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In this episode, I talk to the singer songwriter, Josephine Oniyama.Born and bred in Manchester, Jo grew up listening to her mum’s record collection, never knowing a time when music and writing weren’t her focus.Starting gigging in her teens, her career took off very quickly, leading her to touring and working with huge names in the industry and eventually recording the widely applauded album ‘Portrait’.We talk about what it was like to start her career at such a young age, the support she received from teachers and family, the fickle nature of the music industry, why she chose to step away from performing for a few years and where she’s going from here.Plus, Josephine will be performing at the live event of ‘On the Irregular’ at HOME, Manchester in September.Welcome to this special bonus episode, with the immense talent, utterly lovely Josephine Oniyama.Josephine’s new single ‘Tears Will Never be Mine’  from her upcoming album ‘Kindred’ was released on June 3rd through Sound of Solar Records.You can find Josephine on Instagram @josephineoniyama and on twitter @thisisjosephine. Shownotes: New Single: 'Tears Will Never Be Mine'Josephine on BandcampJosephine on SoundcloudLady Smith Black MambazoGuy GarveyPostProduction and Jingle: Jon TiplerSupport the show
This week I chat to Deborah Eydmann Beau, writer, model, life long creative.In this inspiring and at points, tear inducing chat, Deborah tells me about coming into her own  at 55, her childhood in Yorkshire and how this formed her, a lifelong passion for drama, her life in France with her three children, successful careers in translation and blogging the three years she spent walking to find herself again, the cabin in the woods where she lived off grid for a year, her current life by the sea, the transformative power of stopping dying her hair in her 40’s, and what her future holds.Welcome to episode 12 and the rather exceptional, Deborah Eydeman.You can find Debora on instagram @plumesandfeathers and on the account she shares with her partner @tonyandbabsThank you so much for listening to ‘On the Irregular’, please make sure you review and subscribe as it helps other listeners find us!Shownotes:Kick can and conkers blogLondon GrammarLordeThe Foraged HomeTable MagazineHandmade CharlotteSupport the show
This week I am chatting to baker, artist and empress of cushion embroidery Sharon Nagadya.Born in Uganda, Sharon moved to the UK age 11. After initially pursuing a career as a nurse/hairdresser, Sharon couldn’t ignore the fact that her passion was in the creative fields. We talk about family and cultural expectations, what she now considers to be the markers of success, her time caring for her fabulous mother in her early twenties, reclaiming the word ‘Immigrant’, how she wants to be perceived, her pivot from the world of retail to baking at the cosiest of bakeries Longbois Bakehouse in South Manchester. Sharon also manages to compare herself to Beyonce at least twice with complete justification. May I introduce to you episode 11 of On the Irregular and the wondrous artist Sharon Nagadya.A gentle warning, this episode contains expletives.You can find Sharon on instagram @snagadya and at via the bakery website @longboisbakes. Thank you so much for listening to ‘On the Irregular’, please make sure you review and subscribe as it helps other listeners find us!Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/javabere)
This week I’m chatting to Grower & Florist Hattie Shackleton of Honour Farm Folk.In our conversation we touch upon Hattie’s experience of working in branding agencies and being a woman in the graphic design industry, then opening up her own shop ‘Maud’s House’ in the old market town of Skipton.We talk about what it’s like to have several skills and to allow yourself to hone in what you love, the impact of her dad’s passing and the elitism of the horticulture industry.And most excitingly, we talk about the unusual property Hattie and her family are moving to where she will expand her flower business and passion for opening up the farm in the future to help make growing more accessible for the local community.Welcome to episode ten with the endlessly stylish yet permanently down to earth Hattie.You can find Hattie on instagram @honourfarmfolk or you can head to her website commondaisy.co.uk. On the date of publishing this episode, the site is currently under maintenance, but the site explains how you can get in touch with Hattie for wedding bookings.Thank you so much for listening to ‘On the Irregular’, please make sure you review and subscribe as it helps other listeners find us!Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/javabere)
