The Lonely Arts Club

The Lonely Arts Club

The Lonely Arts Club is a podcast series by the Institute for Creative Enterprise of Edge Hill University. During each episode, Martin McQuillan is joined by an arts professional who talks about their journey through the cultural or creative sector. The Lonely Arts Club hosts a variety of exciting guests, from film directors and musicians to arts consultants and exhibition curators. This podcast is brought to you by the Institute for Creative Enterprise of Edge Hill University. The podcast is produced and edited by Roz Power, with audio production by Sam Auguste of Onomatopoeia Studios in Liverpool. For more information about the university and its courses, please visit www.edgehill.ac.uk. Music for this podcast is by Joseph McDade, https://josephmcdade.com/music.... Show More

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December 8, 2020 55 min

Carys Bray is an author from Southport, Merseyside and she really does have quite a story to share with us.

Carys’ story begins in Southport, where she still resides with her family. However, the life Carys leads now looks slightly different to when she was a child. We hear Carys’ memories of growing up as part of a strict Mormon family and how this became the inspiration for her first novel A Song for Issy Bradley. The novel was se...

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December 1, 2020 50 min

Derek Hatton became a household name across the UK after becoming a member of the Labour Party and being heavily involved in the Militant movement.

Martin McQuillan goes back to the beginning to find out more about local lad, Derek, his early years and where his passion for politics came from.

Whilst making himself known as a politician, Derek was also appointed as deputy leader of Liverpool City Council and became well known for de...

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November 24, 2020 51 min

Universally known for legendary hits such as You To Me Are Everything and Can’t Get By Without You, The Real Thing made their mark on the music industry in the 70s, and we have the pleasure of being joined by band’s lead singer, Chris Amoo.

In another of our virtual, lockdown episodes, we speak to Chris about all things music; where his inspiration came from, how he got into the industry and which way his career has taken him.

Going ...

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November 17, 2020 57 min

This week on the Lonely Arts Club, we’re joined by actor, model and author, Phina Oruche.

Born in Liverpool to Nigerian parents, Phina Oruche takes us on a journey as she explains how her family came to be in the city. We hear Phina’s experience of growing up in Liverpool and what it meant to her to be able to spread her wings.

Phina’s path has taken her around the world, experiencing many different adventures. From modelling in Lond...

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November 10, 2020 67 min

We take a trip down memory lane as we chat with this week’s guest, Andy McCluskey.

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) have been around since the 70’s when two school friends decided they’d give music a go. With no huge aspirations to be a musician, one of the band’s founding members, Andy McCluskey, recalls tales of how a lot of the band’s fate happened by chance.

Tony had the Human League on Granada Reports – he used to put ban...

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November 3, 2020 58 min

This week, Roger Shannon joins us in The Lonely Arts Club.


As the former Director for the Institute of Creative Enterprise, we invite Roger Shannon onto The Lonely Arts Club to tell us all about his time in the film industry and how he came to be a Professor in Film & Television.

Local lad, Roger, takes us back to the beginning, sharing stories of growing up in Litherland, his rebellious years as a student and finding his way int...

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October 27, 2020 61 min

For the last few months as the country has been a lockdown of some kind, many of us have looked to TV and radio – comedy in particular – as a form of escapism. So it seemed fitting to invite one of the nation’s best-loved comedians onto The Lonely Arts Club.

In this virtual episode of The Lonely Arts Club, Jo Caulfield, who is not only an award-winning comedian but also a writer and actress, displays her mischievous nature when tell...

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October 20, 2020 61 min

In a very timely episode, Martin McQuillan is joined this week by Chef Patron of The Art School restaurant, Paul Askew.

This week’s guest joins us at a time when the Liverpool City Region was the first area to be subject to the toughest lockdown restrictions in the Government’s new tier system. Being at the centre of such changes for the city, Paul Askew speaks honestly about what impact this will have on the region’s hospitality in...

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October 12, 2020 58 min

This week on The Lonely Arts Club podcast, we’re delighted to be joined by Ngunan Adamu. 

Nigerian scouser, Ngunan, shares memories of coming to the UK as a child and adapting to life in a brand new city. 

“People have this kind of typical stereotype of what a migrant looks like and it's like are you running away from a war torn country or all these things but we weren't. We had a beautiful big house in Nigeria, we had a gard...

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September 30, 2020 54 min

We're delighted to be back for series three of The Lonely Arts Club. 

