10 episodes

Author and master storyteller Martin Shaw brings us the Smoke Hole Sessions – a series of vital conversations with inspirational people, in the hope that in the crackle of the thinking, the fire of the language, the visioning and the wildness of the exchanges, we may find breadcrumbs that lead us out of the forest again, and into a deeper life. Inspired by his new book Smoke Hole, Martin speaks to some of today’s most admired writers, musicians, comedians, activists and more about their own work and what the last year has meant to them.

Smoke Hole Sessions Martin Shaw & Chelsea Green Publishing

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Author and master storyteller Martin Shaw brings us the Smoke Hole Sessions – a series of vital conversations with inspirational people, in the hope that in the crackle of the thinking, the fire of the language, the visioning and the wildness of the exchanges, we may find breadcrumbs that lead us out of the forest again, and into a deeper life. Inspired by his new book Smoke Hole, Martin speaks to some of today’s most admired writers, musicians, comedians, activists and more about their own work and what the last year has meant to them.

    EP 9: Growing Your Hands Back, feat. John Densmore

    EP 9: Growing Your Hands Back, feat. John Densmore

    In the season 1 finale of the Smoke Hole Sessions, Martin talks to music legend and icon, John Densmore, drummer for one of the greatest bands of all time: The Doors. They dive into the last year and the publication of John’s new book The Seekers, where he pays homage to artists that have fed his creativity over a lifetime. They discuss their own encounters with musicians and artists of all sorts, including when John ran into Bob Dylan, lost on his way to The Doors’ induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They dive into Martin’s latest book Smoke Hole, and how the story of the Handless Maiden, who has to ‘grow her hands back’, is the perfect metaphor for coming out of the pandemic and greeting the world again.

    Get 30% off Martin’s new book Smoke Hole at chelseagreen.co.uk using the code SHS30 

    Find Martin Shaw on Insta @drmartinshaw; Facebook @Martin Shaw; https://drmartinshaw.com

    Find John Densmore on Twitter @JohnDensmore; Facebook @John Densmore; https://johndensmore.com/

    A huge thanks to Ben Addicott for helping to produce this podcast

    Violin music by John Matthias

    Smoke Hole: Looking to the Wild in the Time of the Spyglass is published by Chelsea Green Publishing UK.

    • 42 min
    EP 8: What’s the Narrative of Your Life? feat. Natasha Khan

    EP 8: What’s the Narrative of Your Life? feat. Natasha Khan

    In the next episode of the Smoke Hole Sessions, Martin Shaw chats with Bat for Lashes singer songwriter and musician, Natasha Khan. Natasha talks about her move from the UK to California four years ago and her evolution as a mystic artist, explorer and new mother. They discuss the joys of parenthood and how the experience of sharing art, be it music or mythology, is changing as the world slowly emerges from the pandemic that has gripped it.

    Get 30% off Martin’s new book Smoke Hole at chelseagreen.co.uk using the code SHS30

    Find Martin Shaw on Insta @drmartinshaw; Facebook @Martin Shaw; drmartinshaw.com

    Find Natasha Khan on Twitter @BatForLashes; Insta @batforlashes and check out her Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/batforlashes

    A huge thanks to Ben Addicott for helping to produce this podcast.

    Violin music by John Matthias

    Smoke Hole: Looking to the Wild in the Time of the Spyglass is published by Chelsea Green Publishing UK.

    • 45 min
    EP 7: Preparing the Grail, feat. Sir Mark Rylance

    EP 7: Preparing the Grail, feat. Sir Mark Rylance

    Martin has a wonderful, lyrical conversation with Academy Award winning actor and friend, Sir Mark Rylance. The pair discuss everything from the global shutdown to Shakespeare. They speak candidly about loss on a global and personal level, the interconnectedness of life and happy accidents in art; and the challenge of thinking about craft by not ‘reheating’ what has come before and allowing actors and performers to get lost in their work to provoke positive change. Mark shares is passion for that area between the land and sea - the wetlands - and their critical importance in regeneration and Martin muses on not being good at being a young person, the deliciousness of growing older and the benefits - if any - of losing memories as you age. Robert Bly, Billy Connolly, Shakespeare, dogs and cats and breaking into the Globe with pint in hand: Enjoy this unforgettable chat - you won’t want it to end.