This week I’m chatting to writer and life coach, Nadia Karim.Nadia’s rich journey includes a passion for photography, social justice, an ongoing theme of storytelling and being one half of Edinburgh based shop Century General Store.We had a long chat about empathy, acknowledging the depths of our differences, the value of being quiet, her journey as a writer and story teller, interrogating the attitude of ‘one size fits all’ to wellbeing and her gentle approach to coaching.For more details on how Nadia works and how you can join her online community, please refer to the show notes.You can find Nadia online at everydaywrites.com and join her Radiant Folk online community by subscribing via her website.All of Nadia's coaching is one-to-one, online. Nadia also sent me a breakdown of who might find her coaching useful:You have ideas for a creative project but don't know where to begin and are feeling overwhelmed which is stopping you from starting, you want to be clear on what to do first.You have sensory needs that affect how you navigate the world and want to put in place consistent wellbeing habits.You want to tell your story or your creativity as a person from a marginalised identity, with someone who understands and celebrates their lived experience and the bigger picture of how they navigate the worldYou've recently had an autism / ADHD / neurodiversity diagnosis and are exploring what this means for the way you approach your life, wellbeing or work moving forwardsYou want to make a big leap towards something you've always dreamed You want to create healthy boundaries with family members or in any aspect of your lifeYou want to know where best to focus your energy and to show up consistently instead of feeling drainedWelcome to episode nine with the gentle, soothing and wise Nadia Karim.Thank you so much for listening to ‘On the Irregular’, please make sure you review and subscribe as it helps other listeners find us!Shownotes: Quiet by Susan CainTender by Penny WincerSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/javabere)
This week I’m chatting to TV Camera Operator and photographer Lyndsey Harris.As a camera op, Lyndsey has worked on productions such as Coronation Street, Wimbledon and, in my opinion, the most exciting of all, Stars in Their Eyes. When she’s not filming, Lyndsey captures the world around her with her camera and a sharp documentary eye, honing in on the moments we often miss.We talk about growing up as a mixed race child on an all white council estate in Birmingham, the film that was the catalyst for her pursuing a career in visuals, and being a woman in an industry historically dominated by white men. A large theme was the internal battle between her drive and passion and her, often debilitating, anxiety and imposter syndrome.Welcome to episode eight. May I introduce you to my dear friend, talented photographer and one of the oddaprents to our children, Lyndsey Harris,You can find Lyndsey’s photography work on instagram @allfromthelefteye.Thank you so much for listening to ‘On the Irregular’, please make sure you review and subscribe as it helps other listeners find us!Shownotes:Martin ParrAva DuVernayLynne RamsaySteve McQueenSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/javabere)
This week I’m chatting to visual artist, community builder and photographer Jo Melia.Jo and I chatted about growing up and living with her mum’s alcoholism and the impact this had on her creative dreams, parenting and being part of a neuro-divergent family, her experience of art school, her years working full time in a bank, setting up a make-up business on her own with two young children, the value of community and the unique skills each of us have to offer. Since we recorded this episode in early January, Jo has continued further down her personal creative path and is currently absorbed in working with paint on canvas. These creative shifts are also something we touch upon.Welcome to episode seven with the thoughtful soul and queen of earthy colour palettes, Jo Melia.You can find Jo on instagram @jomeliaart and @themelias.co and you can also find the photography workshops she co-runs with her partner james online themelias.co. Please refer ot the shownotes for links.Thank you so much for listening to ‘On the Irregular’, please make sure you review and subscribe as it helps other listeners find us!Shownotes:The Lost Daughter - NetflixMaid - NetflixSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/javabere)
This week I’m chatting to artist, adventurer, writer and marine conservationist Katie Tunn. Katie lives her life in companionship with the waters: waking up to the sound of waves on the Isle of Skye, creating stunning art work inspired by the Hebridean seas, collecting litter and rescuing injured seals along the coastline and, later this year, visiting all 82 of Britain’s largest islands.In our chat, we touch upon Katie’s relationship with her environment, the pros and cons of social media, spontaneity in creativity, the value of sometimes saying no and her experience on the channel 4 reality series Eden, where she and 22 other participants lived for a year in a remote part of Scotland and attempted to build a self-sufficient community.Welcome to episode six with the delightful and, rather magical, Katie Tunn.You can find more about Katie’s varied work online at katietunn.com and on instagram @katietunn and @katietunnart. Please refer to the shownotes for links.Thank you so much for listening to ‘On the Irregular’, please make sure you review and subscribe as it helps other listeners find us!Show notes:Elizabeth Gilbert - Big Magic - Creative Living Beyond FearAlastair HumphriesEden: Paradise Lost on Channel 4Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/javabere)
