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The Mark Hastings Experience

The Mark Hastings Experience

By Mark Hastings
An exploration of the world of the ordinary and the extraordinary experienced through the eyes and the ears of a poet, a writer, an author, a storyteller, and a dreamer who profoundly believes that everything happens for a reason, and someone who sees inspirational poetry in everything and in everyone. As a life-long fan of books, films and television shows, Mark has always been an avid reader, a regular movie watcher, and an obsessive fan of some of the best television that ever been made - and with every episode Mark aims to explore and share what entertains him and what inspires his poetry.
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The Mark Hastings Experience - Episode #36: "Jurassic Park"
In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the critically-aclaimed 1993 American science fiction adventure film "Jurassic Park", directed by Stephen Spielberg. "Jurassic Park" is a film adaptation of the 1990 novel of the same name, written by Michael Crichton - whose premise centres around the creation of a wildlife park of dinosaurs that have been brought to life by genetic scientists, with the investment of wealthy businessman and industrialist John Hammond played by Richard Attenborough. Set upon the fictional island of Isla Nublar, a small group of visitors - including Hammond's own grandchildren - struggle to survive and escape the island when a catastrophic shutdown of Jurassic Park's power and security precautions leads to the escape of some dangerous dinosaurs that see the visitors to the island as prey. The film has a star-studded cast, including: Sam Neil, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Bob Peck, BD Wong, Samuel L. Jackson, Wayne Knight - and in 2018 it was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" and it continues to be highly regarded by critics and audiences alike, as has the sequel films of the "Jurassic Park" franchise that it has spawned.
48:27
November 23, 2020
The Mark Hastings Experience - Episode #35: "Boyhood" (2014)
In this episode Mark talks about another of his favourite films: the American coming-of-age drama film "Boyhood", written and directed by Richard Linklater - which stars Patricia Arquette, Ella Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater, and Ethan Hawke. "Boyhood" was filmed over 12 years - from 2001 to 2013 - depicting the childhood and adolescence of Mason Evans Jr. from the age of six to the age of eighteen as he grows up in Texas with divorced parents.
59:31
November 22, 2020
The Mark Hastings Experience - Episode #34: "Joker" (2019)
In this episode Mark talks about the 2019 American psychological thriller film "Joker" - directed, produced and co-written by Todd Philips - which is based upon the DC Comics character best known as the archenemy of the superhero Batman. Set in 1981, "Joker" follows the story of Arthur Fleck, played by Joaquin Phoenix, who is a failed stand-up comedian whose descent into insanity and nihilism inspires a violent counter-culture revolution against the wealthy in Gotham City. The film also stars Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, and Marc Maron, as well as a plethora of other recognisable actors in supporting roles, within a story that was apparently inspired by two Martin Scorsese films - "Taxi Driver" and "The King of Comedy" - and serves as an alternative origin story for the Joker character. Mark talks about the premise of the film, as well as the exceptional acting talent of the actors portraying the characters - and Mark talks about the character of the Joker and which depiction of the character by all the actors to have played the role over the years is his personal favourite.
1:01:08
November 21, 2020
The Mark Hastings Experience - Episode #33: The Mandalorian - Season 2, Episode 4: "The Siege"
In this episode Mark reviews the newest episode of The Mandalorian TV series: Season 2, Episode 4 (Chapter 12): "The Siege" - and Mark talks about the premise of the episode, the characters, and what moments stood out for him within the episode.
25:03
November 20, 2020
The Mark Hastings Experience - Episode #32: "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones", a review
In another Star Wars-themed episode, Mark talks about the Star Wars film "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones" - which was written and directed by George Lucas, and which was the second installment in the Star War prequel trilogy of films but the fifth Star Wars film produced of the space-opera movie series. In this episode Mark talks about the premise of the film, the characters, and the additions to the Star Wars universe and its canon that were introduced in this film and which continue to influence all the films, the TV shows, the books, and the stories that are made to this day, and which are all set in the same growing universe of continuity that is the Star Wars galaxy.
56:14
November 19, 2020
The Mark Hastings Experience - Episode #31: "Mrs. Doubtfire"
In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films and a family favourite film of many: "Mrs. Doubtfire" - which is a 1993 American comedy-drama film directed by Chris Columbus, based in the 1987 novel "Alias Madame Doubtfire" by Anne Fine. The film stars Robin Williams, Sally Field, Pierce Brosnan, Harvey Fierstein, and Robert Prosky, about a recently divorced actor, Daniel Hilliard (Robin Williams), who dresses up as a female housekeeper "Mrs. Euphegenia Doubtfire" to be able to interact with his children. The film has been a favourite of Mark's and of his family since he was young and in his opinion it is Robin Williams' best film and also testament to his extraordinary and unparalleled gift as an actor and as a wonderful human being - and his presence will always be sadly missed.
47:43
November 18, 2020
The Mark Hastings Experience - Episode #30: "Donnie Darko"
In this episode Mark talks about the 2001 American science fiction psychological thriller film "Donnie Darko", written and directed by Richard Kelly - which includes a star-studded cast, including: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore, Mary McDonnell, Katharine Ross, Patrick Swayze, and Noah Wyle. "Donnie Darko" follows the story of the titular troubled teenager character Donnie Darko who finds himself led my a mysterious voice, as well as by by doomsday-related vision of a giant white rabbit, and his exploration of what they mean and what his purpose is in the world that he finds himself in.
1:02:11
November 17, 2020
The Mark Hastings Experience - Episode #29: "Firefly" & "Serenity"
In this episode Mark talks about both the TV series "Firefly", which premiered in U.S. on the Fox network on September 20, 2002 - which unfortunately was cancelled after only 11 of the 14 produced episodes were aired - and its motion picture sequel "Serenity", which premiered on August 22, 2005. Mark talks about the space Western premise of the show and the film, both created by writer and director Joss Whedon, and he also talks about the amazing, compelling, and diverse crew of characters of the Firefly-class spaceship "Serenity" and the actors who played them, including: Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, Adam Baldwin, Jewel Staite, Sean Maher, Summer Glau, and Ron Glass. Both "Firefly" and "Serenity" have been highly regarded by Mark since he saw them, as well their characters, and he explains why to him and to others like him both the TV series and its motion picture sequel are considered to special in many ways and will continue to be counted among some of the best that television and cinema has to offer.
1:02:00
November 16, 2020
The Mark Hastings Experience - Episode #28: "Lost In Translation"
In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: "Lost In Translation" - which is a 2003 American romantic comedy-drama film, directed by Sofia Coppola, which stars Bill Murray as Bob Harris - a fading American movie star who is having a midlife crisis - who travels to Tokyo, Japan, to promote a whisky, where he befriends Charlotte - a young American woman and a recent college graduate, played by Scarlet Johansson. This sublimely written, directed, and acted film has had a profound effect on Mark since he first saw it, and it will always hold a very special place in his heart.
1:00:27
November 15, 2020
The Mark Hastings Experience - Episode #27: The Mandalorian - S2, Ep3: "The Heiress" (a review)
In this episode Mark does a spoilery review of the latest episode of The Mandalorian TV series: Season 2, Episode 3 (Chapter 11): "The Heiress" - in which we see the return of a character that some Star Wars fans may have been seen before, but this time they are personified in live action instead of animation. And we find out that The Way of The Mandalorian is not the way of all Mandalorians.
