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New podcast: The crazy tale of teenage mediums in Victorian London

Hi everyone. There’s a new podcast. This episode looks at the life of Florence Cook, a famous teenage medium in Victorian London.

I’ve been reading a lot about the girls who became mediums in the 19th century, why quite a few women suddenly chose this path, why there was a public hunger for séances and how mediumship gave women a voice at the time when they often weren’t allowed to speak in public. The episode is also about sex (and so were the séances according to some writers)

Hope you enjoy this month’s episode.

New year, new podcast

Hi everyone. Happy new year! Sorry it’s been a while. I’m going to try out a new thing this year. I’m launching a podcasting.

There are several stories, myths and legends that have fascinated me for a long time. I’ve been trying to find ways to re-tell them, but have struggled to find a medium that works until I started thinking about podcasts.

So here we go, today I’m launching Feeding the Fire, a podcast about myths and legends from London and beyond.

When I came up with the name everything started falling into place. These stories inspire me and they make me think. My wish for this podcast is for it to inspire others. Perhaps there might be something in these episodes that will feed your creative fire.

I’ve never done anything like this before and I’m both excited and nervous about releasing this into the ether. When I listen to this episode I only hear things to improve on, but perhaps that’s a good place to start.

The first episode looks at the life of Elisabeth Gustafsdotter or Elizabeth Stride, a Swedish immigrant in Victorian London who ended up becoming Jack the Ripper’s third victim.

Hope you enjoy it! Let me know if you have any feedback.

Image by Toa Heftiba.