35 episodes

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.

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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.

    Series 3, Bonus Track: Alexei Sayle

    Series 3, Bonus Track: Alexei Sayle

    Alexei Sayle shares with us his upbringing in Liverpool, son of a Jewish mother and both parents  part of the Communist party. He tells of his life in a happy, stable working class family.

    His career starts when developing comedy with a friend they begin stand up nights at the student union bar. Then in 1982 he starts working on a late night comedy show called OTT where he meets fellow comedians Lenny Henry and Chris Tarrant, but it's when he is given his own show in 1988 that he describes this as a time of tremendous happiness.

    In 1984 Alexei breaks into the charts with his single "Ullo John Got a New Motor" and is a guest on Top pf The Pops.

    More recently Alexei is producing his own podcast and is intending to ride around on his bike with a go-pro sharing observations of the streets of London.  

    Referred to as The Godfather of Alternative Comedy, Alexei delivers a mixture of stand-up, memoir and philosophy from behind the counter of his Imaginary Sandwich Bar, which can be heard on Radio 4 along with dark comic plays adapted from his original short stories.

    Available to download from Thursday 8th April, The Lonely Arts Club can be found on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and many more podcasting platforms.

    This episode was recorded virtually meaning the quality of the recording may be slightly different to normal. 

    • 54 min
    Series 3, Bonus Track: Peter Hooton

    Series 3, Bonus Track: Peter Hooton

    Peter Hooton is the lead singer of the Liverpool band The Farm, known for many hit singles including "All Together Now" which reached no. 4 in December 1990. 
    In this podcast Peter tells us about his time in the music industry, writing hit singles and what he has been doing since lockdown.

    Peter himself has delved into the podcast world and through the Liverpool Echo produces Allez les Rouge, a podcast about Liverpool Football Club. He is also Chair of the Beatles Legacy Group and involved with The Spirit of Shankly.

    We hear about Peter's time at primary school in the Old Roan and his secondary school in Bootle where the school bullies would "suck up to him" as his mum was a dinner lady. 

    Speaking about the band, The Farm, Peter shares how the early days were spent rehearsing in a pub before they had the use of a farm which belonged to the parents of one of the band's girlfriends - this is where the name originated from. After pub gigs around Liverpool the band received a review in the NME which opened up the door to the John Peel sessions.

    Available to download now, The Lonely Arts Club can be found on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and many more podcasting platforms.

    This episode was recorded virtually meaning the quality of the recording may be slightly different to normal. 

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Series 3, Episode 10: Carys Bray

    Series 3, Episode 10: Carys Bray

    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 serialised on BBC Radio Four’s Book at Bedtime and was shortlisted for several awards including the Costa Book Awards and the Desmond Elliott Prize. It won the Utah Book Award and the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award and was selected for the 2015 Richard and Judy Summer Book Club.
    Carys’ debut collection Sweet Home won the Scott prize and selected stories were broadcast on BBC Radio Four Extra. Her second novel The Museum of Youwas published in 2016 and her third novel When the Lights Go Out was published in 2020.
    We hear about Carys’ experience of going back to university as a mature student and how studying a Masters and PhD at Edge Hill gave her the confidence to become a writer herself.
    Available to download from Tuesday 8 December, hear Carys’ unique tales of navigating challenges of the Mormon community, where her drive came from to be a writer and what’s next for this talented author.

    • 55 min
    Series 3, Episode 9: Derek Hatton

    Series 3, Episode 9: Derek Hatton

    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 defying Thatcher's government.

    "Well I came back to Liverpool and the first job I had was running what is still there now - the Bronte Community Centre by the Bullring in St Andrews Gardens and there was a big housing thing going on there so I got involved in that and then after that did two or three other things along the same sort of lines but while I was doing all that, that was when I was starting to get more and more political and I suppose although they were great, great jobs I had and great opportunities I had, none the less in the back of my mind, the whole development of my political thing started to get more and more and took more and more of my time in the thinking. And then I joined Labour Party in '74, I became part of Militant in '74 - there for five years. Was very active in the Labour Party and the trade union movement and eventually got elected as a councillor in 1979 the very same day that Thatcher became prime minister."

    We get to know all about Derek's influences as a politician and his views on politics over the years. 

    • 50 min
    Series 3, Episode 8: Chris Amoo

    Series 3, Episode 8: Chris Amoo

    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 right back to the beginning of the journey, Chris talks about growing up in Toxteth, what  and keeping on the straight and narrow.

    "A lot of the black Americans were coming in from the bases, bringing the music with them and that’s where we first started hearing really black soul music like the O’Jays and all that. Stuff that you wouldn’t normally hear on mainstream radio you know and this is what formed the way we saw music and it wasn’t until we got to a point where we thought we’ve got something here, we can perform on stage now, where you start having to look a little bit outside of Toxteth. So, as soon as we got our first agent in Liverpool, we realised that there was a world outside of Toxteth that we wanted to be part of."

    Download the episode now, to hear Chris talk about finding success in the music industry and how The Real Thing are still going all these years later.

    This episode was recorded virtually meaning the quality of the recording may be slightly different to normal. 

    • 51 min
    Series 3, Episode 7: Phina Oruche

    Series 3, Episode 7: Phina Oruche

    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 London to acting in LA, it was back in the UK that the perfect role was waiting for her in hit TV series, Footballers’ Wives. 


    I read “she’s a model, she’s obnoxious, she’s full of herself”, and I went, “oh my God, this is her”. ‘Cos you know…I always know what a Phina part is as soon as I read four words in, I know it’s my part and I was like [shouts] “Liberty Baker! Bye everybody…” and I left. I threw a party and went home. My friend, James said, “Phina, what would you have done if you hadn’t have got it?”, I said, “I would have told everybody I’d died” because I had this huge party. I’m like, “I’m going home to do this part”…I hadn’t even auditioned for the part.

    The fabulously entertaining Phina shares memories from her colourful career and working with some of the best in the business.
    Since coming back to Liverpool, Phina has continued to appear on our screens – most recently as part of LA Productions dramas Anthony and Moving On – and is now also a published author.

    • 57 min