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Introducing My Brand New Radio Show!

Updated: 18 hours ago




Upcoming guests on The Art of Survival-

Friday 23rd April - Sarah de Courcy Sarah has been a freelance Producer and Director for over 14 years, having obtained a first class degree in Film at Falmouth University. Sarah has travelled the world working with a range of TV companies including Channel 4, BBC and ITV; other companies include the likes of Volkswagen, Rocking Horse Pictures and Rimmel.

Sarah’s other passion is horticulture and her latest project takes her back to the land near Heligan Gardens alongside her partner The Hairy Horticulturist.

Friday 30th April - Suzy Bennett Suzy is a stand up comic who is proud to have grown up in Devon and was thrilled when the Evening Herald included her in their list of Plymouth's Coolest Women. A former Butlin's Redcoat, Suzy's career has taken her from local Festivals to tour support for Russell Kane, who described her as 'A Charm Bomb'. Josie Lawrence describes Suzy as 'The funniest female stand-up she have ever seen‘.

Friday 7th May - Laura Frances Martin

Laura is a freelance performer, artist, writer and arts producer who grew up in Devon, but has spent many happy years in Cornwall. Laura is probably best known for her stunning lantern creations which have graced a wide variety of performances, festivals and carnivals, both locally and further afield. Laura's most recent commission was as part of Kneehigh's Random Acts of Art when she created a lantern ghost ship that wound it's way round the streets of a Cornish fishing village as night fell.

Previous guests -

Louise Martin, Rebecca Mordan, Anna Maria Murphy, Catherine King, Anna Keirle, Sarah McQuaid, Catherine Lake, Shazz Andrew

Thanks to the incredible support of Soundart Radio, I am delighted to announce my brand new programme The Art of Survival. Very special thanks must go to Alice Armstrong for her patience and knowledge which have allowed me to be safely distanced at home in Cornwall chatting to guests in their own homes while Alice deals with the clever technology stuff up there in Totnes.

It is no secret that the Arts and Music scene is in deep crisis; despite a glimmer of light at the end of the long tunnel, Covid continues to bite and the people involved in the entertainment sector in Cornwall are hurting. Hundreds are reliant on the industry, but many have earned nothing since March 2020 with others forced to accept work anywhere they can find it. The Art of Survival will focus on women who work within the Cornish Arts scene to find out what their ‘normal’ role is and to discover how they have adapted to survive the pandemic. We will also be asking how they envisage the future for a sector that generates a huge income for Cornwall.

Over the coming weeks I will be chatting to a variety of women including venue owners, actors, writers, musicians and people who work behind the scenes. Each guest will choose the music played and share the reasons for their choice.

The first programme airs on Friday 26th February at 5pm when my guest is Louise Martin. Louise is at the heart of many Cornish festivals and has worked on festivals in this country and across Europe; she is known from Bestival to Glastonbury as Hurricane Lou. Lou’s many hats include artist liaison, event manager, stage manager, band management and social media Queen. If it happens in Cornwall you will find Lou striding about in her wellies, clipboard in hand, phone clamped to one ear with a 2 way radio glued to the other. How difficult has life been since Covid?

Join me on Friday afternoons at 5pm for chat, giggles and some very cool music.


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