24:35
November 13, 2020
The Mark Hastings Experience - Episode #26: Star Wars - Episode 1: "The Phantom Menace"
In another Star Wars-themed episode Mark talks about "Star Wars - Episode 1: The Phantom Menace", which premiered in 1999 and which was the first film in the "Prequel Trilogy" of Star Wars movies, written and created by George Lucas. Mark talks about the story of the film - which had divisive reviews and reactions to it by some critics and fans upon its initial release because it was felt that it was made specifically for children, but over the years the film has garnered a cult-following and is regarded more agreeably in no small part because of some of the protagonist and antagonist characters that were introduced within it. Mark talks about some of the popular Star Wars characters who were introduced in "The Phantom Menace" and the longevity of their legacy and popularity - especially the character of Darth Maul who it has recently been revealed could have been the main antagonist of the Sequel Trilogy of films if George Lucas' original outline for those films (Episodes 7-9 ) had been used, and what ramifications to the characters and to the overall story of the Star Wars saga, if George Lucas' Sequel Trilogy had been made, would have been.
1:00:52
November 12, 2020
The Mark Hastings Experience - Episode #25: "American Gods"
In this episode Mark talks about one of favourite TV series, adapted from one of his favourite books by one of his favourite authors, Neil Gaiman: "American Gods". Mark talks about the premise of both the novel "American Gods" and the first two seasons of the television adaptation - which revolves around a war that is by incited between the "Old Gods" of mythology and the "New Gods" of technology and globalisation. The "American Gods" TV series is executively produced by Neil Gaiman and it can be seen on both the Starz cable channel in the US and on Amazon Prime world-wide. In this episode Mark talks about the characters and the Gods that populate the story - who in some cases are both the protagonists and the antagonists of the overriding story of both "American Gods" the TV series as well as the novel of the same name - and he explains who the characters are, what motivates them, and what influences their actions.
58:18
November 11, 2020
The Mark Hastings Experience - Episode #24: "Baby Driver"
In this episode Mark talks about another of his favourite films: the 2017 action film "Baby Driver" - which was written and directed by Edgar Wright. "Baby Driver" stars Angela Elgort, as the gateway driver "Baby" who is seeking to free himself of a life of crime who has tinnitus and who uses music as catharsis; and Lily James, who is Baby's love-interest and girlfriend in the film. Mark talks about what he thinks makes "Baby Driver" stand out as a great film: including its cinematography, its choreography, and its phenomenonal soundtrack which feels like another character in the film. Mark comments on how the songs that constantly play throughout the film - via Baby's iPod or a radio station - both add depth and significance to the part of the film they are within and which also add energy to certain scenes that feel effortless instead of forced. "Baby Driver" has a star-studded cast, including: Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx, Jon Bernthal, Eiza Gonzalez, and Kevin Spacey.
46:50
November 10, 2020
The Mark Hastings Experience - Episode #23: The Mandalorian - S2, E2: "The Passenger" (a review)
In this episode Mark reviews the latest episode of "The Mandalorian" - Season 2, Episode 2 - Chapter 10: "The Passenger". Mark discusses the events of the episode and he talks about what he liked about the episode. Mark also discusses the story of the episode - which some people have not had an initial positive reaction to - and he gives his opinion, as an author of books and stories, why he believes certain choices were made by the writer of the episode, series creator Jon Favreau. Mark also explains why he thinks viewers need to be patient when it comes to the delivery of answers to questions that have been posed by certain things and by certain characters in certain episodes for the benefit of their enjoyment of the encompassing story being told chapter by chapter - because like every good story of every good book, you can't rush something that may untimately turn out to be worthwhile.
49:36
November 8, 2020
The Mark Hastings Experience - Episode #22: "The West Wing"
In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite TV shows: 'The West Wing' - which is an American serialised political drama that was created by Aaron Sorkin that was primarily set in the West Wing of The White House, which depicted the fictional Democratic administration of President Josiah "Jed" Bartlet. The series ran from 1999 to 2006, during which it featured an enthralling and a phenomenonal cast of characters - including Martin Sheen as President Bartlet, Rob Lowe, John Spencer, Bradley Whitford, Richard Schiff, Allison Janney, Stockard Channing, and many other incredible actors over its seven season run, who all contributed to make The West Wing the incredible and groundbreaking television series that it was and will always be. The West Wing dealt with stories that ranged from political policy to personal tragedy - and over the course of the series its viewers were able to watch the main cast of characters evolve as well as dramatise the importance of democracy and of working together as a united country of people for a common purpose of continued prosperity for all the people of the United States of America, as voted for by the people of the United States of America.
42:01
November 7, 2020
The Mark Hastings Experience - Episode #21: "V for Vendetta"
In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: "V for Vendetta" - the 2006 dystopian political action film directed by James McTeigue and written by the Wachowskis, based on the 1988 DC/Vertigo graphic novel/limited comic book series by Alan Moore and David Lloyd. Both the film and the comic book series center upon the relationship between the anarchist, masked freedom fighter, V (played by Hugo Weaving) and the character Evey (played by Natalie Portman) who find themselves drawn together as V enacts vengeance as a part of a personal Vendetta to overthrow the neo-faciscist totalitarian regime of an alternate-future United Kingdom, to expose their crimes, to unite the people, and to bring about a new beginning. Mark talks about why he loves "V for Vendetta" so much and why he is time and again compelled by its story, by its protagonist, and by the message of both the film and the comic series that states, as V says: "ideas are bulletproof" and that "there are no coincidences, only the illusion of coincidences"; and also as the character of Evey rightly states: "an idea can change the world". Mark also explains why he will always "Remember, remember, the Fifth of November, the Gunpowder Treason and Plot..." and why he will always remember the story of "V for Vendetta" and why to him both the film and the comic series need to be watched and enjoyed over and over and, of course, never be forgot.
47:34
November 5, 2020
The Mark Hastings Experience: My Poem "The G.O.A.T."
This is my poem "The G.O.A.T. - check out more poem on http://MarkThePoet.Me
01:49
November 3, 2020
The Mark Hastings Experience - Episode #20: "District 9"
In this episode Mark talks about another of his favourite films: "District 9", directed by Neil Blomkamp - which is an enthralling science-fiction action film that deals with such subjects as xenophobia, racism, social segregation, and identity. The premise of "District 9" centres around the arrival of an alien species to Earth, whose spacecraft has spent over 20 years hovering over the city of Johannesburg, in South Africa, and over the course of the film we witness and we are presented with evidence of how this alien "prawn" species is treated by humanity, where they have been detained since their arrival, and what the opinion is of those who live in the shadow of the alien spacecraft and also those who have been tasked with controlling this alien race. The story of "District 9" and the main protagonist, Wikus van de Merwe played by Sharlto Copley, expertly shows several examples of the spectrum of humanity that exists on our planet - and the film asks us to consider what would humanity really do and how would humanity truly react to the seemingly life-changing revelation that we are not alone in the universe if they were asked to take care of a refugee alien species who they know very little about.
53:35
November 3, 2020
The Mark Hastings Experience - Episode "19: "The Hunt For Red October" (1990)
In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 1990 submarine spy-thriller film "The Hunt For Red October", which was directed by John McTiernan and which starred Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, Sam Neil, and James Earl Jones. Mark talks about the story of "The Hunt For Red October" and the motivations of the main protagonists of the film, as well as the "Cold War" between the US and the USSR that the film takes place within. The episode is dedicated to the late great Sean Connery who died on October 31, 2020, at the age of 90 - and Mark talks about why he considers Sean Connery's portrayal of the character of Captain Marko Ramius to be one of his most defining film roles and well as his favourite.
