The Exmoor Radio Show – Episode 16

We go ferret racing in Brendon | Lyn Valley author Simon Dawson on the inspiration for his Exmoor-based books | Life in spiritual Culbone | Exmoor National Park is funding a poetry project

The Exmoor Radio Show shares stories and conversations with the people who work and play in Britain’s most magical national park. The programme is recorded on location in Exmoor and produced in Lynton by Keri Jones. In this episode of The Exmoor Radio Show:

The Exmoor village of Brendon has found an innovative way to raise funds for church and village hall repairs. Exmoor Radio attended their first ferret racing evening and, it seems, nearly every resident of this remote Somerset community was in attendance on a damp, dark February evening. (00:58)

Lyn Valley author, Simon Dawson, has developed a devoted following for his books, which share his comic observations and quirky stories about living off the grid sustainability at the Exmoor smallholding he shares with his wife Debbie. Keri Jones chatted with Simon about his latest books. One of his forthcoming releases is all about butter but Simon is also preparing to publish his most challenging writing project to date. ‘The Boy Without Love’ tells the story of Simon’s unhappy past. His mother did not love him. Simon explains how difficult it was to write this deeply personal account of his childhood. (06:56)

Culbone is a magical and spiritual part of Exmoor and Porlock resident Jeff Cox discovered this secluded valley by chance. Jeff, his wife Jean and his son Philip were on walking holiday from their Warwickshire home when they knocked on the door of Culbone Lodge and asked for directions. The following conversation with resident Joan Cooper changed the course of the family’s life. Jeff will talk about his life in Culbone and his work with author, mystic and yoga teacher Joan in a talk at Porlock’s Dovery Manor Museum at 2.30pm on Thursday 28th February. (20:24)

Exmoor National Park Authority is funding a poetry project that will tell the story of moorland farming today. The Park has awarded a £2,500 grant to support the Pasture Fed Livestock Association’s poet in residence. Exmoor Radio talks with writer Adam Horowitz and hears how he has been shadowing farmers on two Exmoor farms whilst preparing his pieces for a new publication. (27:09)