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20 Best British Self Help Podcasts of 2021

Are you wanting to learn more about british self help? Well you’ve come to the right place. This is a curated list of the best british self help podcasts of 2021.

We have selected these podcasts for a variety of reasons, but they are all well worth a listen. We tried to select a variety of podcasts across the spectrum from hosts with a wide breadth of experience.

Best British Self Help Podcasts 2021

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The Podcast Accelerator

  • Publisher: Mark Asquith
  • Total Episodes: 291

Welcome to The Podcast Accelerator, the show that helps busy podcasters to grow their audience in specific, actionable ways. I’m your host Mark Asquith, that British Podcast Guy and CEO and co-founder of https://www.rebelbasemedia.io (Rebel Base Media), the podcast tech company that creates https://www.captivate.fm (Captivate.fm),https://www.podcastsuccessacademy.com (Podcast Success Academy, Podcast Websites), https://www.poductivity.com (Poductivity) & https://www.rebelbasemedia.io/studio (Rebel Base Studios). This short-form show typically runs for between 7 and 15 minutes and releases every Monday and Friday. Usually a solo show, every now and then, I’ll feature expert podcast industry guests and release bonus episodes as the podcast industry continues to grow and develop. I can’t wait for you to join me on the Podcast Accelerator, remember to tell your podcasting friends that the show is available to listen to for free in any app that supports podcasts plus YouTube, now go dive into the episodes and never forget the more you expect from yourself, the more you WILL excel! This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis: Podcorn – https://podcorn.com/privacy Podtrac – https://analytics.podtrac.com/privacy-policy-gdrp Chartable – https://chartable.com/privacy

Your Unique Brilliance Podcast with Nicola Salter

  • Publisher: Nicola Salter
  • Total Episodes: 53

Welcome to Your Unique Brilliance Podcast with a weekly fresh flow of guidance, inspirations, tips and conversations designed to help you empower your work and life effectively, create your vision, and reconnect to living your greatest diamond potential by discovering your unique brilliance for success. It is time to own your value and motivate your desire for daily excellence into a reality. Nicola Salter is British and lives in Los Angeles, she has been a life path Mentor for over 23 years and shares her personal experiences and the mentoring techniques she uses with many female entrepreneurs and women looking to create a new fulfilling career or business for themselves that balances their lifestyle with success and financial freedom. This podcast focuses on becoming your best self, discovering and expressing your voice, your truth and creating new choices.

Accented – Learn English Through Conversations

  • Publisher: Kimberley Law
  • Total Episodes: 35

How many English accents are there in the world? Let me guess; you’re thinking American, British, Australian, Canadian? And what about grammar and vocabulary? Does it change in each country you visit? Let me introduce myself: my name is Kimberley Law, and I’ve created this podcast for people to continue learning English by being exposed to multiple accents in real-life conversations. In each episode, I will interview an English speaker, and you will hear their story. I created this podcast because I don’t believe that there are enough real-world conversations for ESL learners to listen to multiple English accents. Enjoy these incredible stories, which will help your listening comprehension.

A Winning Mindset: Lessons From The Paralympics

  • Publisher: A Winning Mindset: Lessons From The Paralympics
  • Total Episodes: 22

Nominated for Best Branded Podcast at the Webby Awards and shortlisted for Best Interview Podcast at the Ambies Awards, A Winning Mindset is a fascinating journey into the minds of Paralympians, as they share experiences that can benefit your own personal and professional life.  This empowering weekly series is the official podcast of the International Paralympic Committee, in partnership with Allianz.  Each podcast will provide a platform for Para athletes to talk about their empowering and inspirational stories, sporting life and greatest achievement and enable them to showcase their personalities. The episodes will go beyond Paralympic stories by covering a range of educational, confidence and self-improvement themes.  Athletes will also tackle subjects that are close to their hearts and of interest to fans. Issues to be explored include activism, leadership, motivation, changing attitudes, overcoming failure, mental health, resilience, positivity, diversity and inclusion, body confidence, compassion, decision-making, communication, self-understanding, happiness, organisation and efficiency techniques, combining family with a sport career, parenting, the power of purpose and a personal vision, assertiveness, empathy, friendship and teamwork.  The Podcast series will also explore the progress and transformational impact made by the Paralympic Movement so far in making for a more inclusive world. We’ll understand how Para sport has helped to change attitudes, increase mobility and accessibility and create more opportunities for people with a disability whether to have an education, play sport, have access to healthcare or employment. The Paralympic podcast series is presented by British broadcaster Andy Stevenson, who has reported on the Paralympic Games since 2012 for BBC and Channel 4. Paralympic athletes that are set to feature on the show include Jonnie Peacock, Tatyana McFadden and Bebe Vio. 

