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All the leaves are brown and the sky is grey... and we’re back for the second series of Somewhere To Believe In, a podcast by the people who bring you Greenbelt Festival.


Each week we’ll meet brilliant guests and chat to them about their life and work. We want to bring you timely, provocative and funny dollops of hopefulness, to keep us all going in these strange times. This time around we’re celebrating artists that we love and we know you’ll love them too.

 

We’ll also be digging into our love of fields, festivals and communal gatherings – remember those? – and sharing some of the behind-the-scenes Greenbelt stuff. Importantly, too, we want to hear from YOU, whether you’ve danced in a field with us or not.

 

Our plan is to release this second series of eight episodes in the run-up to Christmas – with a new episode coming out each Friday. We’ve called it ‘Somewhere to Believe in’, because maybe more than ever, we all need that right now. We really hope you like it.



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This week’s podcast episode is a very important one, so let’s get straight to it. Katherine and Paul speak to writer, human rights campaigner, political refugee, theatre-maker and ‘public enemy’ to Alexander Lukashenko’s regime in Belarus, Natalia Kaliada.Natalia is a founding Co-Artistic Director of Belarus Free Theatre, a collective of artists who use the power of theatre to fight for democracy in Belarus and oppose what’s known as ‘the last dictatorship in Europe’.We hear about Natalia’s own experiences living a not-so-censored life under an oppressive regime. Including her exile to London and how she continues to fight the same fight her ancestors did (her grandfather survived German concentration camps and Soviet gulags before ever Alexander Lukashenko came to dictatorial rule in his beloved Belarus). Resistance is seemingly in her DNA.Natalia shares the stories of the Belarus protesters, 15,000 of whom have been imprisoned, raped or killed by the Belarus government this year. We hear how theatre has helped some of them through their imprisonment and how Belarus Free Theatre continues to use art as a tool to take down the dictatorship.Katherine and Paul reflect on the importance of this conversation and how now, more than ever, we need to stand with the people of Belarus; not just to demand democracy for them, but to actively protect democracy around the world for everyone.Links, resources and episode timestamps (for all you skippers out there) below.____ABOUT NATALIANatalia Kaliada is a founding Co-Artistic Director of Belarus Free Theatre as well as a writer, human rights campaigner and producer and is one of the most outspoken critics of Belarus’s repressive regime.Belarus Free Theatre was founded in 2005 in Europe's last surviving dictatorship, by Natalia Kaliada and Nicolai Khalezin. BFT’s performances take place in selected secret venues around Minsk with audiences alerted to their existence by text message or e-mail. Although forced to operate under cover within Belarus, the Theatre has travelled widely and has gained a growing international reputation. They continue to create exceptional theatre under near impossible conditions underground in Belarus. The company has found a home as associate artists of the Young Vic, London.Natalia Kaliada has been detained, arrested without access to counsel and threatened with rape for her participation in peaceful rallies that were called “subversive” activities and “unstable elements” by the Belarusian authorities. After the tragic events in Belarus in 2010, she and her husband were smuggled out of Belarus and now live in exile in London.Website: https://www.belarusfreetheatre.com/ Instagram: @belarusfreetheatreFacebook: @belarusfreetheatreTwitter: @BFreeTheatre____TAKE ACTIONSupport Belarus Free Theatre http://www.belarusfreetheatre.com/ I’m with the Banned http://www.belarusfreetheatre.com/en/bft/imwiththebanned/#Banned Ask your local MP to add “major scumbags” who support Lukashenko’s regime to a sanctions list so their assets will be frozen.____LINKS AND RESOURCESBelarus Free Theatre https://www.belarusfreetheatre.com/ Ministry Of Counterculture https://moc.media/Who is long-time leader Alexander Lukashenko? https://www.euronews.com/2020/08/07/belarus-presidential-election-who-is-long-time-leader-alexander-lukashenko Who is Svetlana Tikhanovskaya? https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/13/world/europe/belarus-opposition-svetlana-tikhanovskaya.htmlAlexander Lukashenko on Coronavirus https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/coronavirus-belarus-alexander-lukashenko-vodka-sauna-countryside-tractors-a9434426.html Natalia on Bruatility https://euobserver.com/opinion/149384 Brutality in Belarus https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-53776461 Belarus bans two opposition candidates https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/14/belarus-bans-two-opposition-candidates-from-running-in-elections Balaklava Blues http://www.balaklavablues.com/ Balaklava Blues at Greenbelt https://www.greenbelt.org.uk/artists/balaklava-blues-presented-by-belarus-free-theatre/ Generation Jeans https://theconversation.com/denim-and-revolution-belarus-free-theatres-generation-jeans-resonates-101442 Being Harold Pinter https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03bcpyk Red Forest http://totaltheatre.org.uk/belarus-free-theatre-red-forest/ Discover Love https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p038x587 Trash Cuisine https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p038x5sq Burning Doors https://www.vulture.com/2017/10/theater-review-burning-doors-is-a-fiery-anti-putin-scream.html Dogs of Europe https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2020/event/belarus-free-theatre-dogs-of-europe  Belarus: thousands protest against death of teacher in police custody https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/nov/15/belarus-thousands-protest-against-death-of-teacher-in-police-custody Is Protest Art Just Propaganda? Or is All Art a Form of Protest? https://www.greenbelt.org.uk/talks/is-protest-art-just-propaganda-or-is-all-art-a-form-of-protest/ ____00:00 - Welcome to Somewhere To Believe In01:00 - Introducing Natalia and the work do Belarus Free Theatre05:36 - Natalia joins the conversation06:44 - Natalia on Belarus Free Theatre11:20 - Natalia on generations of resistance16:12 - Natalia on a lifetime of fighting for democracy21:50 - Natalia on western democracy and dictatorship29:24 - Natalia on 2020 in Belarus41:11 - Natalia on theatre as protest49:07 - How to support Belarus Free Theatre51:36 - Katherine and Paul reflect on the conversation with Natalia1:05:40 - Coming up next week 1:06:09 - How to get in touch with us1:06:56 - Thank you’s1:07:29 - Hidden track____A huge thanks to the Greenbelt Volunteer Talks Team for all their hard work on editing this episode. Our podcast music is ‘I Can Change’ by Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires.____https://www.greenbelt.org.uk/#SomewhereToBelieveIn See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In the third episode of our second podcast series, Katherine and Paul welcome Bristol-based poet, theatre-maker and powerful storyteller, Muneera Pilgrim.We hear about Muneera’s experiences growing up as a black woman in Bristol – and what it means for her to finally see the statue of you-know-who toppled. We also talk about Muneera’s unexpected faith journey: from repeatedly falling in and out of love with her Caribbean Christian roots, to eventually finding her home in Islam.Above all else, Muneera’s infectious belief in the ability for art and storytelling to transform our lives gives us a much-needed shot of hope. Meanwhile, Katherine and Paul can’t help but laugh over the absurdity that is ‘Four Seasons Total Landscaping’, and we find out what Shakespeare, crosswords and scripture have in common.Links, resources and episode timestamps (for all you skippers out there) below.____ABOUT MUNEERAMuneera Pilgrim is a poet, cultural producer, writer and broadcaster, as well as co-founder of the Muslim female spoken word and hip-hop duos Poetic Pilgrimage and Nana Collective. Muneera conducts expressive-based, purpose-driven workshops, shares art, guest lectures, hosts and finds alternative ways to educate and exchange ideas. She regularly contributes to Pause for Thought on BBC Radio 2, and she is currently an Associate Artist with The English Touring Theatre where she contributed to The Othello Project, and is writing a project that will be revealed in 2020.Instagram: @muneera_pilgrimTwitter: @MuniPilgrim ____LINKS AND RESOURCESEdward Colston statue toppled in Bristol https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/jun/14/the-day-bristol-dumped-its-hated-slave-trader-in-the-docks-and-a-nation-began-to-search-its-soul Unicorns Have Nothing On Us by Muneera Pilgrim https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpJjWGcCUqU Marlon Thomas https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/marlon-thomas-family-bristols-stephen-2735642 Amal http://amal.org.uk/ Othello Creative Response https://www.greenbelt.org.uk/talks/othello-creative-response/ ____00:00 - Welcome to Somewhere To Believe In00:20 - Katherine and Paul catch up09:35 - Introducing Muneera Pilgrim and her work10:24 - Muneera joins the conversation10:35 - Muneera on Bristol15:00 - Muneera on lockdown and inequality 18:13 - Muneera on storytelling20:40 - Muneera on her influences24:10 - Muneera on creativity25:35 - Muneera on Marlon Thomas29:18 - Muneera on faith and race34:33 - Muneera on Islam38:05 - Muneera on spirituality40:40 - Muneera on Greenbelt44:26 - Muneera on Othello47:18 - Muneera on art51:58 - Muneera on hope and motivation55:00 - Katherine and Paul reflect on the conversation with Muneera01:05:39 - Coming up next week 01:06:18 - How to get in touch with us01:06:55 - Thank you’s____A huge thanks to the Greenbelt Volunteer Talks Team for all their hard work on editing this episode. Our podcast music is ‘I Can Change’ by Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires.____https://www.greenbelt.org.uk/#SomewhereToBelieveIn See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Resilience with Josie Long

