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Make yourself comfortable with a cup of tea to discuss art, culture, character, and Scotland with Joy Clarkson. Johann Wolfgan von Geothe once said, “One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.” This podcast aims to help listeners do just that. Each week Joy explores three pieces of art (visual, literary, and musical) centred around a theme. An arts lover and doctoral candidate residing near the North Sea of Scotland, Joy believes in the power of story and beauty to help shape us into well-rounded people and to help us think with complexity and compassion about the world. This podcast is for those who love art, who want to educate themselves by engaging with good books and beauty, and who want to hear the occasional escapades of an overly idealistic doctoral student who loves tea and trains. So sit down with your favourite hot beverage and enjoy an hour of culture and conversation.

Speaking with Joy Joy Clarkson

    • Arts

Make yourself comfortable with a cup of tea to discuss art, culture, character, and Scotland with Joy Clarkson. Johann Wolfgan von Geothe once said, “One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.” This podcast aims to help listeners do just that. Each week Joy explores three pieces of art (visual, literary, and musical) centred around a theme. An arts lover and doctoral candidate residing near the North Sea of Scotland, Joy believes in the power of story and beauty to help shape us into well-rounded people and to help us think with complexity and compassion about the world. This podcast is for those who love art, who want to educate themselves by engaging with good books and beauty, and who want to hear the occasional escapades of an overly idealistic doctoral student who loves tea and trains. So sit down with your favourite hot beverage and enjoy an hour of culture and conversation.

    Advent — Week Three (Christmasing with Sally Mama!)

    Advent — Week Three (Christmasing with Sally Mama!)

    A Christmas chat with my dear Sally-Mama!

    • 22 min
    Advent — Week Three (The Shepherd)

    Advent — Week Three (The Shepherd)

    Christ comes as the ruling King, but he also comes as the gentle Shepherd. 

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Advent — Week Two (the Mother)

    Advent — Week Two (the Mother)

    Mary is the first Christian, the first person in whom Christ dwelled. Her life and song teach us to bear Christ too.

    • 53 min
    Advent — Week One (the Coming)

    Advent — Week One (the Coming)

    Welcome to a special series on the season of advent. Sit in the dark, wait for the light, prepare for his coming.

    • 52 min
    Yes, And

    Yes, And

    How do we tell a good story with our lives? How do we sing a good song? Begin where you are. Grieve what you must. Do what you can. 

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Sea Watching

    Sea Watching

    Can watching the sea lead us close to God? This was a question Welsh poet R.S. Thomas contemplated often in his poetry. In this episode Joy explores the poetry of R.S. Thomas with Shanti Daffern.

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

ReadingIsMySuperpower! ,

Listen and this listen again

My teenage daughter and I are loving this podcast. It has become our go-to on Saturdays when driving to town. The subject content, the conversational tone, the music, the emphasis on beauty and truth and goodness is just what the doctor ordered. :)

Dance in the Rayne ,

One of my favorites

This podcast has opened my eyes to the power of beauty and has inspired me to continue pursuing my own study of theology and art. This podcast is an unparalleled favorite of mine!

SydneyDiMenna ,

Truly Delightful

Joy’s podcast is a godsend for this busy mom of littles. I am a scholar and lover of culture, and listening to Joy’s thoughts on literature, art, and music is a singular delight. For a few minutes, I retreat from the every day and think on lofty things. It makes me heart-happy. Joy, I can’t thank you enough!

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