The London Necropolis Railway

  • Publisher: LNR Podcast
  • Total Episodes: 8

The London Necropolis Railway is an original, full cast audio drama podcast that premiered in fall 2018. The story takes place in London’s underground system where an organisation called The London Necropolis Railway moves the souls of the dead out of London to avoid the city getting overrun with hauntings. Barney works at the LNR, he’s one of the ghouls whose job it is to ensure that the souls end up on the trains that take them to the hereafter. He is bored with his job and tired of his endless existence when one day a soul refuses get on the train. The soul, a private investigator named Agnes, convinces Barney to help her catch the demon she was hunting when she died. Together they have to confront his boss, the demon that wants them dead, and even death itself. The show is is inspired by the real London Necropolis Railway which was active from the middle of the 1800s to the middle of the 1900s. It was a train line that moved dead bodies out of London to a cemetery 40 minutes outside of the city. The BBC has called it ‘the spookiest, strangest train line in British history.’ The podcast is part of denandrasidan.se – a project based in Sweden that uses fiction to tackle difficult themes such as death, suicide, and existential questions in a way that makes them approachable for young people.The goal is to create platforms online that can both encourage young people to share their thoughts and emotions around the subject, and to show them that they are not alone in their experiences. CAST Alex Lawther as Barney Olga Amelia Silkina as Agnes Charlie Vero-Martin as Siobhan Connor Jones as the Head Collector Patrik Karlson as Peter CREW Writer and Director: Hillevi Gustafson Sound designer: Mathias Schlegel Producer: Amanda Romare First Assistant Director: Adina Romare Production Assistant: Maja Lindberg LNR is made possible by the support of Allmänna Arvsfonden, Region Skånes Sociala Investeringsfond, and BoostHbg.

Show Yourself Mr. Jasmine!

  • Publisher: Tom, Chris, and Pete
  • Total Episodes: 16

Three fully-grown British men who should know better bringing you news, facts, truths, lies, jingles, self-help, witty repartee, nonsense, laughably ill-informed discussions, amateur production values and everything in between. You’re going to love Show Yourself Mr. Jasmine!

As a Man Thinketh by James Allen

  • Publisher: Loyal Books
  • Total Episodes: 8

“A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts,” is one of the quotes from James Allen’s classic self help books, As a Man Thinketh. Published in 1902, it provides many more such insightful concepts on the power of thought and its effect on a human being’s personality and behavior. This volume is more of a literary essay than a complete book and its title is based on a Biblical proverb, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Taking this piece of ancient wisdom further, James Allen explores the far-reaching effects of the inner workings of a person’s mind and motivation. He proposes that projecting one’s own desires, goals and needs in the outer world can provide clues to a person’s character. Thinking and the subconscious mind are assumed to be hidden from the outside world, and hence powerless to change the course of events or circumstances of one’s life. However, in this book, Allen presents ideas that can harness this subterranean force and bend our lives to our will if we so choose. James Allen was a British writer who wrote mostly about everyday philosophy for the lay person and was in a sense, a pioneer of the self help movement. His books and poems were inspirational pieces, meant to help people realize their own powers and take charge of their lives rather than being mere tools in the hands of destiny. Born in a working class family in Leicester, England, Allen and his younger brother grew up in straitened circumstances. His father, a factory worker, traveled to America in search of a better job, but was tragically attacked and killed by criminals in New York. James, the older son, was compelled to leave school and seek work back in England. He found employment as a secretary to a stationer and later worked as a journalist. He later discovered a deep and enduring interest in spiritual matters when he began working as a writer with a magazine devoted to spiritual themes. His first book From Poverty to Power was published in 1901. Subsequently, he also launched his own spiritual magazine. As a Man Thinketh was his third and most famous book. It became an instant bestseller and the sales of this tiny volume were so great that they allowed Allen and his family to retire to the country, buy a house and live in relative comfort for the rest of their life. The book’s language is very simple and the message presented here will certainly provide a basis for further thought and meditation.

