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Latest Episode3/7/2022

Chimera Release Special

Season 4, Ep. 1
WELCOME BACK Welcome back once again to the Lumieres Podcast! – Yes, somehow I’m still here and this is really happening, you are not dreaming… or maybe you are. Either way, today I have a very special episode of the Lumieres Podcast to share with you, because today is the day that my first book, Chimera, is released! CHIMERA BLURB Chimera: Living Through Leukaemia, A Memoir – to give it it’s full title – is the alchemical story of my teenage near-death initiation. Here's the blurb: Jody White’s eighteenth year of life filled his heart with young love – only to break him apart. Diagnosed with a rare form of Acute Leukaemia, he was given just two weeks to live After a whirlwind of intensive treatment, and close to death, he dreamed his way into the care of a wizened cowboy, his own personal SWAT team, and a mysterious old crone who wanders the desert collecting wolf bones. Chimera is an alchemical dive into teenage illness, a near-death initiation framed by the innate, mythic stories that touch all our lives. I’m really proud and excited about this book. And I still can’t quite believe it’s actually out there starting it’s journey in the world.I decided to launch it with a crowdfunder last Summer. Over 100 backers raised around £5K to support the production of the first copies of the book, with 20% of that going to charity. This was a very special moment for me and I’m so thankful to all those who supported the project. If any of you are listening, once again, thankyou so very much. Because not only was there the pandemic to contend with, the latter half of 2021 also brought with it perhaps the most stressful six months in my personal life I think I’ve ever I’ve been through. Without going into too much detail, with all the challenge and emotional turmoil that was stirred up, there were days I wasn’t sure quite how I was going to move forward. Yet quite bizarrely, there was still an underlying sense that it was all part of the flow of my life, something to be ridden out, rather than raged against. Dedicating myself to finishing the book got me through. CROWDFUNDER REVIEWS I’ve been getting some really lovely reviews coming in from some of those early backers, as well as from a recent blog tour of bookstagrammers. Here’s just a few things people have been saying on the Good Reads website:“Cancer, leukemia, chemotherapy; words we're all familiar with but not necessarily what you might want to read about. Except Jody has written about his own teenage experience of them in such a way that I literally couldn't put this book down. Beautifully written, this powerful and moving memoir is full of hope and positivity” – Jo Arnott “Jody's moving and humbling account of his journey with leukemia is thoroughly engrossing and wonderfully written.” – Owen Shiers “Jody takes us through his illness and his treatment with such clarity, and covering so many aspects of his emotional, and sometimes medication fuelled, inner world that it literally feels like living (and dying) each moment with him.” – Sarah Arguile BLOG TOUR REVIEWS “Eye-opening, raw and important, I think this one everyone needs to read in their lifetime.” – @heidiandherbooks“A beautifully written and heartfelt memoir” – @wee_glasgow-bookworm “Thankyou for helping us to understand the fragile thread of life is to be cherished and never taken for granted.” – @chapmanschaptersandpagesSo, sounds like a pretty good read right? Well, if you want to read it you can buy the book online now at your favourite platform, be it Amazon, Kobo, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Google Play, and many more. If you do decide to purchase it, really hope you enjoy reading, it’s been a labour of love, but judging from how it has been received so far, one well worth the effort.For those who read it, please consider writing a short review on whichever platform you bought it from when you’re done. If you can copy that to the book’s Good Reads page you’ll get extra special brownie points. Just search for ‘Jody White Chimera’ on there and it should come up.To find out more and sign-up for a free preview PDF of the first two chapters, go to my website at jodywhite.co.uk/the-book. There are also a few remaining signed crowdfunder copies available to purchase direct from me on the shop page too. AUDIOBOOK PREVIEW But this is a podcast Jody, I hear you ask? Yes, it is. And…. I have also been recording an audiobook version of Chimera for all of you who prefer to listen to your literature these days. Seems to be an ever-growing number of folks actually, myself included. Whilst that is a couple of months away from being done, as a very special book launch day treat, I thought I’d present the first two chapters exclusively here now for you lovely listeners. If you’re still with me after all this time off, then you are hardcore and I salute you to the absolute max.Stay safe out there, Jody CONNECT WITH JODY Instagram – @lifeinfractalsFacebook – @jodywhiteauthorwww.jodywhite.co.uk DONATE I have always offered this podcast in the spirit of the gift. It is not, and never will be, a for-profit enterprise. At the present time, many self-employed artists and creative types, myself included, are struggling in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. My usual income has dried up.If you have enjoyed the episodes I've put out and are able to show a small token of your appreciation financially, that support would be gratefully accepted. FOLLOW THE PODCAST You can keep up-to-date with the podcast via Facebook or Instagram. You can also contact me directly through the contact form. If you enjoyed the episode, learned something or feel suitably inspired, then please consider sharing it with your friends and amongst your social networks. I'd be most grateful. MUSIC: Six Organs of AdmittanceDrag City Records
3/7/2022

