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How To Be Hopeful Season 1 Episode 9- Our Future Cities Will Be Forests Too

Welcome to my podcast about hope. This week is about hope in relation to architecture, and the future of urban environments.

I spoke with the amazing Peter Culley (Spatial Affairs Bureau), an architect/urbanist/naturalist based in UK and US. We chatted about architecture in connection to  stories, poetry, peace, calm, and beauty. We discussed the soul of buildings, and Peter’s wonderful idea of replacing the conventional “urban overlay” with a “forest overlay”- so our cities are full of trees and mud and insects. Peter shares the incredible story of the project in Memphis he was involved with, transforming an abandoned Sears building, and the importance of not tearing everything down but working with what exists, because :” It takes 100 years for a place to get its soul back if you remove everything and start again”. We talked about the effect of COVID and how the “shock of quiet, the shock of calm, the shock of birdsong” reminds us that “the world beyond humans is absolutely fine”  and that “It takes something as serious as this situation to allow radical changes to happen”

 

Peter and his company the Spatial Affairs Bureau can be found on twitter and insta @spatialaffairs

Or via their website www.spatialaffairsbureau.com  

 

More soon!

Love Bernadette

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. 

You can find me here www.bernadetterussell.com

twitter @betterussell insta @bernadetterussell 

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/bernadetterussellwrites/ 

 

 

How To Be Hopeful Season 1 Episode 8- Death is not the enemy of hope

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

http://thedeathshow.co.uk/about-us/ 

They are also on twitter @The_Death_Show, insta @the_death_show and facebook @thedeathshowbham

and more about Death Cafes here:https://deathcafe.com 

More soon!

Love Bernadette

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. 

You can find me here www.bernadetterussell.com

twitter @betterussell insta @bernadetterussell 

facebook https://www.facebook.com/bernadetterussellwrites/ 

How To Be Hopeful Season 1 Episode 7- Mental Health Awareness Week- Hope is Kindness

Welcome to my podcast about hope!

This week I speak with Ben Hogbin, a facilitator for the Wellness Recovery Action Programme about his work. We chat about hope and kindness and where we can find and maintain hope in difficult times.

This whole first series was recorded in Deptford, SE London, during the lock down.

You can find out more about  Ben's work here: 

 https://www.discoverwellness.co.uk 

he's also on twitter @Discover_Well, insta @discover_wellness_ and facebook @discover_wellness_

 

and more about mental health awareness week here:

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week 

and more about WRAP here: https://mentalhealthrecovery.com/wrap-is/ 

More soon!

Love Bernadette

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. 

You can find me here www.bernadetterussell.com

twitter @betterussell insta @bernadetterussell 

facebook https://www.facebook.com/bernadetterussellwrites/ 

How To Be Hopeful Season 1 Episode 6- The Secret Weapon Is Joy

Welcome to my podcast about hope!

This week I speak with Dominic Campbell about hope and getting and being older. We speak about the joy and fun that can be found in later life, about how we can “fall in love with our older selves”, the importance of language and the transformative power of the arts. There’s also an excerpt from a singalong from a sheltered housing unit in Lewisham, with ukulele from the wonderful Carys Lewis.

This whole first series was recorded in Deptford, SE London, during the lock down.

Dominic Campbell is an  inaugural Atlantic Fellow for Equity and Brain Health at the Global Brain Health Institute a project between Trinity College Dublin and University College Southern California an ambitious worldwide program seeking social and public health solutions to reduce the scale and adverse impact of dementia. He was the Bealtaine Festival’s Director in Ireland for eight years.

If you'd like to find out more about Dominic and his projects go here:

www.creativeaginginternational.com  

You can find out more about Carys Lewis here: https://www.mandy.com/actor/profile/carys-lewis  

More soon!

Love Bernadette

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. 

You can find me here www.bernadetterussell.com

twitter @betterussell insta @bernadetterussell 

facebook https://www.facebook.com/bernadetterussellwrites/ 

 

How To Be Hopeful Season One Episode 5- Tiny Revolutions

What is a "tiny revolution"? Find out here!

Hello and welcome to  "How To Be Hopeful" - a non fiction podcast about why hope is important, and how to find and nurture hope particularly in difficult times. Its about finding hope for ourselves, our communities and the world, and about exploring all the ways we can do this.

This whole first series was recorded in Deptford, SE London, during the lock down. In this one I chat with the amazing Stella Duffy, who does many wonderful things including being co-director of Fun Palaces, an annual festival of creativity in the community. They say: "We believe in the genius in everyone, in everyone an artist and everyone a scientist, and that creativity in community can change the world for the better.

Stella and I chatted about connectivity, the importance of play, the "people in the community who are doing amazing things day in day out and always have been... " and her project #tinyrevolution

 

If you'd like to find out more about Stella and Fun Palaces go here:

https://funpalaces.co.uk 

 
 

More soon!

Love Bernadette

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. 

You can find me here www.bernadetterussell.com

twitter @betterussell insta @bernadetterussell 

facebook https://www.facebook.com/bernadetterussellwrites/ 

WONDER episode 2- original stories read aloud from Revelation Ashford

Happy Beltane!

We have been working with the lovely team at Revelation Ashford during lockdown to create a little bit of wonder..... since we won't able to do a live show until later in the year, we're sharing a taste of what we've been up to online to keep you entertained at home.

Make yourself a cuppa or something stronger and join us in Wonderland!  We've created a series of short story podcasts to help us all get through these strange days.  Featuring the work of local writers and read aloud by the team at White Rabbit, here for your listening pleasure.

