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Episode 18

Published on:

25th Jul 2022

Work is Words

Recorded on 11/05/2022

Faye Dawson doesn’t really know who she is anymore! She says she never wanted to define herself by her work but now wonders if she’s done just that.

From wanting to be an actor at the age of 7, then training, jobbing and falling out with the idea at 25, she fell into PR aged 30 and really found her dream job. For over 20 years she worked in PR in entertainment, leisure, theatre, and hospitality - four years and 11 months of that time were spent running her one-woman Comms Consultancy - Faye Dawson PR (FDPR) - from her spare bedroom in West Leeds. That was until April of this year when she wrapped up with her last client.

Siting with burnout, a loss of passion, and a need for solace, Faye picked up a suitably mundane data inputting job and added a part time administration role with the wonderful Leeds-based charity Zarach. Both are work from home jobs which suits Faye at the moment as she gets to be with her black Labrador Buddy and Stanley-the-Cat. It also means she can operate flexible hours.

Faye writes for Projecting Grief an online gallery that explores the use of creativity to help grief - you can find out more at or follow them on Insta @projecting_grief

And she is in a pool of media spokespeople for The Miscarriage Association focussing on early miscarriage.

Faye describes herself as an avid storyteller and a wannabe writer.

You can find out more at or follow them on Instagram at projecting_grief

Go to find out more about what they do or make a donation.

And you should also check out Zarach and you can make a donation to them at

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About the Podcast

Working Hours
The Story of Work in Leeds in the 2020s
What do you do?
Western Studios, Leeds presents Working Hours: a podcast series surveying the people of Leeds on their thoughts and feelings on the topic of work. I want to talk to my city about work. Why do we do it? Do we like it? What could we do differently? What will we? How does work change and how does it change us?
Leeds, the largest city in the largest county on the UK mainland, is a former imperial textile centre and is now a major UK financial centre. This series will document the city’s experiences through Lockdown, Brexit, creeping technological unemployment, new and continuing resource wars, the ongoing dismantling of the welfare state and our accelerating ecological emergency.
If you are in Leeds or from Leeds then help me to reach my target of interviewing 1000 Loiners over the 2020s. Let me ask you, what do you do?
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