Chimera Release Special

Season 4, Ep. 1
WELCOME BACK Welcome back once again to the Lumieres Podcast! – Yes, somehow I’m still here and this is really happening, you are not dreaming… or maybe you are. Either way, today I have a very special episode of the Lumieres Podcast to share with you, because today is the day that my first book, Chimera, is released! CHIMERA BLURB Chimera: Living Through Leukaemia, A Memoir – to give it it’s full title – is the alchemical story of my teenage near-death initiation. Here's the blurb: Jody White’s eighteenth year of life filled his heart with young love – only to break him apart. Diagnosed with a rare form of Acute Leukaemia, he was given just two weeks to live After a whirlwind of intensive treatment, and close to death, he dreamed his way into the care of a wizened cowboy, his own personal SWAT team, and a mysterious old crone who wanders the desert collecting wolf bones. Chimera is an alchemical dive into teenage illness, a near-death initiation framed by the innate, mythic stories that touch all our lives. I’m really proud and excited about this book. And I still can’t quite believe it’s actually out there starting it’s journey in the world.I decided to launch it with a crowdfunder last Summer. Over 100 backers raised around £5K to support the production of the first copies of the book, with 20% of that going to charity. This was a very special moment for me and I’m so thankful to all those who supported the project. If any of you are listening, once again, thankyou so very much. Because not only was there the pandemic to contend with, the latter half of 2021 also brought with it perhaps the most stressful six months in my personal life I think I’ve ever I’ve been through. Without going into too much detail, with all the challenge and emotional turmoil that was stirred up, there were days I wasn’t sure quite how I was going to move forward. Yet quite bizarrely, there was still an underlying sense that it was all part of the flow of my life, something to be ridden out, rather than raged against. Dedicating myself to finishing the book got me through. CROWDFUNDER REVIEWS I’ve been getting some really lovely reviews coming in from some of those early backers, as well as from a recent blog tour of bookstagrammers. Here’s just a few things people have been saying on the Good Reads website:“Cancer, leukemia, chemotherapy; words we're all familiar with but not necessarily what you might want to read about. Except Jody has written about his own teenage experience of them in such a way that I literally couldn't put this book down. Beautifully written, this powerful and moving memoir is full of hope and positivity” – Jo Arnott “Jody's moving and humbling account of his journey with leukemia is thoroughly engrossing and wonderfully written.” – Owen Shiers “Jody takes us through his illness and his treatment with such clarity, and covering so many aspects of his emotional, and sometimes medication fuelled, inner world that it literally feels like living (and dying) each moment with him.” – Sarah Arguile BLOG TOUR REVIEWS “Eye-opening, raw and important, I think this one everyone needs to read in their lifetime.” – @heidiandherbooks“A beautifully written and heartfelt memoir” – @wee_glasgow-bookworm “Thankyou for helping us to understand the fragile thread of life is to be cherished and never taken for granted.” – @chapmanschaptersandpagesSo, sounds like a pretty good read right? Well, if you want to read it you can buy the book online now at your favourite platform, be it Amazon, Kobo, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Google Play, and many more. If you do decide to purchase it, really hope you enjoy reading, it’s been a labour of love, but judging from how it has been received so far, one well worth the effort.For those who read it, please consider writing a short review on whichever platform you bought it from when you’re done. If you can copy that to the book’s Good Reads page you’ll get extra special brownie points. Just search for ‘Jody White Chimera’ on there and it should come up.To find out more and sign-up for a free preview PDF of the first two chapters, go to my website at jodywhite.co.uk/the-book. There are also a few remaining signed crowdfunder copies available to purchase direct from me on the shop page too. AUDIOBOOK PREVIEW But this is a podcast Jody, I hear you ask? Yes, it is. And…. I have also been recording an audiobook version of Chimera for all of you who prefer to listen to your literature these days. Seems to be an ever-growing number of folks actually, myself included. Whilst that is a couple of months away from being done, as a very special book launch day treat, I thought I’d present the first two chapters exclusively here now for you lovely listeners. If you’re still with me after all this time off, then you are hardcore and I salute you to the absolute max.Stay safe out there, Jody CONNECT WITH JODY Instagram – @lifeinfractalsFacebook – @jodywhiteauthorwww.jodywhite.co.uk DONATE I have always offered this podcast in the spirit of the gift. It is not, and never will be, a for-profit enterprise. At the present time, many self-employed artists and creative types, myself included, are struggling in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. My usual income has dried up.If you have enjoyed the episodes I've put out and are able to show a small token of your appreciation financially, that support would be gratefully accepted. FOLLOW THE PODCAST You can keep up-to-date with the podcast via Facebook or Instagram. You can also contact me directly through the contact form. If you enjoyed the episode, learned something or feel suitably inspired, then please consider sharing it with your friends and amongst your social networks. I'd be most grateful. MUSIC: Six Organs of AdmittanceDrag City Records
10/29/2020

