I live on a little boat called Larkspur which is variously a blessing and a curse. A blessing because I can live the itinerant life I want and be able to just about afford being a writer, and a curse because this lifestyle is being seriously threatened by the very people who are meant to be protecting it.
I bang on about this to anyone who will listen and had the very good fortune to be able to bang on about it to a huge audience thanks to BBC Radio 4’s Four Thought programme.
Four Thought is a series of talks about people’s ideas and passions. Previous episodes have discussed mosh pit etiquette (Joe Dunthorne), medieval sex (Lucy Allen) and being ignored (John Osborne). I made a case for living on the water, which proved controversial to one member of the audience (listen to the end of the podcast to hear her thoughts about itinerant water dwellers, she’s not a fan).
The programme aired live on January 5th, and me and a few boat dwelling friends piled onto Larkspur to listen live over bowls of steaming curry. It was mad and amazing to listen to this boaty chat with brilliant boaty friends on the aforementioned boat. A huge thanks to Bethany Sagar Fenton for making this happen – you can see her at the front of this picture, looking pleased.
You can listen to the show here.
I got the most amazing email from one listener – it’s pasted in below.