Resilience with Josie Long

2020-11-0601:06:16

This week on the podcast we’re beyond excited to welcome the hilarious comedian and all-round lovely person, Josie Long.We hear about Josie’s unique journey into comedy, beginning aged just 14. And how she’s determined to extend the olive branch of opportunity to the next generation of young creatives. Needless to say, we talk about the current government's support (or lack thereof) for the creative industries and why she’s decided she’s had enough and is moving to Scotland.Plus, Paul and Josie have a fan-girl moment over our unofficial resident Geographer, Danny Dorling. While Katherine gives you her two cents about how to be a successful dictator.Links, resources and episode timestamps (for all you skippers out there) below.____ABOUT JOSIEOften described as a unique voice in comedy, Josie is one of the most respected comedians of her generation. She started stand-up at age 14 and went on to win the BBC New Comedy Award. She has continued to perform stand-up around the world and her eighth solo stand-up show, Something Better, had a sell-out two weeks at the Soho Theatre in London, followed by a two-week run at the Barrow Street Theatre New York. Josie has been nominated for the coveted Best Show award at the Edinburgh Fringe three times. Her latest show, Tender, is touring the U.K. in 2020. On TV and radio, Josie has appeared on The News Quiz, Just A Minute, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Skins, 8 out of 10 Cats, and Drunk History. Josie has also worked extensively in factual areas including The Culture Show on BBC2 and as the presenter and writer of Radio 4’s Short Cuts. Josie wrote and starred in the film Super November, directed by Douglas King. The film was nominated for The Discovery Award in the 2018 BIFAs.Website: https://www.josielong.com/ Instagram: @josielongFacebook: @josie.i.longTwitter: @josielong____LINKS AND RESOURCESArts Emergency https://www.arts-emergency.org/ Book Shambles with Robin Ince and Josie long https://www.josielong.com/podcast/book-shambles/ Josie & Jonny Are Having a Baby (With You!) https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/stitcher/josie-jonny-are-having-a-baby-with-you Jonny & The Baptists https://www.jonnyandthebaptists.co.uk/ Josie at Greenbelt https://youtu.be/pJjzuJQwf_M Tender https://www.josielong.com/josies-shows/tender/ ____00:00 - Welcome to Somewhere To Believe In00:22 - Katherine and Paul catch up06:41 - Introducing Josie Long and her work08:23 - Josie joins the conversation08:23 - Josie on lockdown 11:34 - Josie on performing online14:49 - Josie on productivity15:46 - Josie on government arts funding18:03 - Josie on how she got into comedy20:10 - Josie on her inspirations21:36 - Josie on learning from others24:28 - Josie on Arts Emergency26:57 - Josie on the value of art29:12 - Josie on anger and despair 34:56 - Josie on politics36:43 - Josie on small venues vs stadiums40:45 - Josie on offence45:44 - Josie on religion46:25 - Josie on Greenbelt Festival50:03 - Josie on hopefulness 52:11 - How to support Josie55:43 - Katherine and Paul reflect on the conversation with Josie01:03:42 - How to get in touch with us01:04:23 - Thank you’s____A huge thanks to the Greenbelt Volunteer Talks Team for all their hard work on editing this episode. Our podcast music is ‘I Can Change’ by Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires.____https://www.greenbelt.org.uk/#SomewhereToBelieveIn See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Power with Lee Bains

