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After the success of its debut series, the acclaimed Lonely Arts Club podcast returns, promising an insightful look into the diverse lives of professionals from the world of culture.

Produced by Edge Hill University’s Institute for Creative Enterprise (ICE), the second series brings to life the stories of creative people from Liverpool, Merseyside and beyond.

In the first episode Edge Hill’s honorary doctor Nisha Katona MBE – founder of the Mowgli restaurant chain and star of Saturday Kitchen shares intimate details of her life and career and takes listeners on a journey that begins with growing up in West Lancashire. Nisha shares memories of her homelife education and the motivation to become a successful entrepreneur.

In the latest episode BAFTA winning screenwriter Joe Ainsworth, also an Edge Hill honorary doctor, shares his story. After knocking on the doors of Mersey Television, Joe soon found himself on the writing team of popular 90’s soap opera, Brookside, and sat around the same table as writers such as Jimmy McGovern and Frank Cottrell-Boyce. Joe has become renowned for his contributions to hard-hitting storylines that are considered landmark events in the history of television.

Other guests set to appear in series two include legendary playwright Willy Russell, BBC DJ Janice Long, Will Sergent of Echo and the Bunnymen, and host of The Anfield Wrap podcast, Neil Atkinson.

The podcast is hosted by writer, filmmaker and ICE Director Martin McQuillan and produced by Roz Di Caprio, administrator for ICE.

In every episode, Martin always finds time to ask his guests what advice they have for young people seeking a career in the arts.

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Martin McQuillan

Martin said:

“It is a joy to hear the life stories of so many wonderful creative people. Sometimes they are moving, a lot of the time they are funny, and they are always inspiring. I try not to get in the way, my interview technique is just to sit and listen”.

Some episodes in the latest series have been recorded virtually since lockdown restrictions were put in place. The podcast’s producer and editor, Roz Di Caprio said:

“We made the decision to continue recording episodes of the podcast via other means, so that we can continue to provide entertainment and insights at this time. We would usually invite guests to record with us in Liverpool—the sound quality isn’t perfect in a few episodes—but at least this way, we are able to connect with people wherever they are in the world.”

The Lonely Arts Club is available for free download from Apple Podcasts, Spotify and most popular podcasting platforms. To find out more about the podcast and all available episodes, click here