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Alpine wellness, fresh talent and attempts at Utopia

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28 April 2023

Episode 27

56 minutes

As the months grow steadily warmer and brighter, ‘Konfekt’ is exploring the bounty of nature, artistic homes and fresh talent in the UK, as well as musing on alternative lifestyles. We head to the Alpine region of Bregenzerwald in Austria to meet skincare entrepreneur Susanne Kaufmann, visit Charleston, a modernist residence in Sussex associated with the Bloomsbury group, and speak to debut novelist Liv Little and musician Tyson McVey. Plus: historian Anna Neima discusses attempts at creating Utopias and why they matter.

28 April 2023

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Chapter 1

Alpine wellness with Susanne Kaufmann

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The Alpine region of Bregenzerwald in Austria is celebrated for its natural beauty and rich resources. One entrepreneur who knows just how to capitalise on its bounty is Susanne Kaufmann. She talks to Sophie Grove, editor of ‘Konfekt’, about her deep connection to the region and the wild flora that inspires her skincare products.

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Photo: The Charleston Trust/Lee Robbins

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Charleston, an enduring home for creativity

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We head to Sussex to Charleston Trust, once a gathering place for the Bloomsbury Group, to find out how the house and its artistic programme is continuing the legacy of its former inhabitants.

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Photo: Chantelle Nash

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‘Rosewater’: a captivating debut

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Liv Little, author and founder of ‘Gal-dem’ magazine, has always sought to give voice to those marginalised by the mainstream media. Her debut novel, ‘Rosewater’, follows south London poet Elsie as she pursues her dream of being heard. ‘Konfekt’ contributor Steph Chungu meets Little to find out more.

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‘Rosewater’: a captivating debut

Chapter 4

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Photo: Lily Bertrand-Webb

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Tyson: an artist on the rise

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The daughter of Massive Attack producer Cameron McVey and Swedish singer Neneh Cherry, Tyson McVey grew up surrounded by music but it wasn’t until 2021 that she released her debut EP, ‘Pisces Problems’. Since then, she has toured Europe and released duets and collaborations that showcase her soulful vocals. She speaks to Paige Reynolds about her story so far and her next steps.

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Tyson: an artist on the rise

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Photo: Flickr/Hannes Flo

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Chapter 5

Looking for Utopia

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Alternative lifestyles and attempts at Utopia aren’t always successful but they remind us that we have a choice when it comes to how we live. Anna Neima, historian and author of ‘The Utopians: Six Attempts to Build the Perfect Society’, offers her thoughts.

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