Fear Itself with Cressida Bonas

Fear. It’s something that affects millions of us, yet it remains a rarely talked about aspect of mental health. Until now. We are delighted to announce that we have partnered with actress, Cressida Bonas, on her new podcast, Fear Itself, which explores this very subject and how it can impact our lives. In these extraordinary times, the subject of fear has sadly never been more relevant and we hope you will find the podcast both inspirational and perhaps even a welcome distraction during the difficult times. Featuring an array of guests including Ellie Goulding, Freddie Fox and Elizabeth Day, the first episode sees Cressida chat to former gang member turned community champion Karl Lokko...

Fear Itself explores our relationship with fear and at a time when many people are, fearing for themselves, their neighbours and loved ones, as well as the impact this will have on our world, it is a curious topic.

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Fear Itself features conversations between Cressida and a variety of guests from lots of different walks of life, discussing their relationship to fear throughout their lives. Cressida was inspired to start this project almost a year ago because in her experience, fear can be motivational, but can also hold us back and she was curious to understand dynamic a bit better: how does fear show up, how do people try to hide it, how can we harness it and what can we learn from it?

In light of current news, she says that making this podcast reinforced for her that although fear can be overwhelming and panic-inducing, it can also be a force for good, and a weapon to fight this crisis - it makes us take precautions and follow expert advice, but, in particular it can drive us to adapt and work together to help each other during what seems like an impossibly challenging time.

Podcasts can be a great way of connecting people by hearing other people’s stories and thoughts, making people feel less alone especially at unknown times like these and we hope that this podcast can give small moments of distraction, entertainment and respite from the news.

The first episode of Fear Itself is now live on Spotify and Cressida’s first guest is ex-gang member turned Advisor, Change-Agent, Public Speaker & Proud Father, Karl Lokko.

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Karl Lokko

Karl talks to Cressida about his fear of being misunderstood throughout his life, how he evaded prison & death in his youth and about focussing his attention on helping turn the tide of knife crime in London.

His relationship to fear has changed dramatically throughout his life, from outright ignoring its existence and his delusion in his own immunity to the fear that comes with now knowing he has something to live for.

Karl finishes his episode with a gorgeous poem, which he wrote after walking The Sydney Harbour Bridge - Karl’s pursuit for change is fascinating but he also realised after this walk that he was tired, and he couldn’t understand why others weren’t following him out of his previous lifestyle, but he realised that he had to walk to tightrope first & put himself out there - no wonder people were hesitant to follow him at first. It’s a gorgeous poem and definitely one not to miss.

Listen to the episode now on Spotify, and if you want to find out more about Karl and his work, you can head to his Instagram & website. And there’s a true fiction novel about his life coming out soon so keep your eyes peeled.