This week I’m chatting to creative powerhouse, Instagram influencer, kitchen dancer, style icon… the one and only Sophia Cook.Growing up, Sophia loved the performing arts, leading onto studying and later working in theatre and costume design. We cover her journey from working as a wardrobe mistress in London theatres to overseeing builds of new schools with all the twists and turns in between. We talk about where she finds herself now, living and working in the stunning home that her and Cookie refurbished, also featuring in George Clarke’s Old House New Home on Channel 4.We talk about the reality of having to choose jobs that pay the bills over pursuing your creative desires, the racism she has experienced in every single organization she has worked for, her process of unpacking and unlearning the limiting words of others that she has carried with her, the life her and Cookie are building for themselves and the future of their children, having someone to lean on for the first time and how she’s still figuring out what it is she wants to be when she grows up. And of course, so much more.Welcome to episode five of season two with the glorious, vibrant, inimitable Sophia Cook.A gentle warning, this episode contains expletives.You can find Sophia’s joyful and vibrant style on instagram @sophiarcook. Please refer to the shownotes for links.Thank you so much for listening to ‘On the Irregular’, please make sure you review and subscribe as it helps other listeners find us! It truly does make such a difference.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/javabere)
This week I’m chatting to sensory designer, brand consultant and passionate foodie Lauren Davies.Lauren approaches her work as both an alchemist and detective, using design and her passion for innovation as a way to tell her own stories and those of her clients.For the first half hour we talk about Lauren’s focus on sustainability  and wellbeing in design, the pivotal experiences that led her on the path she is on now, her passion for discovery, the challenges of being a multidisciplinary artist and what lights up her soul.For the second half hour, we run through all the reasons we love food, cooking, food rituals and food books. Welcome to episode four of season 2, and the absolutely fascinating Lauren Davies, who I am desperate to spend a day cooking and eating with.You can find Lauren’s work on her website heka.london and on instagram @heka_london. Thank you so much for listening to ‘On the Irregular’, please make sure you review and subscribe as it helps other listeners find us! It truly does make such a difference.Shownotes:Essence and alchemy - Mandy AftelEating to extinction - Dan SaladinoThe Way We Eat Now - Bee WilsonHow to Eat Your Christmas tree - Julia GeorgallisTaste: My Life Through Food - Stanley TucciSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/javabere)
This week I’m chatting to photographer, graphic designer, story teller and creator of magic, Mirlah Richardson.Mirlah is a multi-hyphen, multi-talented stream of cool water, adapting to whichever way her life has led her.In this conversation we touch upon (amongst many other things) the value of being a master (or mistress) of all trades, adjusting to life with her partner’s MS diagnosis, carving out time for her work and creativity, letting go of what no longer fits, allowing ourselves to feel our truth instead of feeling we need to cling onto the positive, the idea of whether everything happens for a reason and the impact the pandemic has had on us all. Welcome to episode three of On the Irregular with the gentle, thoughtful and oh so lovely Mirlah Richardson.(On a side note, you may hear the sound of smashing glass as, unfortunately,  we recorded this episode on my street’s recycling day. )You can find Mirlah’s photography and branding work online at mirland.co or on instagram @heymirlah and @mirland.co. Thank you so much for listening to ‘On the Irregular’, please make sure you review and subscribe as it helps other listeners find us!Shownotes:Emma Gannon : The Multi-Hyphen MethodLaura Adams Photography CourseMusic Composition and Final Edit: Jon Tipler - Loaded for Bear AudioSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/javabere)
In this episode I talk to Fola Agbalaya, a vintage furniture upholsterer, with a passion for mid-century designs. Working from her South Manchester workshop, Fola sources furniture from all over Europe and breathes a new life back into each unique piece.Originally from London, Fola talked to me about her dramatic career pivot in her late forties after a succesful career of working in HR. We talk about the creative pull and allowing ourselves to embrace it, the huge shift of leaving a stable career for a creative path and what it’s like when your initial plan fails.If you’re considering making a change or trying out something new, Fola’s positivity and determination might just be the boost you need to hear, to take that chance. I came away from this chat feeling inspired and excited and I hope you do too.Welcome to episode one of Season two, with upholsterer and pep talk extraordinaire, Fola Agbalaya.You can find Fola’s beautiful upholstery work online at squaretwofurniture.co.uk and on instagram @square_2furniture Thank you so much for listening to ‘On the Irregular’. You can support the podcast by rating, reviewing, subscribing, sharing on social media and if you can donating to my Buy Me a Coffee. Every single little bit of support helps us in creating 'On the Irregular'!Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/javabere)
