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Blue Jay Collective presents The Culture Cast

An intergenerational project lead by young people, learning skills and sharing stories


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  • 5. Vimla Dodd

    39:17
    Vimla Dodd, a passionate volunteer and inspired teacher explains how she grew up in a small town in India, "where neighbourhood was part of the family" and how her mother influenced and inspired her to become a passionate community volunteer. Throughout her childhood and through the partition of India, Vimla tells the stories of how she watched her parents' active involvement in the community and received an education not possible from any school or university.Hosted by Lila May, we hope you sit back and enjoy.

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  • 4. Culture Castaway: Jane Cowley

    37:16
    Gregary's second Culture Castaway is Jane Cowley, a happy Brummie with travelling feet and lovely teeth.Mixing it up with tales of India, memories of Ian Drury in the Hare and Hounds and an appreciation of Paul O'Grady's big heart and wonderful wit. Don't miss the 20 year old dentures (not Jane's!) story either. This is a Blue Jay Collective intergenerational project based in Birmingham, supported by the Culture Club at Midlands Art Centre and funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.With thanks to Desert Island Discs on BBC Radio 4 for the inspiration.The tracks chosen can be found on the Culture Castaways Spotify Playlist here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/64ST8TvognIxMZLeK1hS9W?si=d6d79909af474f59The book is At my Mother's Knee... And Other Low Joints by Paul O'Grady
  • 3. Culture Castaway: Robyn Tighe

    29:10
    We are proud to present Gregary's first Culture Castaway, Robyn Tighe!From Dexy's to Dunkirk and drinking tea everywhere from a bed on the beach to Typhoo in Burma. Sit back and relax to hear Robyn's choice of music, literature and luxury.This is a Blue Jay Collective intergenerational project based in Birmingham, supported by the Culture Club at Midlands Art Centre and funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.With thanks to Desert Island Discs on BBC Radio 4 for the inspiration.The tracks chosen can be found on the Culture Castaways Spotify Playlist here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/64ST8TvognIxMZLeK1hS9W?si=d6d79909af474f59The books talked about were: North Woods by Daniel Mason and The Piano Tuner by the same author
  • 2. Culture Castaway: Dawn McGee

    45:22
    We are proud to present our second Culture Castaway, Dawn McGee!Interviewed by Paige Evans, Dawn remembers how she much loves music of the 60s and 70s, admires the suffragettes, and explains why there's no point being afraid of insects, in amongst having a good old chinwag.This is a Blue Jay Collective intergenerational project based in Birmingham, supported by the Culture Club at Midlands Art Centre and funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.With thanks to Desert Island Discs on BBC Radio 4 for the inspiration.The tracks chosen can be found on the Culture Castaways Spotify Playlist here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/64ST8TvognIxMZLeK1hS9W?si=95d07b4b2ba44245
  • 1. Culture Castaway: Carol Dixon

    28:18
    We are proud to present our first Culture Castaway, Carol Dixon!Interviewed by Lila May, Carol invites us to think about the activist mindset, humanism and protest songs of the 60s as we find out what she would take with her were she to be cast away to a deserted island.This is a Blue Jay Collective intergenerational project based in Birmingham, supported by the Culture Club at Midlands Art Centre and funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.With thanks to Desert Island Discs on BBC Radio 4 for the inspiration.The tracks chosen can be found on the Culture Castaways Spotify Playlist here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/64ST8TvognIxMZLeK1hS9W?si=95d07b4b2ba44245The books were: 'A Therapeutic Journey' by Hamish Hamilton and 'The Little Book of Humanism: Universal lessons on finding purpose, meaning and joy' by Alice Roberts and Andrew Copson