What’s your story Leeds?

I’m focussing on interviews for Working Hours at the moment. If it seems like there’s nothing going online at certain times well, there is work going on IRL. I am working on transcripts, arranging more interviews and editing yet others. This project is gathering some momentum now and I want to keep that going. If you haven’t heard the show yet you can listen to it here.

The studio remains open for business. If you have any podcast support needs drop me a line.

Let’s see what I can do to help you make your podcast.


Have a listen to me on this week’s Light on Leeds episode! I’m talking to the podcast about my own show Working Hours, you can listen to it here:

There’s not been an episode of Working Hours for a while but they are coming. I will be releasing four episodes next week. First, there will be two episodes released before Western Studios’ 1st anniversary on October, 5th. These episodes will cap off the interviews published within that 1st year of the Studio and gives us a very nice first 20! Following those two episodes, I will be kicking off the second year of Western Studios with 2 more Working Hours episodes being published together after or on the 5th.

There’s much to celebrate with these first 20 episodes; getting nearly 400 downloads, finding over 230 unique listeners and managing to get a pretty good diversity of roles amongst my guests too. It’s been largely luck more than intent in this first year though. I have covered start-ups, public sector roles, professions, artists, teachers, poets, healers and more in these interviews. There are so many more interesting stories and occupations to come yet though, and I’m really excited to hear them.

Remember, if you’re in Leeds or from Leeds you can be on Working Hours, click here to register to appear on the show – leave me a short bio and some ideas of when you can record! I especially want to hear from people on low or poor pay or from any under-represented Loiners. I’d also like to hear any recommendations for people you think should be on the podcast – do you have a local hero who does good work that you’d love to hear interviewed? Or a great employee or employer that you think should be recognised? Tell them to get in touch or let me know about them and I will try to get them on the podcast.

I can’t do this without you Leeds!


Episode 13 now available – Help me in my mission

Work is a Crucible Working Hours

Kara Hazlegrave recorded 22/10/2021 Kara Hazlegrave is Research & Innovation Manager for Leeds Institute for Fluid Dynamics (based at University of Leeds) where she works with University of Leeds researchers to support the development of emergent, interdisciplinary ideas. Kara helps teams craft applications in response to funding opportunities and connects businesses seeking expertise to specialist research capability. Kara originally studied Anthropology & English Lit as an undergraduate at Case Western Reserve University in the US later studying Biodiversity & Conservation as an MSc at the University of Leeds. Kara then gained working experience in the environment sector including working for regulators (Environment Agency, Scottish Environment Protection Agency) and for the regulated (Yorkshire Water). To find out more about the Leeds Institute for Fluid Dynamics go to ( Or follow them (@FLUIDSLEEDS) Ernesto Sirolli ( (Ernesto Sirolli: Want to help someone? Shut up and listen! | TED Talk) Support this podcast

Help me in my mission to find 1000 Loiners over this decade and ask them the 2nd question everybody asks me – what do you do?

Episode 13 was published on Monday and is already the most popular episode (so far). In this episode I speak to a Loiner based in Manchester and working as a freelance TV researcher.

Support this show:

  • Help me improve my production quality
  • Advertise the project in Leeds to Loiners
  • Help me find new listeners and guests

For just a pound a month you’ll get exclusive bonus episodes and material as you help me to find new Loiners – more potential guests, listeners and subscribers. If you are from outside Leeds and you find the show interesting and would also like to hear more of it, then you too can support this show for £5 a month. (Consider it a tourist tax – it’s unfair but, you can also cheat it.)

The 2020s is a pivotal decade for our species and our home. So, I want to interview 1000 people from my home over this decade to record their thoughts and feelings around “WORK” and I want to show how their opinions change over this time; along with their ways of working and the sorts of work they are doing.

#tellmeaboutitleeds Leeds, what do you do? #bemyguestleeds Leeds, be on Working Hours #workinghoursleeds get in touch to be on the show #helpmyquestleeds support the shows historic civic mission.



#tellmeaboutitleeds #leedsbemyguest

Leeds, please support this show and help me grow my reach to new listeners and guests and to improve my production quality – I need at least £1k for a new laptop and mixer in the immediate term for example.

How can you help?

For just a pound a month you’ll get exclusive bonus episodes and material as you help me to access new people through paying for advertising – more potential guests, listeners and subscribers. If you are from outside Leeds and you find the show interesting and would also like to support you can do so for five pounds a month. Consider it a tourist tax – it’s unfair but, you can always cheat it. 