This week I talked to my partner Jon, who doesn’t identify as a woman, but for this bonus episode, I asked him to chat with me while we picked up ingredients at the market and returned home to make lunch on a cold, bright winter morning.I wanted to discuss the last couple of years since we both started our businesses, and Jon gave up his full time job at Manchester University. The timing of this, combined with a global pandemic and several lockdowns have made it an intense time, challenging in ways none of could have ever expected.Welcome to a chat between two tired parents who often struggle to finish sentences and generally fail to arrive at any particular conclusion, but really enjoy market day and pottering in the kitchen.A warning, this episode contains a couple of expletives.Before I sign off for this season until the new year, I’d like to say thank you. To the fascinating women who agreed to talk to me and offer me their time and wisdomTo the wonderful, supportive listeners who reviewed the podcast, sent me overwhelmingly kind messages and welcomed us into their worlds.To my friend Mush who came up with the name ‘On the Irregular’, whilst sleep deprived and caring for a newborn.And to Jon, without whom, many of my ideas would remain a scribble in a notepad.Amidst the global madness, creating this podcast has without a doubt, been a personal highlight of 2021. I have found it invigorating, exciting and fulfilling in endless ways. I feel like it has completed a part of me I didn’t know was missing. And for those who like plenty of notice, pop September 10th 2022 in your diaries, because, in my opinion, the main way to improve a podcast is to throw a podcast party.In the meantime, enjoy the thirteen wonderful episodes we have recorded this year, and keep your ears alert for season two coming in early 2022.Thank you. Java xSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/javabere)
This week I’m talking to my dear friend and colleague, the photographer and educator, Laura Carly Adams.In this chat we grasshopper all over the place.We go from the value of community, to how photography changed Laura’s life, to the power of sharing our stories and finding purpose after the early years of motherhood.Laura is a firework of enthusiasm and determination, and has the wonderful ability to make us all want to hitch onto her journey up into the bright sky.A warning, there is a mild expletive in reference to endless days at the playground with the pram.Welcome to episode thirteen with the woman who captures light and joy like no one else I know, Laura Carly Adams.You can find Laura on Instagram @lauracarlyadams and online at lauraadamsphotography.co.uk where you will find information about her courses ‘Start Where You Are’ and ‘Next level’, and how to book Laura as a photographer.You can also find more information about out workshop ‘Say It Out Loud’, starting January 1st 2022, on both our websites, lauraadamsphotogrpahy.co.uk and javabere.co.ukThank you so much for listening to ‘On the Irregular’, please make sure you review and subscribe as it helps other listeners find us!Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/javabere)
This week I’m talking to my dear friend and colleague, the photographer and educator, Laura Carly Adams.In this chat we grasshopper all over the place.We go from the value of community, to how photography changed Laura’s life, to the power of sharing our stories and finding purpose after the early years of motherhood.Laura is a firework of enthusiasm and determination, and has the wonderful ability to make us all want to hitch onto her journey up into the bright sky.A warning, there is a mild expletive in reference to endless days at the playground with the pram.Welcome to episode thirteen with the woman who captures light and joy like no one else I know, Laura Carly Adams.You can find Laura on Instagram @lauracarlyadams and online at lauraadamsphotography.co.uk where you will find information about her courses ‘Start Where You Are’ and ‘Next level’, and how to book Laura as a photographer.You can also find more information about out workshop ‘Say It Out Loud’, starting January 1st 2022, on both our websites, lauraadamsphotogrpahy.co.uk and javabere.co.ukThank you so much for listening to ‘On the Irregular’, please make sure you review and subscribe as it helps other listeners find us!Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/javabere)
This week I'm talking to Jenny Oakenfull, baker and co-owner of Longboi's Bakehouse in South Manchester.Originally from York, Jenny left school with an armful of A grades and very little idea of what she wanted to do.Because her academic learning skills were strong, she was encouraged to pursue the academic route and applied to do Geography at uni.Nearly fifteen years later, via several other cafes, bakeries and patisseries, Jenny has now co-opened a bakery and patisserie in South Manchester.On the corner of a quiet street lined with red brick houses, you will find a refuge for your sweet tooth, filled with cakes and pastries worthy of Marie Antoinette. If you’re lucky, it won’t be raining when you join the queue winding out the door.Join us to find out how Jenny got here, what it was like opening a food business amidst a apndemic and why she loves the food and hospitality business quite so much.Welcome to episode twelve with baker extraordinaire, Jenny Oakenfull.Website:  longboisbakehouse.comInstagram: @longboisbakes and @jenny_oakShow notes:Unicorn GroceryPollen BakeryIdle HandsSiop ShopSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/javabere)
