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Opening Lines

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It’s that time of the year again, when the BBC open their virtual doors to unsolicited short story submissions from writers new to radio. If you are such a person and have a suitable story to hand (or can put one together in a couple of weeks), you have until February 13th to send it […]

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BBC Radio Bristol

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It struck me on the way home from Bristol today that a live radio interview to promote a book is a bit like a first date. You’re desperate to make a good impression and anxious to keep the conversation flowing, even though half the time you’re wondering “What in God’s name did I just say that […]

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Bloody Repeats and .Cent Magazine

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I dunno. You pay your licence fee and all you get is bloody repeats. Still, this is worth 15 minutes of your time: BBC Radio 4 Extra (that’s the digital channel that used to be called BBC Radio 7) are repeating my Opening Lines story “The Amazing Arnolfini and His Wife” tomorrow, Thursday November 29th, […]

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Mrs Darcy, Episode Ninety-Nine

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And so we reach the penultimate episode of the story (although there is a rather tantalising epilogue as well) and we find most of the supporting characters in a bit of a pickle. Who will come to their rescue? In other news, I’m recording my Radio Verulam “Tracks of My Life” tomorrow morning. After far […]

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Radio Verulam Interview

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Well, that was fun! I did my first-ever radio interview today, for the very wonderful West Herts Drivetime show on Radio Verulam. I owe this entirely to my chum Mark Clementson, who has been doggedly plugging the Verulam Writers’ Circle in his capacity as Publicity Officer once a month on the show, taking the opportunity […]

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15 Minutes of Fame

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So that’s that, then. “The Amazing Arnolfini” duly disappeared from the iPlayer on Wednesday and is now history. And what a peculiar experience the whole thing was, too, first of all hearing the announcer reading my name and then listening to my own words coming out of a radio. I found it was completely impossible […]

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The Big Day Looms

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So here’s the big question: at a quarter of an hour after 15:30 tomorrow, when “The Amazing Arnolfini and His Wife” finishes, will there be a collective “meh” from several hundred thousand listeners? More importantly, what will everyone I’ve been bleating on about it to think? I’ve tweeted about it, I’ve Facebook’d about it, I’ve […]

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The Radio Times

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Unbelievably, there it is on p127 of next week’s Radio Times (August 14-20). And there’s more on the BBC website, here. This is all getting deeply scary.

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BBC Update

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I think I warned you that I might go on about this a bit. My family are already bored with me saying things like “Hey! I’m going to be in next week’s!” when the Radio Times drops through the letterbox. Anyway, this week’s news is that I have made it as far as the Press […]

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BBC Recording Session

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A week or so ago I had a classic anxiety dream in which I went to the BBC for the recording session and for some unspecified reason the only actor they’d managed to get hold of was a rather useless bloke who couldn’t do an American accent. Not only that, but this unprepossessing individual also […]