Author Henry McDonald talks about his new novel Two Souls
9 Sep 2019
Henry McDonald is a journalist and author. He is probably best known as the Ireland correspondent for the Guardian and the Observer. But there is much more to his thirty year (plus) career.
As an author he has published books about paramilitaries and politicians, he has been a teacher of journalism, a broadcaster and within the last year has moved to work fulltime in the Guardian’s London headquarters.
Sonja Sleator and Daniel Lynch – musicians
23 Aug 2019
I’ve known Sonja and Daniel for a couple of years, and I’ve followed the progress of her career over that time. Her new single Protection has just been released. While Sonja has more recently got a wider media profile I wanted to recap on the story so far. Also talk to Daniel about their collaboration and his new project.
“Trouble Songs” – Stuart Bailie
3 May 2018
Music journalist Stuart Bailie’s new book Trouble Songs will be officially published in May, but it’s already starting to stir conversations and commentary. He takes on difficult stories from our history since the mid-1960s at the place where music meets social and political change and through interviews and analysis tries to understand and explain what happened.
Oh Yeah music centre
In June, it will be 10 years since Charlotte Dryden started working in Belfast’s Oh Yeah music centre. Charlotte’s now the Chief Executive of this remarkable organisation which manages a careful balance between celebrating the history of music from Northern Ireland and developing new music, young musicians and music business talent.
Women in Tech
19 April 2018
In this edition, women who work in tech, three leaders who were involved with the Women Techmakers summit which was held in Belfast last weekend. On Friday evening there were workshops and on Saturday the main event was in W5.
Victoria McCallum was on the podcast to preview the event a few weeks ago, and she’s back to reflect on how it all went. Claire Burn and Danielle Topping were with Victoria when we sat down to talk about the summit and more generally women in technology here.
Maxine Mawhinney’s “The Moment” and Gareth Quinn of Digital DNA
April 17 2018
Innovations and new ventures in this episode of the podcast (with the really clever name). From TV to YouTube and celebrating collaboration with Digital DNA Belfast.
When Maxine Mawhinney left the BBC this time last year, she had plans and ideas about what she wanted to do. Yet her most recent project was not even on the horizon. A few weeks ago, she announced plans for a YouTube channel, The Moment with Maxine Mawhinney. In June, Digital DNA returns to St. George’s Market in Belfast – it’s an exhibition, a conference, it’s a get together. The founder is Gareth Quinn and he tells the story of how DNA came about.
Funding creativity – from guitar strings to global exports
11 April 2018
How do you fund creativity? If you are planning to make a business from your passion, be it music or technology or animation or film making or anything from the creative industries, how do you find the financial support to follow that dream? Creativity and innovation needs support, funding and professional advice.
Podcast: Episode 5 – Matthew Scott Founder and CEO of Navada Group
4 April 2018
Matthew Scott is the CEO of Navada Group. The company’s mission, they say, “is to empower your digital audiences to ‘become the story’”. It’s a digital media company, But, that phrase isn’t quite the right description. This year they will launch their single biggest investment — between 30 and 50 digital media channels.
Andrew Bolster – Farcet Labs
Pop Up’s Ross Moffett, Sonja Sleator and Chase the River’s Stuart Lunn
March 8, 2018
Music and the business of music is the theme of this first episode of the podcast.
Ross Moffett runs a project called Pop Up supporting young musicians in Northern Ireland, among them Sonja Sleator and Stuart Lunn. I met them at a new co-working space in Belfast Loft Space. There are links to Stuart and Sonja’s music and profiles below.
There is more about the three here.