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We're a podcast for anyone who writes. Every week we talk to writers about their writing journeys and techniques, from early career debuts to self-publishers and narrative designers. We've featured Margaret Atwood, Jackie Kay, Sara Collins, Antti Tuomainen, Val McDermid, Sarah Perry, Elif Shafak and many more! The Writing Life is produced by the National Centre for Writing at Dragon Hall in Norwich.
 
Whose Stories? is a podcast about children’s books, diversity, and the role of archives, brought to you by Newcastle University and Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children’s Books. In the first season of our podcast, we’re exploring the story of children’s books and Black Britain. You’ll hear from authors, illustrators, and changemakers in the world of children’s literature, including the multi-award-winning writers John Agard, Valerie Bloom, and Beverley Naidoo. You’ll be introduced ...
 
These dialogues from the Wits School of Arts, Arts Research Africa project, are intended to stimulate practice, enable research, and inspire collective engagement around the question of Arts Research in Africa. Art lecturers and postgraduate students in the Wits School of Arts at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, are grappling with the challenge of positioning arts research in an African context. These podcasts seek to develop a dialogue with both national and international ...
 
Join host Sean Rice (Second Clarinet, NAC Orchestra) as he explores the world of classical music and its great composers. In this series of audio programmes you can look forward to hearing insightful commentary about upcoming NAC Orchestra programmes as well as musical excerpts and interviews with NACO musicians and guest artists.
 
Some of the biggest and most influential names in modern literature, art, music and performance share their stories, thoughts and ideas. In this podcast you'll hear us in conversation with the people shaping arts and culture today. Southbank Centre is home to Royal Festival hall, Hayward Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and the National Poetry Library. Our podcasts reflect our richly diverse events, exhibitions and festivals programme featuring artists and thinkers from around the ...
 
Historian Professor Barbara Brookes joins Sonja Tiernan, Eamon Cleary Professor of Irish Studies at the University of Otago, to canvass wide aspects of the past - from individual stories to national histories. from political events to emotional tides. Sponsored by the Eamon Cleary Trust through the Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies, University of Otago.
 
Emotions shape individual, community and national identities. The ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (CHE) uses historical knowledge from Europe, 1100=1800, to understand the long history of emotional behaviours. Based at The University of Western Australia, with additional nodes at the Universities of Adelaide, Melbourne, Queensland and Sydney, CHE investigates how European societies thought, felt and functioned, and how these changes impact life in Australia today. More a ...
 
Maw-lukutinej is a Mi'kmaw phrase that means "let's work together". This podcast emerges at the intersection of university-community research relationships between Grenfell Campus, Memorial University in Corner Brook and Mi'kmaw communities in the Bay St. George Region on the island of Ktaqmkuk (Newfoundland). ************************************************************************ SERIES ONE is set as a conversational discussion over a cup of tea with presenters Brady Reid, Elder Calvin Whi ...
 
A podcast in Scottish Gaelic from the National Centre for Gaelic Language and Culture, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig. This podcast is about language, history and culture - meeting interesting people and hearing good stories on the way. 'S e Ionad Nàiseanta Cànan agus Cultur na Gàidhlig a th' ann an Sabhal Mòr Ostaig agus anns am podchraol seo, tha sinn a' toirt blasad dhuibh air na tha dol ann an saoghal an t-Sabhail.
 
Welcome to National Treasures! Tag along with comedians Laura Lexx and Will Duggan for a day out at some of nation's finest attractions. Castles, stately homes, ruins, art galleries and museums. Listen as they stumble through muddy fields, hallowed halls and half-remembered historical facts. It’s like an audio tour… only narrated by two idiots.
 
The EUNIC London Podcast Series EUNICAST: Meet Visionary Europeans is a brand new podcast series presenting some of Europe’s most talented and respected artists, performers and influencers expressing their opinions on the arts and current affairs and sharing their life stories and artistic influences. A podcast series of EUNIC London (European National Institutes for Culture) presents seven episodes featuring in-depth interviews with leading European personalities from the field of arts, mus ...
 
One of Canada’s best political analysts, Paul Wells, sits down with leading political figures and social influencers for a conversation on the most compelling issues and news of the day. The monthly series is produced by CPAC in partnership with Maclean’s and the National Arts Centre. Maclean’s magazine senior writer Paul Wells is one of Canada’s leading political journalists. In nearly a quarter century on Parliament Hill he has covered four prime ministers and seven federal elections. His ...
 
