Shortly after releasing my book my wonderful friend, Cath put me in touch with Traver Boehm. I wasn’t familiar with him at the time but they shared a mutual friend and he had kindly agreed to interview me for The UNcivilized Podcast.
Now I hate the sound of my own voice but I’ll happily talk about my brother, Danny till the cows come home. Needless to say I jumped at the chance.
Our conversation was released this week and I’ve just plucked up the courage to listen to it. I can’t begin to explain how surreal it is listening to myself talk about my life. Am I really THAT Northern? In parts it was so painful it made me sob but in others I felt an overwhelming sense of pride about the journey I’ve been on since Danny tragically died.
What struck me most of all though was the really beautiful way Traver navigated me through such a difficult subject. I didn’t realise at the time but hearing it back I can see how he skilfully spoke to the heart of Danny’s story. Shame, grief, relationships and the sense that so many men feel they have nowhere to go with their feelings.
But they do. And that is what Traver is all about. His UNcivilised movement would have been the perfect place for Danny. I just hope that people that need to find it come across it and engage.
Even though I wore my heart on my sleeve throughout my book, this podcast feels more intimate somehow. It’s such a cliche but it’s like a window into my soul. How Danny would laugh at me saying that! I believe it highlights the important messages I have to share and lays bare the harsh reality of a life lost to something so misunderstood.
Please do have a listen and please do share. I would love to hear what you think. 😘
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