South! The Story of Shackleton’s Last Expedition 1914-1917 by Ernest Shackleton

  • Publisher: Loyal Books
  • Total Episodes: 37

The expedition was given the grand title of The Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. Due to be launched in 1914, two ships were to be employed. The first, the lead vessel, fittingly named the Endurance was to transport the team to the Weddell Sea from where the great explorer Ernest Shackleton and five others would cross the icy wastes of Antarctica on foot. The second ship, the Aurora was to approach the continent from the other side and put down supplies at various points to help the explorers. The nearly 3000 km expedition was funded largely on the strength of Shackleton’s formidable reputation. Many private individuals contributed along with some funds from the British government. However, the shadow of war was looming across Europe. The expedition also included more than 70 dogs who were kept in the charge of an experienced veterinary doctor. However, the Endurance soon ran into problems. Within a month of its departure, it hit an ice floe and was completely trapped in frozen ice. It began to drift northwards, dashing Shackleton’s hopes of an early culmination. South! The Story of Shackleton’s Last Expedition 1914-1917 by Ernest Shackleton is a brilliant portrayal of this doomed enterprise told by the leader himself. What makes the book so interesting is Shackleton’s own matter of fact courage and his extreme sense of responsibility for his crew. The book which was published long after the actual events took place, was released just a year before Shackleton’s death. His physical and mental health were completely broken and the outbreak of war had also taken its toll. Though he suffered from serious ill-health, he insisted on being conscripted and also undertook several diplomatic missions on behalf of the British Government. He was an extremely charismatic figure, worshipped by his crew members and deeply admired by statesmen like Winston Churchill. He died of a heart attack in the South Georgia Islands near South America and he was buried there on the request of his wife. This was indeed a fitting end to his life, “on a island far from civilization, surrounded by stormy tempestuous seas and in the vicinity of one of his great exploits,” as his physician noted in his personal diary. South… is mainly compiled from the logs of the Endurance and the Aurora, with plenty of observations and descriptions by Shackleton himself. The harsh and terrible beauty of the snowy continent are wonderfully and passionately described. For readers who love the drama of an expedition to the least known ends of the earth, led by a figure of such heroic proportions, this is indeed a great read.

Eve Elite Tarot

  • Publisher: Transformation Talk Radio
  • Total Episodes: 187

Mainstream Metaphysics Radio – Harnessing the Power of the Universe for Happier Living Thursdays 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern – live On-Air Readings! Intuitive since birth, Eve has been providing insight for decades to those at crossroads. Her work has included personal matchmaking for single professionals, crisis intervention with police units, outreach for those dealing with terminal illness, and strategy consulting for nonprofit organizations. Eve s readings are positive, optimistic, and empowering. She sees herself not as a predictor of specific events, but rather as an intuitive life coach with all the power remaining in the client s hands. She helps them unlock the answers inside themselves regarding life paths they are taking, choices they are making, and decisions they are considering. In Eve s hands, there is nothing scary about a tarot card reading as it serves only as an aid to help clients achieve optimal happiness and success. With an education and background in business, Eve is skilled in working with business professionals, organizational leaders and brand visionaries. Eve has helped guide professionals at all levels, from lawyers to CEOs, small-business owners to non-profit advocates, as well as athletes to celebrities. Educated in part overseas in England, Eve has a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and is a member of the American Tarot Association, Tarot Association (UK), Tarot Association of the British Isles, and the Capital Tarot Society. Eve is honored to be featured in the book, “Top 50 Psychics” by Jennifer Diamond

IELTS Improvement

  • Publisher: Jamie Bramson Grant
  • Total Episodes: 10

This podcast will help you to familiarise yourself with the IELTS, focusing on speaking and writing. It will help you to improve your performance by providing useful advice, tips, and strategies taken from real life IELTS classes. My name is Jamie, I’m a former IELTS examiner. I was a specialist IELTS teacher at the British Council, helping numerous students get their required band scores. I was then an academic English tutor for King’s College London and UCL. I have completed a masters’ level qualification from the University of Cambridge (DELTA) with a specialism in IELTS writing.

Mike Speed | React Radio UK Show | www.reactradio.uk | Underground & Oldskool Beats

