A Paul Kerensa Podcast
CATCHING UP… with Rev Jon March

CATCHING UP… with Rev Jon March

September 9, 2021

My guest this time is my old buddy from uni days, Rev "Random" Jon March. He's vicar of St Luke's, Kentish Town. You'll swiftly hear what earned him the nickname "Random".

Hear how he accidentaly did a Theology degree due to at least two admin errors... his analysis of words like 'several'... how he grew a church from literally zero... and his thoughts on how to build back a church after something like, say, a pandemic.

Jon's podcast The New Now, on leadership in changing times, is available here - and this episode has Paul as a guest: https://lnns.co/z2vOtYXZIha 

Paul's on twitter @paulkerensa

Jon's on twitter @jonmarch

Paul's other podcast The British Broadcasting Century is listentoable here: podfollow.com/bbcentury

If you like the podcast, please give us a nice review where you found it, and stay subscribed for more like this. Next time: comedy writer James Cary.

Thanks for listening!

CATCHING UP… with Gareth Jones

CATCHING UP… with Gareth Jones

August 17, 2021

This time, Paul chats to TV presenter, podcaster, technology enthusiast and man of at least two names, GARETH JONES!

You may have known him as 'Gaz Top' on Saturday morning children's TV show Get Fresh, or you may have seen his 16-year stint fronting How 2 for CITV.  He's presented Tomorrow's World, he's hosted the Gareth Jones on Speed podcast for 15 years (garethjones.tv/onspeed.html) - and we get into all of these things and more.

If you've listened to my other podcast, The British Broadcasting Century, you may have heard bits of this chat. But he was such a great guest, I wanted to put the entire brilliantly gobby, hugely insightful, occupationally illuminating interview up here. 

So have at it! The complete works of the Gareth Jones chat.

Find out more about Gareth and watch videos of his past oeuvres on his website, garethjones.tv

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You can find Paul on Twitter @paulkerensa

You can find Gareth on Twitter @garethjonestv

This podcast is more a channel than a series - so right now it's occupied by CATCHING UP - longform chats with interesting folks. But go back and you can find Comedians With Books or The Heptagon Club - more interviews with interesting folks, just in different marvellous formats. Listen to that lot, complete the set.

Stay subscribed for more! Next time: Rev Jon March on how church can return post-pandemic. But with more fun in our chat than that sounds.

Meantime, see my website for more info on my writings and giggings (I am available for both, if you need someone for some writing or some gigging): 

paulkerensa.com

CATCHING UP… with Ruth Valerio (Planet Protectors special!)

CATCHING UP… with Ruth Valerio (Planet Protectors special!)

July 5, 2021

This time, Paul's CATCHING UP with author, speaker, campaigner and all-round Planet Protector, RUTH VALERIO. Paul talks to her about her new fabulous children's book, Planet Protectors... which is very familiar to Paul... because he wrote it too!

Ruth and Paul wrote it together and it's out now! It's published by SPCK, and the fab illustrations are by Fay Austin. 

Get your copy of Planet Protectors here - including information on bulk discounts, if you're part of a youth group, church group, school... or you just want 10 copies!

Discover how children can change the world, change churches, and how you can judge a book by how its cover FEELS. If you're a church person, hello, there's lots in here about how churches can change. If you're not a church person, hello, there are loads of tips in the book about things you can in your everyday life, from loving your coat to stargazing to how to welcome to how to junk-model right.

Ruth's website is at ruthvalerio.net - you can read her writings and find out more about her back-story and campaigns.

Here's one campaign - Tearfund's Reboot campaign - centred on the UN climate talks in Glasgow, COP26, and how we can come back from this pandemicky times looking after our big round home a lot better.

Watch the video of this interview on Youtube.

You can find Ruth on Twitter @ruthvalerio

You can find Paul on Twitter @paulkerensa 

This podcast is currently occupied by CATCHING UP - longform chats, unedited, with various people, individuals and humans. Stay subscribed for more. It's all a bit experimental, so take it in that guerrilla spirit.

For a more edited, honed and finely produced podcast, my other podcast The British Broadcasting Century is telling the origin story of the BBC, radio and life as we know it. Try it! Season 2 now underway.

As for this one, stay subscribed for more fab chats - next time, TV presenter Gareth Jones...

 

MORE ON PLANET PROTECTORS - THE BLURB:

Jam-packed with interesting facts, Christian theology and practical tips, Planet Protectors is an informative and empowering guide for children on helping the environment by living sustainably!

In a lively, entertaining style Ruth Valerio and Paul Kerensa offer 52 fantastic ideas for looking after the world – from cycling more and choosing fair-trade, to taking shorter showers and recycling. Children will love taking up a different challenge each week and be inspired to join the fight for the planet’s future as they learn about why it is so important to care for the environment and God’s creation.

