On the Irregular with Java Bere

Java Bere

A podcast where I chat to women from all walks of life about their own unique, creative journey. How they got here, how their story has shaped their creative work, what they’ve learned, what has helped them and where they plan to go from here. It’s an irregular journey for so many of us and I am delighted to offer a platform to share these fascinating stories and wells of wisdom.

  • 51 minutes 28 seconds
    Conversation with Rozie Kelly - Author

    In this episode I talk with my dear friend and neighbour, the author, Rozie Kelly.

    On a sunny autumn morning, Rosie and I headed out for a walk through the fields. We talked about about losing her dad in lockdown and how this time of enforced solitude helped her embrace her grief, and also, how Buffy the Vampire Slayer featured heavily in this process.

    We talked about her soon to be published debut novel Kingfisher.

    We talked about how the loss of her dad has impacted how she thinks about stories.

    And she told me the best piece of writing advice she has ever received.

    Welcome to my conversation with the wonderfully eloquent, Rozie Kelly


    A gentle warning, this episode contains swearing.


    You can find Rosie on instagram @rozeamee and her debut novel Kingfisher will be released by Saraband books in 2025

    Post production and jingle composition: Jon Tipler




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    18 May 2024, 6:00 am
  • 9 minutes 51 seconds
    On the Irregular - On Creativity and Grief - An Introduction from Java

    Hello and welcome to season 4 of ‘On the Irregular’ with me Java Bere.


    In previous seasons I have chatted to women from all walks of life about their unique, creative journeys. How they got here, and how their story has shaped their creative process.


    For this season, I wanted to specifically explore the way in which grief informs the creative process, how transformative it can be and how it weaves it’s way through our lives, in the many tangled ways. How it manifests in our work and how we navigate the endless twists and turns.


    I cannot wait for you to hear these conversations. Each one moved me in a profound way, and often made me laugh and cry simultaneously.


    Thank you so much for being here, welcome to On the Irregular, season 4, on Creativity and Grief.


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    17 May 2024, 4:00 pm
  • 58 minutes 13 seconds
    'On the Irregular' LIVE at HOME, Manchester, Sept 2022
    23 December 2022, 5:00 pm
  • 58 minutes 18 seconds
    Conversation with Sapna Agarwal - Artist and Community Organiser

    In this episode I chat to artist and community organiser Sapna Agarwal.

    Sapna is one of my oldest friends, having met in Manchester twenty years ago when we were both running around the city pretending to be the stars of a Jean Luc Goddard film.

    This was a soft, gentle talk, fitting for a rainy day across Yorkshire and Glasgow. 

    Sapna tells me about dropping out of architecture school, how having children helped her understand her purpose and as she describes it 'the golden thread that runs through her creative practice', and the power of community.

    With a light peppering of reminiscing about our youth.

    Welcome to my conversation with the coolest girl I still know, Sapna Agarwal.

    Sapna is far too cool to be on Instagram but if you're local to Glasgow do say hello and pop along to one of Sapna's events.

    Thank you to Moon Water Treasures for sponsoring this episode. You can find them online moonwatertreasures.uk, on Etsy and on instagram @moonwatertreasures

    And thank you for listening to On the Irregular, please remember to rate review and subscribe, as it helps other liste ers find us.


    Jingle and final edit: Jon Tipler, Loaded for Bear Audio

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    2 December 2022, 5:00 pm
  • 1 hour 15 minutes
    Conversation with Fionna Inward Allen - Poet, Writer, Performer and Educator

    In this episode I chat to Poet, Writer, Performer and Educator Fionna Inward Allen.

    I first met Fee around six years ago at a mutual friend’s picnic. As soon as she flashed her stellar smile, I knew I wanted to talk to her. And talk we did, all afternoon. We have since kept in touch via social media and on the 10th of September we finally met again when Fee performed a few of her beautiful poems at the podcast live event. Her words moved the audience between both tears and laughter.

    In our chat for the podcast we covered Fee’s life growing up feeling torn between writing and performing, her vast inner world as a child, creativity as a means of escape, especially when you are bound to one physical place, her time working at the BBC and her self imposed fifteen year writing apprenticeship in the caravan she bought for this sole purpose, rebuilding herself after having her son and then subsequently becoming a single parent.

    And of course, so much more.

    Welcome to my chat with the delightfully gorgeous Fionna Inward Allen.

