I had long wanted to set up a podcast; having talked and written so much about people’s dementia experiences, both mine and other families, I wanted to give individuals the chance to tell their own stories. When we entered the UK’s first Covid lockdown in the spring of 2020 I knew it was time to do it.
I drew up a list of diverse guests, found a brilliant sound engineer and began to think about a name. An English graduate, I love a female author, and scouting around for an apposite quote I came across Sylvia Plath’s description of a snowfall. She writes of “scatter-brained flakes” circling down in aimless swoops and though she has a Botany exam in two hours, she can’t do other than “stop a little, and look”, which she does, beautifully detailing what she sees. She is living in the moment – which, as so many of those with dementia tell me, is a rare upside of their condition, as profound as it is surprising.
“Well I know now”, Plath records in 1950, “a little more about how a simple thing like a snowfall can mean to a person”.
I’d found my title. And so my podcast Well I Know Now was launched. It’s popularity has amazed and delighted me, and it’s all down to my fabulous guests.