The virtues of eavesdropping

BBC Radio Kent listeners are able to eavesdrop on a conversation between two bishops.

The Diocese of Canterbury, in partnership with BBC Radio Kent is launching Kent Conversations – part of BBC Radio 4’s Listening Project.

The Listening Project is a partnership between the BBC Radio 4, BBC Local Radio, the BBC’s national radio stations and The British Library which aims to capture the nation in conversation. The Listening Project invites people across the UK to share an intimate conversation. Some of these conversations are broadcast by the BBC and curated and archived by The British Library, building a unique picture of our lives today and preserving it for future generations.

Lasting a full year, Kent Conversations will let listeners eavesdrop on personal discussions between people in Kent and beyond on faith, life, work and relationships. A new conversation will be aired each month on BBC Radio Kent’s Sunday Breakfast programme (6am-8am). The first will air on Sunday 3 April and will see the Rt Revd Trevor Willmott, Bishop of Dover and Bishop in Canterbury and the Rt Revd James Langstaff, Bishop of Rochester, in discussion about their lives as bishops. Full-length podcasts will be available on the Diocese of Canterbury’s website.

“Our listeners love to hear lively and interesting conversation which gives them access to people and places that they do not normally go,” said Phil Harrison, presenter of Sunday Breakfast. “I’m delighted that BBC Radio Kent will be taking part in this new series and am looking forward to playing these unique stories each month. We want to hear as many of your open conversations about faith as possible, so please get in touch to arrange a recording session.”

The project is inspired by the Diocesan theme – Conversations on the Journey – which encourages people to move beyond small talk and explore more meaningful conversations.

What conversations would you like to overhear or be involved in? Email Anna Drew via to make suggestions and get involved.

Listen to the conversations so far.