How did the NAC Orchestra become the world class organization it is today? Veteran broadcaster Eric Friesen chronicles the unfolding drama of the NAC Orchestra from its earliest days in 1969 to the present time. With his charming personality and a host of probing questions, he interviews conductors, orchestral musicians, guest artists and administrators about the Orchestra’s beginnings, the challenges it faced, the tours it made all over Canada and to many foreign lands, and the kind of indi ...
 
Works That Shaped The World is back for 2020. This year we mark the 250th anniversary of the year 1770, a year of remarkable change on the cusp of the modern world. Works The Shaped The World explores humankind's great achievements and astonishing creations. Marking the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing in 1969, the inaugural 2019 series explored the moon through topics ranging from Shakespeare and cinema, to environmental humanities and Pythagoras.
 
Lose yourself in a story of obsession, 40 years of night life and 4,000 years of human connection. In The Portal Martin Green, Wils Wilson, and David Greig have woven together a tale of love, music, drugs and deceit. Two obsessive recordists, and lovers torn apart by circumstance; Etteridge and Angela left us the most incredible collection of 20th century documentation ever made. From 1947 to 1988 they never met. They recorded any and every aspect of London nightlife, from war-time dance-hal ...
 
Research in Canada is a national success story worth celebrating: it is also a remarkable story worth sharing with Canadians. The Canada Foundation for Innovation gives researchers the tools they need to think big and innovate. By investing in state-of-the-art facilities and equipment in Canada’s universities, colleges, research hospitals and non-profit research institutions, the CFI is helping to attract and retain the world’s top talent, to train the next generation of researchers, to supp ...
 
The Goblin Podcast is a kid's podcast featuring original musical stories, from acclaimed children's theatre makers. Each episode we’ll be bringing you new musical stories for the whole family to enjoy wherever you like. Our stories are full of catchy new songs and a lot of fun that will inspire the imagination of all ages. From The Legend of the Jazz Penguin (a musical adventure about a little Penguin looking for her sound) to Hey Diddle Diddle (a celebration of nonsense based on the nursery ...
 
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Nivedha is back on the show! I spoke to her back in December 2017 (Ep 72). She is the Co-founder of TrashCon. They have created a machine that helps solve India's huge waste management problem by converting mixed waste into Biodegradable and Non-Biodegradable Waste. They started with one tiny machine doing 100kg/day to now doing 200,000 kgs/day! La…
 
"The book is dead," so declares Elle Griffin, a journalist and debut writer who is preparing to serialise her first novel via a Substack newsletter. Not sure what Substack is, or why you'd publish a book via a newsletter? Disagree (or agree!) about the fate of books? Curious about whether serialised storytelling and publishing might be for you? Sim…
 
In the past two episodes of Whose Stories?, we’ve explored the history of Black British children's literature, spoken to authors about their writing experiences, and dug deep into the Seven Stories archive. But in this episode, we’re looking towards the future and discussing the barriers that stand in the way of achieving a truly diverse publishing…
 
Dan Saladino finds out why a UN summit to transform the global food system has become so controversial. It has generated 2500 ideas for change but also a boycott by protesters. In 2019 the UN's Secretary General António Guterres highlighted ways in which the global food system was breaking down: hundreds of millions of people going hungry, billions…
 
Tommy Sissons chats to Sam Ruddock on the podcast about his book A Small Man's England, a prose-polemic exploration of white, working class masculinity. Under discussion are the techniques Tommy uses to explore his argument as well as the core themes at the heart of the book. Meanwhile Simon and Steph talk about the newly announced Escalator talent…
 
Could we kick-start a major transformation of our food system, in just three years?That's the ambition of the National Food Strategy, the first independent review of our food policy in nearly 75 years, commissioned by the government in 2019 and authored by Henry Dimbleby - who published the second and final part of the report this week.Food-related…
 
This week we have a special episode for anyone considering or embarking on a career as a literary translator. Sarah Ardizzone, translator and mentor, guides us through a detailed, nuts-and-bolts exploration of what it takes to be a literary translator. Sarah is joined by Rosie Eyre, a recent mentee on our Emerging Translator Mentorships programme, …
 
