Being The Story

Being The Story

www.beingthestory.org.uk
Being the Story is a new podcast to inspire new ideas, challenge perceptions, and stimulate conversation on the big issues facing society today. This podcast series, recorded in front of a live audience, features thought-proving talks given by individuals who’ve faced life-changing experiences and who are using their experiences to come up with solutions to create social change. Our Being the Story podcast, live events, training and spokespersons network diversify the voices we hear in the media and beyond introducing new voices and perspectives into mainstream conversation. For more information go to www.beingthestory.org.uk


Belmira Monteiro ‘Getting Outdoors, Building Communities’
Jul 3 • 10 min
Originally from Angola, Belmira came to the UK from Portugal and settled in Newcastle. She has been volunteering with The Comfrey Project for 10 years, which works with refugees and asylum seekers on allotment sites across Newcastle and Gateshead….
Steve  Arnott and Dave  Okwesia  ‘Changing Lives with the Hull Beats  Bus’ 
Jun 26 • 12 min
Steve and Dave are united by their love of Hip-hop which had a huge impact on their lives, and motivated them to co-found the Hull Beats Bus with Nigel Taylor. The Beats Bus is a mobile recording studio building confidence through music and…
Dan Dewsbury ‘Telling Stories through Documentary’
Jun 19 • 35 min
Dan Dewsbury is a BAFTA-nominated Director with a strong belief that the issues raised in documentaries can lead to real change.Dan shares how he started his career on a BBC traineeship programme and has worked on Louis Theroux, Storyville, The…
Peter Mitchell ‘Out of the Madness, Into the Light’
Jun 12 • 13 min
Peter Mitchell, a former journalist and television executive, has been in recovery from alcoholism for 10 years. He is Chief Executive of the Road to Recovery Trust, a Newcastle-based charity that supports 12-step, abstinence-based recovery from…
Jonny Benjamin ‘The Journey to Hope and Recovery’
Jun 5 • 14 min
When Jonny Benjamin talks, people stop and listen. Jonny is a mental health campaigner, writer and presenter. He shares his story, being diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, a combination of schizophrenia and depression at the age of 20. During…
Brigitte Aphrodite ‘My Beautiful Black Dog’
Mar 20 • 15 min
Brigitte Aphrodite is a Punk Poet, Musician, Writer, Theatre Maker and Feminist Showgirl. Brigitte will discuss how performance can be used in mental health education and will be performing a selection of songs and poems from her…
Emma Lawton ‘Dropping the P Bomb’
Mar 13 • 14 min
Emma shares her story being diagnosed with young onset Parkinson’s Disease at only 29. Emma has made it her mission to raise awareness of Parkinson’s and fundraise for Parkinson’s UK. This journey has taken her from an unexpected diagnosis to…
Sue James ‘The Power of Stories to Make the Invisible Visible’
Mar 6 • 14 min
Sue`s mantra is “find the story and give the client a voice”. A housing solicitor for 25 years she runs a busy court housing duty scheme, providing last-minute help to people facing eviction or repossession. Sue shares her belief that in order to…
Naveed and Samiya Parvez ‘Building on our experience to change the future’
Feb 28 • 14 min
Andiamo was founded after husband and wife Naveed and Samiya had their son Diamo in 2003. He had a difficult birth due to medical negligence leading to Cerebral Palsy and sadly passed away in 2012. They share their journey; how their difficult…
Sam Smith ‘Re-writing the Labels that Hold Us Back’
Feb 21 • 11 min
Supporting young people has been a lifelong passion for Sam. In this talk he shares his own personal story of how he has overcome barriers from his tough background and rejected the labels given to him to become a successful social entrepreneur. He…
Clare Patey, Empathy Museum ‘A Mile in My Shoes’
Feb 14 • 11 min
Clare shares her work at the Empathy Museum, the world’s first experiential arts space dedicated to helping us look at the world through other people’s eyes. A Mile in My Shoes is an interactive shoe shop where visitors can walk a mile in someone…
Mandy Thomas ‘Telling my story to help others share theirs’