What are you doing, when is it happening and why?

The 2020s is a pivotal decade for our species and our home. So, I want to interview 1000 Loiners over this decade to record their thoughts and feelings around “WORK” and I want to show how their opinions change over this time; along with their ways of working and the sorts of work they are doing. 

Working Hours wants to ask 1000 Loiners over the 2020s the second question that everybody asks everybody – What do you do? That is its mission and I can’t achieve that on my own. I need a hundred Loiners are year on average and I’m 90 behind on last year. Help me catch up.

#tellmeaboutitleeds Leeds, what do you do? #workinghoursleeds Leeds, be on Working Hours #bemyguestleeds get in touch to be on the show

Leeds, be on Working Hours #bemyguestleeds get in touch to be on the show. #helpmyquestleeds If you are in Leeds or from Leeds then help me to reach my target of interviewing 1000 Loiners over the 2020s asking them the 2nd question that everybody asks everybody. What do you do?

Working Hours is the Leeds podcast

2 Episodes for this year are up now! So, get to it! Have a listen and support this project. Help it to flower and grow. Build our reach into new audiences, guests and donors. And hopefully enjoy them and find them as interesting as I do. Leeds, listen to Working Hours #workinghoursleeds available free wherever you get your podcasts. Leeds, what do you do? #tellmeaboutitleeds 

Leeds, help me make Working Hours. Like, share, follow, subscribe and help to grow my listeners and our ability to reach guests and to improve production quality. You can do this for just a pound a month via Patreon and you’ll get access to exclusive bonus episodes and material from Working Hours included #helpmyquestleeds

Episode 11

Steph Varley recorded 03/02/2021

Steph is a social entrepreneur building an inclusive experience service for children. We discuss setting up a Community Interest Company (CIC); working with various stakeholders, testing technology and working with vulnerable groups. We also touch upon fundraising and Steph’s other job where she now works part time while building up and developing out her CIC.

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Episode 12

 Anonymous male recorded 02/02/2021

 My guest this episode worked for 20 years for a firm of stock brokers. Through a personal project of trying to maximise what he could achieved within his lunch hour he has now found himself working within the area of work based well-being. We discuss a number of topics from my guest’s time working at a stockbrokers, looking at some of the myriad things he was able to achieve within those lunch hours and we discuss some of his thinking around the ways that we might raise awareness of well-being at work and also how we might, perhaps, embed some well-being practices in to our workplaces or into our ways of working.



Volume 2: 2021 of Working Hours is well underway and I’m hoping to post episode 1 before the end of the month. I only have 6 interviews in the bag at the moment, so I may have to publish the podcast irregularly this year as it might take me quite awhile to secure any new guests. 😦 If you are reading this and you are in Leeds or from Leeds and you have an opinion about work and you’re up for being on a podcast then go to my contact page right now, cheers!

I have a 50/50 gender balance in interviews and episodes so far but all my guests have been white and of similar-ish class. I know this is in no way representative of Leeds or Loiners or of a city the size and means of Leeds in the 21st century. Even though I am only a few episodes in I DO NOT want this year to again be represented just by a narrow sample. I need everyone from every community and background in Leeds. Obviously, if I have the interviews I’ll publish them. So, right now I’m more than happy to be inundated with guest offers. I need you Leeds. I don’t care if you listen to or like the show (in fact that’s probably better) I just need to hear from everyday people in everyday roles and to capture as much of the conformity and diversity, the general and particular that makes all that up.

I am very eager to hear and learn from you. What is work to you? What is it for? Where is it going? Why do you do it? What do you do? What have you done? What would you rather be doing?

I have a lot of aims with this podcast. I want to use it to meet people, I want interrogate my ideas and perceptions about work and working and I want to challenge my listeners ideas too. I want to create a broader discussion about work. I want to us to really think about what that idea means right now. I want us to examine where those ideas come from and where they lead us.

At this stage in the process I can’t currently speak or write about “work” with any authority outside of my own ideas and experiences but, as this project progresses (and it is a project, a historical and ethnographic one) as the dialogue broadens and our knowledge expands around this subject I’m hoping to glean valuable insights and ideally have some influence on how “work” is performed and thought of in future. That is not to say that capturing the present moment is any less important. The present, before it becomes past, is a valuable resource. The past is arguably our greatest resource.