This is the second of  four podcasts in the series that will be broadcast here on the first of each month, you'll also be able to search for them on iTunes and Youtube.  We'll send you a reminder each month, and you can follow us here to ensure you don't miss any 
 

This second one was recorded during lock down in Deptford on 1st May 2020.

WONDER Episode Two

Track one: Sea of Wonder by Ranna Sillard

Story one: "Roger" by  Malcom Dixon. Read by Bernadette Russell

Track two: "The Wonder of a Child" by Edgar Hopp

Story two: "Granny Takes A Trip" By Bella Basura. Read by Gareth Brierley

Track three: "It's a Wonder" by Headlund

Coming up! 

1 JUNE:

"Wonder Man" by Zac Thraves
"Wonder"  by Fiona O'Brien
 

1 JULY:

"The Women On The Bus" by Jo Tandy
"OK, Daddy-long-legs and the Infinite Web" by Niamh Bagnell
"Heaven Sent" by Sue McGonigal NO! Susan Hndley??

This new work has been made possible thanks to the funding partners of Revelation which are: Ashford Borough Council, Arts Council England, Kent County Council and The Godinton Trust.

How To Be Hopeful Season One Episode Four “If I Can’t Dance I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution”

Hello and welcome to  "How To Be Hopeful" - a non fiction podcast about why hope is important, and how to find and nurture hope particularly in difficult times. Its about finding hope for ourselves, our communities and the world, and about exploring all the ways we can do this.

This fourth episode was recorded in Deptford, SE London, during the lock down. In it I chat with choreographer, dancer and all round wonder woman, Natasha Khamjani, co-artistic director of Folk Dance Remixed, about how and why dancing is good for us and how we should all "get on our dancing shoes". Natasha has been dancing on her doorstep with neighbours and teaching family street battles- initiating loads of amazing and inspiring creative responses  in the last few weeks. 

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. 

If you'd like to find out more about Natasha go here:

Check out #FolkdanceremixedFridays - spreading JOY & LAUGHTER online here: https://youtu.be/tjLbEBtZ6rM

www.folkdanceremixed.com
Facebook -FOLKDANCEREMIXED
Insta @folkdanceremixed
 
Also check out #danceonyourdoorstep
Natasha has been getting her street dancing with her performing neighbours Ruth & Bex! 
 
@natashakhamjaniartist
 
Natasha's Family Street Dance Battle created for the Southbank Centre is here: https://youtu.be/NZsSQOl6Jnc
 

More soon!

Love Bernadette

You can find me here www.bernadetterussell.com

twitter @betterussell insta @bernadetterussell 

facebook https://www.facebook.com/bernadetterussellwrites/ 

How To Be Hopeful- Season 1 Episode 3- Looking After Ourselves

Hello and welcome to my new podcast series. "How To Be Hopeful" is a non fiction podcast about why hope is important, and how to find and nurture hope particularly in difficult times. Its about finding hope for ourselves, our communities and the world, and about exploring all the ways we can do this.

This third episode was recorded in Deptford, SE London, during the COVID 19 lock down and focuses on how we can take care of ourselves during this stressful time.

This episode includes an interview with Kate Baily-  co-founder of Love Sober, a certified Life and Personal Performance Coach and author, specialising in mindset and wellness coaching, holistic recovery from AUD and radical self care.

The series is about how appreciation and gratitude can make us feel happier. It's about making sure we hold on to what we gained and learned from this experience, and about the opportunity we have to create a better world once it is over. 

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. 

More soon!

Love Bernadette

You can find me here www.bernadetterussell.com

and you can find out more about Kate here https://www.lovesober.com 

How To Be Hopeful- Season One Episode 2 -Evelyn Community Store

Hello and welcome to my new podcast series. How To Be Hopeful is a non fiction podcast about why hope is important, and how to find and nurture hope particularly in difficult times. Its about finding hope for ourselves, our communities and the world, and about exploring all the ways we can do this.

This second episode was recorded in Deptford, SE London, during the COVID 19 lock down and includes an interview with Dawn Atkinson who co-runs the Evelyn Community Store a resident-led membership organisation which works with national charity FareShare. Good quality surplus food is collected from supermarkets and redistributed it to the store and other community groups.

The series is about how appreciation and gratitude can make us feel happier. It's about making sure we hold on to what we gained and learned from this experience, and about the opportunity we have to create a better world once it is over. 

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. 

More soon!

Love Bernadette

Are You Sitting Comfortably - Episode 1

Welcome to our short story podcast series "Are You Sitting Comfortably?"

Between 2008 and 2018 we at White Rabbit produced, hosted, performed and wrote for our monthly sellout live literature salon "ARE YOU SITTING COMFORTABLY?". We showcased  over 1000 writers work as well as our own, and were resident at Arts Admin (Toynbee Studios in East London) , and at The Basement in Brighton. During that time we also created one off live lit salons for other venues including the National Theatre, Thames Festival, Islington WORD Festival, the Queen's Jubilee celebrations  and Winchester Discover Centre.  

In this podcast we will feature two new stories a week from two of the co-founders of ARE YOU SITTING COMFORTABLY? Bernadette Russell and Gareth Brierley. 

Episode 1:

THE ALLOTMENT written and read by Gareth Brierley

THE HANGMAN MEETS DEATH written and read by Bernadette Russell. We hope you enjoy them. Please leave a comment, plus subscribe and like.

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Please note that this podcast is suitable for  ADULTS ONLY 

Music © Cotton Dreams by Elm Lake. 

Artwork © by Sadie Cook

Stories Produced by Jon Ward. 

 

 

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