The RAH! Podcast at Manchester Met

Research to shout about!

We are thrilled to have launched The RAH! Podcast at Manchester Met.

Released on a monthly basis, each episode will cover a different topic of research specialisms here within the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Manchester Metropolitan University, from poetry, to fashion, to architecture.

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Episodes 2018/19

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Episode 1: Creative Encounters with Death

Launch date: April 2019

Featuring: Rodica Arpasanu on Dark Tourism; Eleanor Beal and Craig Young on the upcoming Death and the Sacred symposium and the previous Encountering Corpses series events; and Graham Foster, Iris Feint and Martin Kratz on Anthony Burgess' Beard's Roman Women. 

Listen to this episode here

This episode was presented by Matthew Foley, produced by Lucy Simpson, edited by Ben Stott and mixed by Julian Holloway.

Episode 2: LGBT and Religion

Launch date: April 2019

Featuring: Catherine Fox on her Lindchester chronicles, where she explored contemporary issues such as gay marriage; Kim McLelland on paganism and LGBT identities; and queer jewish writer and educator, sam sax at an event by the Manchester Writing School.

Listen to this episode here

This episode was presented by Julian Holloway, produced by Lucy Simpson, edited by Mia Abeyawardene and mixed by Julian Holloway.

 

Episode 3: Modernist Architecture

Launch date: April 2019

Featuring: Richard Brook and Janneke Geene on their recent Special Collections exhibition featuring the work of Gordon Hodkinson; Hannah Neate and Steve Millington on modernist architecture in Manchester and the Manchester Modernists Society; and Johnathan Djabarouti on intangible heritage and the significance we attach to buildings.

Listen to this episode here

This episode was presented by Julian Holloway, produced by Lucy Simpson, edited by Ben Stott and mixed by Julian Holloway.

Image credit: Day Sketch for a Bungalow Gordon Hodkinson

Episode 4: Personalisation in the Public Services

Launch date: May 2019

Featuring: Professor Chris Fox on public sector reform in the criminal justice setting; Caroline Marsh, an independent consultant who speaks to Chris about how this work has impacted upon practice; and Gail Mann who works on personalisation in voluntary, community and social enterprise services.  This podcast features the voices of service users. These were collected by People’s Voice Media and are available, open access on the www.communityreporter.net website.

Listen to this episode here

This episode was presented by Julian Holloway, produced by Lucy Simpson, edited by Adam Farish and mixed by Julian Holloway.

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Episode 5: Manchester Game Studies Network

Launch date: June 2019

Featuring: Tom Brock on the turn of gambling in digital games and how this has arisen due to the current political economy; Charlotte Gislam, a PhD student researching artificial intelligence, storytelling and video games; and Chloe Germaine-Buckley about her research on horror-themed live action role playing games. We’ll even get to hear how each of our researchers got into this field and some game recommendations from each.

Listen to this episode here

This episode was presented by Matt Foley, produced by Lucy Simpson, edited by Charlie Fyfe-Williams and mixed by Julian Holloway.

 

Episode 6: HAUNT Manchester Takeover

Launch date: June 2019

Featuring: Helen Darby and Emily Oldfield who have made HAUNT Manchester a reality; Chloe Germaine-Buckley, who is a member of the HAUNT network and the Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies, about her research in folk horror; JJ Wray about how he got involved in HAUNT Manchester; Simon Buckley, who ran the Not Quite Light festival, and Nick Kenyon from the Peer Hat who ran the Manchester Folk Horror festival, about how festivals and parties can encourage a new kind of engagement; and finally we’ll hear from some of our network members about what HAUNT has done for them.

Visit the HAUNT Manchester website here.

Listen to this episode here

Presented by Matt Foley, edited by Ben Stott and Lucy Simpson, mixed by Julian Holloway and produced by Lucy Simpson.

 

Episode 7: Place Writing

Launch date: July 2019

Featuring: Jean Sprackland, Andre Naffis-Saheley and Andrew McMillan on the work of Robinson Jeffers, ecological nightmare and the responsibility of the place poet; David Cooper and Richard Skelton on the importance of considering time when writing about place; Natalie Burdett and Zofija Tupikovskaja-Omovie on their project exploring eye-tracking in the urban landscape and whether writers see the world differently.

Listen to this episode here

Presented by Martin Kratz, edited by Tim Jackman, mixed by Julian Holloway and produced by Lucy Simpson.

 

Episode 8: Wildcard

Launch date: August 2019

This episode is a bit different to our usual episodes - as it features you, our listeners! Recorded at our launch event in April 2019, this episode covers a range of topics such as: PhD study, climate change, data analysis, LGBT politics, Peterloo, safe spaces, dogs and the Metrolink.

