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John Helmer (English 1974), The Learning Hack and Great Minds on Learning. John runs two podcasts focused on learning. In The Learning Hack, John, along with guests, explores the significant innovations shaping the future of learning and how digital technology and scientific discovery are changing the way we learn, train, teach and educate. In Great Minds on Learning, John is joined by internationally respected author, blogger and learning expert, Donald Clark to discuss the history of thought and theorising about learning.

Listen to The Learning Hack now via Apple | Spotify

Listen to Great Minds on Learning now via Apple | Spotify 

Jolyon Rubenstein (Politics and North American Studies 2000)The New Conspiracist. With conspiracy theories being discussed now more than ever, BAFTA award-winning comedian Jolyon Rubinstein and Pulitzer prize-winning investigative journalist James Ball are deliberating what makes conspiracy theories believable or rejectable.

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Jessica Grace Coleman (American Studies and Film 2005), Travel Transformation Podcast. The podcast explores the life-changing potential of solo travel, intentional travel and location-independent working.

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Progress Oberiko (Media Practice for Development and Social Change 2020), The International Students Podcast. The podcast highlights how to navigate life in the UK as an international student. It does this by centring the experiences of international students; sharing stories, opportunities, relevant information, culture shocks; and supports prospective international students (and migrants) as they move abroad.

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Louisa Searle (English 2006), The Spark. The mini podcast series focuses on the moments that sparked social conscience in its four guests, and how this has shaped the lives they lead today as well as the choices they have made along the way.

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The Rez. The exciting sci-fi podcast adventure co-created by Professor Martin Spinelli debuted its second season with an all-female writing team. The Rez was the first podcast to be accredited for teaching in schools.

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Persephone Deacon (English And Film Studies 2016) and Erin Emiral (Anthropology And History 2016), Goes Without Saying. This podcast focuses on those conversations that are often left unsaid from societal expectations, the politics of TikTok trends and mental health.

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Jen Offord (Contemporary History 2001), Standard Issue Podcast. A smart, funny magazine-style podcast for women, by women.

Listen now via Apple | Acast

People & Forests with Helen Dancer, The Academic Podcast Agency. Senior Lecturer in Law and Anthropology Dr Helen Dancer (Law 2008) writes and presents this podcast for anyone who wants to learn more about our relationships with forests, why forests matter to us and how new ways of thinking about nature and rights could help us protect forests for present and future generations.

Listen now via Apple | Acast 

KickBack – The Global AntiCorruption Podcast. Housed in The Centre for the Study of Corruption, this podcast series features guests ranging from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists to former FBI agents.

Listen now via Apple | Spotify


Carolina Doriti (Media Studies 1997), Salt of the Earth: Secrets and Stories From a Greek Kitchen, Quadrille Publishing Ltd. In her first book, Carolina champions Greek food and shines a spotlight on local produce and traditional techniques.

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Benjy Kusi (Philosophy and English 2013), Hope this Helps: How to be Kinder to Yourself and Others, Headline Publishing Group. Benjy is known for sharing short, easy to digest videos on TikTok on topics that can appear difficult to navigate. His debut book offers a guide to how you can feel and do better, and how we can all have a positive impact on the world.

Find out more about Hope this Helps: How to be Kinder to Yourself and Others 

Jenny Mitchell (American Studies and Literature 1983), Resurrection of a Black Man, Indigo Dreams Publishing. In her third poetry collection, Jenny offers contemporary poems about male family dynamics – the peace, the violence, the fault lines.

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Simon Fanshawe OBE (Law 1975), The Power of Difference: Where the Complexities of Diversity and Inclusion Meet Practical Solutions, Kogan Page Ltd. Bringing together the author’s own experiences and research, The Power of Difference illustrates why diversity should be part of the overall business strategy, not separate from it, and offers insight, analysis and practical solutions.

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Visiting Professor Claudia Hammond (Psychology 1990)The Keys to Kindness: How to be Kinder to Yourself, Others and the World, Canongate Books. Drawing on the latest research from psychology and neuroscience, as well as her work in collaboration with the University of Sussex and the BBC (including The Kindness Test – the world’s largest global survey ever taken into attitudes to kindness), the book is structured around the seven keys to kindness. Through these keys Claudia explains the benefits kindness can have for our personal health and wellbeing.

Find out more about The Keys to Kindness: How to be Kinder to Yourself, Others and the World

Su’ur Su’eddie V. Agema (International Education and Development 2018), Memory and the Call of Waters, Sevhage Publishers, Nigeria. Written in mixed styles, this poetry collection includes poems that were inspired and written during Su’ur’s time in Brighton. The collection was shortlisted for the $100,000 2022 NLNG Prize for Literature.

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Connie Glynn (Film Studies 2013), The Rosewood Chronicles: Princess Ever After, Penguin. The fifth and final instalment in the magical world of The Rosewood Chronicles series – will the series’ protagonists, Ellie, Lottie and Jamie, be reunited?

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T R Todd (Twentieth Century Literature 2004), Running Sideways: The Olympic Champion Who Made Track and Field History, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. Written with Pauline Davis, this memoir shares Pauline’s inspiring story of how she beat the odds to become a two-time Olympic gold medallist, the first individual gold medallist in sprinting from the Caribbean and the first Black woman on the World Athletics council.

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Avri Klemer (Philosophy 1992), Playing Games, Subterranean Press. Avri Klemer's short story, A Crokinole Tale, is included in a powerful new anthology assembled by Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster, Lawrence Block.

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Jen Offord (Contemporary History 2001), The Year of the Robin: Watching It All Go Wrong for Charlton Athletic and the World, Icon Books. In 2019, Jen’s beloved football club, Charleton Athletic were promoted to The Championship. What follows is a season full of trials, with everything from coronavirus to a billionaire takeover gone wrong.

Find out more about The Year of the Robin: Watching It All Go Wrong for Charlton Athletic and the World

Lucy Goacher (English 2008), The Edge, Thomas & Mercer. Lucy’s debut novel follows the mystery of how Clem’s happy-go-lucky sister Poppy died. Did she in fact take her own life, or was there someone else with her at the cliff edge?

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Tanya Sarne OBE (History 1964)Free Spirit, Hachette UK. Known for her global fashion success as the founder of cult 90s label, Ghost, Tanya’s memoir tells her extraordinary life story.

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Ros Barber (BIOLS 1982)Nothing Becoming, Phoebus Books. Ros’s new book tells the origin story of the infamous 18th century pirate, Mary Read. The novel is the first in a trilogy, which is due to be published over the next year. 

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Maria Jastrzębska (CCS 1973)Small Odysseys, Waterloo Press. Maria is an Anglo-Polish and European poet who often explores heritage and archetypal figures of family within her work. In her latest poetry collection, Maria widens her gaze across borders, queering or reimagining histories, to create poems that urgently question the present, startle and illuminate.

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