I’m really excited to be one of the poets featured in the first series of Seren Poetry Podcasts. Each one is an interview with the poet and includes them reading their work. I’m in the company of some amazing poets including Kim Moore, Polly Atkin, Rhian Edwards, Eric Ngalle Charles, Christopher Meredith and others. I spent a lovely couple of hours at Wordsworth Grasmere with Chris Gregory from the audio production company Alternative Stories being interviewed. We talked about life and death, what a heart sound like, how poems come to you at the most inconvenient times, the different qualities of rain in the Lake District and of course animals; pigs, sheep, what it’s like to assist in the birth of a calf and how being a vet gives you a unique perspective into the lives of animals. He also asked me about the experience of being a mother and stepmother, we found we had a shared love of folk music and I think morris dancing even made an appearance! There is a preview of me reading one of the poems here https://www.buzzsprout.com/2035359/11391669-preview-five-auscultation-by-ilse-pedler and the whole podcast will be out on Thursday 12th October, just search for The Seren Poetry Podcast in any of the usual podcast apps, Spotify, Google, Apple etc.
The first podcast with Polly Atkin was released on 6th October and is full of interesting information about living with chronic illness, the beauty and the rain in the Lake District ( I think there’s a theme emerging. here) and the life of Dorothy Wordsworth. You can listen to it here https://www.buzzsprout.com/2035359/11442854-polly-atkin-much-with-body