This week I am talking to my dear friend, Emma Crompton, a casting director and acting coach.Emma and I met over fifteen years ago at drama school. Since then, Emma has worked with some of the greatest casting directors, producers and directors in the world, on productions such as Line of Duty, Sherlock, Beauty and the Beast and Vanity Fair.In our chat we touch on what it’s like to be Sacha Baron Cohen, in front of Sacha Baron Cohen, the occasional wisdom in giving up on your dreams and mental health as a deciding factor in her work. A couple of warnings:1) Emma is funny, and wise, and might make you cry with both of these qualities. 2) This episode contains a healthy sprinkle of expletives throughout. Welcome to episode eleven and my superb friend, Emma Crompton. You can find Emma’s coaching work on instagram @thecastingfeed, on twitter @cromptoncasting or on her website thecastingfeed.com Thank you so much for listening to ‘On the Irregular’, please make sure you review and subscribe as it helps other listeners find us!Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/javabere)
This week I am talking to clinical scientist, photographer and writer Emma Goulding.From the moment we started talking, we went in deep.You will hear me wax lyrical about Emma’s self portrait, and I cannot encourage you enough to follow her on instagram for both her images and words.Starting with the heart of a tree, we moved onto thoughts on sharing personal stuff on Instagram, emotional growth, Emma’s experiences as a Black woman in a heavily white environment and how photography has been a conduit for Emma discovering writing as a creative outlet.Trigger warning: this conversation includes personal anecdotes of racist behaviour and micro aggressions. This episode also contains two mild mentions of the F word later on.Welcome to episode ten with Emma Goulding, where we delve into the big, deep life stuff, as I always knew we would. Shownotes:You can find Emma Goulding on Instagram @emgo.grows where she shares her photographic self portraits and personal thoughts.All books and instagram accounts mentioned are listed in the shownotes.Instagram:Maker of the tree heart, connector: @jannikabelPhotographer and writer: @mariaerlaportwayLost in the Light photography course, and their instagram: @themelias.coSustainable ethical shop and design consultancy: @centurygeneralstoreBooks:Everyday sexism by Laura BatesAn Intimate History of Humanity by Theodore ZeldinThe Artist’s Way by Julia CameronThank you so much for listening to ‘On the Irregular’, please make sure you review and subscribe as it helps other listeners find us!Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/javabere)
This week I’m talking to Mariel Greene of Next Lives Vintage, a stylist, photographer and seller of unique vintage pieces. Mariel lives in South Africa with her husband and two dogs in a self built, off grid house from where she runs her vintage business alongside doing her full time day job.We talk about her learning difficulties misdiagnosis as a child, the resourcefulness that can be born from not fitting the mould, her life long love affair with photography, and how seeking validation from others can hold us back from embarking on what we truly want to do.A gentle warning, this episode contains swear words of the scatalogical variety. Welcome to episode nine and my chat with the ever articulate and oh so wise, Mariel Mowse.You can find Mariel on instagram @nextlivesvintage for her vintage pieces, which she ships worldwide, or her private account @allyouneedisalittlegreen for photos of her beautifully calm and rustic home.Thank you so much for listening to ‘On the Irregular’, please make sure you review and subscribe as it helps other listeners find us!Thank you so much for listening to ‘On the Irregular’, please make sure you review and subscribe as it helps other listeners find us!Music and Production: Jon TiplerSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/javabere)
This week I’m talking to the prolific artist and graphic designer Lela Harris. We talked about Lela’s childhood days in Manchester, sat on her back step writing her memoir on a typewriter, the acts of generosity that have helped guide her creativity, and the serendipitous snowboarding accident that opened up a staggering talent for portraiture she never knew she had. At the time we recorded this podcast, Lela mentioned that she had a very secret, and very exciting announcement coming in October. Perfectly timed with this podcast, Lela has just revealed that earlier in the year, folio press reached out to her to design and illustrate the new edition of Alice Walker’s The Colour Purple. Congratulations lela, you are one of a kind. Welcome to episode eight with Lela Harris.You can find Lela on instagram @knotandgather for her artwork and @doodlelovedesigns for her graphic design. Check out her websites doodlelovedesigns.com and lelaharris.co.uk to see her incredible work.  Thank you so much for listening to On the Irregular, please make sure you review and subscribe as it helps other listeners find us!Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/javabere)
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