S3E4 – Tchad Blake – Maestro of the Mix

Season 3, Ep. 4
Portrait by Jacquie Blake Tchad Blake is an audio engineer and producer, primarily known for his creative, world-class mixing. His work on records by The Black Keys, Sheryl Crow and Suzanne Vega have won him several Grammy awards.The list of artists he has worked with is seriously impressive, from Peter Gabriel to Crowded House, Tom Waits, The Pretenders, Fiona Apple, Arctic Monkeys and many more. It just so happens that Tchad lives in the Welsh hills a short trip north, so when my friend Emanation put us in touch I was really excited to sit down and chat with an industry legend, putting a body and a face to a name I saw pop up on the back of my Pearl Jam and Joseph Arthur CDs growing up. Tchad is humble, gracious and a very funny guy, happy to share stories from his life in music. From the early days as an LA studio assistant, to forming a long-term partnership with producer Mitchell Froom, moving to the UK, working at Real World and settling down in Wales with his wife Jackie to raise their two boys. For those local to the Powys area, and for those interested, a shout out to the fantastic organisations Tchad mentions towards the end of our chat:Mid-Powys Youth TheatreThe Willow GlobeImpelo Dance Centre Big thanks to Tchad for making the time to talk with me. I hope you enjoy this conversation. Breathe deep and go well, Jody CONNECT WITH TCHAD Tchad on Instagram CONNECT WITH JODY Jody on Instagram DONATE I have always offered this podcast in the spirit of the gift. It is not, and never will be, a for-profit enterprise. At the present time, many self-employed artists and creative types, myself included, are struggling in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. My usual income has dried up.If you have enjoyed the episodes I've put out and are able to show a small token of your appreciation financially, that support would be gratefully accepted. FOLLOW THE PODCAST You can keep up-to-date with the podcast via Facebook or Instagram. You can also contact me directly through the contact form. If you enjoyed the episode, learned something or feel suitably inspired, then please consider sharing it with your friends and amongst your social networks. I'd be most grateful. MUSIC: Six Organs of AdmittanceDrag City Records
5/14/2020

