Being repellent, repugnant and venomous can be a springboard to possible riches and celebrity. As our online world starts to drown out our physical reality, it becomes easier to see humanity as a hopeless and hateful species. People who wake up and turn straight to social media or the newspaper find themselves in a slump before they’ve even left the house.
That is why I have taken to listening back to Radio 4’s The Listening Project, presented by Fi Glover, a series of short conversations between friends and families.
Artifice can be hard to avoid when a microphone is positioned in front of you but whatever the process of recording The Listening Project, it perfectly captures conversations and relationships.
Taylor and Lauren are the brother and sister who make the band Brand New Friend.
Taylor tells Lauren how proud he is to see his younger sister’s increasing confidence on stage asshe laughs in the background.
Brief insights reveal much bigger stories of support, delight in the company of others and the necessity of real contact.
Dot tells Jean about how thoughts of gardening and the necessary crop rotation helped distract her from chemotherapy.