What ever did we do before podcasts? Listen to the radio, I suppose. I still do that, but also love having the freedom to slip on my headphones and drift off to a different world whenever and wherever I choose. Here’s where I’ve been lately…
Shrines of Gaiety by Kate Atkinson – audiobook on Audible
A truly fabulous novel set in the seedy London nightclubs of the roaring 20s. There’s mystery and intrigue – plus some truly plucky and memorable characters! Jason Watkins’s narration is light and amusing. I didn’t want it to end.
Witch Farm – drama/documentary by Danny Robbins on BBC Sounds
A spooky one (for daytime only!) . I’m a big fan of Danny’s spooky podcast Uncanny and his drama/documentary on The Battersea Poltergeist. They are compulsive listening for fans of the supernatural. Witch Farm follows a similar formula to the Battersea Poltergeist, with a mix of dramatization and chatty investigation by Danny and his team. I don’t want to give too much away, but this the terrifying true story of a haunted old farm in deepest Wales. Mad pigs! Creepy old lady ghosts! Joseph Fiennes! What more could you possibly want in your headphones?
The Incident at Ong’s Hat, BBC Sounds
This thrilling docu-drama is like true crime meets the X-Files! Yoga instructor Sarah goes missing while investigating a famous urban legend about the gateway to another dimension. What will she find on her road trip to Ong’s Hat? And more importantly, will she make it back home? I was completely absorbed by this one and get having to check IS THIS REAL OR FICTION?? I’ll let you find out for yourself…
Life Changing, with Dr Sian Williams on Radio 4/BBC Sounds
Every episode of this long-running series contains a jaw-dropping tale of human survival and growth. Recovery from injury, family secrets, crime – they’re all covered here. I’ve been going through my own plot twist lately, and I have found these extraordinary stories inspiring, but also very grounding.