Power with Lee Bains

2020-10-3001:13:44

Welcome to the second series of Somewhere To Believe In! We’re back by popular demand(ish). This time around we’re coming together to celebrate and hear from artists we love – and we hope you’ll love them too.Who better to kick things off than Lee Bains of Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, a self-proclaimed ‘deep-south wide-open far-left liberation gospel’ Rock-N-Roll band from Alabama, USA. Lee and his band are on a mission to fight against white supremacy, xenophobia and systems of power, all while bringing their southern hospitality and charm to the table.With the US elections looming, we hear what it’s like being Christian living under a government that so regularly weaponises the Bible to justify inhuman behavior. Lee gives us a much-needed reminder about the power of the people, making us wonder if the election results matter as much as we think they do. We also get introspective and hear how slowing down has made Lee tackle some big questions about who he really is and what he’s trying to do with his music.Meanwhile, Katherine and Paul talk about our plans for the 2021 festival and - and we can’t stress the importance of this enough - how happy Katherine’s mum will be that we’re back with a second series of the podcast.Links, resources and episode timestamps (for all you skippers out there) below.____SUPPORT LEE BAINS III & THE GLORY FIRESWebsite: http://www.thegloryfires.com/ Merch: https://store.thegloryfires.com/ Bandcamp: https://leebainsiii.bandcamp.com/ Instagram: @gloryfiresFacebook: @thegloryfiresTwitter: @TheGloryFires____LINKS AND RESOURCESAngela Davis https://time.com/5793638/angela-davis-100-women-of-the-year/Arundhati Roy https://www.facebook.com/ArundhatiRoyAuthor Linn Park statue https://bhamnow.com/2020/06/02/a-history-of-the-confederate-monument-in-birminghams-linn-park/  Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires http://www.thegloryfires.com/ ____00:00 - Welcome to Somewhere To Believe In00:42 - Coming up in this series02:32 - Katherine and Paul catch up05:26 - Katherine and Paul on Greenbelt Festival 202106:17 - Introducing Lee Bains and his work08:34 - Lee joins the conversation09:06 - Lee on Greenbelt Festival 12:56 - Lee on this year and Covid-1915:42 - Lee on government support in America20:37 - Lee on independent music venues24:38 - Lee on not being able to tour27:47 - Lee on activism and burn out33:13 - Lee on people, systems and policing36:10 - Lee on church and power38:09 - Lee on the power of music42:49 - Lee on success51:00 - Lee on the US election52:15 - Lee on anti-racist rallies and activism in Atlanta 56:00 - Lee on how to support Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires57:13 - Katherine and Paul reflect on the conversation with Lee01:02:58 - Katherine and Paul on the future of music venues01:06:20 - Katherine and Paul on church and power01:08:50 - How to get in touch with us01:09:42 - Thank you’s01:10:24 - Hidden track ‘I Can Change’ by Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires____A huge thanks to the Greenbelt Volunteer Talks Team for all their hard work on editing this episode. Our podcast music is ‘I Can Change’ by Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires.____https://www.greenbelt.org.uk/#SomewhereToBelieveIn See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Everybody Now