    Warning, this episode contains swearing and mentions of eating disorders and child abuse.

    You can find Fee online at fionnainwardallen.com and on instagram @fionna_inward_allen

    Thank you to Right Hand House for sponsoring this episode. You can find Right And House online righthandhouse.co.uk and on instagram @right_hand_house

    Thank you for listening to On the Irregular, please remember to review and subscribe as it helps other listeners find us.

    Final edit and jingle: Jon Tipler


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    20 November 2022, 11:00 am
  • 1 hour 11 minutes
    Conversation with Syreeta Challinger - Life Coach, Speaker, Writer

    In this episode I chat to Life Coach, Speaker, Writer Syreeta Challinger.

    It’s an emotional one, Syreeta shares her unique story of love, creativity and transformation.

    We discuss growing up with a high level of academic expectations, her experience studying a degree in textiles in Manchester, the impact she believes the contraceptive pill had on her decision making in her twenties, her time in Hong Kong where she refound herself and met her husband Rob. 

    And then we talk about Rob’s brain anyeurism and how this shifted their life irrevocably and how she challenged her grief through her brand MOSS.

    And we talk about love.

    Welcome to my conversation with the fiercely honest, utterly gorgeous Syreeta Challinger.

    You can find Syreeta online at thisisleaven.com and on instagram @thisisleaven and @momentsofsenseandstyle

    And you can find Syreeta’s podcast Leaven, wherever you find your podcasts.

    Thank you to Hazel copy for sponsoring this episode. You can find Haze Copy online here and on instagram @hazelcopy

    And thank you for listening to this episode of On the Irregular, please remember to subscribe, rate and review as it helps other listeners find us.



    Jingle and final edit: Jon Tipler



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    3 November 2022, 9:00 pm
  • 1 hour 1 minute
    Conversation with Jo Cauldrick - Writer, Artist, Creator of The Moon Journal

    In this episode I chat to writer, artist and creator of the Moon Journal, Jo Cauldrick.

    With her Moon Journal website, instagram, book and patreon, Jo has created a space full of resources and wisdom about working with the moon cycles and how these can help us find balance, rhythm and focus. Beautifully illustrated and full of inspiring writing, they are not only informative but also a delight to behold.

    Jo and I chat about her years of travelling around, searching for their dream home and how this led them to moving in 2020 to live off grid in Portugal, on a piece of land they hadn’t even visited before.

    We talked about the time she was living in a caravan with her young family and how her decision to learn to crochet and sell fruit hats on etsy grew her confidence and blossomed into Jo pursuing the creative path she is on now. 

    And of course we talk about the moon and the transformative effect it has had on both of our lives. 

    Welcome to my conversation with the beautifully warm and inspiring Jo Cauldrick, I hope you enjoy listening as much as I did talking to her.

    You can find Jo online at themoonjournal.com, on instagram @themoon_journal and on patreon. Jo’s book ‘Muse with the Moon’ is available on Amazon.

    Thank you to Jana Puisa for sponsoring this episode. You can find Jana online at janapuisa.com and @janapuisa

    Thank you for listening to On the Irregular, please remember to review and subscribe as it helps others find us.


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    21 October 2022, 4:00 pm
  • 1 hour 4 minutes
    Conversation with Kathryn Ho - Creative Coach

    In this episode I chat to creative coach Kathryn Ho, or as she describes herself on Instagram 'Psychological witch and self-doubt coach’.

    This felt like a deeply thoughtful and delicate conversation. Kathryn’s meditative pace and considered answers to my questions led us to the big questions, the big feelings, the essence of it all, in many ways.

    We talked about her awareness of the arbitrariness of life from a  very young age, her experience of art school, existential pain. Questioning the concept of ‘fulfilling your potential’, the idea of needing to assign yourself a label as a creative and her gentle approach to coaching.

    Welcome to my conversation with Kathryn Ho, a creative coach for the mind and the soul.

    You can find Kathryn online at kathrynho.com and on instagram @kathryn_ho_ and you can subscribe to Kathryn’s newsletters by heading to kathrynho.substack.com

    Thank you to Heidi-Lee Gregory for sponsoring this episode. You can find Heidi online at heidileegregory.co.uk and on instagram @heidilee.gregory

    Thank you for listening to On the Irregular, please remember to review and subscribe as it helps other listeners find us.


