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Exploring the stories of people who live, work, and create in Somerset. From food and drinks pioneers, and creators of music and arts, to local lifestyle and culture experts; join us as we meet the fascinating individuals and families that call this beautiful county their home.
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Somerset House Studios is a new experimental workspace in the centre of London connecting artists, makers and thinkers with audiences. The Studios are a platform for the development of new creative projects and collaboration, promoting work that pushes bold ideas, engages with urgent issues and pioneers new technologies.
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The Somerset House Podcast, shaped and sculpted by artists, explores original cultural ideas which connect listeners to the creative process. Each series goes behind the scenes at Somerset House to uncover the stories explored through our programme and creative community. As the home of cultural innovators, Somerset House connects creativity and the artist with wider society to produce unexpected outcomes and unexplored futures, intensifying creativity and multiplying opportunity to drive ar ...
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Videos Produced and Edited by Lori Belche and / or John Belche. This podcast represents some of the videos produced by Lori Belche and John Belche of Somerset, MA. Please Note: Though many of the podcasts have aired on SATV, this podcast is in no way endorsed by SATV, SATV9 or Somerset Access Television Corporation. Outsource Creations, Inc. is responsible for this content.
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How can cuteness be used to sugar coat difficult messages? In this episode we join another artist commissioned for the Somerset House exhibition CUTE, Brooklyn based Sean-Kierre Lyons, to explore how cute characters have been used to tackle sensitive ideas from the middle ages on. In her practice, Sean-Kierre brings the grotesque and the cute toget…
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Hannah Diamond reflects on the transformative powers of cute Cute aesthetics have exploded into pop culture. We use filters to make ourselves look like cute cats, dot our texts with hearts and smiley faces and our phones ping with alerts from cartoon animals reminding us to study French or change energy suppliers. Brands have been using cute images…
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What does it mean to use the voice of others within a performance, text or recording? In this episode of Not Strictly Speaking, we look at the ways in which the voice is used both in service of power, and as a way of reclaiming agency. Prem Sahib’s new sound performance for Assembly, Alleus, takes a speech by former Home Secretary Suella Braverman …
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The communal voice has a long history within the resistance movement, from African American spirituals, to the protest songs of the civil rights movement and the current pro-Palestine marches. In this episode we explore the enduring power of group singing and how it can embody resistance and resilience with Turner prize winning artist Helen Cammock…
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The voice is something we all share and yet rarely do we explore the full range of our instrument. Ahead of Assembly at Somerset House we talk to two vocal artists who stretch the capacities of the voice as a sound producing instrument to look at the ways the voice can channel meaning beyond words; voice artist and composer Elaine Mitchener, who is…
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A three-part podcast series, released 20-22 March 2024, exploring different manifestations of the voice, produced in conjunction with Somerset House Studios' Assembly. Each episode follows artists featured in the 2024 programme, as they unpack the power of the voice beyond speech; examining it as a form of possession and how we might give voice to …
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Artists Revival Cohen & Tuur Van Balen explore how humans have transformed the animals that we live with. The way in which we think about animals is riven with contradictions. We dote on our pets yet consume vast amounts of animals as meat. The UK consistently donates more money to animal welfare charities than any other cause and yet have created …
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The road to success is paved with inspirational quotes about failure. But could failure be more productive than success? In this episode of The Process we step inside the community of designers on site at Makerversity in Somerset House to explore the role of mistakes in the design process. Founding member Tom Stables talks to biomaterial designer C…
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Tracing the legacy of Black British fashion with Andrew Ibi, Jazzie B & Martine Rose. The late 80s to the early 90s saw a Black cultural renaissance in Britain. Artists and designers like Sonia Boyce, Joe Casely-Hayford and Soul II Soul were breaking new ground across the arts and changing the landscape for Black creatives. While putting together T…
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County cricket stalwart Jack Brooks has not had his contract renewed by Somerset CCC. Charlie Taylor speaks to him about his career. 18-year-old Millfield student Scarlett Hale is making moves in the world of umpiring and Stephen Chalke talks about his latest book, celebrating the works of his friend the West Country cricket writer David Foot.…
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Somerset legend Sir Ian Botham looks back on his debut for Somerset 50 years ago this month. Another Somerset legend, Anya Shrubsole, reflects on her career and suggests ways to improve the way the game is impacted by rain. Sophie Luff remains optimistic after a difficult season for her Western Storm side and there's great news from Somerset Disabl…
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Earlier this summer I chatted to Jack Linnell, Centre Director at St Giles Animal Centre and Rescue in Taunton, Somerset. Jack's family established the centre, so animal care and rescue are in his blood, so to speak, and his passion and compassion are clear in everything he says about his work and his life. Listen to this episode to find out more a…
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My guest Emma Busby of Taunton-based homeless centre, Open Door, talks candidly about the homeless community in her home town and the work that goes on to help those who find themselves rough sleeping find their way back to permanent accommodation. Caring and compassionate, my chat with Emma is moving and uplifting, helped along, of course, by a li…
