Downstream – episode 2

Welcome to episode two of downstream – our new series of Jackanory for swimmers. In these strange times long-distance mental travel is the only way we can explore the world around us, so in this episode we take you from Dover in the 1980s to Brockwell Lido in south London, via cold water swimming in Whitstable and a trek along the South West Coast Path.

In this episode

Tom Gregory reads from A Boy in the Water, his autobiography about swimming the Channel at the age of just 11.

When Raynor Winn and her husband suddenly became homeless they decided to walk the 630 miles of the South West coast path. Raynor reads from the resulting book,The Salt Path.

Wintering by Katherine May is subtitled How I Learned to Flourish when Life became Frozen – very apt in these current times. In her reading, Katherine tells us about her first season of cold water swimming.

And Libby Page reads from The Lido, her bestselling novel about community, friendship and outdoor swimming in Brixton, south London.

Episode 1 of downstream is available here.

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Jonathan is a year-round skins swimmer with a particular love of very cold water. He has competed in ice swimming competitions around the world. He is a qualified open water coach with a particular love of introducing new swimmers to the open water.