Recent Episodes of Shed Talks

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1/ Tim Clark OBE

2/  Charlie Mortimer 

3/  Roma Hooper OBE

4/  Mike Fisher

5/  Karen Cowan

6/  Dick Moore

7/ Gordon Darroch

8/ Ian Rankin

9/ Nathan Horrocks

10/ AL Kennedy

11/ Tim Lott

12/ Danny Evans

13/ Lord Clive Brooke

15/ Nicky Chinn

16/ Jan Ravens

17/ Richard Morton Jack

18/ Mary Ryan

Shed Chats/ Harvey Lisberg

20/ Paul Unwin

Shed Chats/ Rachel Jones


Lifejackets are what helps people to stay afloat, each time a new guest visits the Shed we ask them to nominate one or two of their Life Jackets in terms of music, films, television, books, pets, hobbies that keep them afloat and in good order and are their go to things in times of trouble and strife.


Shed Talks is a good humoured show about mental health and coping with life – what happens when things go wrong, and what you can do to get better and stay well.

Shed Talks is hosted by Jeremy Thomas – a funny guy with experience of serious mental illness, and an advocate of good mental health. Jeremy is going to be in conversation with public figures drawn from the world of Film, TV, Music, Books, Crime, Gardening, and Business. Interesting people who have achieved something in their lives but who also have had direct or indirect experience of poor mental ill health.

By sharing their inside stories with Jeremy, guests will also reflect on personal survival techniques, demonstrating how they recovered from poor mental health and how they now stay sane.

Jeremy Thomas worked in the music business for 22 years during the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.  He worked with artists such as John Williams, Al Green, Camel, Caravan, U2, The Levellers, James Brown and Rupert Hine to name a few. He wrote his first novel “Taking Leave’ in 2007, a former BBC Radio 5 ‘Book of the Month”, going on to co-produce the Emmy Award winning BBC documentary ‘Stephen Fry – The Secret Life of a Manic Depressive’ and co-write the popular- A-Z Guide to Good Mental Health with Dr Tony Hughes. His last novel was the crime thriller ‘The Santa Monica Suicide Club’ published in 2016.

Jeremy is now a leading speaker to schools and businesses, delivering talks on “How to Stay Sane in an Insane World’’.  An authentic, brutally honest and often humorous talk which draws on his own battle with bipolar disorder and addiction, providing coping skills and strategies based around a mental health tool kit.


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Making Love to Mother Earth

Harry Higgott Thomas

Gardening and working in nature and getting your hands dirty are really now accepted methods of keeping your mental health in good order. Jeremy is descended from a line of horticulturalists we thought it would be fun and interesting to feature his Grandfather HH Thomas within the site, specifically to have every guest read several pages from his book Making Love to Mother Earth and herewith a very interesting article about him and his father.

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Karen Cowan

Karen Cowan grew up in Tarporley Cheshire and trained to be a psychologist in her early 30’s, following the death of her mother, who had experienced significant psychiatric illness including alcoholism.  Karen completed her training at City University and her practice, whilst largely CBT based, has a significant systemic element.

Karen CowanPrior to training as a psychologist Karen had a number of jobs including; modelling, working in film production and, prior to training as a psychologist, setting up her own public relations business following a stint in publicity at a local Oxford theatre.

During the course of her career Karen has largely worked for Oxford Health Care Trust as well as time working with the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre. Karen has been instrumental in setting up the MIND CBT group programme.

Karen tends to specialise particularly in areas around childhood trauma and brief therapy but her professional interests are wide ranging.

Karen married at a young age at 19, was widowed early in 2016 and has four children and four grandchildren.  She divides her time between London and Oxfordshire.  Her interests include; reading, films, music, trains, the National Trust and friends. Karen is passionate about the role of psychology within society as a whole.

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Below are useful websites for those affected by some of the mental health illnesses that will be discussed in the shows


Narcotics Anonymous

NA is a non-profit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem.


Alcoholics Anonymous

AA is a fellowship of men and women who help others to recover from alcoholism.


NHS Alcohol Support

Realising you have a problem with alcohol is the first step to getting better, but it’s often the hardest one.

Jeremy Thomas British Anger Management Logo

The British Association of Anger Management

Attending an Anger Management is the first step towards a healthier happier life.

Shed Talks (Jeremy Thomas) Mind Contact


Mind, the mental health charity, is here to make sure no one has to face a mental health problem alone.

Shed Talks (Jeremy Thomas) Samaritans


Samaritans works to make sure there’s always someone there for anyone who needs someone.

Shed Talks (Jeremy Thomas) Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide

Meeting the needs and break the isolation of those bereaved by the suicide of a close relative or friend.


Charlie Waller Memorial Trust

One of the UK’s most respected mental health charities.

Young Minds


However you’re feeling right now, things can get better.

Mental Health UK

Mental Health UK

Supporting people affected by mental health problems including friends, family and carers.