42:41
November 2, 2020
The Mark Hastings Experience - Episode #18: "Ready Player One"
In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films, and one of his favourite book adaptations: "Ready Player One" - which came out in 2018 and which was directed by Steven Spielberg, based upon the novel of the same name which came out in 2011 written by Ernest Cline. Mark talks about the premise of both the film and the book, and he also talks about the characters and the themes that the story of both the film and the book deal with. Mark discusses the virtual world of the OASIS - which the majority of the story of the film and the book takes place in: a world within which anybody can do anything, can go anywhere, can be anything, and can be anybody that they want to be. Mark talks about why he believes the story and the themes of both the film and the book "Ready Player One" are more prescient now than ever.
54:49
November 1, 2020
The Mark Hastings Experience - Episode #17: "Halloween: Stories & Poetry"
In this Special Halloween-themed episode, Mark recites some Halloween/supernatural short-stories and poems that he has written over the years about this time of the year: including his short-story/poem "The Trick-or-Treaters"; his short-story/poem "Boo"; his short-story/poem "The Haunting of 14 Yucca Drive"; and his poem "Vampire State of Mind". And Mark would like to wish everybody a very Happy Halloween! 🎃
20:24
October 31, 2020
The Mark Hastings Experience - Episode #16: The Mandalorian - S2, E1: "The Marshal" (A review)
In this episode, Mark does a *Spoilery* review of The Mandalorian - Season 2, Episode 1: "The Marshall"; and Mark talks about what he liked about the episode, what characters stood out for him, and he also discusses how he thinks the events of the first episode of the season will influence the episodes of the series to follow - including the return of a legendary Star Wars character! This is the way!
32:50
October 30, 2020
The Mark Hastings Experience - Episode #15: "Ghostbusters"
In this epsiode Mark talks about another of his favourite movie franchises: "Ghostbusters"! Mark does a deep-dive into the premise of the original 1984 "Ghostbusters" film and the actors who portray the iconic characters of the original movie, as well as the 1989 sequel "Ghostbusters 2": including Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Sigourney Weaver, and Rick Moranis. Mark talks briefly about the 2016 "Ghostbusters" reboot, and he previews the upcoming sequel movie to the original films that is scheduled to be released in 2021: "Ghostbusters: After Life". And Mark gives a tribute to the late actor/director Harold Ramis by played the character Egon Spencer in the 1984 and 1989 "Ghostbusters" movies.
40:34
October 30, 2020
The Mark Hastings Experience - Episode #14: "The Matrix Trilogy"
In this episode Mark talks about another of his favourite movie trilogies: "The Matrix Trilogy" - which consists of 'The Matrix' (1999), 'The Matrix: Reloaded' (2003), and 'The Matrix: Revolutions' (2003). Mark does a deep-dive into the premise of 'The Matrix' film trilogy, the backstory, the plot, the significance of some of the main characters and how they influence the overriding story that connects the three original films of The Matrix franchise and the extended universe of stories which have been depicted in animation, as well as in comic form. And Mark briefly talks about the forthcoming sequel to the "Matrix Trilogy" that is scheduled to be released in 2022.
54:43
October 29, 2020
The Mark Hastings Experience - Episode #13: "Halloween (1978 & 2018), a review"
In this episode Mark talks about one of the most celebrated horror movie franchises: John Carpenters' Halloween films. Mark talks about the main premise of most of the Halloween films, and he also talks about their main protagonist, Laurie Strode played by Jamie Lee Curtis's, and the main antagonist, Michael Myers. Mark does a review of both the most recent 2018 'Halloween' film and the original 1978 'Halloween' film, and he talks about how the films effectively build tension in sometimes subtle, but powerful, ways in how they present the indomitable supernatural force of a character that cannot be stopped - through cinematography, as well as by using a synonymous and unforgettable soundtrack.
42:53
October 28, 2020
The Mark Hastings Experience - Episode #12: "Cobra Kai, Seasons 1-2", a review
In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite TV series at the moment: "Cobra Kai" - which is a sequel television series to the critically-acclaimed 'The Karate Kid' film series, which stars Ralph Marchio as Daniel LaRusso and William Zabka as Johnny Lawrence. The first two seasons of 'Cobra Kai' are currently streaming on Netflix and the third season is expected to premiere in January 2021.
32:45
October 27, 2020
The Mark Hastings Experience - Episode #11: "Supernatural: A Halloween Celebration"
In this Halloween/Supernatural-themed episode, Mark talks about another of his favourite TV shows: 'Supernatural' - in which he talks about the central premise of the series, as well as the main characters - Dean and Sam Winchester, played by Jenson Ackles and Jared Pedelecki - and the incredible supporting actors and characters that recur throughout the series. Mark also recites his poems "Scream!" and "Scary Movies".
34:08
October 26, 2020
The Mark Hastings Experience - Episode #10: "The Wolf In You"
In this episode Mark discusses both his 2017 novel 'The Wolf In Me' and its sequel novel 'The Wolf In You' which came out in 2019 - which, when combined, tell the tale of Olivia Hunter: the protagonist in both of Mark's books - who is a werewolf, as well as being a young woman trying to find her way in the world, and at the same time attempting to be the best mother than she can to her daughter, Melissa. Mark talks about where the idea for writing the story of Olivia Hunter came from and why his book 'The Wolf In You' stands out for him so profoundly among the stories he has written, and why he considers it to be his favourite book of those he has written thus far.
41:24
October 25, 2020
The Mark Hastings Experience - Episode #9: "Back To The Future, part I", a review
In this episode Mark talks about another of his favourite films, from one of his favourite trilogy of movies: 'Back To The Future'. Mark does a step-by-step run-through of the story of 'Back To The Future, part I' and he discusses the characters and the actors portraying them. Mark talks about why he loves the first 'Back To The Future' movie and why he will continue to watch it and every film of this universally celebrated trilogy over and over again.
39:48
October 24, 2020
The Mark Hastings Experience - Episode #8: "The Mandalorian - Series 1 (a review)"
In this episode Mark discusses the first season of the first live-action Star Wars television series 'The Mandalorian' - which has been streaming on the Disney+ streaming service for almost a year now, and the second season is currently scheduled to premiere on Disney+ from October 30, 2020. Mark talks about the premise of the show, as well as some of the main characters and their motivations. Mark also talks about some of the events of the Star Wars universe of stories that preceed 'The Mandalorian' which have a definitive influence on the characters and the settings of the episodes within which the series is set chronologically in relation to the overall combined timeline of the Star Wars live-action and animated series' that preceed and succeed it.
39:02
October 23, 2020
The Mark Hastings Experience - Episode #7: "LOST"
In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite TV shows: LOST - and he discusses the mysterious premise of the series that engaged and enthralled millions of enthusiastic viewers from all around the world - Mark included. Mark digressed about who spending hours and days watching the groundbreaking series and engaging online with fellow fans in all the theories and spectaculation that surrounded the show over what the story of LOST was about, what answers there were to all the questions that viewers were asking, and who the central cast of characters were and how and why they were seemingly innately connected to one another. Mark discusses what he liked about the series and who his favourite characters were, and why LOST is for good reason consistently included in any and every list of the best TV shows of all time.