  • Publisher: Mike Speed
  • Total Episodes: 97

Hi my name is DJ Mike Speed, I’m 47 and live in West Yorkshire near Leeds. I’ve been dj’ing since about 1986. Started off in a youth club playing all kinds of stuff, but early acid house, hip house and classic british hip hop kept appearing in the mix, this is when I started to collect 12″ vinyl with my twin brother, there was the odd bit of cheese added at times! In the late part of 1991 we both got shows on the local pirate radio station Wacky FM, I played 9 while midnight every Friday night and also dj’ed with my brother on a sunday morning. We transformed Wacky FM in to a all dance music station nothing like this was being played like this in our area, a longtime before the likes of Kiss FM yorkshire. I also played a regular show on sister station Unique FM in Huddersfield. After a number of DTI raids, it was time to call it a day in 1995. I was mainly playing Oldskool Hardcore, Jungle, Rave, Early Techno and some Commercial Dance. I’d been mixing on all different types of belt driven decks until I bought a pair of Technics in 1995, I always admit the belt driven decks did help me out on my mixing, but the Technics helped me so much. My music tastes were changing around this time too, delving in to more Uplifting House & and the Harder Piano tunes after starting to go to the ARK nights in Leeds. In 1996 I got a slot in a club, Eruptions, playing alongside some great Dj’s including Steve Lugi, Leeds Gallery veteran until 1999. My music was getting harder, playing the very early Hard House sounds & Uplifting House, developing in to a Funky Hard house / Hard house sound with the odd bit of Edgier Harder Trance. I pretty much kept this style until around 2003 doing the odd club gig and loads of house party’s. In 2003 I decided to start collecting Oldskool Hardcore, Jungle, Acid, Rave and hip house tunes in digital format & the odd bit of vinyl still. I know do mainly house party’s & concentrate on doing good classic sets. I also keep up to date with all kinds of different trends of electronic music & dip in to all kinds of different styles. I’m in to all kinds of music technology, including Tracktor & Ableton Live (currently in learning!). I’ve also started mixing digitally too. Also dj’ed on Renegade Radio for 4 years & Phatt 100Fm in Huddersfield for 2 years. I’ve been playing again at Oldskool Events over the last 12 years, mostly on vinyl and recently mastered CDJ’s. Played on the same line-ups as Seb Fontaine (Radio 1), Paul Bleasdale (Cream), Alex P, Rob Tissera, Vertigo, DJ Sy, Andy Farley, Altern8, K-Klass, Dream Frequency to name a few :). A few events I’ve played for are Rejuvenation – Leeds, Joy – Leeds, Quench, and resident for Free2Dance in Preston. A dream come true! I’m the main driving force behind React Radio Uk | Underground & Oldskool Beats | 24-7, Catch me on www.reactradio.uk | Friday Night Live | 8-10pm | Alternate. If you fancy a show on the radio, contact me on [email protected] ALSO, Mike Speed’s Dance History sets will be back very soon in the form of studio mixes, it’s all about the classics, check out the Phatt 100 Fm mixes on MixCloud already. A bit about myself, I’m Freelance in Packaging Design, Design & Advertising, and also do lots of design work for events. FINALLY, more live sets from the club scene & house party’s will hopefully be appearing on my Mixcloud page! So…. keep it locked! Please leave any nice comments & share, share, share!!! Links | dj mike speed 

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Premiership Rugby Podcast

  • Publisher: Premiership Rugby
  • Total Episodes: 2

Stories from inspiring young people who have benefitted from learning about rugby and its values to help put them on a better path in life.Journalist Nick Heath hears from some of the remarkable people who have been helped by HITZ, Premiership Rugby’s award-winning education and employability programme as they attend the 2019 HITZ Awards in London, as well as speaking to the evening’s host, former England and British & Irish Lions winger, Ugo Monye.In 11 years, the programme has now supported more than 15,000 young people to make positive changes in their lives, raise their aspirations and enhance their futures. In this podcast, join Nick to hear for yourself the inspirational stories and the tireless work of all of our Premiership Rugby clubs in using rugby to inspire hard-to-reach young people across England.For more information on HITZ in your area: https://www.premiershiprugby.com/community/hitz/Premiership Rugby: https://www.premiershiprugby.com

Divine Companion, The by ALLEN, James

  • Publisher: LibriVox
  • Total Episodes: 6

James Allen was a British philosophical writer known for his inspirational books and poetry and as a pioneer of the self-help movement. In the introduction Lily Allen writes: “It cannot be said of this book that James Allen wrote it at any particular time or in any one year, for he was engaged in it over many years and those who have eyes to see and hearts to understand will find in its pages the spiritual history of his life. It was his own wish that The Divine Companion should be the last manuscript of his to be published. ‘It is the story of my soul,’ he said, ‘and should be read last of all my books, so that the student may understand and find my message in its pages.'” (Summary by Wikipedia and Lily Allen)

According to Promise, or The Lord’s Method of Dealing with His Chosen People by SPURGEON, Charles H.

