It sometimes feels as if we’ve been cast adrift on a sea of podcasts – so vast, variable, unpredictable and often overwhelming is the choice. But bobbing up amongst our favorites (with such gems as the hilariously odd-ball So My Dad Wrote a Porno; the utterly compelling S-Town – the follow-up mystery from the makers of Serial; and the FT’s culture show Everything Else) is relative new kid on the block Violet Sessions. This beautiful audio bloom is a series of gloriously chilled out, celebratory, agenda-free conversations with interesting women doing brilliant things. Each takes place over coffee and cake, upstairs at East London sweet spot Violet Bakery, and is hosted by the bakery’s owner Claire Ptak and journalist and broadcaster Danielle Radojcin. The conversations brim with warmth, humour and affection, drawing back the curtain on the lives of women who inspire because of their trailblazing chutzpah, achievements, imagination, tenacity and grace. Favourites include those with fashion illustrator and feminist emoji – Femoji – creator Jo Ratcliffe, with Somerset House’s Marie McPartlin, a live chat with vivacious editor of The Gentlewoman Penny Martin and just downloaded, author Plum Sykes, whose new book Party Girls Die in Pearls is just out. We also recently went along and sipped a flat white while listening to co-founder Danielle Radojcin interview Christina Dean, the stylish woman behind Redress, the environmental NGO working to reduce waste in the fashion industry, the podcast of which which will be available to download soon – alongside future podcasts with Wahaca’s Thomasina Miers and the aforementioned My Dad Wrote a Porno podcaster Alice Levine.