S3E3 – Sophia Campbell – A Woven Farewell

Season 3, Ep. 3
Today we are going to talk about death, because, lets face it, as a culture we really need to. Despite it being an intrinsic part of being alive, something that will happen to everybody, we really don’t like to talk about it. Our medical system will do anything to prevent it happening, sometimes despite the very wishes of the patient themselves. When did you last hear a friend tell you they’d been working on their will, or that they’d chosen a song they’d like played at the ceremonial commemoration of their life? How do we feel about our dying, about these close to us dying? Do we have a plan for a our death? It’s time we got these conversations going publicly and privately. Death is in the air right now. With so much talk about death tolls, some saying the virus rates have been over-inflated, some saying they’ve been deliberately under-reported and the real count is much higher. Its hard to know who to believe. Either way, as a society we are still incredibly frightened of this part of life, understandably. By its very nature we can know nothing of what actually happens, but depending on your belief system, we can have a pretty good guess and that's enough for most. For myself, coming within a hair’s breath of dying at a young age re-framed my life as nothing less than a blessed gift, a second-chance at being here for which I am forever grateful. I think there is a lot of peace to be found in coming to terms with our dying and the deaths of others. It is the fundamental nature of life: all things will end. How can this truth teach us to live more fully while we are able? I’ve noticed more conversation around death awareness in podcasts recently, with Russell Brand talking to Amanda Palmer and my previous guest Manda Scott going into the subject on a recent episode of her Accidental Gods project. So here is a contribution to the cauldron from myself and my guest today, Sophia Campbell. Sophia is a basket maker and weaver of coffins. Her own encounters with death have come in a very personal way with the passing of her mother and sister and as you’ll hear, it was actually through her grieving process after her Mum died that she began working with baskets and weaving willow. Thanks for listening. Breathe deep and go well, Jody CONNECT WITH SOPHIA Sophia's Website – wovenfarewell.co.ukSophia on Instagram CONNECT WITH JODY Jody on InstagramJody on TwitterSounds to Soothe – An improvised sound journey DONATE I have always offered this podcast in the spirit of the gift. It is not, and never will be, a for-profit enterprise. At the present time, many self-employed artists and creative types, myself included, are struggling in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. My usual income has dried up.If you have enjoyed the episodes I've put out and are able to show a small token of your appreciation financially, that support would be gratefully appreciated. FOLLOW THE PODCAST You can keep up-to-date with the podcast via Facebook or Instagram. You can also contact me directly through the contact form. If you enjoyed the episode, learned something or feel suitably inspired, then please consider sharing it with your friends and amongst your social networks. I'd be most grateful. MUSIC: Six Organs of AdmittanceDrag City Records
4/8/2020

S3E2 – Sam Gandy – Psychedelics and Nature Connection

Season 3, Ep. 2
Sam Gandy is a an ecologist, writer, speaker and researcher whose special interest lies in examining the capacity of psychedelic substances to dramatically and radically shift our interactions with the natural world for the betterment of all. In this episode, Sam shares his journey from his early forays into consciousness exploration and the wonders of nature, through his academic studies into soil and living systems. We talk about the value of psychedelics and how their expanding use can be harnessed as a force for good in this rapidly changing world. As well as his role as Scientific Assistant to the Director of the Beckley Foundation, Sam recently collaborated on a ground-breaking study with the Centre for Psychedelic Research team at Imperial College, London. Their findings demonstrated a reliable and robust positive association between psychedelic use and nature relatedness. This study and others like it are vitally important as we enter a new paradigm in which the value of psychedelics as tools for deeply positive change is undisputable and backed by science. Be sure to read Sam's latest article for Eco Hustler, a perfect companion piece to this episode of the podcast. Since the last episode the world has changed. A global pandemic has been declared. You will no doubt be involved in measures to minimise the spread of the viral disease known as Covid-19. The Coronavirus has made a dramatic impact on the rhythms of our society and gifted the Earth a much-needed break from our selfish destruction as a result. We can all feel that something has shifted and however this unfolds, it is clear that life will never be the same again. We are in the midst of the sixth mass extinction and the time to make significant, lasting changes to the way we live on the Earth was yesterday. As humans, we must slow down our greedy, consumptive habits. We must remember our place in the vast, interconnected web of life and we must care for it as best we can. Wishing you all good health, Jody CONNECT WITH SAM Psychedelics and Nature Connection – EcoHustlerTEDx Oxford – From Egoism to Ecoism: Psychedelics and Nature ConnectionImperial College Study on Psychedelics and Nature ConnectionSam @ Breaking Convention 2019 – Psychedelic BiophiliaSam @ Breaking Convention 2017 – Dying to Live CONNECT WITH JODY Sounds to Soothe – An improvised sound journeyJody on Instagram DONATE I have always offered this podcast in the spirit of the gift. It is not, and never will be, a for-profit enterprise. At the present time, many self-employed artists and creative types, myself included, are struggling in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. My usual income has dried up.If you have enjoyed the episodes I've put out and are able to show a small token of your appreciation financially, that support would be gratefully appreciated. FOLLOW THE PODCAST You can keep up-to-date with the podcast via Facebook or Instagram. You can also contact me directly through the contact form. If you enjoyed the episode, learned something or feel suitably inspired, then please consider sharing it with your friends and amongst your social networks. I'd be most grateful. MUSIC: Six Organs of AdmittanceDrag City Records
3/4/2020

