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14. Anna Kennedy OBE - Autism educator and Strictly star

Kick back in your favourite comfy chair and join Jo and Anna chatting about autism awareness, Strictly Come Dancing and meeting the Queen. Anna shares the story of her children's diagnosis. What led her to set up two specialist schools, a college, a residential home and Anna Kennedy Online. She is also known as Autisms answer to 'Simon Cowell' (she's not sure that's a good thing) owing to the fabulous annual competition she created called 'Autism's Got Talent'. Jo and Anna are massive dance fans so couldn't resist nattering about Anna's amazing experience on the 'Strictly People's Special' in 2015 where she danced with the brilliant Robin Windsor. Oh and of course the realities of receiving an OBE and her unique Italian/Middlesbrough roots. More info on www.annakennedyonline.com

13. Amanda Egan - Author, fundraiser and creative

Amanda Egan, author of 'Diary of a Mummy Misfit' and many more, chats with Jo about her writing process, lockdown life and her latest creative adventures. Tune in for an exclusive preview of an AMAZING song from the musical based on her utterly fabulous book 'Stilettos and Stubble' set in a drag club. Composed and sung by Alan Penman, written by her husband. We simply CANNOT let Covid19 stop 'Stilettos and Stubble the Musical' from happening. You will feel the same once you've heard the song and read the book. Let's be honest we NEED this in our lives, especially now. Download Amanda's books via Amazon and follow her on Twitter @Mummy_Misfit.

12. John Fleming - Comedy connoisseur and blogger

Jo chews the fat with comedy connoisseur, blogger and founder of the infamous 'Malcolm Hardee Awards', John Fleming. They discuss great writers, naked balloon dancing, how he ended up being co-author of Malcolm Hardee's book 'I Stole Freddie Mercury's Birthday Cake' and of course life in general. Check out John's blog 'So it Goes' here: www.thejohnfleming.wordpress.com

11. Alison Knowles - Emotional wellbeing therapist and author

Emotional wellbeing is critical during these challenging times. Jo chats to the inspiring, Alison Knowles, creator of 'Ollie and his Superpowers', a book brand that helps both children and adults understand and control their emotions. Ali shares her story of dyslexia, having left school with nothing but the word 'stupid' ringing in her ears. Find out how dyslexia and Covid19 pushed her in directions she would never have imagined. If you are interested in becoming an Ollie Coach, are a school teacher, or know of a school that may be interested in their approach to emotional wellbeing, then contact www.ollieandhissuperpowers.com. Recorded via Zoom prior to the second UK lockdown.

10. Lynn Rae - Make-up artist, physical therapist and pilates instructor

Grab a cuppa and join Lynn and Jo for a life affirming chat. Starting with Lynn's background as a make-up artist in the 80's, why she became a physical therapist and how she continues to manage her breast cancer diagnosis received in 2008. Find out what her biggest life lessons are and why she believes beauty truly is an inside job. Check out her website www.lynnrae.co.uk

9. David Shackleton - Linguist, actor, teacher

Linguist, actor and teacher, David Shackleton, chats candidly with Jo about attempting to take his own life, being a gay man in the 1960's, he also picks Jo up on a few of her own language faux pas. A fascinating journey into language, life and being true to yourself.

8. Pam Jones - Foster carer for 30 years, set up local charity to help the homeless.

Unstoppable, Pam Jones, popped into Custard HQ in Folkestone, to share the highs and lows of life as a foster carer for more than thirty years. Plus how and why she set up a local charity 'Helping the Homeless and Vulnerable' donations and details on Facebook. Prepare to fall in love...

7. Lee and Hartmut - Theatre entrepreneurs crowdfunding for the arts

Lee and Hartmut set up Central Tickets in 2017. Like so many of us in the arts they were hit hard by Covid19. Incredibly, during the toughest of times, the dynamic duo went to enormous lengths to help performers, producers and theatre technicians to survive. Have a listen to how it all started and what they did, with the help of all their amazing members, to help the arts in 2020...

6. Kate Sheppeard - Australian opera singer, jewellery designer & teacher

Hilarious natter with Australian opera singer, jewellery designer (KTCD Jewellery on Etsy) and teacher, Kate Sheppeard. They shoot the breeze about nightmare performances, imposter syndrome, anxiety, working at ENO and Sydney Opera House plus so much more...

5. Andy Elias - Indie filmmaker, actor, vlogger and teacher

Join Jo for a natter with Andy about his love of the horror film genre, his indie film company 'Ciao Handy', the making of his award winning short, 'Life's a Bench' and how vlogging helped him recover from illness.

4. Lynn Ruth Miller - American journalist who started stand-up comedy aged 70

86 year old American stand-up comedian, artist, author and force of nature, Lynn Ruth Miller, shares some of her amazing stories. Including starting stand-up aged 70, two failed marriages and coping with eating disorders...

3. Joff Summerfield - Cyclist, engineer and round-the-world traveller

A modern day Phileas Fogg, if Mr Fogg had cycled round the world and taken a tad longer, owing to the height of his bike. Jo chats with Joff (at 'Custard HQ' in Folkestone) about his round-the-world trip that started and finished at stunning Greenwich Market, in South East London, with a few false starts and a multitude of exciting and hilarious adventures in between...

2. Manolis Emmanouel - Greek actor, voice over artist and director

Jo catches up with Greek actor and friend Manolis Emmanouel. This is his first podcast so have a listen to this exclusive and find out about his role in Michael Winterbottom's film 'Greed', his unusual, unwanted admirer and some pretty huge life events...

1. Jackie Meade - Mayor of Folkestone, 80's rocker, charity fundraiser

Jo's first guest, recorded at her creative/gallery space 'Custard HQ' on the Old High St in Folkestone, is former Mayor of Folkestone - Jackie Meade. Find out about Jackie's Olympic Gold Medal, her brushes with 80's pop stars, her charity work and so much more...

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