54:42
October 22, 2020
The Mark Hastings Experience - The Inspiration Mixtape: Episode #3
Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.
In another episode of his "Inspiration Mixtape" Mark once again shares some songs that have inspired him and have had a profound effect on him, by artists and bands who have influenced millions of people all around the world - including The Outfield, Goo Goo Dolls, Bryan Adams, Peter Cetera, Bruce Springsteen, and Simple Minds.
18:30
October 21, 2020
The Mark Hastings Experience - Episode #6: "Poetry of the City"
In this episode Mark talks about the inspiration and the poetry that he sees, hears, and experiences when walking around a city - and Mark explains why he believes cities are vital hives of diversity, change, language, and understanding where echoes of the past and hopes for the future meet and coexist seemingly harmoniously. And Mark recites his poem "Brum" that he was inspired to write by the city that he knows better than any: the city of Birmingham, in the United Kingdom.
29:40
October 21, 2020
The Mark Hastings Experience - Episode #5: "The Shining"
In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: "The Shining" by Stanley Kubrick, based upon the book of the same name by Stephen King. Mark talks about the story of the film, the characters, and why he has continued to enjoy the film more and more, the more that he has watched it and learned more about it. Mark also explains why he believes "The Shining" is an example of exampliary cinematography. Mark also discusses why visual storytelling sometimes has an advantage over literary storytelling - mainly because of the necessary collaborations of both visual storytellers and sound storytellers that take place, which are essential and prevalent in films such as horror movies in the ways that they use certain cinematic techniques to build tension, mystery, and entrigue into a great scary movie's overall story.
52:10
October 20, 2020
The Mark Hastings Experience - Episode #4: "Mr. Robot"
In this episode Mark discusses another favourite TV show of his: Mr. Robot - during which Mark discusses the multi-dimensional premise of the TV show, as well as the multi-dimensional characters that proliferate it: in particular, the characters of Elliott Alderson played by Rami Malek and "Mr. Robot" played by Christian Slater.
37:58
October 19, 2020
The Mark Hastings Experience - The Inspiration Mixtape: Episode #2
Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.
In another episode of his "Inspiration Mixtape", Mark shares more of his favourite songs by some of his favourite artists who have inspired him over the years - including Mr. Mister, The Human League, Lissie, Bon Jovi, and a-ha
10:21
October 18, 2020
The Mark Hastings Experience - Episode #3: "Breaking Bad"
In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite TV shows: 'Breaking Bad' - and Mark does an in-depth breakdown of the story of 'Breaking Bad', its characters and their motivations, and he explains why he thinks 'Breaking Bad' is one of best TV shows ever made! And Mark recites his Breaking Bad-themed poems "Walter White (A Breaking Bad poem) and "Run Jesse, Run".
46:10
October 18, 2020
The Mark Hastings Experience - Episode #2: "Dexter"
In this episode talks about another of his favourite TV shows: "Dexter". Mark talks about the compelling, the complex, the multi-dimensional fictional serial killer Dexter Morgan, played by Michael C. Hall, and other characters and actors from 'Dexter', and the recent announcement that there is to be revival of the series coming in 2021. And Mark recites his poem "Dark Characters".
45:26
October 16, 2020
The Mark Hastings Experience - The Inspiration Mixtape #1
Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.
In this episode of his podcast, Mark highlights some of the songs, the artists, and the music that have influenced and inspired him over the years, including: Savage Garden, Bryan Adams, Huey Lewis & The News, John Lennon, and The Temper Twins
07:15
October 15, 2020
The Mark Hastings Experience - Episode #1: "The Sopranos"
In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite TV shows: 'The Sopranos'. And Mark recites his poem "Tony Soprano".
37:25
October 15, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #68: "A World of Poetry"
In this episode Mark talks about the world of poetry that we all live in and are constantly surrounded by at all hours of the day - but Mark explains that for him there are exact places and there are exact times when and where Mark is the most inspired than when anywhere else or at any other time. Mark explains that all stories and storytellers use the language of poetry in the art that they - both the literal and visual medium - as a vital component of the way that they tell their stories: whether that by using certain colours or sounds to illicit a particular facet of some thing of someone within the context of the story being told. Mark discusses the importance of numbers to people - in particular specific times of the day, like 10 o'clock in the morning and 10 o'clock at when Mark feels that he is either his most inspired and the most imaginative during the day; and Mark recites two poems that were written eight years apart, but which he was inspired to write at the exact place and at the exact time of the day: "As the bell tolled Ten" and "The Ten Bells". And Mark also recites his poem "Deus ex Poetica" (which is Latin for 'God from the poetry', essential) in which Mark expresses what poetry means to him and why he believes we live in a world of poetry.
58:56
October 14, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #67: "The Teacher and The Student"
In this episode Mark talks about the experience of being a teacher, the experience of being a student, and subsequently then seeing those who teach pass on what you have taught them to others in a constantly repeating cycle of teaching and learning. Mark talks about the fact that some people learn at different speeds and some people benefit from being taught differently so that they may grasp the solution to the questions posed to them in a way that is unique to them and how they understand the world around them. Mark talks about the importance of learning and the power of knowledge - and how people can sometimes learn more when they leave school than when they are at school about what it is that they want to do and who you want to be. And Mark recites his poems "The Teacher", "Graduation", and "First Day".
54:32
October 14, 2020
Special Announcement: "Mark The Poet - The Podcast" is now "The Mark Hastings Experience"
In this Special Announcement Episode, Mark makes an announcement that "Mark The Poet - The Podcast" is transitioning to become "The Mark Hastings Experience". Mark announces that the podcast will now include Mark's opinions on a great many of the things that his interest him - from his opinions on life, to films, to TV shows, to books; however what will not change is Mark's passion for writing poetry, and in every episode Mark will continue to share the poetry that he has written previously, the poetry that he has written recently, and the poetry that he has yet to write.
04:33
October 14, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #66: "All Things Supernatural"
In this supernatural themed episode Mark talks about his obsession with all things supernatural - especially when it comes to the stories that he writes and tells in the books that he publishes. Mark explains why he believes writing supernatural stories about supernatural characters gives him more freedom to be even more imaginative in the way that he tells his stories. Mark talks about some of the supernatural stories that he has written, who they are about, and why he was inspired to write them. Mark talks about his favourite supernatural TV show, "Supernatural" and why he believes it has lasted as long as it has. Mark talks about several of the supernatural and paranormal characters that have been depicted in movies and in myths from all around the world. And Mark recites his poems "Supernatural Obsession", "Superstitious", and "The Mermaid".
53:19
October 14, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #65: "The Ocean of Inspiration"
In this episode Mark talks about the process of being on the surface of the "ocean of inspiration" - the analogy that Mark likes to use when attempting to describe what it like to be a poet, a writer, an artist, in the process of creating a brand piece of art. Mark talks about the analogy of "feeding the Wolf" within him - and he imparts his thoughts on why what an artist creates depends greatly on what an artist is inspired by and what they feed the spirit of inspiration within them for sustenance. Mark talks about why he thinks the art of artists is not only important when and where it is created but it can also transcend space and time. And Mark recites his poems "Where it all started", "Anti-gravity", and "Future Me".
