Archive for November, 2014

November 19, 2014

paper bags and sobriety

A couple of new articles by me have just appeared online:

1. For How We Get To Next, I wrote about the author of one of my favourite items in my collection of weird old cookery books. I don’t like it for the recipes, but because of the earnest egomania exhibited therein: the author Nicolas Soyer really wanted to change society for the better, via paper bags. I found this so full of pathos, I even wrote a play about him several years ago. Here’s the article.

2. For Standard Issue magazine, I wrote about being someone who doesn’t drink very much and how this is unacceptable to most people even though there is MORE BOOZE FOR THEM. Chug it down HERE.

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November 12, 2014

SWP19: Charlotte Green

For this month’s Sound Women podcast, I spoke to the marvellous Charlotte Green. Now host of the Culture Club on Classic FM, you’ll know her voice from the Shipping Forecast, the football results, the Today Programme, or the tannoy system in heaven.

November 11, 2014

just do it!

AMT Guardian Nov14

Look, I wrote a piece about how to start a podcast, this time for the Guardian’s Do Something magazine. Here it is! Yes, there is overlap with my podcast tips posts here, but frankly, while the tech changes a bit, the tedious grind/joyous experimentation of making a show remains the same.

On the subject of starting podcasts:
1. THANK YOU for supporting the Radiotopia Kickstarter, because they raised enough money for me to make my new podcast! The Allusionist should start mid-January. Now I need to get on with making it…
2. If you’re thinking of starting a podcast, or you already make one and need to spill about it, or you want to hang out with podcasters, do come along to the Podcast Clinic on 24th November. It’s free! We’ll have a lovely time! Details are here.

The last time I was featured in Do Something, I was writing about patchwork. Today I’ve also got a piece in the Telegraph about starting/restarting crafting, which you can read here.

Apparently the message of both the podcasting article and the crafting article is the same: JUST GET ON WITH IT. This makes me sound a lot more proactive than I am. Most of the time, I’m so incredibly lazy, it’s embarrassing. But, you know, if I’m interrupting my slothing time, I try to make it count.