Welcome to my podcast about hope! This week is about life, death and everything in between. Whilst writing my book, I thought and spoke with people a lot about we maintain hope in the face of death, and my first guests to discuss this massive subject are the brilliant Antonia Beck and Lucy Nicholls, creators of The Death Show.
Antonia and Lucy created a theatre show and a podcast to explore their own death anxiety and "to better understand our often difficult relationships with death and dying ... and discover why talking about death is ultimately life affirming".
We discuss how in the face of the certainty of death how hope can be possible , about how if how you have a fear the best policy might be to walk towards it , and the importance of hope which allows us "to keep trying, to keep going, to carry on" . We also talk about Sisyphus, animals, getting to know our neighbours better and the joy of small pleasures.
This whole first series was recorded in Deptford, SE London, during the lock down.
You can find out more about their work here
They are also on twitter @The_Death_Show, insta @the_death_show and facebook @thedeathshowbham
My book "How To Be Hopeful" published by Elliot and Thompson is due out September 2020. This podcast series is a chance for me to chat again to some of the people who I interviewed for the book, as well as some people who I didn't have the chance to. I hope you enjoy it.
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