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Graham Fellows, Matthew Oates, William McLellan, Kate Waters

Libby Purves meets Graham Fellows, aka John Shuttleworth, and poet and naturalist Matthew Oates.

Libby Purves meets Graham Fellows and his alter ego John Shuttleworth; poet and naturalist Matthew Oates; artist and writer William McLellan and fight director Kate Waters.

Graham Fellows is an actor and musician who is best known for creating the character John Shuttleworth. John is a fictional singer and songwriter from Sheffield whose back catalogue includes the track Pigeons in Flight. Graham is also the man behind Jilted John who had an eponymous hit in 1978. John Shuttleworth hosts A Knight At the Palladium in aid of multiple sclerosis charities. Guests include Chas and Dave and Sooty and Sweep. A Knight At the Palladium is at the London Palladium.

Matthew Oates is a naturalist, writer and poet who has been obsessed by Britain's butterflies since childhood. He has studied many butterflies but no butterfly has entranced him so much as the elusive purple emperor. In his book, In Pursuit of Butterflies, Matthew recaps on a lifetime of butterfly observation with the help of the detailed diaries he has kept since 1971. In Pursuit of Butterflies - A Fifty-Year Affair is published by Bloomsbury Publishing.

William McLellan is an artist, writer and musician. His memoir How I got into Art School (and out of prison) tells the story of his imprisonment in the notorious Modelo jail in Barcelona in 1972. During his incarceration he contemplated the activities that led him to prison and his difficult childhood. It is only when he began to sketch in prison that he confronted his troubled past. How I Got Into Art School (and out of prison) is published by Old Street Publishing.

Kate Waters - also known as Kombat Kate - is a fight director. She directed the fight choreography for Peter Pan at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre and previously worked on the Old Vic's revival of Michael Frayn's farce Noises Off and the National Theatre's One Man, Two Guvnors. She is also a regular fight director for Coronation Street. Peter Pan is at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, London.

Producer: Paula McGinley.

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L-R: Kate Waters, Matthew Oates, Graham Fellows, William McLellan

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Role Contributor
Presenter Libby Purves
Interviewed Guest Graham Fellows
Interviewed Guest Matthew Oates
Interviewed Guest William McLellan
Interviewed Guest Kate Waters
Producer Paula McGinley

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