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Fearne Cotton talks to incredible people about life, love, loss, and everything in-between as she reveals what happiness means to them.
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Happy Place Fearne Cotton

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 517 Ratings

Fearne Cotton talks to incredible people about life, love, loss, and everything in-between as she reveals what happiness means to them.
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    Norah Jones: Owning accomplishments, repairing relationships, and surfing

    Norah Jones: Owning accomplishments, repairing relationships, and surfing

    When was the last time you enjoyed some silence? Musician Norah Jones appreciates the importance of silence – it allows us to tune into what our minds are trying to tell us.
     
    In this chat with Fearne, Norah explains that the rare moments of quiet are when creativity flows most freely. They talk about the feeling of being embarrassed by your work when you’re young, but that it’s important to be ever evolving and honing your craft just by getting on and doing it.
    Norah’s new album, Visions, is out now.

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    • 43 min
    Where Are You Going? Cold water, childhood friends, and fishing

    Where Are You Going? Cold water, childhood friends, and fishing

    How often do you connect with strangers? There’s something magical about those fleeting moments of intimacy and connection.
     
    Today, Fearne introduces an episode of Where Are You Going, a podcast that sees host Catherine Carr chatting to strangers and asking a simple question: “where are you going?” The stories people end up sharing with her go to all sorts of unexpected places – some are funny or loving, and others moving or shocking.
     
    In this episode, Catherine meets women who’ve been cold water swimming, and a group of childhood friends who’ve found solace and connection in fishing.
     
    New episodes of Where Are You Going? are released every Tuesday and Friday. You can listen back to over 100 episodes wherever you’re listening to this right now.
     
    Follow Where Are You Going? on Instagram at @whereareyougoingpodcast and get in touch with Catherine on X @catherineecarr.

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    • 10 min
    Dawn French: Shame, apologies, and being a twat

    Dawn French: Shame, apologies, and being a twat

    Perfection has taken on a life of its own in recent years. Dawn French worries that the pursuit of perfection is stopping us from being who we are, and from making mistakes we can grow from.
     
    In this chat, Fearne and Dawn explore why when we have low tolerance for others making mistakes, we’re likely judging ourselves for our mistakes too. So, in order to have more self-compassion, we have to talk about the cringey times we’ve held inside for fear for being shamed.
     
    They also discuss the best ways to apologise when we’re in the wrong, and to allow space for robust debate that might just change our minds. Plus, why it’s so important to be able to say “I don’t know”.
     
    Dawn’s book, The Twat Files, is out now.

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    • 56 min
    Adele Roberts: Bowel cancer, marathons, and mashed potato

    Adele Roberts: Bowel cancer, marathons, and mashed potato

    Cancer, and having a stoma, has changed DJ and broadcaster Adele Roberts’ perception of her own body for the better. It’s shown her it’s ok to cry, and it’s ok to ask for help.
     
    In this chat with Fearne, Adele talks through the symptoms of bowel cancer, what the experience has taught her about positive mindset, as well as the realities of going through chemo.
     
    They also chat about why it’s never too late to embrace and practice a new passion later in life, and why it’s important not to write off the entire day just because it started a bit crap.
     
    Personal Best, Adele’s memoir, is out on the 11th of April.

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    • 50 min
    Book Club Meets: Activism, misogyny, and Page 3, with Jo Cheetham

    Book Club Meets: Activism, misogyny, and Page 3, with Jo Cheetham

    Don’t underestimate the power your voice has. This is the key message to come from Happy Place Book Club read, Killjoy, which tells the incredible true story of the No More Page 3 campaign, and the unlikely everyday women who made a generational change possible.
     
    Fearne chats to author Jo Cheetham about their early memories of Page 3, street harassment, and how cultural messages can affect the way we relate to our own bodies.
     
    They also talk about acknowledging anger and channelling that rage into something productive, and Jo shares how self-sabotage nearly stopped her writing this book in the first place.
     
    Join the Happy Place Book Club on Instagram @happyplacebookclub – DM your messages and voicenotes about April’s read, The List Of Suspicious Things, to have your thoughts shared on the podcast!
     
    ...and don’t worry, there are no Killjoy plot spoilers in this episode!
     
    This episode features extracts from the audiobook of Killjoy, narrated by Jo Cheetham, with thanks to Picador.
     

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    • 24 min
    Lemn Sissay: Foster care, belonging, and snake charming

    Lemn Sissay: Foster care, belonging, and snake charming

    “Am I mad, or did it happen?” This is a question that poet Lemn Sissay regularly finds himself asking. Having grown up in care, he has no family members to bear witness to his life experiences; is his understanding of his own identity correct?
     
    In this chat with Fearne, Lemn talks through why it’s important for us not to compare trauma, that everything’s relative, and no one deserves more or less empathy. He also exposes the reality of the care system in the UK, and offers practical ways for all of us to help those who’ve been in care better integrate into society.
     
    Between them, they suggest how to watch out for when you’re performing to a crowd, rather than being present – that’s where a true feeling of belonging lies – and how to mitigate the negative voices that want to knock your confidence.
     
    Lemn’s latest poetry collection is Let the Light Pour In and his memoir is My Name Is Why. Both are published by Canongate.

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    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
517 Ratings

517 Ratings

Mezmottees ,

Perfect listening

I have been listening to happy place for a couple of years . This poddy has helped me so much . Thankyou Ferne for your amazing work and dedication .

Fi xox ,

Love love love

Update;
Loving the real people series. Happy place is one of my favourite podcasts.

It’s honestly one of my favourite things to take some time out, put my headphones in and listen to these podcasts. Fearne has such a fantastic way of speaking with these people that just makes me want to have a cup of tea and be friends with them too. It’s nice to here the sensitive sides to other people too. I love love love listening to these, never stop making them please they’re amazing!

kirsty-z ,

Tuppence

Listening to you the two of you speak resonated so much. I have massive social anxiety but love people and so the two separate parts of my personality are conflicted a lot of the time.
You guys hade me smile, you are so similar in personality and lol’d when you said we’ll never catch up! ( that’s so me)
Btw this was my first time listening and you have a new fan, thanks heaps 🇦🇺

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