S3E1 – Manda Scott – Accidental Gods

The Lumieres Podcast is alive! Two years after the last episode, I've been called back to the microphone once more. First, I share what I've been up to in the interim and why the podcast was on hiatus, the primary reason being that I've been finishing my first book, Chimera. The book is a memoir of the tumultuous year of my life twenty years ago when I was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of leukaemia. I'm now at the point where I am actively looking for a literary agent to help take the book to the next level and put it out into the world. I heard the name Manda Scott many years ago from the wonderful Mac Macartney down at Embercombe in Devon (where co-incidentally Manda is teaching this November). He was talking about how her historial fiction books, the Boudica series, had been dreamed into being. A shamanic author? I was intrigued and made a mental note. Manda is an award-winning novelist as well as an experienced shamanic dreaming teacher, running her own courses for the past fifteen years. I knew she'd make the perfect person to pick up the thread of this podcast with. Along with her partner Faith Tilleray, she recently birthed an extremely potent new project. Accidental Gods is the culmination of a year's intense dreaming, meditating and planning. Accidental Gods is a podcast, a website portal and a framework for conscious evolution. It's a bold and timely initiative that has the potential to be extremely beneficial to many people, regardless of background or experience. I urge you to check it out. In this episode you'll hear Manda share her journey from veterinary surgeon, through shamanism and dreaming, into best-selling novelist. Manda unpacks the Accidental Gods project in depth and we talk about the state of the world, where the hope lies and what we can do to allow the next steps to emerge. Many thanks to Manda for her time and graciousness and to you for listening, liking, sharing and subscribing. I really appreciate your support. It feels good to be back!Until next time,Jody CONNECT WITH MANDA www.mandascott.co.ukwww.dreamingawake.co.ukwww.accidentalgods.lifeManda on Twitter CONNECT WITH JODY Jody on TwitterJody on Instagram FOLLOW THE PODCAST You can follow the podcast via it's own page on Facebook or on Instagram, or send a message through the form on this website. If you enjoyed this episode, learned something or feel suitably inspired, then please consider sharing it with your friends and amongst your social networks. I'd be most grateful! MUSIC: Six Organs of AdmittanceDrag City Records
2/15/2018

