Life Stories with Ian Rutter

Life Stories with Ian Rutter
Life Stories is a programme I present for Talk Radio Europe in southern Spain, where I live. In Life Stories, I chat to non-Spanish guests about their lives here in Spain. We discuss their lives here, what brought them here and what they did before the…

Alan Field
Nov 10 • 54 min
Alan Field bought a property as a holiday home in Olvera, Cádiz Province, some 16 years ago. 3 years ago Alan and his husband decided to make the move permanently from the UK to Spain with a view to retirement.
Elizah Handley
Oct 12 • 58 min
Elizah Handley is young singer who lives with her family in Cútar on the Costa del Sol, from where she is forging a successful career signing her own blend of West End, Opera, Jazz and pop music in venues and for events.
Colin Gausden
Sep 22 • 57 min
Colin Gausden set up and runs Jive Spain, a series of dance classes across the Costa del Sol.
Mark Koopmans
Sep 5 • 56 min
Mark Koopmans lives near Granada and has worked in hospitality, as a real estate agent and has written a biography.
James Sobers
Sep 5 • 52 min
James Sobers, also known as Blurum13, is a rapper and producer, born in New York City and raised in Maryland. He now lives with his family in La Herradura on Granada’s Costa Tropical.
Steffi Goddard
Aug 14 • 58 min
Many years ago Steffi Goddard and her husband stumbled upon a large old farmhouse in Andalucia, Southern Spain called Cortijo Las Salinas and from there on a love affair with the house, the country, the traditions and the people of Spain began.
Ela Graves
Aug 9 • 55 min
Ela Graves sold Chris Stewart his house in Las Alpujarras and is one of the Grandchildren of the author and poet Robert Graves.
Karen Considine
Jul 28 • 59 min
Karen Considine, along with a couple of horses, recently decided to retrace the journey through Andalucia taken in 1961 by Penelope Chetwode the wife of poet John Betjeman, and Karen is now writing an account of her adventures.
Jeremy Ferguson
Jul 27 • 52 min
Jeremy Ferguson talks about his long career in finance, his love of racing cars and the toll that moving to southern Spain took on his first marriage.
Scarlett Farrow
Jul 18 • 57 min
Scarlett is, with her husband Chris, the owner of La Finca del Castillo Arabe, a small boutique hotel in the Valle de Lecrin. Scarlett chats about her love of bringing people together over food.
Kitty Harri
Jul 13 • 58 min
Kitty Harri is well known for her bestselling novels (writing as Kitty Sewell) and with her partner Nick, Kitty has created a gorgeous Sculpture Garden in the very rural area to the north of Almuñecar on the Costa Tropical.
Ann Jenkins
Jul 7 • 60 min
Ann Jenkins talks about her very varied career in the film industry, in banking and then in research and academia.
Jason Newton
Jun 18 • 59 min
Jason Newton is a musician, language teacher and positivity coach and he chats about his love of music, life in remote Almería and the musicians and performers who have inspired him throughout his life to date.
Natalie Solgala-Kaz
Jun 14 • 58 min
Natalie Solgala-Kaz is a Flamenco Dancer and Teacher who trained in Sevilla before moving to Granada.
Kitty Shepherd
May 26 • 55 min
Kitty Shepherd arrived in Spain rather by accident, but the circumstances had a positive and direct effect on her work as a ceramic artist.
David Wright
May 26 • 55 min
David Wright came to Spain searching for his dream, and based on his own experiences of living in Spain, David runs a couple of Facebook advice groups and has written two books about living and working in Spain.
Gareth Lister
May 6 • 57 min
Gareth Lister is an artist, exhibition curator and gardener who lives in a remote corner of La Alpujarra, the foothills of the Sierra Nevada.
Iain Armstrong
Apr 25 • 57 min
Iain Armstrong and his partner run a yacht charter company and sailing school on Granada’s Costa Tropical.
Nick Fudge
Apr 18 • 59 min
Nick Fudge is a British painter, sculptor and digital artist who became known as ‘The Lost YBA’ referring to his disappearance from the British Art Scene 25 years ago.
Lottie Nevin
Apr 4 • 59 min
Lottie Nevin is a talented artist who, with her husband Pete, runs art and printmaking courses from their delightful home in Spain.
Andy Weames and Juliette Barrett
Mar 31 • 55 min
Andy Weames and Juliette Barrett have set up the Mountain and Road Biking experience travel company, Ride Southern Spain, and have left the UK behind to live their dream.
Gym Halama
Mar 16 • 62 min
Gym Halama is an artist, film set decorator, former model and film extra whose life is a fascinating journey through decades of unexpected adventures.
Jessica McGregor-Johnson
Mar 4 • 55 min
Jessica is an international speaker, mentor, guide, coach and she wakes every day feeling blessed that she get to guide and support people to connect to their heart, discover what they truly want and go out and live it.