  • Publisher: LibriVox
  • Total Episodes: 20

Charles Haddon (C.H.) Spurgeon (19 June 1834 – 31 January 1892) was a British Particular Baptist preacher and is still known today as the “Prince of Preachers”. He was a strong figure in the Reformed Baptist tradition, defending the Church in agreement with the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith understanding, and opposing the liberal and pragmatic theological tendencies in the Church of his day. In his lifetime, Spurgeon preached to around 10 million people, often up to ten times each week at different places. In this series of devotionals, he challenges each of us to examine our own heart to make sure our faith is solidly grounded, to count the cost, and to experience the promise of grace. “It would be very difficult to say how far a man may go in religion, and yet die in his sins; how much he may look like an heir of heaven, and yet be a child of wrath. Many unconverted men have a belief which is similar to faith, and yet it is not true faith. The life of God within the soul creates an infinite difference between the man who has it and the man who has it not; and the point is, to make sure that we have this life. I desire to help my reader in the business of self-examination. I would have him go further than examination, and attain to such abundance of grace that his holy and happy state shall become a witness to himself. No man can lose by honestly searching his own heart.” (Summary by WYSIWYG, MaryAnn and Charles Spurgeon)

Firmware: Proxy

  • Publisher:
  • Total Episodes: 52

Isaac Sarason is a skilled hacker formerly employed by British Telecom-Sprint. With his health failing, Isaac did the only thing he could think of: He ran. He found a haven in a working class district of the City known as Little Russia. There Isaac took on a new name: Ishmael. Within hours of his arrival, he was embroiled in the affairs of a brutal member of the Lomidze organized crime family known as Leo. Convinced by a longtime friend, Frankie, to flee from his commitments to the Lomidze family, Isaac found himself hunted by the ruthless Leo. On a rooftop, far from witnesses, Leo murdered Frankie. Only through the use of his skills as a hacker was Isaac able to drive Leo off. Now wounded, alone, and far from help, Isaac depends of the kindness of strangers. What do you do when the only way to save those you love is through the use of Proxies? First Serialized by Colbyjack.net.

Stay Fit with Diana

  • Publisher: Diana
  • Total Episodes: 1

Created to give you key tools to help you de-stress, drive, confidence and mood. PTSD Beautiful Trauma 2.0 is all about coping skills and relaxation resources. Quickly relieve stress with free relaxation scripts and audio downloads, and self-help techniques. **Spoiler ** in March 2020, Prince Harry, or just Harry, published a platform for Mental Fitness called “Headfit for Life”. It was addressed in particular to military personnel in order to help them to keep their mind trained, and fit, to reach their potential. My veteran friend D. told me that it was not helpful for him. He’s been a RAF engineer for many years, and he needs to soothe his brain more often (he sleeps three hours per night). A method called Mindfulness/Sophrology is now used in the British military schools, and french hospitals, but it’s not working for everybody. In case it’s teasing you, and you want to give a try, I am using my breathing techniques and my voice to guide you. In lock down, I find it more playful than doing it by yourself, especially, if you don’t have a clou of what we are talking about. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to your first free course in Meditation. It all started in a Veteran Day… x

Relationship Wellness for Life

  • Publisher: Annie Storm
  • Total Episodes: 5

Hello and Welcome to my Relationship wellness for life podcast! My name is Annie, and Relationship Wellness for Life is my healing practice located in Victoria, British Columbia. My main focus in this podcast is relationship wellness, in which I blend life coaching, communication strategies, breathing, mindfulness, meditation and sacred touch. I am dedicated to the wholeness of self, bringing together your mind, body and spirit in a harmonious and fulfilling way. My vision is for every person to feel cherished and empowered to live their lives authentically, with deeper intimacy and heartening relationships. It has been an exciting and engaging experience to bring these skills into my practice, I want to help empower you to be mindful of every interaction with others, to connect with love and understanding, and to improve your relationship with yourself and others.

