Own Words!

This time, we’re talking about the first few months of the year – from hosting events, feeling burnt-out to taking a break – and discussing your words and stories on the fascinating themes of origins (tracing your identity and the ritual of family recipes) and promises (the making and breaking of).

You can listen to the episode below, or via the following platforms, where you can also subscribe to and review Her Own Words.

Listen on:

And you can also find links to all the pieces of writing discussed in this episode below – enjoy!

This episode, we kick off the episode with the words of Nora Ephron:

“Above all, be the heroine in your life, not the victim.”
– Nora Ephron

Extra reading:


DD Blog: Burnouts and Taking Breaks Bridie Wilkinson (DD)

February / ORIGINS

On the destruction of diaries:
The Diary Flora Willis (DD)
Burning a Diary Amina Razzack (DD)

On food connecting you to your past:
Of Lemons Gabrielle Turner (DD)
Pite by Nora Selmani (DD)


To Me, Love Me Emily Tucker (DD)
A Surplus Sarah Little (DD)

Dearest Damsels

Elizabeth Lovatt / @elizabethlovatt

the tiny narrative / @tiny_narrative
me and mia Sara Sherwood (the tiny narrative)


Online women’s magazine The Pool enters administration (Guardian)
Rookie Editor’s Letter – thank you for growing up with us (Rookie)

What you need to know

The DD Annual 2019 is available to buy now!
Also available at

Theme music by Salad Sage

Support Dear Damsels

Words are empowering – not only for the women who write them, but those who read them too.

Join our Patreon and help us continue to offer an inclusive and welcoming space for women to come together, share their words, and get a resounding response back.

Sign up to our Patreon