The art of being..

Welcome to The Art of Being.., a podcast about who we are as human beings and how we show up in the world. The podcast started out as the Healthy Happy Writer Show, but I very quickly realised that it had become limited. And when I made the decision to change what I focused on to reflect more of who I am and what I believe, it became apparent that, although I love writing and writers, I want to talk to and uncover more about what makes the world such a unique and diverse place.

Over the years I’ve hosted a number of authors on my Thursday Throng author interview, some have gone on to write other things and others have changed direction  or started a different writing career. And these interviews taught me something interesting, that is doesn’t matter what the question, everyone always has a different answer. In these interviews you’ll find I may sometimes ask the same question, but again I’m finding that everyone has a different answer.

What that tells me is that there is no such thing as ‘normal’, there is no such thing as ‘the same’ and there is definitely no such thing as better or best.

I believe that being healthy and happy is a mix of all the things that make up our lives. How can I be healthy if I don’t eat well or exercise and how can I be happy if my body doesn’t feel ‘right’ in some way. These are just some of our physical needs.

Being healthy and happy also means recognising the importance of our mind and spirit to leading a life that brings us fulfilment regardless of the circumstances we find ourselves in. These are the things I’ll be exploring with my guests of the coming weeks, months and hopefully, years.

(Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay)

In conversation with Andy Cash, winner of the Hysteria 2020 poetry competition

Andy Cash was the winner of the Hysteria 2020 poetry competition with his poem The Poets Meeting published in the Hysteria 7 anthology. Andy writes about love, hope, human insecurities, death, our needs, mental illness and weaknesses, strengths, deep desires to be part of a fellow brethren and the lusts of life in an everyday … Read more

In conversation with Jane O’Connor, winner of the Hysteria 2020 short story competition

Jane O’Connor was the winner of the Hysteria 2020 short story competition with her story The Flower Box published in the Hysteria 7 anthology. Jane is a writer of short stories and novels, as well as a researcher and reader in Childhood Studies at Birmingham City University. Her latest novel,’The Trial of Gwen Foley‘ is … Read more

In conversation with Emma K Lea

How does a dyslexic become a writer? Having inspirational teachers at school helps, as does parents who won’t allow it to become an excuse. Emma K Lea talks about her journey from ghostwriter to self-publisher, her work as a tutor for others who are also dyslexic and selling children’s books on Etsy. She reflects on … Read more

In conversation with Sahar Abdulaziz

When suspense writer, Sahar Abdulaziz isn’t busy plotting a stabbing, a garroting, or a murder (all on paper of course) she’s busy writing about her crew of highly-entertaining, quirky, unpredictable book characters. Some have been lovely, big-hearted, gentle souls, merely temporarily lost and in search of answers, while others have been eccentric, unconventional, writing their … Read more

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