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As the Season Turns

As The Season Turns is produced in collaboration with Lia Leendertz, author of The Almanac: A Seasonal Guide. The podcast is now in its fourth edition.

Each episode is released on the first of the month and follows the changing landscape of the seasons - from the moon and the stars, to the tides and the trees.

Found Sounds are released on the middle Friday of each month - these brief, gentle snippets of a wild place in the UK are crafted by sound artist Alice Boyd from field recordings, music and interviews.

Latest Episode #

July

In July, the ancient woodland cools us down, and we explore the hot-weather roots of some of the month’s many names. In the garden Zoe gives us some charms against pests, and we find out what to eat and plant in the veg patch. Our folktale tells of fairies, while The Breath sing ‘Only Stories,’ a song about Ríoghnach’s childhood summers spent in West Cork.

Past Episodes #

Found Sound for June

For June’s Found Sound, Alice meets science and nature writer Chantal Lyons at Woorgreens Nature Reserve in the heart of the Forest of Dean, to spot the elusive wild boar - learning about their habits, expressions and natural history along the way.

June

For June, we spend time in the garden, with squirrels and foxes, nectar-rich flowers and a glut of early summer vegetables. The Breath play ‘For You,’ and we consider the old names for the month and its moons. We delve deep into the Forest of Dean to look for rewilded boar, and recount a folktale about them from the Brothers Grimm.

Found Sound for May

This month, Alice meets writer and poet Dr JC Niala and artist Sam Skinner at Elder Stubbs Allotments in Oxford - where they have recreated a 1918-style allotment using heirloom seeds. The three discuss healing and heritage, and learn how to grow the straightest carrots.

May

In May’s episode we explore the folklore of this lovely month - green men, Robin Hood, moon stories and maypoles. We cook from the garden and make German May wine for parties. We hunt for swan’s-neck thyme-moss, stay up til dawn watching the Eta Aquarids meteor shower and hear ‘Land of My Other,’ a song from The Breath.

Credits #
CREATED BYffern-logo-black_2
PRESENTED BYLia Leendertz
PRODUCED BYGeoff Bird
IN COLLABORATION WITHLia Leendertz
SCRIPT & PRODUCTION COORDINATION BYCatriona Bolt
FOUND SOUNDS BYAlice Boyd
PODCAST MUSICIAN 2023Gwilym Bowen Rhys
PODCAST MUSICIAN 2024The Breath
FOLKLORE CONTRIBUTIONS FROMZoe Gilbert