Danish by birth, Mette Jolly (left) was educated at Copenhagen University and later The University of Nottingham where she gained her Ph.D. in Political Science. She has published a not very funny book about The European Union and is currently working on a project about Danish women in the resistance movement during World War II. Having searched in vain for humorous online journals, she decided to set one up herself, focusing on female writers. This became Funny Pearls, which launched in August 2018. Mette lives in London where she enjoys cooking Sunday lunches and running in Hyde Park. And, of course, she supports Chelsea FC. Twitter @mettejft
Philippa Hall (right) holds degrees from the University of Natal Durban and from Harvard Law School but gave up a legal career in London to become mother to three children and, later, stepmother to three more. Philippa lives in London and in Kent with her husband and whichever subset of their children are home. She counts herself lucky to be able to enjoy the excitements of an urban life as well as the charms of the countryside and long walks on the beach. When not writing, (or staring into the ‘fridge during a break), Philippa can be found cooking, making jewellery and playing tennis. She is currently working on a novel. Connect with her on Twitter: @philippajuul
In the podcast, Philippa and Mette discuss their reasons for setting up funnypearls.com and their plans for the website.