Talking

I present and produce podcasts from my living room in the London suburb of Crystal Palace.

With Olly Mann, I make the comedy show Answer Me This!, in which we answer questions from our listeners. Since its arrival in January 2007, the show has won two Radio Academy Awards, a European Podcasting Award and a British Public Radio Award.

For Radiotopia from PRX, I make The Allusionist, fortnightly adventures in language.

For two years I presented the monthly Sound Women podcast, in which I talked to such radio luminaries as Annie Nightingale, Jane Garvey and Lauren Laverne.

I pop up on other people’s podcasts as well, including International Waters, Jordan, Jesse, Go!Pappy’s Flatshare Slamdown, Richard Herring’s Leicester Square Theatre Podcast, the Radio Academy’s RadioTalk, Ian Collins Wants a Word, the Guardian’s Media Talk, The Media Podcast, and ShiftRunStop.

For four years, I talked about the internet every week on BBC 5 Live’s Saturday Edition, podcasted as Let’s Talk About Tech. Olly and I made several specials for 5 Live, and in April 2014 presented a two-part documentary on Radio 4 marking the tenth anniversary of the term ‘podcast’. I’ve appeared on shows including Woman’s Hour, the News Quiz, Best Behaviour, Charlie Brooker’s So Wrong It’s Right, and Transatlantic with Rory Bremner on Radio 4; MacAulay & Co on BBC Scotland; BBC Radio 2’s Steve Wright in the Afternoon; Hit List, Double Take, Richard Bacon, Stephen Nolan, Drive and the Radio Review of the Year on BBC 5 Live;  Lauren Laverne, Shaun Keaveny, Nemone and Jon Richardson on BBC 6 Music; Newshour on BBC World Service; Ian Collins and Matt Forde’s shows on TalkSPORT; Ken Livingstone, Petrie Hosken, Ian Collins, Iain Dale and Steve Allen’s shows on LBC; Paul Ross’s breakfast show on BBC London; and Radio 1’s Milk Run.

I do live-action talking, on stages at, for example, the Edinburgh Festival, iTunes Live, SXSWi, Next Radio, Boring Conference, the Latitude Festival, the Green Man Festival, the London Word Festival, Literary Death Match, Robin Ince’s Book Club and School for Gifted Children in London and Edinburgh, and the Sunday Night Adventure Club, a comedy night which I used to run with Josie Long.

In 2010 Olly and I made a series of videos, Great British Questions, in association with VisitBritain.

As well as saying words, I write them down. Click here to find out more about that.

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