With quirky illustrations perfect for colouring in throughout, Planet Protectors is an ideal book for 7- to 9-year-old children beginning to read independently. It is also a brilliant resource for parents and guardians to open up conversations with children about environmental sustainability, and for primary schools, Sunday schools and youth workers teaching about the environment.

Encourage and empower your children to see how they can make a difference and look after the world by becoming Planet Protectors.

CATCHING UP… with Cathy Madavan

CATCHING UP… with Cathy Madavan

May 11, 2021

Another fab guest to do some CATCHING UP with... this time, author, speaker and general encourager Cathy Madavan.

We talk about the bits of lockdown we'd like to cling to (like not having to cling to people), how to write a Pause For Thought, and I confess my jealousy so she tells me how to put a cork in that.

Cathy's website is here

Her books include Digging for Diamonds and her new one, Irrepressible: 12 Principles for a Courageous, Resilient and Fulfilling Life. It's fab! Grab yours here.

You can find her on Twitter @cathymadavan

You can find me on Twitter @paulkerensa 

This podcast is currently occupied by CATCHING UP - longform chats, unedited, with various people, individuals and humans. Stay subscribed for more. It's all a bit experimental, so take it in that guerrilla spirit.

For a more edited, honed and finely produced podcast, my other podcast The British Broadcasting Century is telling the origin story of the BBC, radio and life as we know it. Try it! Season 2 now underway.

As for this one, stay subscribed, stay well, stay safe, staycation, steak sandwich.

CATCHING UP… with Dai Woolridge

CATCHING UP… with Dai Woolridge

March 22, 2021

This time, Paul is CATCHING UP with Dai Woolridge: poet, spoken word artist(e), man of faith, and all-round decent chap.

We talk saucisson sec, the joys and sadness of lockdown music, creativity, green guilt, poetry, lament, community, Help Yourself boxes, the beautiful Welsh accent, and so much more.

Dai's book God's Brilliantly Big Creation Story is available here.

His website Spoken Truth is here.

You can find him on Twitter @daiwoolridge

You can find me on Twitter @paulkerensa 

This podcast is currently occupied by CATCHING UP - longform chats, unedited, with various people, individuals and humans. Stay subscribed for more. It's all a bit experimental, so take it in that guerrilla spirit.

For a more edited, honed and finely produced podcast, my other podcast The British Broadcasting Century is telling the origin story of the BBC, radio and life as we know it. Try it!

As for this one, stay subscribed, stay well, stay safe, staycation, steak sandwich.

CATCHING UP… with Paul Savage

CATCHING UP… with Paul Savage

March 7, 2021

A 2nd instalment of CATCHING UP - an occasional longform interview podcast. This time it's with comedian, comic book creator and boat owner Paul Savage. He talks about creativity in lockdown, pandemic childcare, comic book creation, the changing world of stand-up, plus a gig tale about aiding and abetting an escaped inmate.

Paul's new comic book - 'But Doctor, I AM a Collection of Comic Strips by Paul Savage' - is available at https://www.savagecomic.com

You can find him on Twitter @comedysavage

You can find me on Twitter @paulkerensa 

This podcast is currently occupied by CATCHING UP - longform chats, unedited, with various people, individuals and humans. Stay subscribed for more. It's all a bit experimental, so take it in that guerrilla spirit.

For a more edited, honed and finely produced podcast, my other podcast The British Broadcasting Century is telling the origin story of the BBC, radio and life as we know it. Try it!

As for this one, stay subscribed, stay well, stay safe, staycation, steak sandwich.

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CATCHING UP… with Dan Willis

CATCHING UP… with Dan Willis

February 2, 2021

Hello stranger! It's been a while. It was at least one pandemic ago since we lost spoke. Or spoke here, at least.

So welcome to a new thing. A new irregular thing.

Appearing now and then, but specifically now: a random series of long-form unedited chats. Just catching up really.

This is recorded mid-lockdown, and with comedians unable to perform, one or two have got in touch and said: Let's catch up! I said: Sure! But I'm going to record it.

So Dan and I haven't chatted for about a decade. No reason. We just didn't gig together. You only chat to comedians if you gig together, or they have a podcast.

Dan moved to Australia, which at time of recording is largely freed up out of lockdown (though at time of editing, is back in lockdown again). So when we spoke, Dan was in quarantine having landed in Perth for their Fringe Festival. A few days into self-isolation, he was desperate to speak to someone. Hence this podcast.

We chat about the old days of the London stand-up circuit in the noughties, the time we both spent a week living in the Big Brother House, and I unearth my gig list tallying up every time Dan and I gigged together.

More soon. Or not soon. More some time, with someone else, inc Tony Vino and Paul Savage.

