The Martyn Sibley Show
Episode 18: Simon Minty - The Economics of Inclusion
In one of the first episodes of the Martyn Sibley show I interviewed Phil Friend. Along with his friend and business partner Simon Minty, they paved the way for inclusion of disabled consumers and employees. We have a lot to thank them for! So it was really nice to sit down and talk with the other member of the dynamic duo. Since revolutionising a whole set of industries, Simon has also branched out into other pursuits. You will probably have heard him on the BBC Ouch podcast. He...
Episode 16 - Samanta Bullock: That Happy Buzzing Feeling
A big reason for my more balanced view on this topic, came from meeting Samanta Bullock. Through a very difficult event that put her in a wheelchair, Sam never gave up on her dreams. Both as a tennis champion and a fashion model. It would have been understandable for her to give up on both of these dreams. Furthermore they clearly don’t lend themselves to wheelchair users to thrive in. Forget the accessibility barriers, particularly the fashion world is known for ignoring...
Episode 15 - Blaine Harrison: Creative Forever
Someone who found their creative self much earlier, and has enjoyed a great career from it, is Blaine Harrison. As lead singer of the Mystery Jets he’s created many albums and toured all over the world. It’s always too easy to home in on my guests disability and how they overcame their particular barriers. Naturally having spina bifida Blaine has had to navigate specific challenges through his touring adventures. But I’m starting to see that by only focusing on people’s impairments, we...
Episode 14 - Geoff Holt: Sailing Extravaganza
Of course my achievement was not unique. There are many people who have pushed their limits in pursuit of some adrenaline and societal change messaging. Many of whom have a disability. Nonetheless, it’s always great to meet people who have interesting stories to tell. Particularly those who really really went the extra mile! Geoff Holt is certainly one of those people. As you will hear in our interview, this guy has really exceeded his own expectations from his individual sailing and...
Episode 13 - Robin Hindle Fisher: Extra costs of disability
After seeing the great research and work that Scope did on this topic, I reached out to them for someone to interview. The obvious person was Robin Hindle Fisher. Not only is he from an economic background, and trustee of the charity, he was heavily involved in the project. This project being the extra costs commission. In this episode of the Martyn Sibley show Robin and I get to the bottom of these extra costs. You will hear from Robin what Scope found in their research. And what you...
Episode 12 - Carrie-Ann: A Kindred Spirit
Its not unusual to find other people who like travelling. In my line of work I also know many disabled people. However it is not so usual to meet a real kindred spirit for accessible tourism. Luckily a few years ago I met Carrie-Anne from Tourism for All. Not only does she love travelling, but she’s also a blogger. It’s honestly hard to get a word in edgeways between the two of us when we get together Carrie-Anne runs the information service for the UKs accessible tourism charity....
Episode 10 - Cory Lee: Global Jetsetter
Since meeting the expert for all things travel and disability related, Cory and I have spoken a couple of times. It was cool to hear about each others travels, blogs, communities, and so forth. However we hadn’t discussed what life was like growing up with the same condition (Spinal Muscular Atrophy) in different continents. Would schools be the same? Would friendships be the same? Would transport and leisure be the same? So when Cory agreed to be on my podcast, I was excited to...
Episode 7 - Storme Toolis: Sexuality and Stereotypes
I first came across Storme Toolis in the Inbetweeners. Although not by name. I just remember the scene by the swimming pool. Where the lads realised they were stealing her family’s sunbed. Making her cry. However I found out she’d already had a far bigger break before… In this episode of The Martyn Sibley Show, we hear all about Stormes journey into acting. The dreams. The risk taking. The support. The set backs. Plus a bit about the future. She’s gone onto work in social education,...
Episode 6 - Suzanne Bull - Music Without Barriers
When Suzanne Bull from Attitude is Everything agreed to be on the podcast, I was so excited. I really wanted to know how the progress for accessible music venues had been made. What had been difficult and joyful in getting there. Also what else lay ahead in their plans. It was fascinating to hear how most large venues are so much better now. Also how it’s the smaller venues that need advice and guidance on accessibility. Rome wasn’t built in a day. I hope you enjoy listening to this...