48:38
October 13, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #64: "The Importance of Colour"
In this episode Mark talks about the importance of colour in our daily lives and what colour means to different people at different times in their life. Mark describes how colour is used deliberately by both advertisers and advertisements to drawn people to choose a specific product over another, and also how the colour palette of nature and light can influence people into thinking, feeling, and acting in certain ways that can be transformative. Mark also recites his colour-inspired poems "Red", "Black", "Ode Blue", "Green", "The Rainbow", and "Lux".
45:34
October 12, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #63: "Vincent van Gogh"
This episode is dedicated to Mark's favourite artist: Vincent van Gogh - who he was, what he was, the incredible art that he created, the profound gift that he had as an artist, and how he was able to see and highlight the beauty and the poetry of nature and the universe like nobody else before or since has been able to. Mark talks about the legacy of Vincent van Gogh's art and how he has inspired and given so much joy to countless people from all around the world since his tragic death. Mark talks about the new 'Van Gogh Alive: The Experience' exhibition that he attended recently, and he explains the format and the setting of this incredible exhibition that celebrates Vincent van Gogh's life and his artwork. Mark recites a poem that he wrote which is dedicated to Vincent van Gogh, called "Vincent". Mark recites his poem "Art & Soul" which highlights what art means to him. And Mark recites his poem "Fire-starters" which is about the fact that there have always been artists of all mediums who have created art that has had a profound effect on people and who have influenced the world through their art, but who unfortunately died too young to see the full-effect of their artistic influence and the legacy that they left behind.
46:53
October 10, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #62: "Star Wars"
In this episode Mark talks about the epic space-opera, world wide cultural phenomenon, science fiction/fantasy franchise and universe of films, TV shows, books, comics and toys that is the one and the only 'Star Wars', created by George Lucas. The first film of the space-opera franchise, called simply 'STAR WARS' (now commonly known as 'Star Wars - Episode IV: A New Hope), was released back in 1977 - which Mark has been a fan of since he was a child. Mark talks about the overriding arc of the nine "Episodes" of the main Star Wars motion pictures that have been made - which range from stories of good vs. evil, light vs. dark, hope vs. fear - that span the so-called "Skywalker saga" which centres around and focuses on the Skywalker family, who are strong with "The Force" that binds all things in the Star Wars galaxy together. And Mark recites his Star Wars-themed poem "In A Galaxy Far, Far Away (A Star Wars poem)", and his poem "The Force".
57:55
October 9, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #61: "Norse Mythology"
In this episode Mark talks about one of the most interesting mythologies the world has ever known, which contains some of the most recognisable Gods that have ever been written about, which take centre stage in some of the stories and in some of the tales that have been retold for centuries - which includes characters, heroes, and figureheads that have guided and influenced the lives of countless people for centuries: Norse Mythology. Mark talks about the contemporary depictions of the Gods of Norse Mythology as retold by such writers as those from Marvel comics and also by his favourite author, Neil Gaiman - in particular within his book 'American Gods' and 'Norse Mythology'. Mark recites his poems "Thor's Hammer", "Poetic Mead", "The Modern Mythology", and "The Viking Way. And Mark discusses what he believes constitutes the modern mythology of the modern world - and who he believes are the "new gods" of the modern age.
53:49
October 8, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #60: "The Wolf In Me"
In this episode Mark talks about his first novel 'The Wolf In Me', which was published in 2017, and he explains in-depth about why he was inspired to write the story of his protagonist Olivia Hunter and The Wolf within her. Mark talks about the meaning behind the story of 'The Wolf In Me' and he recites an excerpt from his book that describes who the character of Olivia Hunter is and why she does what she does. Mark also recites his poems "The Wolf Within Me", "The Wolf of Winter", and "The Wolf Moon".
59:50
October 7, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #59: "Change"
In this episode Mark heralds the start of the month of October and the beginning of the hallowed season that so many people look forward to at this time of the year, by reciting his poem "October"; and by reciting his poem "Baba Yaga" Mark hopes to bring to life the superstitious side of people in preparation for Halloween. And with his poem "Rough" Mark shines a light upon the harrowing plight of those who are homeless: those poor people who day after day, night after night, are forced to call the city streets of the world their home - and Mark recounts a particular interaction that he once had with a so-called "rough-sleeper" and how he wishes that he could truly give the gift of "change" to anybody who asked for it.
42:53
October 6, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #58: "The Truman Show"
In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films 'The Truman Show' - and by using this profound, inspirational, and thoroughly enjoyable film as a guide Mark talks about the concepts of reality, identity, control, materialism, voyeurism, and the journey that everybody is on throughout their life to discovery who they truly are. And Mark recites his poems "The Virtual/Reality", "Revolving Door", "Substantial Sustenance".
45:19
October 5, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #57: "Mobile World"
In this episode Mark talks about the "mobile world" that we all now live in: a world in which anybody and everybody can connect to one another, instantaneously, at a speed and in ways like never before in human history. Mark talks about the many mobile technological innovations that surround us all that everybody might accidentally take for granted, because the means to be connected to what is happening everywhere and at any time of the day is ubiquitous and expected in the modern age that we now live in. Mark talks about how much mobile technology has changed over the last 10 years and what gifts and abilities technology affords people in this day and age. And Mark recites some mobile-themed poems: "Mobile Life", "Mobile Inspiration", and "Mobile Poetry".
46:44
October 4, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #56: "In Retrospect: September 2019"
In this episode Mark looks back on September 2019 - a month and a year that Mark has mixed feelings about, because at the beginning of September 2019 Mark and his family had to contend with the harrowing reality that his Dad had had a heart-attack and that for days his Dad lay unconscious, and for weeks Mark's Dad lied in a hospital bed, day after day. Mark openly talks about the fear that lingered within him about whether Mark's Dad would make a full-recovery. Mark recites his poem "The Lion of His Pride" that was inspired by his Dad and by what Mark was feeling at that time in his life. Mark also recites his poem "The Driving Force" and his poem "The Warstone Angel".
37:31
October 3, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #55: "Johnny Cash"
This episode is dedicated to the "Man in Black" himself... the one and the only Mr. Johnny Cash! In this episode Mark talks about how much he loves and has been inspired by the music of Johnny Cash, and how he has always seen something of himself in Johnny Cash and how he has always seen something of Johnny Cash in himself. Mark talks about Johnny Cash's life and the demons that he had to daily live with; and Mark talks about his favourite songs written and performed by the "Man in Black". Mark also describes the pilgrimage that he set about upon in 2016 to seemingly follow in the footsteps of Johnny Cash, all the way to the Nickajack Cave, near the Tennessee River - and Mark recounts what it felt like to be somewhere that was a turning point in the life of Johnny Cash. And Mark recites his poems "Everything to Me", "Walking the Line", and "Man in Black".
45:46
October 2, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #54: "Starbucks"
In this episode Mark talks about his favourite coffee shop chain - which he has visited many different stores of all around the world, and where and when on almost every occasion he has been inspired to write a poem, or a part of one of his stories: the one and the only, Starbucks. Mark explains what it is about drinking, eating, and writing at Starbucks that has made all the difference over the years to what he writes and how he writes, and why he thinks that he has a lot to thank Starbucks for in regards to the inspiration that has has imbibed while in one of their many stores. Mark also recites his poems "Starbucks", "Mr. Poet", and "Write Away". And please note that this episode and this podcast is not sponsored by Starbucks in any way shape or form, but perhaps it should be - that's all that Mark is saying!
