S4E7 Victoria Humphries

We reach the half way point in Season 4, bringing you an interview with polar adventurer Victoria Humphries. As part of the first ever all-female expedition to the North Pole, Victoria went through staggering physical and mental endurance, as well as a near-death experience. Since that adventure she's been back to the Arctic, ran marathons, climbed Kilimanjaro, and attempted other feats of stamina. We chatted through her life lessons and how she uses these to motivate and inspire the people she speaks to through her work.

Your host: Lewis Webb lives in Somerset, but was born in Cornwall and brought up in Devon. So when it comes to cream tea, he gets to choose jam or cream first depending on how he feels. He started this podcast to make connections with people in the area, and to help them tell their stories. When not out and about exploring Somerset with his family and dog, he can be found in the kitchen cooking with some of the county’s freshest ingredients, or underneath a pair of headphones, listening to all kinds of music.

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  • S4E7 Victoria Humphries

    We reach the half way point in Season 4, bringing you an interview with polar adventurer Victoria Humphries. As part of the first ever all-female expedition to the North Pole, Victoria went through staggering physical and mental endurance, as well as a near-death experience. Since that adventure she's been back to the Arctic, ran marathons, climbed Kilimanjaro, and attempted other feats of stamina. We chatted through her life lessons and how she uses these to motivate and inspire the people she speaks to through her work.

  • S4E6 Jemma Warren

    As we approach the traditional carnival season, my guest this week has been part Vagabonds, of one of the county’s well known clubs from a young age. Jemma Warren has also spent over ten years as one of the minority of Somerset’s female lorry drivers. While we’re in the middle of an HGV driver supply crisis in the UK, we chatted last month about her journey towards being a driver, some of the prejudices we face, and just how difficult it is to drive a carnival cart!

  • S4E5 Gavin Pretor-Pinney

    Somerset Stories gets our heads in the clouds... as we meet advocate and evangelist for one of nature’s most transient and poetic displays. Gavin Pretor-Pinney founded the Cloud Appreciation Society around 15 years ago after a career in the creative industries. He has united tens of thousands of people around the world with a passion for clouds. Along with this global community, he has also written books on the subject, and spoken to a wide range of audiences, from literary festivals to TED talks.

  • S4E4 Grace Alexander

    Somerset Stories meets consultant clinical psychologist, writer, flower grower and seed merchant – Grace Alexander. Keeping extremely busy through writing several psychology books during lockdown, building a successful community around the slow flower moment, and publishing her first gardening book, Grace brings a thoughtful and profoundly truthful perspective to all of life’s complexities. On a personal note, Grace was one of the first people I discovered when looking to launch the podcast. Our conversation covers off so many areas I find deeply interesting about our minds and approach to life, and as such, it was a delight to interview her for this episode. I hope you enjoy listening.

  • S4E3 Simon Parkin

    Somerset Stories meets Simon Parkin a professional broadcaster who has been informing and entertaining audiences through radio and TV for over thirty years.

    With a career that’s seen him in The Children's BBC Broom Cupboard, Top of the Pops, and GMTV, as well as a whole host of radio shows, his voice is well known up and down the county to BBC Radio Somerset listeners.

    Our chat includes a great trip down memory lane, and discussing about supporting the local community during the pandemic.

  • S4E2 Sarah Ashford

    Everything you wanted to know about quilting... Somerset Stories meets writer and founder of the Great British Quilter community – Sarah Ashford. From designing and making quilts for over twelve years, to writing for magazines, and creating her own podcast, Sarah is a multi-talented creative, with a knack for bringing people together over a love of sewing. Her own designs have seen her collaborate with well known craft brands around the world, and speak at national and international events. We met at Sarah’s studio in Wellington, surrounded by patterns and colours.

  • S4E1 Charles Dowding

    Our guest for the first episode of this season is one of Somerset’s living legends in gardening. Possibly the country’s most recognised and celebrated gurus of the no-dig method: Charles Dowding. Based at his market garden farm near Castle Cary, Charles has pioneered organic food production, written bestselling books no-dig, and become an internet sensation with his videos and social media channels. We spoke earlier this month, and chatted about his life, achievements, and philosophies when it comes to the soil and where our food comes from.

  • S3E14 William Sitwell

    For the final episode of this season, Somerset Stories meets one of this country’s go-to people for all things food. A writer, restaurant critic for the telegraph, and you’ve probably seen him as one of the guest critics on Masterchef – William Sitwell. When he’s not writing about food and drink, William is also busy running supper clubs, curating wines, and is even a partner in a cider company – right here in Somerset. We met last month to talk about his life growing up, his journey into the world of food, and his love for local produce and cider!

  • S3E13 Rebecca Lipkin

    This week, we're talking about the Victorian writer, philosopher, John Ruskin. Author Rebecca Lipkin is an ardent student and follower of his work, and has just published a novel which spans 20 years of Ruskin's life and relationships. Looking beyond just his work and writings, Unto This Last explores the complex nature of Ruskin as a person, in a key period of his later life. As well as her own writing, Rebecca is a keen explorer of Bath's architecture, history, and cultural riches.

  • S3E12 Zac Greening

    This week, Somerset Stories meets an artist whose work is inspired by nature and man's many links with our natural environment. Zac Greening has lived in Somerset for the last 14 years, and during that time he has continued to create works that communicate themes of sustainability and biodiversity. Zac has been commissioned by corporate clients and had solo exhibitions around the world.