Spoken Worlds Festival Is Bringing All Of Our Favourite Podcasts To Life This Month


If you’re anything like us, you’ll either spend your commute listening to a podcast, or hunting down something new to listen to.

It’s a far better alternative to standing (or sitting, if you’re lucky) around trying to avoid making eye contact.

So whether you’re a fan of true crime or culture, music or science, the Spoken Worlds series of events is sure to be a winner. This collection of four evenings brings in the voices behind some of our favourite podcasts and includes exclusive behind-the-scenes content as well as starting a conversation about the wider subject at hand.

Hosted at venues across the capital throughout September, Spoken Worlds opens with an exclusive performance from Jon Ronson (host of The Butterfly Effect) at Soho’s The Box and closes with a mental health discussion led by Ruby Wax (author of No Brainer) at The Wellcome Collection.

(Photo: Spoken Worlds)
(Photo: Spoken Worlds)

First up on the list is The Butterfly Effect on September 12, which unravels the surprising and complicated effects of free, easily accessible porn. Hosted at Soho’s The Box, there’ll be a discussion on the effect that free porn has had on Soho’s sex scene. Joining Jon Ronson will be a panel of experts and people working in the industry.  

(Photo: Spoken Worlds)
(Photo: Spoken Worlds)

The second in Audible’s series is one you’ve almost definitely heard of. West Cork has been making the rounds as one of the top crime podcasts of 2018 and this evening is set to include everything we’ve been waiting to hear about the series. Cloistered in Lincoln’s Inn Fields – the heart of London’s legal scene – fans will dig deep into West Cork’s story with a much-needed discussion of the ethics of true crime reporting. Hosted by Maeve McClenaghan on September 19, who works for the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, West Cork’s Sam Bungey and Jennifer Forde will use examples from their work on West Cork to share some behind-the-scenes insight. It’s the only way to hear the answers to the questions you’ve been wondering since listening to this podcast.

(Photo: Spoken Worlds)
(Photo: Spoken Worlds)

Next up, on September 24, is documentary series Pitch, a collection of musical stories spanning centuries, continents and even species. You’ll hear everything from an exploration into how ISIS use pop music to recruit to anecdotes on how a 78-year-old Calypso singer instigated Carnival’s much needed #MeToo moment. Pitch hosts Alex Kapelman and Whitney Jones will take the lead in a part-panel discussion, part-workshop about the power of pop music for good and ill.

(Photo: Spoken Worlds)
(Photo: Spoken Worlds)

And the final podcast up for discussion is definitely one that’ll make your mind boggle. Ruby Wax’s No Brainer will include a discussion about mental health and how the brain works with Buddhist monk Gelong Thuben and neuroscientist Ash Ranpura. Ruby has already been celebrated for her critically-acclaimed live shows and books, and has also recently been awarded an OBE for her services to mental health. This evening, which runs on October 2, is one sure to get you thinking.

Book now:

Sep 12: Jon Ronson’s ‘The Butterfly Effect’ at The Box, Soho
Tickets £16.59, available here.

Sep 19: West Cork at Lincoln Inn’s Fields, Holborn
Tickets £6.19, available here.

September 24: Pitch at Stable Street, King’s Cross
Tickets £6.19, available here.

October 2: Ruby Wax’s ‘No Brainer’ at Wellcome Collection, Euston
Tickets £16.59, available here.

The Butterfly Effect, West Cork, Pitch and Ruby Wax’s No Brainer are available to download now, free with Audible’s 30-day trial, at www.audible.co.uk.

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