42:03
October 1, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #53: "The Saw Lady"
In this episode Mark talks about his incredibly talented and amazing friend Natalia Paruz a.k.a. "The Saw Lady". Mark was lucky to be able to meet, to talk to, and to hear Natalia Paruz play the magical, beautiful, ensorcelling music of her musical saw back in 2013, on the New York Subway - and Mark was instantly spellbound by the transcendental music that he heard, because of the way that "The Saw Lady" Natalia Paruz's music spoke to him, touched his soul, and inspired him in more ways than could ever be put into words. Mark has on occasion been able to describe in poetry how beautiful and amazing Natalia Paruz's music is and what it means to him within two poems: "Saw Lady of the Subway" and "Sawing Voice". And in this episode Mark once again recites some poetry dedicated to "the city that never sleeps", and one of Mark favourite places on Earth, New York City, in the form of his poem "The City".
43:23
September 30, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #52: "The Freedom of Expression"
In this episode Mark talks about the power that people have when they have the right to freely express themselves through their art - from writers, to painters, to musicians, to comedians - and how much depth certain artists imbue into their creations and with the power of their ideas, which all invariably start after being written down upon a blank sheet of paper. Mark talks about why it is important to dream about things and why it is important to express certain ideas - because it is through the sharing of dreams, thoughts, and ideas where the wisdom of truth lies. And Mark recites his poems "Bigger on the Inside", "Forever Dreamer", and "Imagine".
39:04
September 29, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #51: "Space Talk"
In this episode once again Mark talks about his fascination with all things space and he discusses the potential of life on other planets - such as Venus, Mars, or the moon of Jupiter Europa. Mark talks about the potential of future manned missions to other planets, in particular the red planet Mars - and why the thought of such missions in the near future is an exciting prospect that everybody should be excited about. Mark also recites his space-themed poems "Greetings from Europa", "Space Walk", and "Phoenix in the Dark".
49:11
September 28, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #50: "The Shawshank Redemption"
In this episode Mark talks about his film favourite of all time: 'The Shawshank Redemption' - and Mark describes in great depth the story of the film, the meaning and the symbolism of the film, the main characters, why he loves 'The Shawshank Redemption' so much, and why it his favourite film of all time over all the other many incredible films that he has seen over his life. Mark also recites his poems "Favourites", "Crossroads", and "One For The Road" - and he shares what connection he believes these poems in particular have to his favourite film: 'The Shawshank Redemption'.
43:59
September 27, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #49: "Truly Madly Deeply"
This episode is dedicated to the power of love - specifically the love that Mark shares with his fiancé Melissa. In this episode Mark recites some poems that were inspired by the love that Mark feels for, and the love that is reciprocated by, his fiancé Melissa that were all taken from Mark's book 'Truly Madly Deeply', which was published in 2016, which is filled with poems that describe the love felt by a couple who love each other unconditionally, and the retelling of the story of how Mark and Melissa first met. Mark recites his poems "Melissa", "My Chikadee", "Her Magical Powers", "Guardian Angel", and "The Air I Breathe".
34:46
September 26, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #48: "Autumn"
In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite seasons of nature: the beautiful and the respedant Autumn. Mark explains what he loves the most about Autumn/Fall, and he describes how magical and magnificent it is to him and how it has always been inspiring to him and to many people from all around the world, especially when they are outside and enjoying the transitions that can be witnessed in nature. Mark recites his poems "Autumn", "The Hallowed Season", and "Buona Fortuna". And Mark encourages people to go out into nature and enjoy the natural beauty that is out there - especially during this time of transition and adaptation for both nature and humanity combined.
38:07
September 25, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #47: "Stephen Hawking"
This episode is dedicated to the renowned physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking, who unfortunately died in 2018. Stephen Hawking was an inspiration to countless people from all around the world over his life - Mark included; and in this episode Mark discusses why Stephen Hawking was, is, and will always be an inspiration and a hero to him - mostly because of the way that he never allowed his Motor Neuron Disease to stop him from achieving greatness in the eyes of many people through the power of his mind, his thoughts, and his theories concerning the beginning and the inner workings of the universe. Mark also recites his poems "Stephen Hawking", "Wanderlust", and "In Alignment".
40:57
September 24, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #46: "Birds"
This episode has an ornithological theme to it, because this episode is all about Mark's immense fascination with birds of ever kind, species, size, and disposition. In this episode Mark describes some of the many wonderful, magical, and inspiring experiences that he has had with birds from all around the world. Mark also recites his poems "The Dissimulation of Birds", "The Falcon", and "Corvus".
34:41
September 23, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #45: "Contemplating the Potential of Humanity"
In this episode Mark discusses the potential of humanity - while also reviewing some of the poems that he has written over the past six months which he has received wonderful feedback from: in particular his poems "Pool of Contemplation", "Infinity", and "The Comet". Mark explains what he thinks about the poems he has written and what they mean to him. And Mark discusses what direction he hopes the human race will collectively choose to take in the future if we are to one day reach for the stars.
40:02
September 22, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #44: "Time Travel"
In this episode Mark discusses one his favourite science fiction story types and themes in films, in TV shows, and in literature: time travel. Mark discusses some of his favourite depictions of Time Travel in entertainment - from the 'Bill & Ted' films, to the 'Back to the Future' trilogy, to 'Doctor Who', to 'Quantum Leap' - whose stories revolve around "time travelers" and "time machines" traveling into the future or to the past. Mark talks about the potential of there one day being real life "time tourists" and the potential paradoxes that might ensue as a result. And Mark also recites his poems "The Time Traveller" and "Be Excellent To One Another".
44:44
September 21, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #43: "The Thinker"
In this episode Mark talks about his preoccupation with the art of procrastination and Mark talks about the time that he has spent sitting, staring, thinking, imagining, and writing all of the creations of his own imagination that he has written over the years that were eventually published for all the world to read. Mark recites his poems "The Thinker", "Cogito ergo sum (I think therefore I am)", and "The Rhyme of the Constant Writer". And Mark explains why he loves being someone who thinks and feels deeply about a great many things.
44:26
September 20, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #42: "Ever The Optimist"
In this episode Mark talks about the importance of being a hopeful optimist, especially when faced with times in our lives when things seem out of our control. Mark discusses his theory that everybody is on a path and on a journey throughout their lives that can be filled with both beginnings and endings, which are occasionally interchangeable and one and the same. Mark also recites his poems "The Path of The Poet", "This is the way", and "Never Stop Reaching".
42:54
September 19, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #41: "The Environmentalist"
In this episode Mark recites his poems "Dusk", "Woodland", "The Golden Season", and "The Ancient Ones" - and Mark discusses and explains his love of nature and the environment, and why it is vital for humanity to preserve the natural beauty and the wildlife of planet Earth. Mark talks about the magical time of the day that is sunset and the inspiration that can be drawn from that time by many like-minded people who understand and who appreciate the true gifts of the natural world.
30:13
September 18, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #40: "Playing God"
In this episode Mark takes a deep-dive into his 2018 book "Playing God", and he reveals the hidden identity of the enigmatic and mysterious protagonist of the seven stories within: "The Man in Black". Mark reveals why he was inspired to write the short-stories of "Playing God" and who he based the appearance of his protagonist on. Mark talks about his love of David Bowie. And Mark explains why "Playing God" is one of his favourite books that he has written and why the stories within will always mean something profound to him. Mark also recites his poems "Always the Starman" and "Hermes".