I really think this is a valuable endeavour at a critical time. I mean, what a time to start doing this!! “Yeah, works going to change” I thought, “we’ll have to work differently in the future” I thought. “It’ll be interesting to capture some of that change” I thought, “the 2020s are going to be a key time and only see an acceleration of all the madness that we have seen accelerating since the start of this terrible century” I thought. Then 2020 started and I thought, “well, I can’t even do that anymore”. But, I was wrong and daft for there was video phone with pretty decent quality.

I also think that if the worst should happen then at least I’ll have chatted to some interesting characters in and from my home town and that’s not a bad thing. I have it all planned out, see! Meticulous! Flawless! Well, except the no money, no guests, no listeners thing – BUT EVERYTHING ELSE IS PERFECT! (I’m not stressed, you’re stressed!)

Oh! Yes, while I remember. I need feedback about everything – tone, music, aesthetic – the whole thing! I have no real idea how this is coming across to anyone. So, yeah. That would be good – unless it’s all bad and then that would be bad. Obviously.

Simon Treen, host, editor, creator and producer of Working Hours podcast.

Leeds, 2021

2021: New SERIES Starting, NEW SHOWS coming, New COLLABORATORS wanted

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WORKING HOURS Volume 2: 2021

So, these constant in/out lockdowns are very detrimental to me with regards to getting stuff done quickly. I am still working on the show notes and timecodes for Volume 1 of Working Hours and I have now started interviewing guests for Volume 2. I am hoping to get a lot more episodes out this year – I do want to hit 100 guests a year for this show but, I am still a good way off from getting to that many yet. Working Hours is showing steady growth but fortunately the current low numbers allow me to experiment, think and identify what I think are mistakes with the 1st volume. 

New Shows for 2021

I’m working with a writer on developing what looks like it will be Western Studio’s 1st dramatic podcast. That’s coming along nicely and I am currently hoping to get that show out in spring or summer this year. I have another couple of podcasts that are in the early stages of development, one will be a film based show and the other a political one. Finally, there’s Muck 4 Brass, a new show that I have great hopes for but, I need to nail down a few more ideas around this one before I really tell you anymore about it.


I continue to be on the lookout for new Leeds based collaborators, clients, audiences, customers and patrons. (As well as guests for Working Hours – email if you’d like to be on the show.) I would really love to hear from you if:

  • You would like to get some content creation off the ground but you’re not really sure where to start with it
  • You are a voice actor looking for working experiences and material for your voice reel
  • You are a writer looking to have your work made
  • You are a musician looking for new avenues to promote your work
  • You are a sound FX genius in waiting – the next Ben Burtt, if only someone would give you a chance!

If you are any of the above then do please drop me a line at  to discuss ways in which we might collaborate to mutually beneficial ends.


The business still needs to cover its costs and show a profit. I have yet to receive any donations or patrons for the initial show (I believe these will come once series 2 starts and there is more content for patrons to actually shill out for). I am not currently working with any clients and have not, as yet, put out any other shows.  I have started to put out more social media content specifically designed to attract podcast clients alongside my regular posts promoting Working Hours.

Once I have started to generate revenue and my overheads are covered any remaining funds will be immediately invested back in to the business. There is still a lot of equipment that I would like to get so that I can expand my offer to clients further. I am also planning on running some larger paid ad campaigns, if and when I can get hold of the funds.

I am excited about this year and who and what it will bring to the business. I am looking forward to getting to the point of getting (hopefully) positive feedback and constructive criticism for Working Hours. I look forward to getting our 1st Patreon supporter in the next few months and to getting our 1000th one shortly after that! I look forward to all my coming shows this year and to maybe even helping you to make your podcast.


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I want to start publishing Volume 2 as soon as possible but I also want to make sure that I have at least 12 episodes set up before publishing the first episode of volume 2. I don’t want to release irregularly and sporadically as I want there to be consistency and regularity for the listeners. The original plan was to be recording 100 interviews a year so I’m 90 behind schedule after last year!!

I’m not too worried though. I had of course anticipated that I would have to build up to that level but, I had expected to be somewhat further ahead by now. Oh well! It is what it is. So this year it would be great to be able to go weekly with the show but we’ll have to see how it goes. If I don’t get any guests, listeners and/or Patreons (or even food, power or breathable air) then obviously things won’t get any easier for the show, but let’s see what does happen shall we?

Click here for more details and to apply to be on the show.