    Get 30% off Martin’s new book Smoke Hole at chelseagreen.co.uk using the code SHS30

    A huge thanks for Sir Mark Rylance (who isn't on social media) check out his filmography here

    Find Martin Shaw on insta @drmartinshaw; facebook @MartinShaw; www.drmartinshaw.com

    A huge thanks to Ben Addicott for helping to produce this podcast

    Violin music by John Matthias

    Smoke Hole is published by Chelsea Green Publishing UK

    • 58 min
    EP 6: Helping the Peacemakers, feat. Ariel Burger

    EP 6: Helping the Peacemakers, feat. Ariel Burger

    Martin Shaw talks to rabbi, artist and author Dr. Ariel Burger, who reminds us that 'there are certain kinds of madness that really do constitute sanity in a world gone mad.' Ariel explains that this has been a theme in many of the Jewish mystical teachings that have inspired him, and he and Martin delve into how ancient stories help us to think about what is missing from the current conversation. They suggest that in times like these we must be open to the marginal and pay close attention to the periphery. When the conversation turns towards the current events in Gaza, Ariel asks that we consider one question: 'Is what you’re reading in the news going to help the peacemakers or not?'

    Get 30% off Martin’s new book Smoke Hole at chelseagreen.co.uk using the code SHS30

    Find Martin Shaw on insta @drmartinshaw; facebook @MartinShaw; www.drmartinshaw.com

    Find Ariel Burger on insta @arielisdrawing; facebook @ArielBurger100;  https://arielburger.com/

    A huge thanks to Ben Addicott for helping to produce this podcast

    Violin music by John Matthias

    Smoke Hole is published by Chelsea Green Publishing UK

    • 1 hr
    EP 5: What Books Got You Through Your Childhood? feat. John Mitchinson

    EP 5: What Books Got You Through Your Childhood? feat. John Mitchinson

    Martin Shaw talks to publisher, author, podcaster and smallholder, John Mitchinson about the most powerful, precious and provocative objects in the world – books. More than simply content, more than print on paper, books are repositories of knowledge and a portal to anyone and anything, anywhere. John and Martin discuss the feeling of finding a kindred spirit in a book and extending the life of a book beyond its pages, passionately articulated and shared in John’s (and Andy Miller’s) podcast, Backlisted. Martin says, ‘There is very little in the world for me that is more magical than books.’ This one’s for the bibliophiles out there.

    Get 30% off Martin’s new book Smoke Hole at chelseagreen.co.uk using the code SHS30

    Find Martin Shaw on insta @drmartinshaw; facebook @MartinShaw; www.drmartinshaw.com

    Find John Mitchinson on insta @johnmitchinson; twitter @johnmitchinson

    A huge thanks to Ben Addicott for helping to produce this podcast

    Violin music by John Matthias

    Smoke Hole is published by Chelsea Green Publishing UK

    • 1 hr 8 min
    EP 4: Mouth Open, Story Jump Out, feat. Jan Blake

    EP 4: Mouth Open, Story Jump Out, feat. Jan Blake

    In this episode renowned storyteller Jan Blake recounts her journey into storytelling as a young woman growing up in Manchester. Jan has been performing worldwide for over twenty-five years, specialising in stories from Africa, the Caribbean and Arabia; she is both dynamic and generous in her storytelling. Both Jan and Martin have spent decades honing their craft and have learnt over time what it means to be true masters. They ask at what point do you call yourself a storyteller? Everyone can tell a story but what makes one an expert? Jan explains that there is a responsibility to storytelling and that one must 'recognise the responsibility to stand in true authenticity' before an audience.

    Get 30% off Martin’s new book Smoke Hole at chelseagreen.co.uk using the code SHS30

    Find Martin Shaw on insta @drmartinshaw; facebook @Martin Shaw; www.drmartinshaw.com

    Find Jan Blake on twitter @janstoriesUK; facebook @janblakestoryteller; www.janblakestories.co.uk

    A huge thanks to Ben Addicott for helping to produce this podcast

    Violin music by John Matthias

    Smoke Hole is published by Chelsea Green Publishing UK

    • 52 min

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