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Representing Homelessness July 18th 2019

Three back to back interviews with media-makers Paul Atherton and Sabine Hellman followed by Professor Susan Phillips and facilitated by Emma Street and Alex Lewczuk on the first day of the British Academy Representing Homelessness conference at the University of Lincoln.

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Apollo 11, Courtney Cannon, Native Voices and the 2019 San Diego Comic Con

Robin Pierce , Fergus Jeffs, Emma Street, Eva Macdonald, Anna Lewis, William Coles and Alex Lewczuk connect with Virginia Based Courtney Cannon, Student Vet Zoe Jamison, Writer/Producer Arthur Weingarten, `Dr Trek` Larry Nemecek, Writers Samantha Lee Howe and David J Howe before wrapping up with some key reflections on Native Voices in the USA from […]

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Newark Book Festival 2019 Launch event

In which Emma Street and Alex Lewczuk encounter Sara Bullimore. Town Crier Steve, Lauren Wood, Zuska the greatest showgirl, the Robin Hood Theatre Company and Quids for Kids at the opening launch of the Newark Book Festival #Newarkbf

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Romantic writing, William Coles, Kimberly Stuart, Paul Zollo and Ezekial Bone

Emma Street, Fergus Jeffs and Alex Lewczuk launch the programme with William Coles before heading to Des Moines Iowa to discuss the awesome work of Kimberly Stuart after which Zoe Jameson reports from a mystery train station, Paul Zollo provides more music updates from Los Angeles, Robin Pierce critiques the programme from Wales , Ade […]


Tom Stevens speaks with the Director of the International Jazz Festival

Written by on 24th May 2016

Join Tom Stevens every Tuesday from 12pm until 1pm for Siren Simply Jazz – only on Siren FM and online.

Sit back and relax with your lunchtime jazz as Tom plays the very best of past and present jazz and swing with the melodies from the golden age of the Big Bands with special guests, new releases and features on the show.

If you missed the live show you can always catch the repeat programme on Friday evening at 10pm-11pm or listen online! Just visit the Siren Simply Jazz show page or check it out on Facebook.

This week Tom features an interview with two special guests: Ian Darrington, the leader and Director of the Wigan international jazz festival, and also the Puppini Sisters.

For part of Ian’s career he lead the Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra during their 40 year history.

The Puppini Sisters feature Marcella Puppini , Stephanie O’Brian,  Kate Mullings. They all met at the same jazz school. Their backgrounds were very different as Kate sang in heavy metal band called Killed in Action, whilst Michelle Puppini had recorded a dance hit called Revolution after serving time in a punk group. Stephanie came from a classical, choir and violin background and was making her name for herself as a jazz singer. They formed as a group 2004.

Also featured in this weeks show was music from Perry como, David Bowie, Wigan Youth Orchestra featuring Bobby Shew, Puppini Sisters, Marcella Puppini, Clare teal, and Artie Shaw.