Listen to this episode here

Presented by Martin Kratz, edited by Tim Jackman, mixed by Julian Holloway and produced by Lucy Simpson.

 

Episode 9: Perceiving Brexit

Launch date: September 2019

Featuring: Catherine Fox who live blogged her novel during the referendum of 2016 about her experiences of depicting Brexit and trying to write characters on both sides of the political divide; Eleanor Byrne and Fionna Barber about how we can read Brexit in art and literature and their recent Brexit Wounds symposium; and Stephen Harper, a PhD student in history about parallels between modern day Brexit and The ‘Great Fear’ of 1659.

Listen to this episode here

Presented and mixed by Julian Holloway, edited by Charlie Fyfe-Williams and produced by Lucy Simpson.

 

Episode 10: Gothic Manchester Festival 2019

Launch date: October 2019

Featuring: Highlights from the upcoming Gothic Manchester Festival - find out more about our full program here. Linnie Blake and Xavier Aldana Reyes on the genesis of the Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies; Dale Townshend and Emma Liggins on 18th and 19th Century Gothic; and Sorcha Ní Fhlainn and Chloe Germaine Buckley on Contemporary Gothic.

Listen to this episode here after 1st October

Presented by Matt Foley, edited by Joshua Spector, mixed by Julian Holloway and produced by Lucy Simpson.

 

Episode 11: Music and Sonic Studies

Launch date: November 2019

Featuring: Dr Beate Peter and Dr Matt Foley about the group; Dr Susan O’Shea about the Sonic Waves conference and her research on gender participation in music scenes and feminist festival networks; Emily Oldfield, Julian Holloway and Susan O'Shea in a co-curated performance piece; and Jamie Halliwell on Eurovision, sexuality and fan culture.

Listen to this episode here after 1st November

Presented by Julian Holloway, edited by Joshua Spector, mixed by Julian Holloway and produced by Lucy Simpson.

Coming up...

  • Granadaland
  • The Lapsed Clubber Project
  • Homelessness
  • Thread Bearing Witness
  • Science and Poetry

 

 Meet the Team

Producer: Lucy Simpson

Lucy Simpson is the producer on the RAH! Podcast. She's responsible for putting together the content for each episode, organising recording sessions, and doing the technical stuff while interviews are taking place. She does some editing asissted by a fantastic team of student editors and promotes the episodes once they've been released. She is Public Engagement Assistant and the RAH! Festival Program Co-Ordinator in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Manchester Met. She has a Masters in Contemporary Literature, Film and Theory.

 

Presenter and Mixer: Julian Holloway

Dr Julian Holloway is Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at Manchester Met. He presents on the RAH! Podcast and also provides his sound engineering and music production expertise to mix each episode before release. His research interests include geographies of the occult, Forteana and haunting. His recent work focuses on the sonic eerie and how this might transform the way we think about rural spaces. He is also a member of MASS Manchester. He is a trained sound engineer and music producer, and is part of two experimental and electronic outfits, Flange Circus and Zirkus.

Julian has presented on the following episodes:

 

Presenter: Matt Foley

Dr Matt Foley is Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Literature at Manchester Met and he is also the academic lead on HAUNT Manchester - an online network and website focusing on the alternative side of Manchester. He presents on the RAH! Podcast and he is a member of the Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies and MASS Manchester. He has a broad range of research intersts in the fields of modernist and Gothic studies.

Matt has presented on the following episodes:

 

Presenter: Martin Kratz

Dr Martin Kratz is the poetry projects manager at Manchester Metropolitan University. His biggest project is the Manchester Poetry Library which is launching in Manchester in 2020. Martin regularly presents on the RAH! Podcast. Martin was awarded a PhD on the poetics of touch in the poetry of Michael Symmons Roberts in 2016. His MA is in Creative Writing (Poetry) and he won an AHRC-funded postgraduate studentship in 2012. His poetry has been widely published in poetry magazines and he collaborates regularly with the composer Leo Geyer.

Martin has presented on the following episodes:

 

Presenter: Eleanor Beal

Dr Eleanor Beal is Associate Lecturer in English Literature and Film at Manchester Met. Eleanor presents on the RAH! Podcast. She recently organised the Death and the Sacred symposium at Manchester Met inspired by her research interests in the intersections and dialogue between the secular and the religious in the contemporary period and its  manifestation in Gothic literature and film.

Eleanor will be making her RAH! podcast debut presenting on upcoming episodes on:

  • Love Writing
  • Women's Health

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