REVIEW: Iain Dale: All Talk with Rory Stewart | James Seabright in association with Northbank Speakers | Edinburgh Fringe

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Let’s be honest, over the last 5 years the political landscape has shifted dramatically. It used to be a like a family gathering, which you didn’t really want to be part of but you would tolerate the chitter chatter of background noise so you could keep up with the gossip. Now it’s more like your pervy Uncle Ned’s bachelor birthday bash where try as you might to avoid it, his personality will be thrust aggressively down your throat, he will make completely inappropriate racist and sexist comments and you will leave wondering what the point of it all was. So, it is only right that my first show at the Fringe should be a politically driven podcast.

And I won’t lie, my pick would have been to see Jess Philips, but having heard her speak a few times I thought I would mix it up. I gave the list to my Dad who promptly said: “Go and see Rory Stewart, he’s alright… for a tory.” And do you know, my old man was not wrong!

To begin with it seemed that the show would be overshadowed with talk of Boris Johnson who, unfortunately for us all, is difficult to avoid, when a man has made so many considerable mistakes which have affected a nation so negatively it is clear why he crops up so often.

However, as it continued Rory Stewart revealed more of his beliefs on the political landscape, eloquently discussing the clear gap needed for a middle of the road party, across all nations within the UK. He also discussed the growing demand to change the voting protocol to allow a party like this a chance to compete when fighting against a two-party system.

Seeing Iain Dale and Rory Stewart restored a little bit of my faith in politics. For a start, watching politicians (or ex politicians) who can string a sentence together without hesitation, repetition or deviation has become a novelty in itself. Conversational banter mixed with hard hitting issues made this political podcast far more digestible and is one I will most definitely add to the listen to later list.


The Arts Business Top Tips:

  • Audio Content: I am a firm believer in audible content as this market is still ever growing stronger. This is down to their informative nature and the ability to listen to them on the move without the distraction of a screen, which, even more so since the pandemic, seem to monopolise our lives. The podcast is cheap to produce, and if popularity builds, can be produced in front of an audience for an additional source of income and to create wider audience reach.
  • An Expert in your Area: Iain Dale is so clearly an expert not only in UK politics but in communication, moving effortlessly from topic to topic, knowing when to press for more and when to move onto the next. What is your area of expertise? Think about how you could you utilise this in your creative development, to best support you and your business.


Top 10 Podcasts to make your Arts Business

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You can walk everywhere in Edinburgh in 20 minutes, so why not use that time to your advantage.  Stick in your headphones and whack on a podcast.


Whether inspirational or informative, podcasts are a great way to expand your knowledge and trigger some awesome ideas to figure out the next step for your company.


1.       Arts and Ideas

From BBC Radio 3, a podcast which does exactly what it says on the tin.  Different topics across the creative industries discussed and debated by every kind of professional from artists to scientists.  20-45 minute episodes.

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 2.       Marketing School

Daily bites of Digital Marketing and Online Sales Tips from Neil Patel and Eric Siu, both incredibly successful entrepreneurs in the field.  These titbits are easily digestible, straightforward to act upon and keep you wanting more. 5-10 minute episodes.

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3.       Social Media Marketing Podcast

From the Social Media Examiner with Michael Stelzner, comes this excellent podcast where you can learn everything you ever wanted to know about Social Media Marketing and stay up to date with the latest updates and techniques. 1-hour episodes.

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4.       Build Your Tribe

Make your influence matter in your field with Charlene Johnson.  Listen to interviews from leading influencers providing you with tips on how to create and monetise your community online and how to look after them when you’ve got them. 10-30 minute episodes.

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5.       Seth Godin – Startup School

The podcast which got me into digital marketing!  This man is a genius and anything he has written or spoken about is worth reading or listening to.  Even though it is now over 5 years old it consists of a complete course of what you need to know about beginning your business. 15-30 minute episodes.

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6.       Creative Warriors

A podcast by and for entrepreneurs and small creative business owners, take the road less travelled with Jeffrey Shaw and learn creative techniques for marketing which can be immediately applied to your company. 15-45 minute episodes.

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7.       Ctrl Alt Delete

Presented by Emma Gannon, she talks to friends and celebrities about their relationship with the internet, the pros and cons, what to do and what to avoid.  It makes you realise you’re not the only person on earth obsessed with your social media.  1 hour episodes.

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8.       Freakonomics Radio

A fascinating perspective of absolutely everything, bound to inspire the way you do and interpret your business research. From Stephen J. Dubner, co author of the Freakonomics book series this is a truly inspiring podcast.  30-60 minute episodes.

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9.       Broadway Backstory

Learn about how your favourite Broadway musicals made it from mere ideas and through the research and development process.  Listen to how they were workshopped and when they made it to the big lights of Broadway.  All the producing knowledge you need.  60 minute episodes.

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10.   Desert Island Discs

A random but excellent choice, every episode from the BBC archives are available!  So, stick it on in the background and learn about how the celebrity has evolved from the 50s to the present.  I always learn more about the creative industries when I have it on! 10-30 minutes.

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So, whack in your headphones and get listening.


What are your favourite podcasts?  Let me know in the comments!