July 9, 2019

We're familiar with the Houston/ Apollo comms, that iconic beep. But when Apollo 11 was out of contact with Earth a tape recorder was switched on. On these candid 'onboard' tapes we hear the crew giving human responses an out-of-this-world experience.

December 28, 2018

'Ropewalk House' is all about opening doors that should stay shut, walls that move and impossible architecture. It was an ambitious record but we all got out alive!

November 1, 2018

How do you make a listening experience that's as good or better than reading the book? The key is finding the drama.

June 13, 2018

Representing real people in drama requires a real duty of care, particularly it the subject is alive or has been within living memory. As you write their story, beware the different shades of truth and belief.

June 13, 2018

The novel is not just an alternative history of America, but also of its music. As the map has a Shadow-highway, so music has its Shadow-playlist of the multi-faceted multicultural voices that make up the country.

November 29, 2017

Historic Royal Palaces have launched the Outliers podcast series: tales from the edge of history. My tale is about The Tower of London Menagerie under George IV, and mystery Keeper Alfred Cops. How do you balance accuracy and drama when rewriting history?

October 28, 2017

BBC Radio 4 has established Frightnight as an annual Halloween event. But can Radio be as scary as a film or book? Consider the five storytelling tricks that scare us.

September 16, 2017

If you're a writer or audience-member interested in new writing, this page links you to the best of that world.

September 10, 2017

How can you write outside your gender, class, age-experience, ethnicity, nationality, or time? What if the subject is biographical or technical? How can you write about the struggles of others? Do you have the right? And what if you get it wrong?