Feb 7 • 15 min
Mandy shares her personal story of being in an abusive relationship and how this led her to campaign about domestic abuse. Mandy has become a voice for those who don’t have one increasing awareness and understanding. Mandy’s experiences informed…
Episode 12: Giles Duley ‘Documenting the Legacy of War’
Jan 31 • 19 min
Award-winning photographer Giles Duley shares his story; moving from music and fashion photography to humanitarian and losing both legs and an arm whilst photographing the US Army on patrol in Afghanistan. He talks about the ability photography can…
Pastor Lorraine Jones ‘Turning Pain into Power through the Power of Love’
Jan 24 • 19 min
Lorraine’s son Dwayne was a few months short of his 21st birthday when he was fatally stabbed in Brixton in 2014. He was acting as a peacekeeper helping a younger boy and died as a result. Dwayne was from Brixton’s Angell Town Estate and had…
Hassan Akkad: ‘My Journey to Europe’
Jan 17 • 15 min
Hassan shares his personal story of fleeing his home and job as an English teacher in Damascus, Syria to journey to Europe. He will share his experience of turning the camera on himself in the BBC2 documentary Exodus to record this life-risking…
On Top of the World: CAN YOU HEAR US FROM UP HERE?
Dec 13, 2019 • 13 min
“We are more than faces at windows held high” How often do we hear the voices of the residents of Tower Blocks? In a collaboration between The Royal Exchange Theatre and One Manchester housing association the residents of four high-rise blocks in…
Brenda Birungi Lady Unchained: Creating a platform for prison poetry
Dec 6, 2019 • 14 min
“My life ended and began with a prison sentence, those metal doors awoke the faith in me” Sitting in her front room, with a group of like-minded friends, Lady Unchained and her friends would have debates and discussions about the problems they…
Peter Atakpo “It’s surprising what you hear when you listen”
Nov 29, 2019 • 17 min
Nigerian-born Peter came to Britain in 2010 and works as a barber in Clapham, London. In a collaboration between Empathy Museum and Migration Museum, Peter shared his experiences of migration for ‘A Mile in My Shoes’ where visitors of a giant shoe…
Marissa Begonia -The invisible workforce: My fight for migrant Domestic Workers
Nov 22, 2019 • 14 min
Marissa shares her journey as a domestic worker, from facing financial abuse and sexual harassment to finding a family who treated her well. She talks about the challenges that changes to government policy have had on the women she seeks to support,…
Caroline Kennedy The Unlikely Campaigner
Nov 15, 2019 • 9 min
Families face many obstacles to overcome poverty. But the insights of the people experiencing poverty are invaluable and people of influence are starting to listen. Raising two sons as a single parent in the East End of Glasgow, Caroline has felt the…
Charlie Craggs - Tackling Transphobia fabulously with education and empowerment
Nov 8, 2019 • 16 min
This podcast series, recorded in front of a live audience at Conway Hall, features thought-provoking talks given by individuals who’ve faced life-changing experiences and who are using their experiences to come up with solutions to create social change.…
Steve Arnott: Getting to the heart of a Northern Soul
Nov 1, 2019 • 21 min
This podcast series, recorded in front of a live audience at Conway Hall, features thought-provoking talks given by individuals who’ve faced life-changing experiences and who are using their experiences to come up with solutions to create social change.…
Laura Ashurst: Becoming Friends with Hope - Living with Cancer
Oct 25, 2019 • 15 min
This podcast series, recorded in front of a live audience at Conway Hall, features thought-provoking talks given by individuals who’ve faced life-changing experiences and who are using their experiences to come up with solutions to create social change.…
Milly: Your dark past can become your greatest gift – my journey into journalism
Oct 14, 2019 • 23 min
This podcast series, recorded in front of a live audience at Conway Hall, features thought-provoking talks given by individuals who’ve faced life-changing experiences and who are using their experiences to come up with solutions to create social change.…