Every episode brings a true tale drawn from the seas and shores around Britain and Ireland - the heroic, disastrous, startling, hilarious, mysterious, tragic, romantic or just plain weird - told to the relaxing accompaniment of lapping waves.
With each podcast clocking in at no more than fifteen minutes Coastal Stories is a perfect quick escape to the sea for a good yarn, no matter how far from the shore you might be.
Early tales in the series include an early 19th century encounter with a sea serpent off Orkney, the Eastbourne Bathers' Revolt of 1929 and the man who happily spent eleven consecutive Christmases on a lighthouse two miles off Fleetwood.
“I’ve collected so many extraordinary stories from around our coasts on my travels, many of which are practically unknown outside their locality,” says Connelly, whose book Attention All Shipping: A Journey Round The Shipping Forecast is one of the biggest selling travel titles of the 21st century. "There seems to be a real appetite for good stories out there, and the response from the growing Coastal Stories audience has been really encouraging."
Delivered with a mix of gentle intimacy and wry humour, not to mention each tale being told over the sound of the waves outside Connelly's home, Coastal Stories will appeal to sea dogs and landlubbers alike.
Coastal Stories can be downloaded via Apple, Spotify and most other podcast platforms and has a Facebook page at 'Coastal Stories Podcast'. Charlie Connelly is @charlieconnelly on Twitter.