In the second episode of Whose Stories?, we’re digging deep into the history of Black British children’s literature and the careers of some of the leading authors and illustrators whose work is being saved for future generations at Seven Stories. We’ll hear about the experiences that inspired them, examine challenges within the publishing industry,…
 
Over the past year, women working in different parts of the drinks industry have been sharing their stories and experiences to try to change the way women are treated. Most recently people working in craft brewing have been sharing their stories on social media - saying enough is enough. In this episode, Jaega Wise speaks to some of those about how…
 
Tsitsi Dangarembga is a novelist, playwright and filmmaker who joins us on the pod today to discuss her groundbreaking work and its influence on readers. Tsitsi is the author of Nervous Conditions, which in 1988 was the first book to be published in English by a black woman from Zimbabwe and won the Commonwealth Writers Prize, and its sequels The B…
 
In a country where weather is notoriously fickle, how has the picnic become such a beloved institution? Jaega Wise rolls out a blanket and invites a group of al fresco aficionados to share their picnicking expertise over a spot of lunch outdoors.Joining her in the picturesque setting of Windsor Great Park on the edge of Berkshire are Robert Szewczy…
 
Hello and welcome to the MAW-LUKUTINEJ PODCAST. Maw-lukutinej is a Mi'kmaw phrase that means let's work together. Series three of this podcast is a discussion that focuses primarily on a recent article by Justin Brake, exploring the ethics of Indigenous ancestry and claiming Indigenous identity. In this episode, Justin, Ivan J, and I discuss the pe…
 
Hello and welcome to the MAW-LUKUTINEJ PODCAST. Maw-lukutinej is a Mi'kmaw phrase that means let's work together. Series three of this podcast is a discussion that focuses primarily on a recent article by Justin Brake, exploring the ethics of Indigenous ancestry and claiming Indigenous identity. In this episode, we discuss consultation, Indigenous …
 
Hello and welcome to the MAW-LUKUTINEJ PODCAST. Maw-lukutinej is a Mi'kmaw phrase that means let's work together. Series three of this podcast is a discussion that focuses primarily on a recent article by Justin Brake, exploring the ethics of Indigenous ancestry and claiming Indigenous identity. In this episode, we share our respective positionalit…
 
Hello and welcome to the MAW-LUKUTINEJ PODCAST. Maw-lukutinej is a Mi'kmaw phrase that means let's work together. Series three of this podcast is a discussion that focuses primarily on a recent article by Justin Brake, exploring the ethics of Indigenous ancestry and claiming Indigenous identity. In this episode, Justin Brake, Ivan J White, and Kell…
 
William Ryan is the author of historical crime fiction novels, including the Captain Korolev series. William joins us on the pod to talk about his latest project, the Writers' & Artists' Guide To How To Write. It's a nuts-and-bolts framework for writing a book, avoiding common mistakes and asking yourself the right questions up front. Meanwhile we …
 
With the help of storytellers, publishers, the Seven Stories archives, and experts from Newcastle university, the first episode of Whose Stories? explores why it’s so important for children to read diverse books and why we need more Black Brits in every aspect of children’s literature. We’ll head over to Seven Stories Museum to talk about their aim…
 
Learning of his Mi’kmaw ancestry came as a surprise to Justin Brake, who always considered himself a Newfoundlander. What might it mean, he asks, to ethically explore the question of his identity? Kelly Anne Butler and Ivan J White sit down with Justin Brake to discuss his article, titled KTAQMKUK, published in ISSUE 80 of Maisonneuve. Read it HERE…
 
From Mumbai childhood to pioneering London chef, Mr Todiwala's Life Through Food; a story involving the legendary dish Bombay Duck and an important connection with Freddie Mercury.After years spent cooking in India, first at the prestigious Taj Mahal hotel and then in Goa, Cyrus Todiwala moved to London with his wife Pervin and created one of the m…
 
Award-winning poet and short story writer Jen Campbell is on the pod to discuss her prolific work in children's fiction, non-fiction and poetry as well as how she built an online platform for her writing across YouTube, Patreon, a podcast and more. Jen's tips on being productive (and forgiving yourself when you're not) and how to make the internet …
 
