The Weekend Wander #31 Podcasts


Hello Weekend and Hello Lovely readers. .

When I’m in cooking or pottering in the kitchen, I like to have something on in the background whether its music or the radio.  I’m a particular fan of the radio and love the way a presenter can enter your home and your day, and if s/he is a good one really add something to it.

In a very small way I have recently started to get into the world of podcasts.  There are so many out there it may be hard to know where to start, so  I wanted to share a couple with you that I have particularly enjoyed and a couple I am looking forward to listening to.

Tea and Tattle

This is the first pod cast I really started listening too and its still the one I turn to when I’m baking or cooking at the weekend.  Tea and Tattle is “A podcast that celebrates female friendship and creativity” and is hosted by Miranda Mills and Sophie Butler.  It covers a wide range of topics from books and culture to health and wellbeing and careers.  They also interview a wide range of inspiring, creative women including bestselling writers, artists, makers and academics.  You can browse all the episodes here.  Recently I especially enjoyed an interview with Bonita Norris, one of  the youngest women to have ever climbed Everest.

Woman Hour and Late Night Woman’s Hour 

I really enjoy Woman’s Hour on Radio 4, unfortunately I rarely get  a chance to listen to it as I’m mostly at work when its on.  So I love catching up with it every now and again via their podcast.  I also enjoy the Late night version of Woman’s Hour hosted by Lauren Laverne.  It’s usually a mix of guests, and frank and (mostly) funny conversation.

The National Trust Literary Podcast

I discovered this just a week or so ago.  This series of pod casts explores three properties, now cared for by the National Trust, and how they helped shape and influence the work of 3 leading authors .Having recently read Agatha Christie’s ‘Dead Mans Folly’, I’m especially looking forward to listening to an episode called Murder and Mystery at Greenaway.

The Violet Sessions

I am rather fond of clothes by Hush and am also rather fond of the Hush blog and often turn to it for some literary or lifestyle inspiration.  When perusing it recently I came across The Violet Sessions Podcast.  It is Hosted by Violet Bakery owner Claire Ptak and journalist Danielle Radojcin, and is recorded over coffee and a slice of cake in the East London bakery-cafe, the Violet Sessions is a bi-monthly podcast series of talks “with interesting women who do incredible things”. I am yet to listen to it but had a quick browse here and have found a few which appeal.

Are there any podcasts, literary or otherwise you would recommend?

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