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    14 October 2022, 3:00 pm
  • 50 minutes 6 seconds
    Alma's Story - Jon & Java for Baby Loss Awareness Week

    This conversation comes with a trigger warning regarding baby loss.

    Eight Years ago, Jon and I lost our daughter Alma at six months in the womb through a late stage termination due to medical reasons. We discuss the pregnancy, the procedure, her birth and her funeral.

    At certain points we express a humour which could be uncomfortable for some listeners. This was, and still is, one of our ways of processing the grief, and as always, we try to be as honest as possible in sharing our experience, in the hope that it may help others feel less alone.

    For this episode, we shared out story while making lunch at home in our kitchen. There are tears and there is sadness, but there is also laughter and love and a conversation about how much she brought into our life and the creative transformation we both experienced through the grief of losing her.

    Baby loss awareness week, now in its 20th year, is a wonderful opportunity to bring us together as a community and give anyone touched by pregnancy and baby loss a safe and supportive space to share their experiences and feel that they are not alone. 

    You can find out more at babyloss-awareness.org


    Arc antenatal are a UK charity offering support for those dealing with antenatal results and choices.


    If you or someone close to you has been through the experience of ending a wanted pregnancy after a pre-natal diagnosis, Arc are there to provide non directive information and support before, during and after antenatal screening.


    You can find them online arc-uk.org and on instagram @arcantenatal






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    10 October 2022, 4:00 pm
  • 1 hour 16 minutes
    Conversation with Natasha Landers - Interior Designer, Diversity Consultant and Location House Host

    In this episode I chat to Interior Designer, Diversity Consultant, Instagram Influencer and Location House Host, Natasha Landers.

    I first came across Natasha when I spotted her magnificent yellow kitchen floor on Instagram, and instantly fell hook, line and sinker for her sense of style both in her home and her dress sense.

    I’m not the only one who noticed.

    So did 14K other followers on instagram, Harpers Bazaar magazine, Stylist magazine, Reclaim mag and the Modern House.

    Born in Hackney, Natasha ended up at uni in Wales studying a degree she still cannot understand the purpose of. We talked about how she finally came to accept that interior design is her calling, how dancing in her kitchen got her through lockdown, imposter syndrome, the loneliness of being a freelance creative and how the incredible yellow floor came about.

    Welcome to my chat with the interior design and style queen, Natasha Landers.

    You can find Natasha on Instagram @untillemonsaresweet and do keep an eye out for her upcoming website.

    Thank you to Saba Lashay for sponsoring this episode. You can find Saba's work online at sabalashay.com , on etsy and on Instagram @saba.lashay

    Thank you for listening to On the Irregular, please remember to review and subscribe as it helps other listeners find us!


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    4 October 2022, 8:00 am
  • 1 hour 11 minutes
    Conversation with Alice Morrison - Adventurer, Author, TV Presenter, Public Speaker and Podcaster

    In this episode I chat to Adventurer, Author, TV Presenter, Public Speaker and Podcaster, Alice Morrison.

    Many moons ago, Alice and I met at a 1920’s themed birthday party in the South of France. At the time we were both decked out in feather boas and flowing dresses, but oh how times have changed. 

    Alice currently lives in The Atlas Mountains of Morocco, where you will at one point witness the sound of the wind clattering through her window shutters.

    Alice starts her story in Edinburgh where she was born, her time living in Uganda as a child, studying Arabic and Turkish at university, her time teaching in Cairo, a move to London where she worked for the BBC 24 hour news channel, a subsequent move to the north of England and what led her to running marathons through the desert and trekking with camels.

    We talk about writing her first book in her 50’s, the gratitude she feels towards her parents for guiding her in her choices, the value of going ahead and trying things, even if you think you may not be naturally skilled at them, and … her narrow miss with a giant boulder.

    Welcome to my chat with the wildly inspiring and absolutely no nonsense, Alice Morrison.

    You can find Alice online at alicemorrison.co.uk and on instagram @aliceoutthere1 

    You can also listen to Alice’s podcast Alice in Wanderland and watch her BBC 2 series, From Morocco to Timbuktu. Alice’s books are available online and from all good bookshops.

    And thank you to Lily Greenwood for sponsoring this episode. You can find Lily Greenwood online her, on etsy and on instagram @lilygreenwoodpainting

    Thank you for listening to On the Irregular, please remember to review and subscribe as it helps other listeners find us!

    Jingle and final edit: Jon Tipler



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    23 September 2022, 4:00 pm
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