S3E3 Venetia Dearden

Venetia Dearden grew up in Somerset and has retained a strong affinity with its landscape and people. Her photographs of local families living close to the land first brought her work to international attention in 2008, on publication of her first book “Somerset Stories, Fivepenny Dreams”. Since then, she has published four other books and been the recipient of several prestigious awards; Her 2010 project “Glastonbury, Another Stage” was exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery as a result of a seven year study of the largest performing Music and Arts Festival in the UK.

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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  • S3E3 Venetia Dearden

    Venetia Dearden grew up in Somerset and has retained a strong affinity with its landscape and people. Her photographs of local families living close to the land first brought her work to international attention in 2008, on publication of her first book “Somerset Stories, Fivepenny Dreams”. Since then, she has published four other books and been the recipient of several prestigious awards; Her 2010 project “Glastonbury, Another Stage” was exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery as a result of a seven year study of the largest performing Music and Arts Festival in the UK.

  • S3E2 Bruce Hodgson

    Our guest this week is one of the country’s foremost architectural joiners, the founder and creative director of Artichoke – Bruce Hodgson. Based in Cheddar, Bruce has – over the last 30 years – designed and created interiors for some of the world’s finest and most historical homes. With an ethos that combines technical craftsmanship, historical preservation, and stunning design, Bruce’s vision has created a business that has placed it’s stamp in properties from Jacobean manor houses, to villas in Tuscany.

  • S3E1 Barbara J. Hunt

    In our first episode of Season Three, we meet author, coach, retreat leader, and forgiveness enthusiast Barbara J Hunt. Her first book – “forgiveness made easy” is designed to chart a path towards living without resentment. In her coaching and retreat work, Barbara helps people transform their relationships and reap mental and emotional benefits of forgiving both others and ourselves.

  • S2E14 Ash Sinfield

    Ash Sinfield, together with her husband Nick, co-founded Teals - a brand new food and sustainability destination that is inspired by their time spent in Africa – where local farmers would share crates of fruit, bread, and juices. With Teals' location just off the A303, Ash wants to bring that same sense of wonder and hospitality to those living in Somerset, as well as those just passing through.

  • S2E13 Georgia Stokes

    Georgia Stokes is the chief executive officer for the Somerset Wildlife Trust. The Trust is focused on restoring and protecting habitats to support a wide range of wildlife in the county, and restore natural processes that are essential for our environment. Growing up in South Somerset, Georgia has spent her career working for leading charitable organisations, including amnesty international and Oxfam, as well as heading up the Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country. She returned to her home county a few years ago and is presiding over the trust through its challenging times, and preparing to launch a new strategy for the county in the coming months.

  • S2E12 Joseff Harris

    Ever wanted to know what Somerset would sound like as a suite of ambient soundscapes? This week's episode features our conversation with sound artist Joseff Harris who creates his art from sampling sounds from the Somerset landscapes and transforming them into ambient music to communicate moods and emotions

  • S2E11 Suzi Bird

    Suzi Bird is a Bristol-based photographer who specialises in newborn, family, pregnancy, and dance and portrait photography. As a dancer herself, Suzi has grown up surrounded by the beauty and creativity of movement. Her understanding of a dancer’s movements combined with her ability to predict when a dancer reaches the climax of their movement, enables Suzi to capture dancers at the perfect moment. Now, her newborn photography helps new parents capture the magic of the first few weeks with their new family.

  • S2E10 Evelyn Edwards

    From LAX to BA1, Evelyn Edwards' journey to Somerset came via a career in music and opera, acting roles in dozens of iconic TV shows and movies, and a constant passion for photography and all things historical. Last year, she launched her very own YouTube series – Queen of the Castles, which explores at the amazing personal stories and history behind some of this country’s most beautiful castles and ruins.

  • S2E9 Scarlett Luxe

    Somerset Stories meets vintage inspired model and pin-up, Scarlett Luxe. After training in dance and drama, Scarlett developed a passion for the classic fashions and Hollywood chic of the 1940s and 50s. Partnering with photographers, seamstresses, and Frome's vintage fashion retailer - Deadly is the Female, Scarlett has built a profile as one of the country's top pin-up models and influencers.

  • S2E8 Lewis Matthews

    At the start of 2020, Somerset born-and-bred Lewis Matthews set off on a 3,000km run along the Te Araroa trail which runs the length of New Zealand. This week's episode is an inspiring conversation about the physical and mental journey that Lewis went through, and some of the things he learnt along the way.