Jess Shepherd
Mar 1 • 54 min
Jess Shepherd is a botanical painter who believes that a good picture is made using not only sight, but also touch, sound, smell and movement.
Fran Rajewski
Feb 27 • 55 min
Fran Rajewski is the President of the palliative care charity, Acompalia, and spends her time between her home in Jaén and an apartment on the coast.
Tom Burns
Feb 24 • 53 min
Tom Burns was born and raised in Ireland, educated in Belfast and spent a career in the Insurance industry. He is now Chairman of Age Concern Marbella and San Pedro de Alcantara.
Anna Kemp
Feb 18 • 56 min
Anna Kemp is the founder of the annual ‘Me Vuelves Lorca’ festival, set in an open air theatre in Laroles, las Alpujarras.
Sarah Yuen
Feb 17 • 57 min
Sarah Yuen is a television producer, foreign correspondent and a clinical hypnotherapist now helping people with PTSD and other stress-related issues.
Jan Churchill
Feb 13 • 60 min
Jan Churchill started his career as a car mechanic before moving into rally driving, and his driving career alternated with a career selling wood burning stoves at various times throughout his life to date.
Debbie Williams
Jan 27 • 54 min
Debbie Williams is the founder of the pro-EU campaigning organisation, Brexpats - Hear our Voice, and is a member of the steering committee of the coalition group, British in Europe.
Russell Nash
Jan 23 • 55 min
Russell Nash was a child actor who turned to music and composition. He has written music for performers, film, theatre and commercials and has recently composed an entire musical.
David Baird
Jan 22 • 55 min
David Baird is the author of the fascinating account of the forgotten guerilla war in southern Spain, “Between Two Fires”.
Debbie Skyrme
Jan 6 • 58 min
Debbie Skyrme started her career as an IT trainer and then as a Registrar for Births, Marriages and Deaths. From her home in Granada’s Costa Tropical, Debbie has now established herself as a Life Celebrant.
Gary Williams - a Christmas Special
Dec 23, 2018 • 56 min
Gary Williams, cabaret singer and performer, broadcaster, writer and podcaster is the special guest for the Christmas edition of ‘Life Stories’.
Alan Cuthbertson
Dec 18, 2018 • 55 min
Alan Cuthbertson is nothing if not impetuous. He started his own business from scratch, trained as a pilot and has written 2 books with a third on the way, all despite a childhood troubled by ill-health.
Jim and Jiab Wasserman
Dec 9, 2018 • 55 min
Jim and Jiab Wasserman moved to Granada in the first half of 2018, to start their third life away from the pressures of their corporate life in the US.
June Windon
Dec 3, 2018 • 59 min
An unexpected meeting with someone who would become the love of her life led June Windon to turn her life around completely.
Gayle Macdonald
Nov 26, 2018 • 54 min
Gayle Macdonald runs the support and advice website, Sober Bliss, helping people rediscover a life without alcohol.
Jess Draskau-Petersson
Nov 18, 2018 • 61 min
Jess Draskau-Petersson chats about life as a two-time Olympic Marathon runner, a championship Triathlete and a lecturer in Law.
Fred and Denise Smithers
Nov 11, 2018 • 55 min
Fred and Denise Smithers are also known as the musical duo Rio Macrae, writing and performing music based in Almeria Province.
Alan Gandy
Nov 4, 2018 • 51 min
Alan Gandy is a photographer and website designer who lives in Almeria Province.
Rubi Castro
Oct 27, 2018 • 56 min
Rubi Castro is a 25 year old classical musician who moved to Rincón de la Victoria, near Málaga, from her native South Africa.
Sarah Spencer
Oct 24, 2018 • 54 min
Sarah Spencer talks about her portfolio career, her life in Spain and her husband’s life-changing accident.
Elle Draper
Oct 14, 2018 • 54 min
Elle Draper runs the information website Spain Buddy and a website design business from her home in Almeria.
Anne Clifford
Oct 10, 2018 • 53 min
Anne Clifford, a resident of Granada, turned to championship dancing as a way of rediscovering herself following a divorce.
Pop Spencer
Oct 2, 2018 • 55 min
Musician Pop Spencer and his wife have retired to a cave house in the rural village of Cortes de Baza, Granada.
Julie Chimes
Sep 25, 2018 • 40 min
Julie Chimes, former racing driver and businesswoman, was attacked and stabbed 35 times in her own home.
Sam Chesterton
Sep 21, 2018 • 64 min
Sam Chesterton talks about his lovely home, Finca Buenvino, cooking, food, farming and being sent down from University.
Roberta Gordon-Smith
Sep 18, 2018 • 65 min
Roberta Gordon-Smith talks about her farm in Andalucia, running an Arts Club and cooking for Boy George.
PP Arnold
Sep 16, 2018 • 67 min
Life Stories. Ian Rutter chats to Soul Singer PP Arnold in a Christmas Special