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Edge Hill’s popular arts podcast, the Lonely Arts Club, is back for a third series to unravel more stories from some of the most influential figures in the North West’s cultural and creative industries.   

Created by the Institute for Creative Enterprise (ICE), the podcast invites guests connected to the region’s arts scene to talk about their lives, careers and their journey into the arts.  

The first episode (available from Tuesday 6 October) focuses on the career of producer and founder of Liverpool-based production company LA Productions, Colin McKeown MBE. An Edge Hill honorary doctor, Colin talks about his colourful career, which began as a telecommunications trainee after being told by his mum that a job in Butlins wasn’t the path for him. 

BBC Radio Merseyside presenter and award-winning entrepreneur, Ngunan Adamu, also features in series three touching on the Black Lives Matter movement and Liverpool’s battle with ongoing race issues. 

Other guests set to appear include former deputy leader of Liverpool City Council and politician, Derek Hatton; writer, actress and comedian Jo Caulfield and lead singer of electronic band Orchestral Manoeuvers in the Dark, Andy McCluskey.  

The podcast is hosted by writer, filmmaker and ICE Director, Professor Martin McQuillan. In each episode, Martin asks his guests for their insight and advice to the podcast’s young listeners who may be hoping to pursue a career in the arts.  

He said: “The third series is going to be the best yet with so many fascinating people and stories. The podcast has grown into an archive of the cultural life of Liverpool and the North West, its interconnections, coincidences, and happy accidents.” 

Roz Di Caprio, administrator for ICE, produces and edits the podcast. She said: “I feel like we are just scratching the surface of the amazing talent in Liverpool and the North West. After the success of the podcast so far, I knew we couldn’t stop there. With each guest, we hear fascinating anecdotes, funny tales and invaluable words of wisdom that resonate with our listeners. Similarly, to seasons one and two, series three is packed with exciting guests, each with a very interesting story to tell.”  

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

The Institute for Creative Enterprise is Edge Hill’s practice-led interdisciplinary research forum, connecting the University with the digital and creative economy and with cultural organisations. You can find out more about ICE on its website.