In which we uncover the extraordinary life of Winifred Barnes, once a huge star but now almost completely forgotten – except among those few locals who remember being told stories of a wild woman living in a house perched precariously on the edge of a cliff. We explore why this Edwardian singer, actor and comedy performer, a West End leading lady during World One and a sensation of the age, retired mysteriously young and ran away to the seaside at Holywell in Eastbourne, where she and her sister were considered “too racy” for the locals. We search for the ruins of her spectacular home, Emily shouts at Cole not to go too close to the edge and Cole doesn’t listen. Podcast by Emily Jeffery and Cole Moreton.
In which Cole and Emily meet a man who makes supermodels look even better for a living, but who heads for the cliffs in his own time to spot birds as they arrive on their extraordinary journeys from the south reaches of Africa to the green hills of England. Why do they do that? What can you hear? We explore the wonders of nature and the nature of obsession, find out what it’s like to be a twitcher’s girlfriend and get a bit transcendental. Walk with us, chill, listen, wander, wonder …
(If you’ve seen the show Detectorists, it’s a bit like that with wings. Or not.)
In which we end our first season of the Edge of England podcast by talking about our first impressions of this place and meeting Misgana, who came to the South Coast from Eritrea as a young girl, without really knowing why. It wasn’t easy. Hers is a remarkable, troubled, moving, ultimately inspiring story of what it’s like to find yourself in a strange new place, somehow make your way and ultimately arrive at an unexpected sense of home. Thanks for listening. Edge of England will be back with a new weekly season in the Spring.
In which we listen to the sea, stare at the horizon, walk on the beach and argue about Debussy and his mistress, the Grand Hotel and the Posh Police, the Sovereign Light Platform, the golden haze in the sky and the impossibility of paddle boarding. The mystery of X is revealed and we talk about why we are here. Oh and there’s a ghost. If not two.
This one is all about Eastbourne, the Empress of Watering Holes, a place that is far more beautiful and surprising than you may realise. Come and have a walk with us.
Thanks for coming to the home of our new podcast, telling fascinating tales about people and places down here on the southern edge. We’ll be exploring the dramatic coastline around Beachy Head, Birling Gap, the Seven Sisters and beyond. We’ll be talking about what it’s like to live on the edge geographically, but in all sorts of other ways too. Anything can happen here.
Brought to you by award-winning broadcasters Cole Moreton and Emily Jeffery, delving deep into the deep South, where we’re closer to France than we are to Westminster but if you go too far you fall off. Episode one is coming soon, so sign up below to follow this blog and we’ll let you know when it’s ready. Here’s Emily recording with Cole on a clear, sunny but very cold day, hence the fetching bobble hat.