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How I won an Earphones Award for Exceptional Audiobook Narration

September 10, 2020

In the middle of August in this exceptionally odd year of 2020 I was winding down, ready for a holiday I had barely dared to believe could happen, when I received an email telling me I had won an Earphones award from AudioFile Magazine for my part in the narration of “Lost Girls of Devon.”…

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What Can Audiobooks Offer Actors?

August 10, 2020

Who’d be an actor now? COVID-19 has been a grim time for actors.  Theatres across the world have closed, with no real certainty on when they may open up again.  Film and television sets have closed down and have only recently begun to re-open, with limitations imposed to control the spread of the virus. On…

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Corona Struggle

March 23, 2020

Denial I have not been doing so well with my response to the outbreak of the corona virus.  I didn’t want it to be true so spent some time, along with the government, in denial.  I told myself either that this wasn’t real, that somehow it didn’t apply to me or that I would just…

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World Book Day – Buy a costume or give a book?

March 4, 2020

Buy a costume or give a book? World Book Day is upon us again.  During their time in primary school this has meant me desperately scrabbling for a costume for my son or daughter, or both, to represent their favourite character in their favourite book, to wear for one day at school.  This is in…

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My Life as an Audiobook Narrator

January 30, 2020

I sit in a padded box talking to myself in many different voices. Some call it madness, I call it a job. In 2013 I graduated from Drama School as a 40 year old mother of two, desperately wanting to make a new life for myself as an actor and writer, hopefully reaching the holy…

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An Attitude of Gratitude

January 23, 2020

Even in January…. I am not a fan of January. I love December and Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year but then New Year rolls around and I am set adrift. I generally manage to find enough enthusiasm to sit up for the stroke of midnight but I’m never really quite…

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Christmas: Love it or loathe it?

December 13, 2019

Childhood Christmas Like many I have nostalgic memories of Christmas as a child. I remember it as a time of magic, twinkly lights and fun. I loved being with my mother as she went through the family Christmas rituals. Early December was the tree ritual, where the lights were taken out of the boxes and…

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How Did I Book a TEDx Talk?

October 21, 2019

Stepping into Your Story I am giving a TEDx talk on November 16th at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (RCSSD) about creativity and its transformational powers.  I am not going to tell you here about the contents of the talk, but how it came about. What’s a TEDx? When I tell someone I…

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Why does creativity require serenity?

September 30, 2019

How to stay connected to your creativity Journaling Serenity As a creative being I hope you have come across journaling as a way to connect with yourself and set you off on a creative journey.  Most mornings I spend some time journaling.  I have done so for many years now, on and off, after the…

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Connecting to a Creative Community

September 11, 2019

How do you find your tribe as a creative introvert? Odd one out As a creative and an introvert I often feel like I am out of touch when I’m in a group of people. I see a group full of happy, smiling, chatting people and the fear starts. My stomach clenches, my palms start…

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