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In The Wintering Sessions, Katherine May asks guests about life in the cold: our literal and metaphorical dark seasons, and how to survive them.
In slow, thoughtful conversations, writers and performers share their wisdom on enduring difficult times. Frank, vulnerable, melancholy and redemptive, The Wintering Sessions burrows deep into the complexity of being human. 
‘A tender examination of our fallow seasons in life’ The Guardian

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In The Wintering Sessions, Katherine May asks guests about life in the cold: our literal and metaphorical dark seasons, and how to survive them.
In slow, thoughtful conversations, writers and performers share their wisdom on enduring difficult times. Frank, vulnerable, melancholy and redemptive, The Wintering Sessions burrows deep into the complexity of being human. 
‘A tender examination of our fallow seasons in life’ The Guardian

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    Raynor Winn on losing everything and finding home

    Raynor Winn on losing everything and finding home

    Welcome to the Wintering Sessions with Katherine May.
    Author Raynor Winn talks to Katherine May about the losing her home when her husband was diagnosed with a terminal illness, and finding new life from having nothing.
    Raynor Winn has captured a multitude of hearts with her book, The Salt Path, which recounts the time she lost her home just as her husband received a terminal diagnosis. With nothing to lose, they set off to walk the South West Coast Path carrying nothing but a tent.
    Here Raynor reflects on that transformative time that redefined the meaning of home - and gives a welcome update on Moth’s health. We also hear about her book, The Wild Silence.
    I adored talking to Raynor about our shared love of the South West Coast Path, as I always do :)
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    Leah Hazard on changing career after having her first child

    Leah Hazard on changing career after having her first child

    While we take a rest over the summer, we’re sharing some remastered episodes from Season One, chosen by listeners.
    This week, I talk to Leah Hazard, NHS midwife extraordinaire and author of Hard Pushed, part memoir of Leah’s life on the labour ward, and part exploration of the current state of the profession.
    Leah is as funny, wise and warm in person as she is in print, and she talks about the life-changing decision to leave her TV career and train to be a midwife, and the moment when the stress became too much during one very busy night on the ward.
    References from this episode:
    Leah’s TwitterLeah’s InstagramLeah’s book Hard Pushed

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    Remona Aly on breaking an engagement, and the transformative force of grief

    Remona Aly on breaking an engagement, and the transformative force of grief

    Welcome to the Wintering Sessions with Katherine May.
    While we take a rest over the summer, we’re sharing some remastered episodes from Season One, chosen by listeners.
    In this episode, I speak to journalist and broadcaster Remona Aly about her life-changing decision to call off an engagement, and how it echoed through the years to teach her about forgiveness, faith and empathy.
    This is such a special one for me - I went to school with Remona, and I think you can hear our joy at reconnecting after a couple of decades, and feeling so at home in the process. We cover all of human life here: buckle in.
    We talked about:
    Finding the sacred in everyday lifeHow grief changes youThe need for communityBreaking off an engagement and family shame
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    • 52 min
    Emma Dabiri on history and belonging

    Emma Dabiri on history and belonging

    Welcome to the Wintering Sessions with Katherine May.
    Producer Note: You'll notice a slight change in Katherine's audio in the second half of the podcast. This is just due to a necessary 'source switch', where we had to change where her recording was coming from. Your ears will adjust very quickly but apologies for the ever so slight dip. Thank you!
    This week Katherine talks to Emma Dabiri, author of Don’t Touch My Hair and What White People Can Do Next. 
    What begins as a conversation about Emma’s new-found commitment to appreciating all the seasons - not just summer - becomes something else entirely. Emma is one of our most agile thinkers and fearless speakers, and soon she is talking about everything from race and class to how we should think about the world right now. A thread of belonging runs through it all - how we seek and find it, how complicated our identities have become, and why it matters. 
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    Saima Mir on marriage, dreams and late flourishing

    Saima Mir on marriage, dreams and late flourishing

    Welcome to the Wintering Sessions with Katherine May.
    'I am my childhood’s wildest dream,’ says Saima Mir. This episode is about the process of getting there, not just the determination and hard work, but also the intangibles: the beliefs, ambitions and understandings that you don’t even know how to articulate, but which hold you up on a decades-long journey to becoming. 
    In this conversation, the journalist and bestselling novelist talks about shame, failure, the experience of being gossiped about - but also the inner strength and family support that allowed her to reinvent herself after leaving her first two husbands. Saima came late to journalism, but forged a successful career on TV and in print before writing her genre-changing (or will it be genre-defining?) novel, The Khan. Here, she surveys that pathway to this place, and how it built her iconic character, Jia Khan. 
    We talked about:
    Shame, failure, the experience of being gossiped aboutInner strength and family support that allowed her to reinvent herselfHer best-selling novel, The Khan
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    The Khan
    The Best, Most Awful Job
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    • 52 min
    Ross Gay on delight

    Ross Gay on delight

    Welcome to the Wintering Sessions with Katherine May.
    This week, Katherine talks to Ross Gay about finding delight in dark times.
    Ross’s practice of writing down a daily delight - a small surprise or pleasure that might otherwise go unnoticed - is the foundation of The Book of Delights, his bestselling essay collection. Here, he talks about the way that delight can sit alongside our fear, anger, frustration and grief, not to block them out, but to find a way to survive them. Along the way, we touch on fleeting moments of human connection, the joy of tending a garden, and childlike art of noticing.
    In a first for The Wintering Session, Ross closes with a beautiful reading that meditates on the softness of living in a male body.
    We talked about:
    Fleeting moments of human connectionThe joy of tending a gardenThe childlike act of noticing
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    Ross on 'On Being'
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