Everybody Now

2020-10-1901:44:36

Greenbelt Festival is proud to be taking part in Everybody Now.We’ve caused a turning point in the Earth’s natural history. Everybody Now is a podcast about what it means to be human on the threshold of a global climate emergency, in a time of systemic injustice and runaway pandemics. Scientists, activists, farmers, poets, and theologians talk bravely and frankly about how our biosphere is changing, about grief and hope in an age of social collapse and mass extinction, and about taking action against all the odds.On 19th October 2020, Everybody Now is being released by podcasters all over the world as a collective call for awareness, grief and loving action.With contributions from:Dr. Gail Bradbrook - scientist and co-founder of Extinction RebellionProf. Kevin Anderson - Professor of Energy and Climate Change at the University of ManchesterDámaris Albuquerque - works with agricultural communities in NicaraguaDr. Rowan Williams - theologian and poet, and a former Archbishop of CanterburyPádraig Ó Tuama - poet, theologian and conflict mediatorRachel Mander - environmental activist with Hope for the FutureJohn Swales - priest and activist, and part of a community for marginalised peopleZena Kazeme - Persian-Iraqi poet who draws on her experiences as a former refugee to create poetry that explores themes of exile, home, war and heritageFlo Brady - singer and theatre makerHannah Malcolm - Anglican ordinand, climate writer and organiserAlastair McIntosh - writer, academic and land rights activistDavid Benjamin Blower - musician, poet and podcasterFunding and Production:This podcast was crowdfunded by a handful of good souls, and produced by Tim Nash and David Benjamin BlowerPermissions:The song Happily by Flo Brady is used with permission.The song The Soil, from We Really Existed and We Really Did This by David Benjamin Blower, used with permission.The Poem The Tree of Knowledge by Pádraig Ó Tuama used with permission.The Poem Atlas by Zena Kazeme used with permission.The Poem What is Man? by Rowan Williams from the book The Other Mountain, used with permission from Carcanet Press. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In our final episode of season one, Katherine and Paul are joined by human rights lawyer, founder of Reprieve and all-round international justice powerhouse, Clive Stafford Smith. Clive candidly discusses his work representing prisoners facing the death penalty, those held in secret prisons (including Guantanamo Bay), and the victims of assassination by drones. He also shares his less-than-glowing views on the criminal justice system, our treatment of criminals and forensic science.He even uses his incredible mind-melding abilities to interrogate Katherine and Paul (not like that) and poses a series of head-scratchers. Would you send someone you love to prison? What’s the worst thing Paul’s ever done? Is Katherine a marxist? All this and much more...It’s an important conversation to hear, but be aware it occasionally features some strong language and there are descriptions of torture. Possibly not one for the kids.Links, resources and episode timestamps (for all you skippers out there) below.____ABOUT CLIVE STAFFORD SMITHCLIVE STAFFORD SMITH JD OBE is the founder of Reprieve, a London based human rights charity that focuses on the direct representation of prisoners facing the death penalty around the world, those held in secret prisons, and the victims of assassination by drones. Born in Cambridge, he is a dual UK-US national. He was educated at Radley College, where he studied science and mathematics. His law degree comes from Columbia Law School in New York. He worked for nine years at the Southern Center for Human Rights, a charity in Atlanta; in 1993, he founded the Louisiana Crisis Assistance Center, a non-profit law office in New Orleans specializing in the defence of capital cases at the trial level; he founded Reprieve in 1999. In early 2002 he was one of three lawyers who filed the initial litigation in Rasul v. Bush, to force the Bush administration to respect the rights of Muslim prisoners in Guantánamo Bay and other secret prisons. In 2000, he was awarded the OBE by Queen Elizabeth II for “services to humanity”. He has been involved in more than 300 death penalty cases in the US and around the world, and has helped secure the release of 80 detainees in Guantánamo Bay, where he continues to represent a further 7 detainees. He lives in Dorset.Twitter: CliveSSmith____LINKS AND RESOURCESReprieve https://reprieve.org.uk/ Kris Maharaj https://reprieve.org.uk/update/kris-maharaj-turns-80/ Ahmed Raabbani https://reprieve.org/cases/ahmed-rabbani/ ‘The World of Reprieve’ by Clive Stafford Smith https://www.greenbelt.org.uk/talks/the-word-of-reprieve/ ____TAKE ACTIONhttps://reprieve.org.uk/take-action/____00:00 - Welcome to Somewhere To Believe In00:30 - Katherine and Paul catch up03:00 - Feedback from listeners04:40 - Introducing Clive Stafford Smith and his work05:49 - Clive joins the conversation06:00 - Clive on covid and human rights09:50 - Clive on how he got into law11:00 - Clive on the British legal system14:14 - Clive on innocence and fair trials 15:50 - Clive on forensic science16:50 - Clive on prison19:00 - Clive on the criminal justice system24:10 - Clive on rehabilitation25:30 - Clive on secret executions26:20 - Clive on doing better28:20 - Talk Snippet from GB2017 ‘The World of Reprieve’37:30 - Clive on Guantanamo Bay42:20 - Clive on hunger strikes44:30 - Clive on what we can do to help47:00 - Clive on violence and pacifism50:40 - Clive on faith54:00 - Clive on passion58:36 - Katherine and Paul reflect on the conversation with Clive01:07:00 - How to get in touch with us01:08:10 - Thank you’s____A huge thanks to the Greenbelt Volunteer Talks Team for all their hard work on editing this episode. Our podcast music is ‘I Can Change’ by Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires.____https://www.greenbelt.org.uk/#SomewhereToBelieveIn See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
This week Katherine and Paul are joined by Amelia Womack, Deputy Leader of the Green Party. We talk about how, growing up, Amelia was inspired by David Attenborough to get into climate action, as well as her not-so-pleasant experiences as a young female politician in a male-dominated workplace. We also get Amelia’s take on the - literally - burning environmental and political issues of the day.Elsewhere Paul and Katherine talk about the quirks of their respective campervans, the protests currently happening in Belarus *and* we get an essential update on what Mums of the Greenbelt Staff Team (MotGST) think of the podcast. Links, resources and episode timestamps (for all you skippers out there) below.____ABOUT AMELIA WOMACKAs the Green Party has moved from being a fringe party to a major political force, Green issues have moved their way up the mainstream news agenda. From living a month without plastics, to taunting Piers Morgan about vegan sausage rolls and advocating rewilding as a solution to flooding, Amelia's five years as Deputy Leader of the Green Party have put her at the heart of the Green surge.Facebook: @GreenAmeliaWomackInsta: @greenameliawomackTwitter: @Amelia_Womack____LINKS AND RESOURCESLukashenka vs. democracy: Where is Belarus heading? https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/ukrainealert/lukashenko-vs-democracy-where-is-belarus-heading/Piers and Deputy Green Party Leader Clash in Meat Tax Debate https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrynJiZDkc8 Green Party https://greenparty.org.uk/Young Greens https://www.younggreens.org.uk/The Anti Fracking Nana’s https://www.greenbelt.org.uk/artists/the-nanas/Talk: ‘There Is No Planet B’ by Mike Berners-Lee https://www.greenbelt.org.uk/talks/there-is-no-planet-b-a-handbook-for-the-make-or-break-years/ Book: ‘There Is No Planet B’ by Mike Berners-Lee https://theresnoplanetb.net/ Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 https://www.futuregenerations.wales/about-us/future-generations-act/ Doughnut Economics https://www.kateraworth.com/doughnut/____00:00 - Welcome to Somewhere To Believe In00:30 - Katherine and Paul catch up05:00 - Katherine and Paul on the upcoming festival weekend06:40 - Katherine and Paul on the protests in Belarus09:50 - Katherine and Paul on Palestine12:05 - Introducing Amelia Womack and her work12:25 - Amelia joins the conversation12:57 - Amelia on her interview with Piers Morgan14:40 - Amelia on her journey into Politics17:40 - Amelia on making change19:30 - Amelia on leadership21:13 - Amelia on power and politics23:00 - Talk Snippet from GB19 ‘There Is No Planet B’ by Mike Berners-Lee31:05 - Amelia on what is stopping us from making change33:25 - Amelia on “building back better”35:16 - Amelia on the power of local communities37:35 - Amelia on Brexit trade deals39:45 - Amelia on connecting with nature40:55 - Amelia on representation in politics44:00 - Amelia on hope45:33 - Katherine and Paul reflect on the conversation with Amelia55:00 - How to get in touch with us57:00 - Coming up next week58:40 - Thank you’s____A huge thanks to the Greenbelt Volunteer Talks Team for all their hard work on editing this episode. Our podcast music is ‘I Can Change’ by Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires.____https://www.greenbelt.org.uk/#SomewhereToBelieveIn See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Love with Ruth Hunt

