Talking Teenage Life

Zoe Bolton

An episode of Talking Teenage Life

By Rose Courteen
“Talking Teenage Life” is a podcast where teenager, Rose Courteen, interviews adults about the lessons they’ve learnt and the stories their lives have told since they too were a teenager.
Rose meets with people of all different ages, with backgrounds in sport, business, and the arts. They’ll talk about everything from parents, school, university, friends, careers, faith and relationships.
This podcast will be as engaging for teenagers as it for those who've already lived their teenage lives & are continuing to tell their life story. So, please, subscribe now & enjoy "Talking Teenage Life"
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Bridget McIntyre
In this podcast, the last of our first series, we interview Bridget McIntyre. From struggling at school to leading a large blue chip organisation to now having forming a social enterprise business, Bridget has a wealth of leadership experience.  We're inspired by her "can do" attitude and Bridget provides some valuable advice on how to believe in yourself and to build self confidence.  Our second series will be back in September when we will have more great conversations with another 10 inspiring guests.
July 7, 2019
Matt Levett
In a recent RE lesson, we all got the chance to imagine the questions we would want to ask a Christian. There were some great questions; what is heaven like? / if you pray for something will it happen? / what's your favourite parable? / should you forgive everybody? In this podcast, we put youth worker, Matt Levett, on the spot and get him to give his best responses to those questions Matt is a larger than life character who only became a Christian because he fancied a girl who went to Church but has gone on to lead projects helping street kids in Guatemala for over 25 years. In this podcast Matt and I really do try to understand what's important in life and what isn't. And he tells some great stories too!
June 23, 2019
Matt Prittchett
Imagine having to be funny everyday. Matt Prittchett is 'Matt' the Daily Telegraph's cartoonist and everyday he has to produce a cartoon for the front page. He talks about the creative process that he goes through each day to get to the final version.  Matt talks about his family, his grandfather was one of the best short- story writers of the last century, his dad was a telegraph columnist and still helps out with the wording on his cartoons, and his sister is a comedy writer for sketches for Miranda and others.  Matt also talks about being invited to lunch at Buckingham Palace, receiving a letter from the Prime Minister and why he wanted England to lose in the semi- final of the World Cup in 2018.
June 9, 2019
Mel Menhams
From surviving being caught up in an earthquake whilst on a gap year, through to her personal crusade to combat the climate crisis, Mel’s story is a fascinating listen. She has now set up her own plastic-free mobile and online shop called Cupboard Love. Mel gives advice on how to help with cutting down single-use plastic, even if it’s just as little as getting a reusable water bottle. Listen to this episode to learn how Mel has turned her passion for the environment into a business.     
May 26, 2019
Vicci Chalk
In this podcast Vicci and I talked about how her parents divorced at an early age and how she coped with having step-parents. We also talked about how she came out to her parents as a teenager and how difficult it was. Vicci then worked for her mum and step-dad's business, listen to the podcast to find out how hard Vicci found it to tell her mum she wanted to pursue another career.
May 12, 2019
Sue Piddock-Jones
In this podcast we talk to Sue Piddock-Jones about her life in teaching and dance. Sue talks about going back to University after she'd started work. Her philosophy is that you should follow your dreams and she talks about why she has been inspired to do a significant amount of volunteer work. We also discuss how a trip to a third world country has made her appreciate all that we have in the UK and the lessons we could learn from that experience.
April 28, 2019
Cathie Sabin
After a career in teaching and a life in tennis, Cathie ended up becoming the first ever female President of the LTA. Her time in that role meant she was on court to present Andy Murray with one of his Wimbledon’s trophies, went to the Rio Olympics, and was there to receive the Davis Cup on behalf of Team GB. It was great to talk to her about all that she has done and hear a little of her gentle wisdom on the lessons we can learn from her. I’m so delighted she agreed to do this and was one of my first podcast guests.
April 14, 2019
Stuart Dunn
Having grown up in Shrewsbury, Stuart's dream as a teenager was to be a football commentator on his home town team. Now in his 40's he has commentated on over 1,000 games for Shrewsbury Town on Radio Shropshire. He has seen them promoted, relegated and play at Wembley three times. In this podcast we talk all things football, of course, but also about how you make your teenage dreams come true. It was great to talk to Stuart and, having had a career as a journalist and in radio, he has a natural ease in front of the microphone.
March 31, 2019
Zoe Bolton
There is so much to admire about Zoe and you will find her interview fascinating and enlightening. Zoe is now off to Africa on a year long adventure. We talk about faith, university choices and how to deal with your parents splitting up. Zoe is only just out of her teenage years and into her early twenties but she is very wise.
March 17, 2019
Helen Piddock Jones
In this, the very first edition of the Talking Teenage Life podcast series, Helen Piddock-Jones encourages teenagers to go for every opportunity they have. Helen has enjoyed a varied career, from being a barrister to the cult figure of the phantom flan flinger on childrens TV programme, Tiswas. She is the type of person who makes things happen and we think she is the perfect choice to inspire you in the first ever podcast. 
March 3, 2019
Introductory Episode
Here is an introduction to Talking Teenage Life podcast. Hear some of the interviews and get an overview of what this podcast is all about
February 24, 2019
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