Early 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, 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 have produced and broadcast work by both emerging and bestselling writers. Some writers whose work was first broadcast on Short Story Radio have gone on to be commissioned by BBC Radio 4 and nominated for or awarded prestigious literary prizes. I produced the winner of Mslexia magazine’s short story competition for four consecutive years. I have also donated story recordings to Insight Radio, the radio station of the Royal National Institute of the Blind.
Talking Bookshelf: audio production
In 2009 I set up Talking Bookshelf to produce promotional author podcasts. I’ve 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 best-selling writers to Hollywood actors to soap stars from the UK, USA and Australia.
National Short Story Week: event founder and organiser
In 2010 I founded National Short Story Week, which is celebrated by libraries, bookshops, schools, and readers and writers throughout the UK.
My publishing imprint Corazon Books launched in July 2012, with a short story collection, Tales from the Heart, by bestselling author Sophie King. Since then Corazon Books has published over thirty novels, a number of which have been Amazon bestsellers in the UK and Australia, including The School Run by Sophie King, The Property of a Gentleman by Catherine Gaskin and Lily’s Daughter by Diana Raymond. Corazon Books publishes books in the genres of romance, historical fiction, family sagas and medical fiction. Many titles have been bestsellers in their genre category, including Sara Dane, Chasing Shadows, Hardacre, the Nurse Jane Grant series and The Country Doctor.
I am a regular speaker at meetings of UK writing groups and conferences. Recent speaking engagements include: The Society of Authors (London and Bristol), MA Creative Writing group at Sheffield Hallam University, the Historical Novel Society’s International Conference in London and the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Annual Conference. Previous appearances include workshops and panel discussions for the Get Writing Conference at the University of Hertfordshire, and headline speaker at the School Librarians’ Association’s annual School Librarian Day.
BA (Hons) Language Studies, Essex University
Postgraduate Diploma in Translation (Italian to English), Chartered Institute of Linguists
Postgraduate Certificate in Psychology, London Metropolitan University
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 a member of the Historical Novel Society and an associate member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.