Love with Ruth Hunt

2020-08-1401:05:39

This week on the podcast Katherine and Paul welcome *takes deep breath* openly-Catholic gay rights campaigner, life-long advocate for inclusion and equality, ex-CEO of Stonewall and recently appointed Baroness of Bethnal Green, Ruth Hunt.With inclusion, love and acceptance in our minds, we discuss the complex relationship between religion and sexuality and ask each other why the church is STILL so obsessed with who we love? Ruth talks about her own journey in connecting her faith with her advocacy.Plus, Katherine and Paul talk more about our plans for our #GBWildAtHome festival weekend and respond to critics who accuse Greenbelt of being an echo-chamber of lovey-dovey ideals.Links, resources and episode timestamps (for all you skippers out there) below.____ABOUT RUTH HUNTRuth Hunt is a co-founder and director of organisational change consultancy, Deeds & Words, which she runs with her partner Caroline Ellis. Prior to this she was CEO of LGBT human rights charity Stonewall, where she worked her way up through the policy and campaigning team over fourteen years. In this time the UK took huge steps towards equality for LGBT people, including equal marriage and equal adoption rights for same-sex couples. During her tenure as CEO, Stonewall also became trans inclusive. In 2019 Ruth became Baroness Hunt of Bethnal Green and continues to fight for societal change and a kinder type of politics from the cross-benches. Ruth is a practising Christian and lives in London with her partner Caroline.Insta: ruthiehuntTwitter: @ruth_hunt____LINKS AND RESOURCESStonewall https://www.stonewall.org.uk/Deeds & Words https://www.deedsandwords.co.uk/ OUT at Greenbelt https://www.greenbelt.org.uk/out-at-greenbelt/https://www.facebook.com/OutatGreenbelt/https://twitter.com/outatgreenbeltCaroline Criado Perez https://www.carolinecriadoperez.com/Stonewall’s glossary of LGBT+ terms https://www.stonewall.org.uk/help-advice/faqs-and-glossary/glossary-terms ____TAKE ACTIONYou can find a list of open UK petitions around LGBT+ issues here: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions?state=open&q=lgbt ____00:00 - Welcome to Somewhere To Believe In00:30 - Katherine and Paul catch up01:39 - Katherine and Paul on the upcoming festival weekend03:20 - Listener questions and comments05:40 - Introducing Ruth Hunt and her work06:06 - Ruth joins the conversation06:20 - Ruth on lockdown08:00 - Ruth on being a Baroness10:08 - Ruth on Deeds & Words 12:34 - Ruth on gender and racial bias in tech13:55 - Ruth on Stonewall16:40 - Ruth on trans inclusion17:50 - Ruth on making effective change20:00 - Ruth on Greenbelt Festival and faith21:38 - Talk Snippet from #GB15 ‘Thou Shalt Not Be Overcome: LGBT People, Our Allies, and the Christian Church’30:39 - Ruth on The Book of Queer Prophets33:57 - Ruth on why the church still cares about who we love36:30 - Ruth on human compassion37:48 - Ruth on hope for the future and Black Lives Matter42:18 - Katherine and Paul reflect on the conversation with Ruth51:00 - LGBT+ communities and Greenbelt Festival54:25 - OUT at Greenbelt1:01:51 - Thank you’s1:02:39 - Hidden Track - Ruth’s guide to LGBT+ terminology ____A huge thanks to the Greenbelt Volunteer Talks Team for all their hard work on editing this episode. Our podcast music is ‘I Can Change’ by Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires.____https://www.greenbelt.org.uk/#SomewhereToBelieveIn See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
This week Katherine and Paul welcome the ever-inspiring Muslim thinker, writer and Yale Divinity School lecturer, Abdul-Rehman Malik. We brew up a conversation about food, drink and spirituality, and how slowing down to enjoy the ritual of making coffee can have a positive impact on your well-being.Abdul-Rehman, our unofficial spiritual guide and guru, tells us about the challenges and benefits of observing Ramadan during lockdown this year, as well as how this unusual time has been a great catalyst for change. Meanwhile, Katherine and Paul discuss why Greenbelt Festival made the decision to work more closely with Muslim communities in the UK after 9/11. And, perhaps most importantly of all, we find out if Katherine is a morning or evening person (spoiler alert: her answer may surprise you). Take a moment to make a nice hot brew to enjoy with this episode! Links, resources and episode timestamps (for all you skippers out there) below.____ABOUT ABDUL-REHMANAbdul-Rehman Malik is an award winning journalist, educator and cultural organiser. Since June 2019 he has been Lecturer and Associate Research Scholar at the Yale Divinity School. He also serves as the Programme Coordinator at Yale University’s Council on Middle East Studies, and is responsible for developing curricula and partnerships with public schools to promote better cultural, language and religious literacy about the Middle East.https://about.me/abdulrehmanmalikTwitter: @ArMalikInstagram: @armalik____LINKS AND RESOURCES‘The Mohammedan Bean: The Secret History of Islam and Coffee’ by Abdul-Rehman Malik https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bkti89ndu4M&feature=youtu.beCanada’s Drag Race https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/p08h1dp1/canadas-drag-raceThe Book of Queer Prophets https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Ruth-Hunt/The-Book-of-Queer-Prophets--24-Writers-on-Sexuality-and-Religion/24136263Harvard study on health and happiness