The Food Programme first met Iain Broadley and Ally Jaffee in 2017, when they were studying medicine in Bristol. The pair saw a disconnect between the rise of diet-related diseases, and the training they received around nutrition - with some students getting as little as eight hours of compulsory nutrition education during their entire time at medi…
 
Logistics is the hottest industry to be in right now , according to my guest Mudasar Mohamed, Co-Founder & COO of Ezyhaul. Ezyhaul is a logistics tech startup based in India and South East Asia. They are on a mission to transform transportation logistics by building an ecosystem around shippers, truckers, government agencies, and third party servic…
 
Something of a minisode this week, as Steph and Simon pick their favourite podcast episodes since lockdown began in the UK in March 2020. They also dive into the International Literature Showcase, which next week reveals its new list of unmissable writers courtesy of Kei Miller! Let's do some links: Discover 50 umissable writers at the Internationa…
 
Eating with our eyes is no new concept, but can visual art itself inspire or alter the way we eat? and can food be used to help more people appreciate art? Jaega Wise meets artist, curator and gastronomy enthusiast Cedar Lewisohn to see his collection of artist's cookbooks, and hears how influential they have been. At Tate Modern, the idea of wanti…
 
If everything is going digital why not theatre? Today I speak to Shreyas Talpade, actor , director , producer and now he is entering the exciting world of entrepreneurship building India's first ever streaming platform dedicated to Theatre and Performing Arts called Nine Rasa. This platform gives you access to several hours of plays, skits, story-t…
 
Joe Michael Straczynski is the creator of influential science fiction classic Babylon 5; he has worked extensively for Marvel and DC comics, was nominated for a BAFTA for his screenplay Changeling, directed by Clint Eastwood; co-created Sense8 with the Wachowskis for Netflix; worked on the screenplay for the first Thor movie, helping to shape what …
 
In this episode, we return to the conversation with myself, Arlene White, Kelly Vodden and Brady Reid to end this series. We discuss engaged research, who benefits, in what ways, and why it’s important to understand that a community has a choice to participate in ways that are in line with their own priorities and context.…
 
In this episode, we meet dr. Raymond Thomas, an associate professor in the school of science and the environment at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University. Dr. Thomas is joined by Mi’kmaw guide Ivan White Sr., Ivan J. White Jr., and Brady Reid to discuss Maw-lukutinej in practice. Dr. Thomas and Ivan White Sr. collaborated to study lipids in the meat…
 
In this episode, we meet Elder Dr. Calvin White who shares historical and contemporary collaborations with academics, the lasting effects, the knowledge gained and the importance of trust and empowerment of community. We then meet Dr. Stephen Decker who explains how and why non-indigenous researchers and in particular graduate student supervisors c…
 
Tom Kerridge is probably best known as the first chef in the UK to be awarded two prestigious Michelin stars for food served in a pub, not even a year after opening 'The Hand and Flowers' in Marlow in Buckinghamshire in 2005. Then he was in his early thirties; Known, in the business, for his hard work ethic and hard partying.Today, he's given up th…
 
Making it easier and cheaper for e-rickshaw drivers to earn a livelihood. Today my guest is Varun Goenka, CEO & Co-Founder of ChargeUp. Charge-up offers the simple solution of Battery as a Service (BAAS) to a growing community of 2.4 million E-Rickshaws. The company enables the e-rickshaw drivers to join the service without any upfront costs. By su…
 
Jessie Greengrass is on the pod to discuss her latest novel The High House. Jessie is an award-winning writer and was selected by Elif Shafak for the 2019 International Literature Showcase. Asking the questions is Vicki Maitland. Meanwhile, Simon and Steph look back at the City of Literature festival (which you can catch up on here: http://national…
 
In this dialogue I speak to Bronwyn Lace, perhaps best known as the animateur, and now co-director, of the Centre for the Less Good Idea in Johannesburg, but who is also a visual artist with specificity, responsiveness and performativity as central concerns in her practice. We explore all these aspects of her rich engagement with performance and vi…
 
Dan Saladino looks at covid's impact on food in India and the heroic efforts underway to feed communities. Lockdowns and job losses have disrupted access to food in this country of 1.4 billion people. A further 400,000 covid cases are being reported on a daily basis and 300,000 deaths have been recorded so far. For much of the world the pandemic ha…
 
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