So, here we are on Lockdown and thought it was wise to give you the lowdown. To put things in perspective, Donald Trump has just advocated that we should try injecting disinfectant and bleach to kill the coronavirus.
Just say no.
It goes without saying that we are living through a historic period in the history of mankind. I suppose all times are historic in that they become history, either recent or ancient. But this is a particularly gruesome episode that someone will sit a futuristic version of a GCSE on. And yet, and yet...music and art are flourishing, we are kinder to each other. We acknowledge our duty to the healthcare system by volunteering, making and donating. The air is clearer, the birdsong is louder, the expectations are lower, sweeter and more easily fulfilled. Life is changing and it isn't all bad all of the time.
I don't know about you but my priorities have changed. To my surprise, rather than procrastinating with all this time on my hands, I am working harder than ever before to bring this podcast to life.
So, now The Way Home Project is on Instagram, Twitter, FB, Youtube, Spotify, Apple Music and Deezer....and early signs are that it is doing well in the podcast derby.
Podcasts are set to take over the world and we are not being left behind.
It may be opportune to remind you that in these times, when celebrities are still trying to flog you their books, their albums, their Dettol...that podcasts are absolutely free to the listener. Subscription to a pod is free, even if it has visuals. I tell you this in case you think you will be signing your life away by pressing 'Subscribe'. No siree bob, rather you will be providing analytics to the people that can keep the pod on the air. Each time that The Way Home Project fails to secure a follower or subscription, an orchid somewhere will die . You don't want that on your conscience.
Future posts will contain links to MY favourite pods but for now, I just wanted to say that Episodes one to four are now available on all major platforms. The links are below:
If you prefer TV to radio, Youtube has visuals...Episode 1 not so much but they get better as they go along and we have movie-style trailers and extras now too. Merch coming soon!
Here's a rundown of what to expect:
Ep 1. Crime writer Val McDermid, my son and my mum (because you can do that in podcasts and
they can explain things better) on the town where I was born.
Ep 2. A chubby mermaid and Peterborough poets talk about being a compere for the vicar.
Ep 3. Wandering Minstrels...Indie band The Tin Pigeons and all-things-strings Amanda Lowe, remind
us of how life used to be when we travelled. It is absolutely confirmed during the interview
that Edinburgh is in Scotland.
The Tin Pigeons have provided TWHP with its soundtrack and images. Their music is available
on all major platforms and their new single 'Closer' is out now! When we are allowed to be
whole again, I'd recommend seeing them live.
Ep 4. A hugely popular episode which took us to Wakefield and The Art House to talk with Tony Wade about his fascinating project 'Boundary no Boundary'. I can only say that the experience of seeing it is emotional, just stunning.
Mo Barrangi is an amazingly talented Iranian Artist of Sanctuary and Paralympian and honestly..what joy he creates.His art created quite a stir on Instagram.I plan to paper my house with it.
Rumanh Binta is a young textile artist, originally from Iraq who pays homage to The Art House and to her mother.Her work in progress is inset here.
Rachel Hall is a writer from Huddersfield, and like Tony she finds inspiration in an industrial landscape...fascinating stuff and you can find fantastic images on Youtube or in our gallery since the episode is full of visual artists.
Links below so pop along for a listen. Gallery and transcripts are available soon.