https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2017/04/over-nearly-80-years-harvard-study-has-been-showing-how-to-live-a-healthy-and-happy-life/ More from Abdul-Rehman at Greenbelt Festivalhttps://www.greenbelt.org.uk/talks-archive/#~abdulWe didn’t mention this one in the episode, but if you want to find out more about gender fluidity in the bible, we recommend you check out Peterson Toscano:https://petersontoscano.comhttps://petersontoscano.com/portfolio/transfigurations/Twitter: @p2son____00:00 - Welcome to Somewhere To Believe In00:30 - Katherine and Paul catch up07:00 - Katherine and Paul talk about Islam and Greenbelt Festival11:40 - Introducing Abdul-Rehman and his work12:18 - Abdul-Rehman joins the conversation12:30 - Abdul-Rehman on Ramadan during lockdown16:20 - Talk Snippet from #GB16 ‘The Mohammedan Bean: The Secret History of Islam and Coffee’15:00 - Abdul-Rehman on spirituality and food28:24 - Abdul-Rehman on community31:35 - Abdul-Rehman on Friday prayers35:00 - Abdul-Rehman on changes to traditional rules25:40 - Abdul-Rehman on racial justice40:50 - Abdul-Rehman on how we can be better42:50 - Abdul-Rehman on Greenbelt43:30 - Abdul-Rehman on death49:00 - Abdul-Rehman on lockdown beards49:40 - Katherine and Paul reflect on the conversation with Abdul-Rehman54:00 - How to get in touch with us57:50 - Coming up in next week’s episode58:30 - Thank you’s- ____A huge thanks to the Greenbelt Volunteer Talks Team for all their hard work on editing this episode. Our podcast music is ‘I Can Change’ by Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires.____https://www.greenbelt.org.uk/#SomewhereToBelieveIn See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
This week we’re talking about activism and kindness with the inspiring activist and creator of the Craftivist Collective, Sarah Corbett. We hear about Sarah’s remarkable journey growing up as the daughter of activists who campaigned for social change around the world, and her subsequent journey into activism as a career.Sarah’s work challenges traditional ideas of activism as loud and confrontational, as well as what constitutes a campaign ‘win’. Her gentler, more empathetic approach has brought some amazing results. Sarah talks us through some of her success stories as well as about how being kinder to yourself and others is an effective way to change the world.We also hear from Katherine and Paul about why they're still not over not being in the fields with thousands of Greenbelters this year, who their dream bookings would be, and what we have planned for our virtual Greenbelt this summer. As always, you can find links, resources and episode timestamps (for all you skippers out there) below.____ABOUT SARAHSarah Corbett grew up in an activist family and has worked as a professional campaigner for over ten years, most recently with Oxfam. She started doing craftivism (craft + activism) in 2008 as a reaction to traditionally more aggressive or ‘quicker’ forms of activism. Due to demand Sarah set up the global Craftivist Collective in 2009, which now has thousands of supporters across the world taking part in her craftivism projects.https://craftivist-collective.com/Twitter: @CraftivistsFacebook: @CraftivistCollectiveInstagram: @craftivists____LINKS AND RESOURCESCraftivist Collective https://craftivist-collective.com/Craftivist Collective campaigning for living wage (Rosa Parks Hankie) https://craftivist-collective.com/What-we-achieved-at-Marks-and-Spencer-AGM Positive News Magazine https://www.positive.news/ ____MORE FROM SARAH AT GREENBELThttps://www.greenbelt.org.uk/artists/sarah-corbett/Gentle Protest: how gentleness can be a powerful tool in activism (2017) https://www.greenbelt.org.uk/talks/gentle-protest-how-gentleness-can-be-a-powerful-tool-in-activism/ A spoonful of craft helps the activism go down (2017) https://www.greenbelt.org.uk/talks/a-spoonful-of-craft-helps-the-activism-go-down/ ____00:00 - Welcome to Somewhere To Believe In00:30 - Katherine and Paul catch up04:30 - Katherine and Paul talk about Greenbelt Festival 202010:40 - Messages from listeners14:17 - Introducing Sarah Corbett and her work14:50 - Sarah joins the conversation15:40 - Sarah on Greenbelt Festival16:43 - Sarah on how she got into activism19:20 - Sarah on being an introverted activist20:58 - Sarah on faith and Jesus22:46 - Sarah on activism as a career and avoiding burnout24:35 - Sarah on craftivism27:10 - Talk Snippet from #GB17 'Gentle Protest: how gentleness can be a powerful tool in activism'38:50 - Sarah on seeing the best in people40:08 - Sarah on other forms of activism 41:20 - Sarah on anger43:14 - Sarah on the personal benefits of gentle activism48:00 - Katherine and Paul reflect on the conversation with Sarah57:18 - Coming up in next week’s episode57:30 - How to get in touch with us59:30 - Thank you’s____A huge thanks to the Greenbelt Volunteer Talks Team for all their hard work on editing this episode. Our podcast music is ‘I Can Change’ by Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires.____https://www.greenbelt.org.uk/#SomewhereToBelieveIn See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
