Now, she has revealed the songs that have kept her company throughout her remarkable life as the latest guest on revered Radio 4 programme ‘Desert Island Discs’, presented by Lauren Laverne.
Cohen-Hatton was rough sleeping when she began selling The Big Issue as a teenager in Cardiff, while studying for her GCSEs.
But after using money earned selling the magazine to help secure accommodation, she joined the Fire Service aged 18 and has since become one of the UK’s most senior firefighters – leading responses to both the Westminster and Finsbury Park terrorism attacks in 2017 – as well as an academic and published author.
I'm BEYOND EXCITED to tell you all that I'm on #desertislanddiscs on @BBCRadio4 this Sunday – 29th Sept – at 11.15. It was the most personal, humbling and emotional interview I've ever done – @laurenlaverne was just incredible. I can't wait to hear what you all think! ???????????? pic.twitter.com/SpfgpGNsdZ
— Dr Sab Cohen-Hatton (@Sab_CohenHatton) September 23, 2019
After a whirlwind few months that has seen her appear in print, on radio and on TV to talk about her story, welcome current vendors to Westminster alongside Big Issue founder John Bird, receive a nomination for a National Diversity Award, appear at the Homeless World Cup and inspire thousands with an on-stage speech at Downs Festival, Cohen-Hatton has joined the list of accomplished, iconic and inspirational people to appear on ‘Desert Island Discs’.