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Alonement is a podcast about the positive side of spending time alone. When being alone isn't lonely, it's alonement: finding joy and value in solitude. Each week, host Francesca Specter asks a new guest about the time they spend by themselves – and why it matters to them.
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Alonement is a podcast about the positive side of spending time alone. When being alone isn't lonely, it's alonement: finding joy and value in solitude. Each week, host Francesca Specter asks a new guest about the time they spend by themselves – and why it matters to them.
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    Salma El-Wardany: Heartbreak Made Me Whole Again

    Salma El-Wardany: Heartbreak Made Me Whole Again

    In this week’s episode, I interview poet, BBC radio presenter and author Salma El-Wardany. Salma’s debut novel, These Impossible Things, has been a breakout international hit. It’s a novel about three British Muslim women whose close friendship falls apart one devastating night, and covers the themes of platonic bonds, identity and growing up. 
     
    We discuss, among other things:
     
    Salma’s experience of heartbreak and rediscovering herself afterwardsHow to maintain independence in a romantic relationshipThe tension behind growing up in a community-based religion like Islam, and learning to advocate for one’s alone timeHow Salma’s mother inspired her love of alonement 
    You can order Salma El-Wardany’'s debut novel, These Impossible Things, now from Bookshop.org. 
     
    You can also order my book, Alonement: How To Be Alone and Absolutely Own It, which is based on this very podcast, now from Amazon, Waterstones and Bookshop.org.
     
    Thank you so much to Flash Pack for sponsoring this season of the podcast. Flash Pack is a travel company that offers boutique group adventures for solo travellers in their 30s and 40s. Visit flashpack.com/alonement to learn more and quote ALONEMENT at check-out for £100 off your first trip.
     
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    • 41 min
    Me Time | Sophia Money-Coutts: Egg Freezing & The Option Of Solo Parenting

    Me Time | Sophia Money-Coutts: Egg Freezing & The Option Of Solo Parenting

    Journalist and novelist Sophia Money-Coutts is the star of this week’s mini-episode, first released in a longer form in August 2020. In this clip, we discuss a really important, timely topic of egg-freezing – undoubtedly one of the most important advances in fertility medicine like, ever. Sophia is wonderfully honest about her decision to freeze her eggs in her thirties, and discusses the ups and downs of going through the process as a single woman.
    You can order Sophia Money-Coutts' latest novel, Did You Miss Me, now at Bookshop.org.
     
    You can also order my book, Alonement: How To Be Alone and Absolutely Own It, which is based on this very podcast, now from Amazon,  Waterstones and Bookshop.org.
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    • 9 min
    Dr Kat Lederle: Does Sleep Count As 'Me-Time'?

    Dr Kat Lederle: Does Sleep Count As 'Me-Time'?

    Ever wondered about the relationship between sleep and ‘alone time’? That’s the topic of this week’s episode with Dr Kat Lederle, a sleep scientist and chronobiologist (read: ‘body clock scientist’). I don’t know about you, but as someone who occasionally sits up for hours in the early morning with insomnia, I’d never considered how a lack of ‘me-time’ in the day might turn into a sleepless night… this conversation truly opened my eyes, and gave a fresh view on why quality alone time is just so important, not only for our waking hours but for our sleeping ones too. 
    We discuss, among other things:
     
    How a lack of ‘me-time’ can lead to sleeplessness and insomniaWhy the best bedtime routines actually begin in the dayWhether or not it’s a good idea to journal before bedtimeThe value of taking ‘mini-breaks’ throughout the day 
    You can learn more about Dr Kat Lederle and the Somnia sleep clinic on the Somnia.org.uk website.
     
    You can also order my book, Alonement: How To Be Alone and Absolutely Own It, which is based on this very podcast, now from Amazon, Waterstones and Bookshop.org.
     
    Thank you so much to Flash Pack for sponsoring this season of the podcast. Flash Pack is a travel company that offers boutique group adventures for solo travellers in their 30s and 40s. Visit flashpack.com/alonement to learn more and quote ALONEMENT at check-out for £100 off your first trip.
     
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    • 46 min
    Me Time | Vick Hope: Why I Am My Own Soulmate

    Me Time | Vick Hope: Why I Am My Own Soulmate

    Talk about an alonement icon – radio DJ & broadcaster Vick Hope is a woman who radiates everything this podcast is about, as a sunny, ambitious, beautiful soul with an infectious passion for life, or as she puts it 'a gratitude for being alive'. This episode was recorded in September 2020, and in the full episode Vick talks about living alone, being single and building a relationship with herself after a one-time fear of time by herself. While no longer single (Vick is rumoured to be engaged to Calvin Harris), this is a universal message of what it means to celebrate your aloneness as a unique individual – regardless of your life stage stage or romantic relationship status. Listening back to this gives me chills, and I hope it resonates with you in a similar way. Another reason this one is close to my heart: the full-length of this episode was recently nominated for an award at the Skylark International Women's Podcast Awards, ceremony to come – the award is appropriately titled 'Moment of Insight From a Role Model'.
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    • 9 min
    Emma Forrest: Finding Solitude & Romance In Celibacy

    Emma Forrest: Finding Solitude & Romance In Celibacy

    As political protests go, a four-year vow of celibacy is on the extreme side. And that’s what this week’s guest, British-American film director & writer Emma Forrest, decided to do following her divorce from actor Ben Mendelsohn, a period of her life which coincided with Donald Trump serving as the 45th US President from 2017 to 2021. ‘Looking at him makes me not want to have sex,’ Emma reasoned – devoting herself to single parenting, finding joy in solitude, relocating from sunny LA to not-so-sunny London  – and writing a memoir, Busy Being Free: A Lifelong Romantic Is Seduced By Solitude, about all of the above.  
     
    In this episode, we discuss:
     
    How, as a single parent, Emma has instilled an appreciation for healthy solitude in her daughterWhat it takes to have a ‘good divorce’How celibacy helped cure Emma of her ‘addiction’ to romanceWhy Emma’s ultimate sexual fantasy begins with a day of uninterrupted writingThe joy of leaving a bad movie mid-way through 
    You can order Emma Forrest’s book, Busy Being Free: A Lifelong Romantic is Seduced by Solitude, now on Bookshop.org
     
    You can also order my book, Alonement: How To Be Alone and Absolutely Own It, which is based on this very podcast, now from Amazon, Waterstones and Bookshop.org.
     
    Thank you so much to Flash Pack for sponsoring this season of the podcast. Flash Pack is a travel company that offers boutique group adventures for solo travellers in their 30s and 40s. Visit flashpack.com/alonement to learn more and quote ALONEMENT at check-out for £100 off your first trip.
     
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    • 35 min
    Me Time | Mo Gawdat: How To Make Friends With Your Brain

    Me Time | Mo Gawdat: How To Make Friends With Your Brain

    Mo Gawdat, bestselling author, podcaster & former chief business officer of Google X, is the star of this week's minisode, taken from our conversation first recorded in September 2021. In this clip from the archives, Mo shares his unique advice for learning to be alone comfortably with our thoughts, ie the gold standard of alonement. With a background in engineering, Mo is one of the most original thinkers I've ever met – and I hope you can be inspired by this cherry-picked snippet of wisdom from our episode together.
    Mo Gawdat's latest book, That Little Voice In Your Head, is available to buy now.
    You can also order my book, Alonement: How To Be Alone and Absolutely Own It, which is based on this very podcast, now from Amazon, Waterstones and Bookshop.org.
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    • 6 min

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