This week Katherine and Paul welcome the incredible social geographer Danny Dorling. Join us as we don our breathing apparatus and dive deep, deep down into all sorts of topics including the British Empire, inequality, brexit and pandemics.Danny’s huge brain is our guide in contemplating a more honest understanding of Britain's history and position in the world. He challenges us to confront why we, as a country, often think we’re somehow special and different to other countries. When Danny spoke at Greenbelt last year, he spoke about Brexit. We managed to catch up with him in June to talk about all the latest B-word antics, as well as the odds on a second lockdown. Meanwhile Katherine and Paul tackle their own demons as they react to some less-than-positive feedback in which Greenbelt was compared, obviously, to the antichrist.As always, you can find links, resources and episode timestamps (for all you skippers out there) below.____ABOUT DANNYDanny Dorling is a professor at the University of Oxford and has lived all his life in England. To try to counter his myopic worldview, in 2006, Danny started working with a group of researchers on a project to remap the world (www.worldmapper.org). He has published with many colleagues more than a dozen books on issues related to social inequalities in Britain and several hundred journal papers.http://www.dannydorling.org/Twitter: @dannydorling Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dorlingdanny____LINKS AND RESOURCES‘What’s So Funny About Brexit?’ by Danny Dorling https://bit.ly/gbtv-brexit Pussy Riot in residence https://www.greenbelt.org.uk/artists/pussy-riot-in-residence/  ‘SLOWDOWN’ by Danny Dorling http://www.dannydorling.org/books/SLOWDOWN/Rhodes Must Fall, the removal of a Cecil Rhodes statue in Oxford https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhodes_Must_Fall___TAKE ACTIONAdd education on diversity and racism to all school curriculums: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/323808Making the UK education curriculum more inclusive of BAME history: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/323961Teach Britain's colonial past as part of the UK's compulsory curriculum: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/324092There are several ongoing petitions about race and equality more widely, which you can view here: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions?state=open&topic=race-and-equality____MORE FROM DANNY AT GREENBELT‘What’s So Funny About Brexit?’Audio: https://bit.ly/gbtalk-brexit Video (with subtitles): https://bit.ly/gbtv-brexit ‘Peak Inequality and Food Bank Use’ https://bit.ly/gbtalk-foodbank ____00:00 - Welcome to Somewhere To Believe In00:30 - Katherine and Paul catch up01:40 - Reactions to Somewhere To Believe In03:08 - Messages from listeners04:30 - Katherine and Paul’s favourite Greenbelt Festival moments07:25 - Introducing Danny Dorling and his work08:00 - Danny joins the conversation08:19 - Danny on lockdown09:20 - Danny on Greenbelt and Brexit11:46 - Danny on the British Empire and Brexit12:45 - Talk Snippet from #GB19 ‘What’s So Funny About Brexit?’23:21 - Danny on pandemics and kindness26:50 - Danny on a hopeful future29:00 - Danny on the second peak of covid-1932:38 - Danny on “Make Britain Great Again”34:50 - Danny on the fall of the British Empire36:20 - Danny on colonial monuments and statues37:13 - Danny on his new book ‘Slow Down’40:00 - Danny on spending and what really matters42:14 - Danny on inequality44:46 - Danny’s recommendations48:00 - Katherine and Paul reflect on the conversation with Danny53:18 - Coming up in next week’s episode53:58 - How to get in touch with us55:24 - Thank you’s____A huge thanks to the Greenbelt Volunteer Talks Team for all their hard work on editing this episode. Our podcast music is ‘I Can Change’ by Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires.____https://www.greenbelt.org.uk/#SomewhereToBelieveIn See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
This week, Katherine and Paul are joined by the CEO of Christian Aid, and all-round wonder woman, Amanda Khozi Mukwashi.In an honest, powerful conversation we talk about how Amanda feels (and copes) being confronted daily by the realities of grinding inequality. We learn about the challenges of running a global charity during a pandemic in some of the poorest parts of the world: lots of us have had it tough during lockdown, but at least we’ve had power and running water. Amanda tells us about Christian Aid’s continued work to safeguard the dignity of people around the world, as well as reflecting on the government’s recent decision to scrap the Department for International Development.We also talk about the power of music and faith, and particularly Amanda’s deep love of gospel. We’d also really urge you not to miss the powerful insight from Amanda into her lived experience of what it’s like to deal with everyday racism as a black woman living in the UK.Find links, resources and episode timestamps (for all you skippers out there) below.____ABOUT AMANDABorn in the UK and of Zambian heritage, Amanda is a committed Christian and member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. Amanda has more than 20 years’ experience, extensive knowledge and expertise in working to alleviate poverty, injustice and inequality, with a special focus on women’s leadership, civic engagement and volunteering.https://www.christianaid.org.uk/contact-us/people/amanda-mukwashi-0Twitter: @AMukwashi____LINKS AND RESOURCESChristian Aid https://www.christianaid.org.uk/ Cyclone Idai Appeal https://www.christianaid.org.uk/appeals/emergencies/cyclone-idai-appealBlack Lives Matter https://blacklivesmatter.com/ ‘Uprooted. Overlooked. Ignored’ by Amanda Khozi Mukwashi https://bit.ly/2OpGrkb ____00:00 - Welcome to Somewhere To Believe In00:38 - Katherine and Paul catch up04:30 - Reaction to the government’s arts and culture support funding announcement05:10 - Messages from listeners10:00 - Introducing Amanda Khozi Mukwashi and her work10:45 - Amanda joins the conversation11:09 - Amanda on working from home14:00 - Amanda on the origin of Christian Aid and its name16:38 - Amanda on Greenbelt Festival and Greenbelters19:25 - Talk Snippet from #GB18 ‘Uprooted. Overlooked. Ignored.’26:36 - Amanda on staying inspired and motivated29:30 - Amanda on how not to get overwhelmed31:39 - Amanda on the decision to merge The Department for International Development and the Forgein Office35:20 - Amanda on music, faith and resilience37:45 - Amanda on racial justice and Black Lives Matter40:45 - Katherine and Paul reflect on the conversation with Amanda49:08 - Katherine and Paul wrap up the episode50:40 - Thank you’s____A huge thanks to the Greenbelt Volunteer Talks Team for all their hard work on editing this episode. Our podcast music is ‘I Can Change’ by Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires.____https://www.greenbelt.org.uk/#SomewhereToBelieveIn See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Welcome to Somewhere To Believe In, a brand new podcast from Greenbelt Festival. In our first episode, hosts Katherine and Paul dig into the topic of empathy with philosopher and friend of Greenbelt Festival Roman Krznaric.We discuss why trying to understand how others see the world could have revolutionary power, and why now, more than ever, empathy is so important. Katherine and Paul also give you some behind the scenes insight into working at Greenbelt and the difficult but necessary decision to cancel this year’s festival.We recorded this conversation with Roman and finalised this episode before the Government announced its £1.5bn rescue fund for the arts (early in July). So when, in this first episode, we air our worries about the arts being overlooked, we didn’t know this help was soon to come. We welcome it, of course. But we also know that the devil will be in the detail in terms of how this support actually translates across the sector.Find links, resources and episode timestamps (for all you skippers out there) below.____ABOUT ROMANRoman Krznaric is a public philosopher who writes about the power of ideas to change society. His new book, The Good Ancestor: How to Think Long Term in a Short Term World, was published in July 2020, and has been described by U2’s The Edge as ‘the book our children’s children will thank us for reading’. https://www.romankrznaric.com/Twitter: @romankrznaric____LINKS AND RESOURCES‘Empathy and the Revolution of Human Relationships’ Greenbelt talk by Roman Krznaric https://bit.ly/gbtalk-empathy ‘The Good Ancestor : How to Think Long Term in a Short-Term World’ by Roman Krznaric https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Roman-Krznaric/The-Good-Ancestor--How-to-Think-Long-Term-in-a-Short-Term-World/24823601The Empathy Museum https://www.empathymuseum.com/Today for Tomorrow https://todayfortomorrow.org.uk/Doughnut Economics https://www.kateraworth.com/doughnut/‘Me and White Supremacy’ by Layla Saad https://www.meandwhitesupremacybook.com/Hive https://www.hive.co.uk/____00:00 - Welcome to Somewhere To Believe In01:55 - Katherine and Paul catch up03:00 - Katherine and Paul reflect on cancelling Greenbelt Festival this year08:50 - Introducing Roman Krznaric and his work10:00 - Roman joins the conversation10:30 - Roman on lockdown and homeschooling12:30 - Roman on Greenbelt Festival and Greenbelters13:35 - Roman on grassroots philosophy and empathy19:00 - Talk Snippet from ‘Empathy and the Revolution of Human Relationships’27:15 - Roman on empathy in the context of coronavirus28:50 - Roman on empathy through time and space32:20 - Roman on the empathy museum33:00 - Roman on how we can be good ancestors35:38 - Roman on what difference we can make40:58 - Roman on empathy as a social movement42:22 - Roman on empathy and racial justice44:15 - Katherine and Paul reflect on the conversation with Roman52:12 - Katherine and Paul wrap up the episode54:30 - Thank you’s56:00 - Arts and Culture government funding update and reaction____A huge thanks to the Greenbelt Volunteer Talks Team for all their hard work on editing this episode. Our podcast music is ‘I Can Change’ by Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires.____https://www.greenbelt.org.uk/#SomewhereToBelieveIn See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
This July, we’re launching ‘Somewhere To Believe In’, a brand new podcast from the lovely people who (usually) bring you Greenbelt Festival (when there’s not a global pandemic on). Because you can’t come to us this summer, we thought... maybe we could come to you?Each week we’ll meet brilliant guests and chat to them about their life and work, using extracts from our talks archive to spark ideas and conversation. We want to bring you timely, provocative and funny dollops of hopefulness, to keep us all going in these strange times.We’ll also be digging into our love of fields, festivals and communal gatherings – remember those? – and sharing some of the behind-the-scenes Greenbelt stuff. Importantly, too, we want to hear from YOU, whether you’ve danced in a field with us or not.Our plan is to release this first series of eight episodes this summer – with a new episode coming out each Friday in July and August, leading up to our festival weekend itself. We’re calling it ‘Somewhere to Believe in’, because maybe more than ever, we all need that right now. We really hope you like it. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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