56:41
September 17, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #39: "What have I been writing recently?"
In this episode Mark recites some of the poems that he has recently written and shared: his poems "The Dark Horse", "Liberty will not fall", "Strange New World", and "The Nervous System" - and Mark discusses what inspired him to write these poems in particular. Mark also segways into a discussion about his own personal literary hero and God - William Shakespeare - and what impact they have had on him since he first began writing poetry.
33:23
September 16, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #38: "The Human Condition"
In this episode Mark discusses humanity, life, and he explains why he thinks it is important now more than ever for people from all around the world to pull together and work with one another for a common purpose and to embody the true essence of what it means to be human. Mark also recites his poems "Human Condition", "Albatross", and "Lucky to be here".
31:25
September 15, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #37: "Good Morning"
In this epsiode Mark talks about the daily routines and rituals that some people have, that he has, and that everybody has, that aids in giving everyone's daily life a structure to follow and which can also give a person's life the much needed meaning that they require. Mark recites his poems "Morning", "Brand New Day", "Like Clockwork", and "Ritual".
33:32
September 14, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #36: "Our Nature"
In this episode Mark talks about his love of the natural world and he shares his concerns about the ongoing, often destructive, influence that humanity has, and has had, upon Earth's environment and his hope that humanity can one day find a way to turn back the tide of the damage that has been wrought. Mark also recites his poems "Nature's Poetry', "Nature and Me", "In Their Nature", and "The O Factory".
35:54
September 13, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #35: "The Sun"
In this poem Mark talks about the light, the energy, the heat, and the inspiration that he and everyone who is lucky enough to be able to can enjoy because of our closest star: the sun. Mark also recites his sun-inspired poems "Orb", "Broad Daylight", "The Brightest of the Bright", and "Continue to Shine".
26:55
September 12, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #34: "September 11th, 2001"
This epsiode is dedicated to the innocent men, women, and children who tragically lost their lives during the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, and also to all the family members of those who daily suffer the physical and mental scars as a result of the events of that nightmarish day - who Mark thinks about, and who Mark has mourned for every day since that horrific day. All the poems that Mark recites in this episode were all written as a memorial to the memory of those who lost their lives and so that no one would ever forget what happened on that day that has been ingrained into the mind of everybody who remembers that day like it was yesterday. Mark's recitation of his poems "Memorial", "The Shining Light", "Between Sunrise and Sunset", and "Pause" are all dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives and all those who were affected by the Earth-shattering acts of terrorism of September 11th, 2001. May we never forget.
28:04
September 11, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #33: "R&R"
In this episode Mark dives deep into what people from all around the world choose to do to get some "R&R" - some "Rest & Relaxation" - and what some people do for fun in order to remove themselves from the pressures of the outside world that they may perhaps feel beholden to. Mark discusses what he likes to do for "R&R". And Mark recites his poems "Rest Assured", "Hang Out" and "Conduit".
36:06
September 10, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #32: "Podcasts"
In this episode Mark talks about podcasting and he shares some recommendations of the podcasts that he listens to on a weekly basis. Mark discusses the importance of communication and why he enjoys delving into the depths of insight that can be attained by listening to first-hand accounts by people - including those close to the production of a TV show or a movie via documentaries and commentaries. Mark also recites his poems "Vox", "The Microphone", and "Communication".
36:09
September 9, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #31: "Roses in December"
In this episode Mark discusses the symbolism of flowers, and how roses in particular have come to embody life and the slow march of time in many different forms of literature. Mark also recites his poems "Roses", "Roses in December", "Lotus", and "Poppy".
29:40
September 8, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #30: "Live Long and Prosper"
This episode is dedicated to Mark's favourite television series and his favourite Science Fiction franchise: Star Trek! Mark discusses his long history of being a "Trekkie" and what Star Trek, which first premiered on September 8, 1966, and all the Star Trek TV series' mean to him and what he has learned from their many episodes about the importance of embracing life, diversity, exploration, discovery. Mark also recites his poems "Live Long and Prosper", "Trekker, and "Those Distant Stars".
42:30
September 7, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #29: "Everything Happens For A Reason"
In this episode Mark discusses his person ethos and motto, "everything happens for a reason", and the serendipitous events that occasionally transpire throughout life, the connections that people from all around the world have to one another, as well as why things sometimes happen the way that they do. Mark also recites his poems "Serendipitous", "Dramarama", and "Time Capsule".
39:50
September 6, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #28: "The Photography of Memory"
In this episode Mark discusses the power of memories and experiences that stay with people - moments that seem to last an infinite amount of time, and how powerful those moments can be. Mark also recites his poems "Infinite Photograph", "The Falling Leaf", and "Here".
34:18
September 5, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #27: "Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations"
In this episode Mark discusses the importance of embracing the infinite diversity that exists in the and why he thinks might benefit from learning to be understanding of other people and who they choose to be rather than judgemental. Mark also recites his poems "The Sound of Mark", "Our Room", and "Epilogue".
37:26
September 4, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #26: "Imagination & Inspiration"
In this episode Mark discusses the power of imagination and inspiration and why he believes that everybody is gifted with the gift of imagination and inspiration to be able to do anything that they put their mind to - and what he feels about the gift that he has been blessed with. Mark recites his poems "Let Me Go, and I Will Run", "Read My Thoughts", and "Heart of a poet" to exemplify his artistic path as a writer and a poet.
38:56
September 3, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #25: "Family"
In this episode Mark discusses the importance of family and what his own family means to him through the recitation of his poems "Family", "Big Brother", "Mum", and "My Dad".
33:55
September 2, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #24: "Sherlock"
In this episode Mark discusses one of his favourite fictional characters, Sherlock Holmes, created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and some of the live-action portrayals of the character that there has been over the years. Mark also recites his Sherlock Holmes-inspired poem 'The Great Detective", his poem "Elementary", and his poem "The Shard of Hope" that he was inspired to write by his experiences of visiting and walking around the great City of London.
33:24
September 1, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #23: "Too Close To The Sun"
In this episode Mark does a deep-dive into his 2016 book of short-stories and poetry "Too Close To The Sun" and he explains the reasons why he wrote the "edgy" stories that he included within and what he was attempting to explore, with his characters, within the stories that he had published together. Mark also recites his poems "Too Close To The Sun" and "Psychic Arithmetic".
47:03
August 31, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #22: "What's Your Language?"
In this episode Mark talks about his love and fascination with language, in all it's forms, and he explains how he uses the language of poetry to full-effect. Mark also recites his poems "Words Enough and Time", "Everybody Is A Poet", "The Theory of Poetry", and "Poeta Universalis".
26:55
August 30, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #21: "An Early Bird Special"
In this episode Mark discusses what it is like to be an "early bird" - someone who gets out of bed sometimes even before the sunrise - and Mark recounts some of the many times when he has awoken early in the morning and he has been instantly inspired to write something, which is the recurring story of any and every artist. Mark also recites his poems "Morning", "Perpetual Night", "Keep Writing", and "Hello Sun".
26:55
August 28, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #20: "The Tenet of Cinema"
In this episode Mark gives his first hand review of film Director Christopher Nolan's new mind-blowing and time-bending movie, "Tenet", and he talks about the other Christopher Nolan films that he has seen and what he thought about them. And Mark also recites two poems - one old, and one brand new: "Cinema" and "It's good to be back".
