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  • 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.

  • S3E11 Will Hamilton-Davies

    Inspired by his own local natural surroundings, Will Hamilton-Davies has recently crowdfunded and self-published his debut story – The Shrew with the Flu. Coming from a large family where he looks after his younger siblings, Will has a clear passion and skill for getting kids to connect with the environment around them through amusing, but heart-warming writing. We spoke to this emerging talent as a children’s book author about his journey from story-enthusiast to story-teller.

  • S3E10 Julian & Matilda Temperley

    This week's guests have collectively been at the centre of the Somerset drinks industry for 50 years… Julian and Matilda Temperley are two of the country’s most prominent faces in the world of cider and cider brandy. Their passion and expertise for creating the highest quality drinks, through the most natural and traditional methods has seen their products grace the tables of Michelin-star restaurants, and the fields of Glastonbury festival, with their iconic cider-bus.

  • S3E9 Heidi Greensmith

    Combining a love of stories, film, and music, award-winning writer and director Heidi Greensmith began writing scripts at the age of 16. Since then, her career which has spanned creating videos for Paul Weller, writing and directing the award winning feature-film – Winter... and a lockdown TV project with Brian Cox.

  • S3E8 Hugo Hall

    The image of a hot air balloon, drifting through the Somerset skies at sunset is an iconic image for the county. This week, we meet third generation balloon pilot Hugo Hall of Fly Away Ballooning to talk about what makes Somerset the perfect place to take flight. Hugo's father and grandmother had both been instrumental in the development of ballooning in the UK, and as Hugo embarks on his own project, we talk about some of his highs, and even highers!

  • S3E7 Amanda Forster-Searle

    Our guest this week spent 25 years working in the corporate and media world, before a build-up of stress brought her to realise her calling in emotional freedom and wellness. Amanda Forster-Searle is a practitioner of integrative health, looking at how nutrition, mental health, negative experiences, and energy levels all affect each other in our mind and body. We chatted over Zoom, covering everything from toxic workplaces, to an obscure piece of late 90s nostalgia – the Y2K bug…

  • S3E6 Nigel Muers-Raby

    This week, to mark the upcoming Somerset Day, on the 11th May, my guest is the founder of Somerset Day itself: Nigel Muers Raby. Growing up in a farming family, Nigel has always been an advocate of the rural way of life, and has seen the tremendous potential in uniting Somerset and its people around a day to celebrate produce, culture, and business around the county.

  • S3E5 Jai Bess

    Somerset Stories meets artist, block printer, and microfarmer – Jai Bess. Growing up in the county, Jai has always had strong values around how we can be better stewards of the land that surrounds us, and wants to create a movement which gives better access to communities looking to produce their own foods in a sustainable way. To communicate this, she creates signature prints which celebrate the freedom that food production and foraging gives us. Most recently, her family has embarked on a microfarming project, with the aim of bringing the food that we eat a lot closer to home.

  • S3E4 Marvin Muoneke

    The Young Man with The Old Soul - Marvin Muoneke is a jazz singer and composer who has made his home in Weston Super Mare. Influenced by the likes of Sinatra, Nat King Cole, and Tony Bennett, Marvin's talent has seen him perform on The Voice and make it to the semi-finals of Britain's Got Talent. More locally, he's graced many stages around Somerset including The Weston Playhouse, produced three albums in the last twelve months, and streamed his music live over social media through lockdown.

  • 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.