S2E8 – Ian Marchant – A Hero For High Times

Ian Marchant lives five minutes walk from my house in Presteigne. I'd heard his name mentioned here and there, and after meeting Bob Rowberry a few months ago (and learning about Ian's book based on Bob's adventures) it felt like a very natural progression to pop round to Ian's for a chat. In this episode you'll hear about his life as a writer, what it's like to reinvent contemporary British trainspotting and be interviewed by Noel Edmonds, as well as a deep dive into the topics covered by his important new book A Hero For High Times: A Younger Reader’s Guide to the Beats, Hippies, Freaks, Punks, Ravers, New-Age Travellers and Dog-on-a-Rope Brew Crew Crusties of the British Isles, 1956–1994 (Jonathan Cape, 2018). Roger Lewis, writing in The Times, has already called it “a seditious, crackpot, transcendental riot… my book of the year, and it’s only February.” I've just ordered my copy and I would ask you to consider doing the same. I'm genuinely excited to learn more about this period of immense counter-cultural influence which happened before I really came of age. I'm hoping it can help fill in the large gaps in my understanding of my own cultural heritage and I have a feeling it will provide many laughs along the way! On a personal level, there is something beautifully fitting about the fact I now live in this small town in the Welsh borders in which the man who has written such a book also resides. I feel among friends. As I mentioned last time, it has been perfect timing to meet Ian and an honour to be able to release an episode of the podcast to coincide with the publication of the book. I really hope you enjoy this episode, we had a lot of fun and I can safely say you will learn a thing or three! Jody CONNECT WITH JODY: You can follow the podcast via Facebook or Instagram, or send a message through the form on this website. If you enjoyed this episode, learned something or feel suitably inspired, then please consider sharing it with your friends and amongst your social networks. I'd be most grateful! EPISODE OVERVIEW: Border life and the war outside Ian’s window How Ian arrived in Presteigne The benefits of light policing on country life Reinventing contemporary British trainspotting Being interviewed by tiny Noel Edmonds Psychedelic heaven at Lampeter University in the 1970s Life before writing and getting his first break Working with the BBC and making a living as a writer The genesis of Ian’s new book, A Hero For High Times Meeting Bob Rowberry and being inspired to write about British culture The influence of 60s Psychedelia and lack of awareness of it in today’s generation Taking drugs and fucking to change the world, will it happen again? The politics of the counter-culture in deeply conservative times Local activism as a force for good Changing consciousness through the reformation of our draconian drug laws A Hero For High Times is out now! CONNECT WITH IAN: Ian's Website Ian on Facebook Ian on Twitter MUSIC: Six Organs of Admittance Drag City Records
2/6/2018

S2E7 – Bob Rowberry – A Life of Adventures (Pt. 2)

Deep in a wood in a valley in the Marches of Wales, by an abandoned railway line, there lives a 75 year old man called Bob Rowberry. His home is an ancient school bus whose engine has died and whose wheels have fallen off. A Hero For High Times is the story of how he ended up in this broken down bus, on this abandoned line, in this forgotten part of the world. It tells of how, along the way, Procul Harum were named after his cat, how he sold Owsley acid to RD Laing, of how he annoyed Saddam Hussein and the IRA, and how he was freed from jail in Mexico by a popular uprising of the peasantry who had come to know him as ‘El Maestro’. It’s also the story of his times, and the ideas that shaped him. It’s a story of why you know your birth sign, why you have friends called Willow, why Yoko Ono affected how we eat much more than Linda McCartney ever did, why sex and drugs and rock and roll once mattered more than money, why dance music stopped the New Age Travellers from travelling, and why you need to think twice before taking the brown acid. – from Ian Marchant‘s new book, A Hero For High Times (Jonathan Cape, 2018) – extract repeated here with the kind permission of Ian. This is the second part of my conversation with Bob Rowberry. The next episode of the Lumieres Podcast will feature a wonderful hour in the esteemed company of the aforementioned author of A Hero For High Times, Mr Ian Marchant himself. This will be released on the very same day as the book is launched. I didn't actually plan it like that but it's worked out perfectly! The track I felt to play before this chat with Bob is the title track from the wonderful Jesca Hoop's latest record, Memories Are Now. Everything about this song feels pertinent, from the references to living in the present, the role of memory and the sentiment of just cracking on with life. I saw Jesca play live in Wolverhampton yesterday (5/2/18) and she was utterly magnificent. Go and see her if you get the chance, but in the meantime please visit her Bandcamp page to purchase a record or two for yourself. Special thanks once again to Jayne Worthington for the wonderful portrait photography. Happy Imbolc! Jody CONNECT WITH JODY: You can reach me via Facebook or Instagram, or send a message through the form on this website. If you enjoyed this episode, learned something or feel suitably inspired, then please consider sharing it with your friends and amongst your social networks. I'd be most grateful! EPISODE OVERVIEW: Settling into Border life The adventure we can't mention! How Bob met author Ian Marchant Bob's take on how A Hero For High Times came to be On being the subject of a book Opening doors in the publishing world Creating jewellery and working with metals Inspiration from the craftsmen of the Middle East Learning patience as a jeweller How Bob manages a day-to-day woodland life The impact of technology on Bob's world One of Bob's favourite things to do as a kid (this involves bullets, weapons and the army) Getting resourceful and acting on opportunities CONNECT WITH BOB: Bob on Facebook MUSIC: Jesca Hoop Six Organs of Admittance Drag City Records