To kick off this season, Martin McQuillan is joined by TV producer and founder of LA Productions, Colin McKeown. 

Proud scouser and Edge Hill honorary doctor, Colin, recalls being given an ultimatum by his Mum as she told him that a career in Butlins wasn't for him and instead he needed to pursue his education. We hear how Colin's journey in education a...

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September 29, 2020 53 min

As we prepare to launch series three, we look back on the second series of The Lonely Arts Club.

Series two was mostly recorded whilst the UK was under lockdown restrictions, meaning a lot of guests joined us virtually. And although the quality of some of episodes vary slightly, the series was still packed full of funny anecdotes and words of wisdom.

Author, presenter & founder of Indian street food restaurant, Mowgli - Nisha Kat...

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June 30, 2020 72 min

On our final episode of this series, Martin McQuillan is joined by legendary playwright, Willy Russell. 

Taking a trip down memory lane, Willy recalls the horrors of school as a youngster in comparison to the joy he found in going back to education as an adult where he found his passion for writing. 

Having spent years as a musician, writing lyrics had become part of Willy's life but it wasn't until he went back to night scho...

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June 22, 2020 73 min

In the penultimate episode of series two, we're joined by Dawn Airey.

After graduating from Cambridge University, Dawn set out on what was to be a very colourful and successful career in media and television.

Admitting that she always felt like an outsider, Dawn wasn't one for shying away and quickly made her mark wherever she worked despite being in a heavily male dominated industry.

"When Andy offered me the role, he ...

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June 16, 2020 30 min

Joining us on this week’s episode of The Lonely Arts Club is radio and TV broadcaster, Janice Long.

Janice takes a trip down memory lane as she reflects on growing up in Liverpool.

Starting off her media career in the studios of BBC Radio Merseyside, we hear how this path then led Janice to become one of the first female broadcasters on BBC Radio One.

Making herself known in a male dominated industry was no mean feat and it wasn’t lon...

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June 9, 2020 53 min

This week on The Lonely Arts Club, Martin McQuillan is joined by Beadie Finzi.

Beadie is a filmmaker and one of the founders of The Doc Society (previously known as BRITDOC). Having worked in documentary for the past 20 years, Beadie is in heaven in her role at Doc Society – whose mission is to befriend independent filmmakers, fund great films, broker new partnerships, build new business models, share knowledge and develop audiences...

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June 1, 2020 50 min

Award-winning journalist for the Daily Mirror and author of An Epic Swindle, Brian Reade, joins us on this week’s episode of The Lonely Arts Club.

Local lad, Brian, talks about growing up in Liverpool and his unusual inspiration behind going to university.

After beginning his career reporting for local newspapers, Brian speaks openly about the bigger moments as his journey through journalism began to unfold. Poignant memories for Bri...

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May 22, 2020 46 min

This week on The Lonely Arts Club, we're joined by musician and guitarist of Echo & The Bunnymen, Will Sergeant.

Our journey with Will begins in a small village on the outskirts of Liverpool and eventually formed legendary band, Echo & The Bunnymen

Will explains how finding his love for an avant-garde, alternative sound heavily influenced his musicality and subsequently assisted in developing the style of Echo & Th...

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May 18, 2020 47 min

Paula Vaccaro, an award-winning producer and screenwriter, takes us on her journey from growing up in Argentina to establishing her own production company in the UK (Pinball London).

Although an Italian family migrating to Argentina is not unusual, the story behind how Paula's family came to be there is a very interesting one.

Paula's work ethic meant that by the time she was in her mid-twenties, she had already become a su...

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May 11, 2020 46 min

This week on The Lonely Arts Club, we're joined by Fatos Üstek.

Fatos is the Director of the Liverpool Biennial, a curator and an art writer.

We're taken on a journey that begins in Turkey in the 1980s, where Fatos studied hard and dreamt of becoming a mathematician.

"Turkey has been going through a lot of changes - you might have been following. But growing up there has many positive sides. It was good but also you have...

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It's week three of series two, and the future of the Covid-19 pandemic is still uncertain. A question on the minds of many at the moment is, what's going to happen to football? Can this season be finished? How will next season look? Martin McQuillan discusses just that with host of the Anfield Wrap podcast, Neil Atkinson. 

Since the early days, Neil has played a major part in what's now a worldwide media phenomenon and h...

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