Skills and Experience

English Language CourseEarly career: writing and recording
After graduating with a BA (Hons) in Language Studies, I started my career in Italy, where I spent six years living in Milan.

During that time I worked as a writer and translator on a national magazine, and wrote a three volume English language course-book, which sold well throughout southern Europe.

Among other work, I translated numerous advertising campaigns and video and television scripts.

I also worked regularly in recording studios as a director and voice artist.

 

Short Story Radio: audio production
After returning to the UK, I worked as a translator before founding Short Story Radio in 2006. This was one of the first podcast and streaming audio story projects in the UK, with the aim of promoting the short story form and English speaking short story writers to an international audience.

In 2009 I was awarded funding by Arts Council England which was instrumental in increasing the content and profile of Short Story Radio.

For Short Story Radio I produced and broadcast work by both emerging and bestselling writers. Some writers whose work was first broadcast on Short Story Radio went on to be commissioned by BBC Radio 4 and nominated for or awarded prestigious literary prizes. I donated story recordings from Short Story Radio to Insight Radio, the radio station of the Royal National Institute of the Blind. I produced the winner of Mslexia magazine’s short story competition for four consecutive years.

Talking Bookshelf: audio production
In 2009 I set up Talking Bookshelf to produce promotional author podcasts. I also produced interview podcasts to promote television programmes and station launches, theatre performances and celebrity events. Over the years I’ve interviewed hundreds of creative people from bestselling writers to Hollywood actors to TV stars from the UK, USA and Australia.

 

National Short Story WeekNational Short Story Week: event founder and organiser
In 2010 I founded National Short Week – celebrated by libraries, bookshops, schools, and readers and writers throughout the UK.

 

A Country Practice New BeginningsCorazon Books
My first publishing imprint, Corazon Books, publishes contemporary fiction from established and debut authors.

It launched in July 2012 with a short story collection, Tales from the Heart, by bestselling author Sophie King.

Successes include Top 10 bestsellers The School Run by Sophie King and Doesn’t Everyone Have a Secret? by Sue Shepherd.

Corazon Books also publishes TV tie-in novels, with publishing rights deals for the iconic Australian television series A Country Practice and Neighbours.

 

Edge of Glass by Catherine GaskinWyndham Books
My second imprint, Wyndham Books, specialises in ebook reissues of novels by some of the bestselling English language novelists of the twentieth century, such as Lucilla Andrews, Ursula Bloom, Catherine Gaskin and Naomi Jacob.

The imprint was inspired by my late grandmother’s book collection, which is now in my own home. Through Wyndham Books, I am the publisher of many of the popular novels I remember from my childhood and early adulthood, and take great personal satisfaction from seeing these authors and stories back in the bestsellers lists in the US, UK and Australia.

 

Talks
I am a frequent speaker at meetings of UK writing groups and conferences. Speaking engagements include: The Society of Authors (London, Bath, Bristol, Liverpool, Manchester), the Historical Novel Society’s International Conference (London, Oxford), the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Annual Conference, and the MA Creative Writing group at Sheffield Hallam University. I have been a headline speaker at the School Librarians’ Association’s annual School Librarian Day. For the past six years I have run regular publishing workshops for members of the Society of Authors.

Qualifications
BA (Hons) Language Studies, Essex University
Postgraduate Diploma in Translation (Italian to English), Chartered Institute of Linguists
Postgraduate Certificate in Psychology, London Metropolitan University

Professional memberships
I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists, the Translators’ Association and the Society of Authors. My publishing company is an associate member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.