So stay subscribed, if you like.

And hey, this is an experimental longform podcast. If you don't like it, that's ok. It's free-wheeling, free-flowing, (contains some adult language) and TBH, by not editing it, I can focus on other projects, including:

- My other podcast The British Broadcasting Century

- My weekly Facebook Live show

- Things I put on Patreon. Sign up here for exclusive advance writings, videos etc.

- Writing, online live shows (hire me!) and other things I put on my mailing list - sign up here.

Stay subscribed, stay well, stay safe, staycation.

My new podcast: The British Broadcasting Century… Subscribe now!

My new podcast: The British Broadcasting Century… Subscribe now!

June 3, 2020

Been a while, podpals!

This is a blatant plea to come and join my new podcast, The British Broadcasting Century. I'll be geeking out about the origins of the BBC, radio and life as we know it, for a dozen or so episodes (in series 1; then who knows how many thereafter).

This is an extended trailer, with a few bonus clips just for being loyal podcastees here on A Paul Kerensa Podcast/The Heptagon Club.

But to catch the new one, you'll need to subscribe to it, over at https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-british-broadcasting-century-with-paul-kerensa/id1516471271

and find us on Facebook.com/BBCentury

Stay safe & keep listening...

Comedians With Books #3: Stevyn Colgan + James Dowdeswell

Comedians With Books #3: Stevyn Colgan + James Dowdeswell

November 28, 2019

One final Comedians With Books podcast... plus news of Paul's new Christmas podcast with Grace Dent, on Audible, which is out now!

At the 3rd Comedians With Books live show, we welcomed ex-QI elf Stevyn Colgan and wine connoisseur/comedian James Dowdeswell. Hear their chat on publishing, pubs, whodunnits, Rick Wakeman, doggy day care, and much more.

Their books:...

STEVYN COLGAN: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Books-Stevyn-Colgan/s?ie=UTF8&page=1&rh=n%3A266239%2Cp_27%3AStevyn%20Colgan

JAMES DOWDESWELL: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pub-Manifesto-Comedian-stands-pubs/dp/1852493550/

 

...Plus ample info on Paul's new Audible Original Podcast, which is out now at https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Christmas-What-The-Fa-La-La-La-La-Audiobook/B082472KM8.

More details and an Audible free trial at https://www.paulkerensa.com/audible.php

 

Details on Paul's gigs - including Comedians & Carols - at https://paulkerensa.com

Join Paul's mailing listhttp://eepurl.com/M6Wbr

Book group/small group notes for Hark! The Biography of Christmas: https://www.paulkerensa.com/harknotes.pdf

 

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Comedians With Books #2: James Cary, Pierre Hollins, Dan Evans

Comedians With Books #2: James Cary, Pierre Hollins, Dan Evans

September 18, 2019

Comedians With Books returns! With live show #3 around the corner, here's live show #2 for your ears - or at least the book panel second half, recorded live at The Guildhall at Guildford Fringe Festival.

CWB is an occasional hybrid comedy-night-meets-book-festival, on this episode welcoming funny authors James Cary, Pierre Hollins and Dan Evans, hosted by Paul Kerensa (this is A Paul Kerensa Podcast after all). We get stuck into self-publishing v trad v Unbound, writing for radio, the future of the book industry, and much much more.

Also PK's requests for beta readers for new short stories... details of Hark! The Biography of Christmas book group notes... new children's book Joe's Bros and the Bus that Goes... your feedback for future podcasts/audio versions of PK's Writing Blog... and much much less.

 

Join Paul's "A Team" of beta readers for his new book/short stories (and/or feedback about the future of the podcast): https://paulkerensa.com/contact.php

Join Paul's mailing listhttp://eepurl.com/M6Wbr

Book group/small group notes for Hark! The Biography of Christmas: https://www.paulkerensa.com/harknotes.pdf

PK's Writing Bloghttps://kneeldownstandup.wordpress.com

Comedians With Books #3 is live at Guildford's Star Inn on Tue 8th October 2019, with Dominic Holland, Stevyn Colgan & James Dowdeswell. Tickets: https://www.guildfordfringe.com/events-archive/comedians-with-books-2/

 

+ this podcast's books:

Joe's Bros and the Bus That Goes by Paul Kerensa: https://spckpublishing.co.uk/joe-s-bros-and-the-bus-that-goes-pb

The Sacred Art of Joking by James Cary: http://www.jamescary.co.uk/sacred-art-of-joking/

The Karma Farmers by Pierre Hollins: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Karma-Farmers-Pierre-Hollins/dp/191158605X

The Casebook of D.I. Snaith by Dan Evans: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Casebook-D-I-Snaith-Dan-Evans-ebook/dp/B009562YVI

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