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Somerset's new signing Neil Wagner talks about his comeback from injury and the incredible Test matches he played in for New Zealand over the winter. We also hear the reaction of Western Storm player and England captain Heather Knight to the news England's women cricketers will be paid the same as men in international matches. Plus there's a catch-…
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Somerset and England spinner Jack Leach talks to Charlie about his recovery from a serious back injury that kept him out of The Ashes. Also on the podcast we hear from Western Storm's Chloe Skelton who's been called up to Welsh Fire in The Hundred and there's a look at how Metro Bank One Day Cup fever is sweeping the county.…
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My guest Kate Olver is an NHS midwife and also provides invaluable pre and post natel support to women in her local town of Taunton. As 'the village midwife', Kate ensures mums to be and new mums (and dads too of course), are equipped with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about their baby's birth and care. But of course, things do…
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One of Somerset's Finals Day heroes Sean Dickson reflects on the day with Charlie Taylor. He top scored in both the semi-final and final. There's also a chat with Kathryn Jelfs-White, a Somerset visually impaired player who will be representing England at the World Blind Games this summer. Plus Charlie looks at the state of youth cricket in Somerse…
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What if the way we're approaching the crisis is part of the crisis? We look at the effect our endless drive for productivity is having on the planet and how we’re intimately entangled with the natural world with Somerset House Studios artist Sam Williams on the invisible labour of the earthworm, poet Jason Allen-Paisant on tenderness in rural Jamai…
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How can the soft body challenge social hierarchies? We turn our gaze towards the soft life of the body and unpack new ways of thinking about embodiment in artistic practice with Somerset House studios artists Florence Peake on radical softness in somatics, choreographer and writer Dr Martin Hargreaves on the history of protest through softness in d…
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How can we make time free? We contemplate different ways of experiencing time beyond the linear, with Somerset House Studios artist Shenece Oretha on transforming time through the practice of listening, sociologist Judy Wajcman on unpicking progress from speed in the digital sphere and psychologist Dr Ruth Ogden on how our experience of time is rel…
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Our ways of working aren’t working. How can art offer new ways of being outside of the values of hustle culture? We explore changing attitudes to work post-pandemic and re-evaluate the importance of rest as a creative space. We hear from Bayo Akomolafe about the fertile spaces of the cracks, Black Power Naps on rest as a radical act and we lie down…
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A new limited series for the Somerset House Podcast Soft Life is part of a growing number of movements challenging the way we work. How can soft approaches in art help us rethink our relationship to time, the body and the earth? In March 2020, the non-stop nature of our 24/7 world came to a stop. For many in the Western world, it allowed us a space…
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Coleen and Di work tirelessly to find foster homes for young adults aged 18+ who need the continued support of a family to help them navigate their way to independent living. Their compassion and understanding of the challenges faced by youngsters who have spent some or all of their young lives in the care system is palpable; these ladies deserve y…
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Teresa Wort found mindfulness after a serious accident, and has worked with many people who struggle to find focus and happiness in the busy modern world. But it isn't all about sitting under a tree and mediating (although it is that too), Teresa encourages her clients to be mindful about everything they do...whether they like it or not! Including …
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Graham Harvey spent 34 years guiding the story-lines in the world famous Radio 4 soap opera, The Archers and is also a well-respected journalist who has written five books of his own on the themes of climate change, food quality and farming. Right now he is on the board of the Somerset Food Trails Festival which runs annually every year with the ai…
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Somerset's Craig Overton looks back on Somerset's record-breaking T20 group campaign with Charlie Taylor. There's also a review of the report which says cricket is structurally and institutionally racist, sexist, classist and elitist. We hear from a Somerset cricket coach who gives his thoughts on the controversial stumping of Jonny Bairstow in the…
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It was really just by chance that my guest Emma Britton found herself with a long career in local radio. But her next career move was more considered...she uses her experience of talking to people to underpin her new role as a celebrant, which is someone who officiates at non-religious ceremonies such as weddings and funerals. Listen as we chat abo…
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Sophie Luff is one of England's leading female batters; currently captain for Western Storm and previously captain for Somerset County Cricket Ladies, she is riding high on the growing popularity of women's cricket. Join us as we explore the impact competitive sport has on life as a young women growing up in Somerset and discover how Sophie likes t…
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Special episode sans cake! I was so engrossed in what 100 year old Taunton resident had to say that I completely forgot the cake! But this episode is special because it celebrates a lifetime in which many things have changed and yet, so much stays the same. Listen to find out what Geoffrey Bailey has to say about his life as a young man and how he …