34:00
August 27, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #19: "Magic"
In this magic-themed episode Mark discusses all things magical - including what it was like for him to be in the audience to see the amazing illusionist and mentalist Derren Brown perform his stage show 'Miracle' back in 2016. Mark also discusses his memories of watching magic being performed on television when he was a child. And Mark recites his magic inspired poems "The Showman", "The Art of The Act", and "Houdini".
30:30
August 26, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #18: "The wonderful randomness of life"
In this episode Mark discusses the wonderful randomness of life and the beautiful and inspiring things that can arise from life when people least expect them to. Mark also randomly selects fours poems, from four of his books, to read for your enjoyment - which turned out to be his poems "Nature and Me", "Did", "Mercury", and "Right".
27:50
August 25, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #17: "All About The Art"
In this episode Mark discusses his love of Art in all its forms, and Mark discusses some of his favourite artists - from Vincent Van Gogh to Banksy. Mark also recites his art inspired poems "Where Art Endows", and "Mark of a Masterpiece".
27:48
August 24, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #16: "Motivation"
In this episode Mark talks about what motivates him and why it is important for people to have something in their life that gives them motivation in all avenues of their life. Mark also recites his poems "Your Thing", "Superpower", and "Full Circle".
26:58
August 23, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #15: "God Bless the N.H.S."
In this episode Mark discusses one the most amazing institutions in the world: the great British National Health Service - one of the wonders of the modern age - and the people of the N.H.S. who have cared for and who saved countless lives since its establishment, including some of the people in Mark's family. Mark recites his poems "God Bless the N.H.S", "An Angel In Blue Scrubs", and "Nightingales". And Mark discloses some of his and his family's most recent experiences with the great men and women who make up the N.H.S. and what it means to him.
29:35
August 22, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #14: "Author to Author"
In this episode Mark recounts the profound experience that he had of meeting one of his favourite authors, Neil Gaiman, at a book-signing back in 2014, and he recounts that give a copy of his book "Poet of the Sphere" to Neil as a gift, and Mark talks about some of his favourite Neil Gaiman books that he has read. Mark discusses another of his favourite authors, Stephen King, and some of his favourite books written by Stephen King that he has read. And Mark recites his poems "Author to Author", "Autograph", and "Burning Bright".
29:21
August 21, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #13: "Poet of the Sphere"
In this episode Mark goes all the way to the beginning of his journey as a writer and an author, and he explains where, who, what, when, and why he became a poet and an author. Mark also recites the first poem from his first book of poetry, Poet of the Sphere, that was published in 2012, called "The Poet" which describes who Mark is and why he loves being a poet.
28:24
August 20, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #12: "N.Y.C."
In this episode Mark talks about his experiences, his love, and his unbreakable connection with the one and the only New York City - which he visited in September, 2013. Mark also recites some poems inspired by New York City, which he wrote to memorialize and to immortalise his intense memories and his experiences of being in New York City and the sadness that he felt having to leave it when he did: "My N.Y.", "The Manhattan Solstice", "Unforgettable Sixth Avenue", and "The Wonder City".
30:21
August 19, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #11: "Space"
In this episode Mark focuses his attention towards all things Space... "the final frontier" - which Mark has always been fascinated by and drawn to the wonders of, which he has always been inspired by, and he discusses some of the stories, films, and TV shows that are set in space that he still enjoys the most. And Mark also recites some poems inspired by Space: "Silent Light", "Star Stuff", "Beautiful Extremes", and "Sputnik".
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August 18, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #10: "Yesterday"
In this episode Mark does a film review for the 2019 movie 'Yesterday', directed by Danny Boyle, and discusses the connection that he and his family have to the music of The Beatles. Mark recites his poem "Dear John Lennon", which was written for and dedicated to the late great John Lennon back in 2011, from his book 'Poet of the Sphere'. And Mark recites his poem "For the love of music" from his 2015 book 'The Eternal Boy'.
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August 17, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #9: "The Rambler"
In this podcast Mark takes a deep dive into his most recent book, 'The Rambler', which came out in June 2020, and he explains what the poems of his most recent poetry collection revolve around. Mark also recites his poems "Every Day's Eye" and "Ramblers" from 'The Rambler'. And Mark discusses his love of walking, hiking, rambling, and the connection that he feels exists between nature and poetry, and what fuels the fire of inspiration within him.
22:31
August 16, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #8: "Ukulele"
This episode features a special musical demonstration of Mark's new DIY ukulele, as well as a discussion about the importance of music and the inspirational and transformative power of music in all its forms. Mark recites his poem "The Perfect Song" while attempting to strum something on his ukulele, and Mark also recites his poem "There are always possibilities". Why a ukulele? Why not?
22:17
August 15, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #7: "Robin"
This episode is dedicated to the sadly missed Robin Williams, one of the greatest and the most profound actors, comedians, and sources of hope and joy the world has ever known. In this episode Mark recites his poem "Robin" that he wrote days after the untimely death of Robin Williams in 2015, that he included in his 2015 poetry collection 'The Eternal Boy'. Mark also recites his poem "The Prolific" from his book The Dreamer and the Dream". And Mark discusses the subject of mental health and the daily darkness and depression that many people have to daily struggle with and why it is important for us all to surround ourselves with the right kind of people.
25:51
August 14, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #6: "Now That's What I Call Inspiration!"
In this episode Mark recites two brand new poems that he wrote, one after the other, on the same morning - "Painting by Numbers" and "Bask". And Mark discusses how he writes, what he writes, why he writes, when he writes, and where he writes his poems and his stories.
14:41
August 13, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #5: "Reading is Believing"
In this episode Mark discusses the importance of libraries, bookstores, stories, and books in general on people and on the world. Mark also discusses his love of the book 'Fahrenheit 451' by Ray Bradbury and its 1966 film adaptation. And Mark recites his poems "Reading Is Believing" and "The Book People" from his book The Dreamer and The Dream.
21:17
August 12, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #4: "The Feeling"
In this episode Mark discusses his writing process - including where he writes and why. And Mark also recites a poem from his 2015 book "The Dreamer and the Dream", 'The Feeling', and also one of his most recent poem that he has written, "Eyes", and talks about how his writing style may have evolved over the years.
15:04
August 11, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #3: "Blessed"
In this episode Mark reads the introduction from his book of poetry "The Dream and the Dream" which was published in 2015, and he recites the first poem that he ever wrote, "Blessed". Mark also reads a poem from his book "The Dreamer and the Dream" called 'Garden of Inspiration'.
16:43
August 10, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #2: "The Sound of Poetry, The Poetry of Sound"
In this episode Mark discusses his collaboration with Seen, an independent electronic artist from the U.S., and the journey that a simple poem that Mark wrote 10 years ago took to become one heard by the world in the form of a song called "Sunrise".
14:15
August 9, 2020
Mark The Poet - Episode #1: "A Summer Like No Other"
In the premiere episode of his podcast, poet, writer, author, Mark Hastings, discusses what is important to him and why it is important to stay hopeful and optimistic, despite what the world is currently going through - which is sometimes hard to contend with. And Mark also discusses what writing means to him and he recites one of his most recent poems, "A Summer Like No Other", which captures what the world is going through.
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August 8, 2020
August 8, 2020
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August 8, 2020