Throughout the City of Culture year we have commissioned a number of podcasts featuring local people from the Midlands and Coventry city. Sit back and listen to the voices that bring our communities alive. 

Our Cov podcast is available now

Made in the Midlands is available now 

Our Cov

Grab your headphones and take a walk with a new friend. Be transported to the heart of Coventry and get to know voices you might not encounter in your everyday life - from a City Host turned policeman, to the neurodivergent bedroom artist who flourished with the support of City of Culture producers.

Explore Coventry through the eyes of the ordinary folk of the city; hear how  their idea of ‘culture’ has changed, and the impact the City of Culture has had in their lives and careers. From Canley and Foleshill, to Fargo and The Herbert, spend some time with an LGBTQ+ advocate, a former homeless asylum seeker and Coventry’s first Young Poet Laureate, all accompanied by the distinctive sounds of Cov. Because, as one storyteller says,

“Coventry is far more than a place where a woman road naked through the streets 500 years ago or a cathedral that was bombed...”

During our soundscape series, we weave through the skateboarders outside The Herbert Art Gallery and Coventry Cathedral, wander past the trolleys in Cannon Park and through the stalls at FargoVillage, hear the buskers and  market traders at work in the city centre, listen to the wind in Limbrick Woods and roam along the River Sherbourne in Coundon.

The series features music by the Coventry-based artist and sound recordist Mintakaa. It’s recorded by Coventry-born audio producer Clare Freeman; and produced on behalf of the Coventry City of Culture trust by her company, A Small Furry Bear Production. 

Listen to Duncan in Canley, Hayley at The Herbert, Last in Foleshill, Lawrence in Earlsdon, Sorrelle in Libraries, Hawwa in Coventry's Creative Quarter from Mon 9 May on Apple, Spotify and other major podcast platforms. 

Made in the Midlands

What does it mean to be a Midlander?

The Made in the Midlands podcast explores our regional identity through the voices of those who are from the Midlands and have risen to prominence in Britain. Presenter Adrian Goldberg asks guests how being from the middle of England affected their their outlook and their success.

Hear from author Lee Child, pioneering singer Pauline Black OBE, director Ken Loach, actor Nitin Ganatra OBE, director Debbie Isitt, musician Tom Clarke, footballer Steve Ogrizovic, MP Jess Phillips, Paralympian swimmer Ellie Simmonds. 

Made in the Midlands is commissioned by Coventry City of Culture Trust and produced by Loftus Media.

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Author Lee Child looks at the camera with a city skyline in the background

Author Lee Child looks at the camera with a city skyline in the background