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Rob Ewers wants his home town of Taunton to be a better and safer place for everyone. He is part of the team organising the 2023 Taunton Pride festival, an event that he hopes will play an important part in changing attitudes towards the lgbtqia+ community. Rob's voluntary work in his local community does not end there, he is also on the Board of t…
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Sarah Mead's mother was a founding force of iconic Somerset organic dairy brand, Yeo Valley Organic Ltd. Mum is still involved in the business of course, but Sarah is very much the 'front of house' face of the company involved in all the customer and visitor orientated activities and promotions. With a passionate committment to organic farming and …
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Lewis Gregory speaks to Charlie Taylor about taking on the T20 captaincy (again). Western Storm captain Sophie Luff talks about her rehab from a thumb injury and reviews the start to the season. Plus Charlie visited the County Ground to see the Somerset Disability team play there for the first time.저자 BBC Somerset
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Theo Paphitis 'Small Business Sunday' Award winner, Rachel Smith designs enamelled jewellery from her home studio in Somerset. She is one of those fortunate people who have turned their passion into their work. Alongside designing, Rachel also wants to create a Somerset-wide network of local creative people who can offer each other support and enco…
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My guest Rachel Mead has already walked 4 miles and travelled by bus to get to meet me at 10am in Taunton, Somerset! That's dedication! Rachel is a walker and a writer...she writes about her walks for magazines and websites and is currently preparing her first book. Her first love is exploring Somerset, usually by foot of course, but she is also kn…
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Charlie Taylor hears how Somerset's men's and women's sides have had slow starts to the season. The men are yet to win and the women are yet to even play because of the rain. There's also the incredible story of the cricketer from Somerset who didn't turn up for a match because he'd had a catastrophic bleed on the brain. We hear his story of surviv…
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Bold or bonkers? Brave or barking mad? What makes a group of women in a coastal town in Somerset decide to build an architecturally striking arts and culture centre slap bang on the town's harbour walls? You might well ask.... listen to my chat with Georgie Grant, one of the co-founders of The Onion Collective, the team behind the strking East Quay…
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Our guests for the final episode of this season are Lulu Urquhart and Adam Hunt, landscape designers dedicated to nature and ecological restoration. Having partnered together for many years, their philosophy embraces creating spaces that provide tranquility for people, and homes for wildlife. Long term Somerset residents, they were selected to work…
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'Nourishing the body' is how my guest Elle Tipping describes her approach to health and well-being. She believes that once we understand something about how the body works and responds to the food we give it (and other aspects of our lifestyle), we become empowered to make the often small and incremental step by step changes needed to improve how w…
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Somerset Stories gets experimental... our guest this week is Colleen Bower, Director of a new annual science festival launching in May.... Somerscience brings together 65 organisations from around the region to showcase and celebrate the amazing world of science, technology, engineering, and maths. Colleen's extensive experience in the education in…
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A warm space, information and support, classes and workshops are all part of what the local community can find at The Hub @ Bridgwater. My guest Melissa Lewis is the Digital Co-ordinator responsible for finding ways to help people improve their digital skills and widening access to the internet and the online world. But she does so much more than t…
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Our guest this week is at the forefront of a revival in the ancient craft of blacksmithing. Alex Pole has been forging creations from metal for over 30 years, and - for the best part of a decade, his focus has been on developing high end ironware for professional and amateur chefs around the world. Alex's dedication to using traditional methods to …
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Paul Smith champions the written word in print form in this epsiode of The Slice: Somerset. But he is a fan of digital too and believes that both are required for business success, and he makes sure his clients understand that! But his magazine is a hub for community news as well and this is primarily what motivates him - a desire to build communit…
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Our guest this week is Charlotte Howell-Jones, a climate campaigner trying to change the world one story at a time. Charlotte's work primarily focuses on creating change and building the climate movement through storytelling, communications and content. A Somerset resident for over 20 years, she is passionate about helping others make an emotional …
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Somerset Stories takes on a blue hue this week as we meet Nick Hounsfield, creator of The Wave - the UK's first inland surfing lake - located just outside Bristol. Driven by a passion to help people live healthier lives, more connected to nature, Nick's vision is more than a decade in the making, opening to the public in 2019. As a well as surfing …
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As we all know, our young people are the future. Somerset charity, PROMISEworks trains adults to be mentors to children and teenagers who need that bit of extra support to thrive and build their confidence in the world. My guest Christell Charles is the coordinator for West Somerset and Taunton and, as a mentor herself, sees first hand how valuable…
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My guest, Bethan Turner, is passionate about the good work local chambers of commerce are able to do in the local community, bringing people together, sharing ideas and harnessing the power of combined voices to champion and challenge as required. Listen as we chat about the impact of the pandemic and the current climate for local businesses as wel…
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