The Mind Reinvention Show

  • Publisher: Johnny Jameson
  • Total Episodes: 18

Take Back Control Of Your Life! If you’re ready to harness the power of your thoughts, feelings, and actions, and achieve the extraordinary life that you were born to live, you’ve come to the right place my friend. The Mind Reinvention Show is a Peak Performance Mindset and Transformation Podcast. This transformational show delivers to you bite-sized, fluff-free episodes every single Monday, with action steps for you to apply to your own life at the end of each episode. Start the week ahead feeling empowered, inspired and motivated, so that you can achieve your desired goals far faster and far more effectively. Hosted by Subconscious Transformation Coach, Performance Specialist and British Army Veteran, Johnny Jameson. After suffering from the effects of war for many years, I set out on my own transformational journey – to get my finances, my career, my health and relationships back on track and to a place far better off than they had ever been. What motivated me to start this podcast was a deep desire to share with others the tips and tricks that I have discovered in my own self-development journey. To explain the fundamental truths to living a happier, healthier and more prosperous life. Every episode we will take a new topic and dissect it for you in 15 minutes or less, I value your time which is why I’ve kept the episodes short and sweet but still packed full of value, insights and inspiration. I hope you enjoy the show and it helps to enable you to reinvent your own life from the inside out. So that you can achieve your desired goals faster and live the extraordinary life that you were born to live. Every one of us deserves to live a happy, healthy and fulfilled life. Check it out! For more guidance and inspiration throughout the week, follow Johnny on Instagram @Mind_Reinvention

The Men from the Ministry

  • Publisher: Entertainment Radio
  • Total Episodes: 152

The series was about lazy, bungling, incompetent civil servants, "Number One" – Roland Hamilton-Jones (Wilfrid Hyde-White) and later Deryck Lennox-Brown (Deryck Guyler), "Number Two" – Richard Lamb (Richard Murdoch), with their dim, typo-prone, teenage secretary, Mildred Murfin (Norma Ronald), all watched-over by the lecherous, pompous, self-seeking Permanent Under-Secretary Sir Gregory Pitkin (Roy Dotrice and later Ronald Baddiley), all members of the British Civil Service based in Whitehall. The stories centered on their General Assistance Department (analogous to the "Department of Administrative Affairs" in the later Yes Minister), which helps other governmental departments. Instead of assistance, the department creates mix-ups, misunderstandings and cock-ups that lead to a telling-off from Sir Gregory, who sees his 'hard earned' Civil Service career and pension disappearing.

The Thunder Mutters

  • Publisher: Becky Dellow/Adam Horovitz
  • Total Episodes: 17

The Thunder Mutters is a podcast in love with music, and with the music of words. Presented fortnightly by poet Adam Horovitz and fiddle player Becky Dellow, it takes its name from the poem by John Clare. We will be exploring the connections between music and poetry, concentrating for the first year of the podcast on Clare’s ‘The Shepherd’s Calendar’ and on the tunes Clare gathered. Every month, we will bring you the appropriate section of the Calendar interspersed with relevant tunes that Clare himself collected and likely played. We will be discussing the provenance of the tunes and leavening the academic with a healthy dose of poetry and music in performance. In the weeks in between, we will present shorter shows exploring the works of the Romantic poets and others from the 18th and 19th centuries, again always interweaving tunes that the poets themselves might have heard or played amongst the poems and conversation. Having said that we will be presenting poets and tunes from the 18th and 19th centuries, it is very much our intention to also invite living poets and musicians to respond to the work of the poems and tunes we present. We believe that music and poetry are perhaps the best ways of holding an on-going conversation with our ancestors and our descendants, and are keen to find ways of furthering that conversation through The Thunder Mutters. We hope that you enjoy this podcast. If you do, we hope you might be inspired to subscribe and contribute to our Patreon in some small way, to help mitigate the costs of producing the show, (https://patreon.com/thethundermutters) and that you will consider following us on Facebook (fb.me/thethundermutters) and/or Twitter (https://twitter.com/ThunderMutters) If you enjoy the shows, we’d love to hear from you. Becky Dellow is an experienced and versatile fiddle player who fuses fiddle traditions from around the British Isles. “The tradition of fiddle playing in my family goes back at least five generations,” says Becky, “to my great great grandfather Thomas Hampton, a fiddle player from Hereford. It was his hand-written tune manuscript book that inspired my PhD research under the supervision of trad singer and academic, Dr Fay Hield.” Since completing her PhD, Dr. Dellow has continued to carry out tune research, contributing to academic journals and conferences, and uses the research to develop her performance as a folk musician. Adam Horovitz is a poet, editor and performer. His first collection of poetry, Turning, was published in 2011 and his most recent book, The Soil Never Sleeps, explores the farmlands of Britain 200 years on from Clare, who was a strong influence on the book. He has collaborated numerous times with musicians, and has presented two shows with Becky. The first was for the Laurie Lee centenary. “I asked Becky because Laurie was a fiddle player as well as a poet,” he says, “not knowing at the time that her grandfather, Charles Hampton played in a band with Laurie in the late 1920s. It was perfect synchronicity, and that surprise has led to The Thunder Mutters.”

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