I am super excited to release the first episode of 'Rumour Has It', a three-part podcast / radio documentary series delving into the mysteries hiding in people's family trees. A huge thanks to Arts Council England and the Audio and Radio Emergency Fund for their financial support, and for buying me some time to work on something so fun and important to me.
Episode 1: Holding Out for a Hangman
Rumour has it that Lauren's great, great uncle was a notorious hangman who carried out executions at South Shields Town Hall. Armed with the clues given to us by her grandma (and those clues were, admittedly, limited), Lauren and I try to find out whether there is any truth to the story that's been passed down five generations, making some grim discoveries about hangings in the North East along the way.
A big thank you to:
Lauren McLeish, Theresa Grimes, Ancestry, The Commonwealth War Graves Commission, The North East Mining Museum, Richard Clark, Adam Bell and the Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums, and Dr. Patrick Low from lastdyingwords.com
Patrick also has a book coming out in September which you can pre-order here.
Rumour Has It has been make possible thanks to the generous funding of the Arts Council and the Radio Academy's Audio and Radio Emergency Fund.
Finally, an enormous thanks to Jacob Thomas for making my brilliant artwork!
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