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- Scientists are working on a serum that will give us eternal life.
- Ooouh, that sounds pretty scary.
- No, no, it'll be great! Just imagine, you won't have to die! You'll be able to see your grandchildren grow up and, you know, see what the future holds.

Something like that is how a conversation went with a buddy of mine a while ago. He was so excited. And I just couldn't come up with any good counter-arguments to his enthusiasm. But I could feel how fundamentally wrong this all sounded to me.

Right around that time, I had heard Canadian author Stephen Jenkinson on a podcast, talking about "dying well" and how we live in a "death phobic culture". Stephen had worked with palliative care for many years, and was reporting from the frontlines of the alleged death phobia.

The tone of his voice, the timing and utter poetry of how he spoke drew me in. I bought his book "Die Wise" and was further immersed into Jenkinson's thoughts on "village mindedness" and the importance he attached to "dying more or less on schedule".

I got a ticket right away when I heard Jenkinson was travelling to Europe with his spoken word show "Nights of Grief and Mystery". The following day we had arranged to meet up for an interview, which would turn into the first ever episode of the Campfire Podcast.

This all took place in 2018. Now, on the other side of the pandemic, Stephen Jenkinson is back on the road again. As a matter of fact, one of his stops along the current tour is to sit around the campfire with me, recording another podcast episode. In person and in front of a live audience this time. So, if you happen to be in Järna, Sweden on Aug 16th, make sure to join us for "From the Ruins of a Greenhouse". You can find more info and get your ticket here. Early bird price available until June 30th.

If you'd like to experience a Night of Grief and Mystery-show, the current tour takes Stephen Jenkinson, along with musician Gregory Hoskins, across the US, UK, Canada and Scandinavia in the next couple of months. Being the Swede that I am I'd like to especially point out the Aug 14th event in Malmö, my home town (before Järna became my home town!). I'll definitely be there, and if you live in that area, I hope you will too!

Click here to get all the details on upcoming events with Jenkinson over the next few months, including an online offering and stops in the US, UK, Canada, Sweden and Norway.

Lots of love to you,

/Mattias Olsson