I have delivered audio for a range of corporate clients, including the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung highlighting workers’ conditions building infrastructure for the Qatar World Cup; podcast narration for We Work Europe (the European Centre for Workers’ Questions); the Starmind artificial intelligence training programme for Deloitte; the NobleProg remote working software; an e-learning project on GDPR; and the Doctorlink medical appointment booking app.
FICTION — The Condemned Oak Tree, a contemplative and mysterious novel by Ada Rossi for Butterdragons Publishing, which tells the story of a woman’s decision to bury her husband on her allotment and the far-reaching consequences of this, revealing key turning points in her family’s history over four generations, and all tied to the changing of the seasons and nature’s journey on an allotment plot. Now available on Audible and other e-book services.
Spring at the Stables on Muddypuddle Lane, by Etti Summers, a gentle and heartwarming romance set in a country village, part of the A Year at the Stables on Muddypuddle Lane series, came out in Spring 2022, with grumpy stables manager Petra Kelly forced to lighten up when she meets cheerful new farrier Harry. The next installment, Summer at the Stables, in which two single parents are drawn together by their daughters’ love of riding, then clash over child-rearing styles, came out in July 2022. Autumn sees romance bloom between Tim, the new village vet, and stable hand Charity, but confusion reigns as Tim mistakes her for her twin. Then, as Winter sets in, widowed Megan takes up riding again, and finds herself drawn to the monosyllabic farm hand Nathan as they ride out on snowy hills.
The Lake Palace, by Ann Bennett, an historical novel set in British India during the Burma Campaign in World War II. In 2021, I narrated Ann’s companion novel The Lake Pavilion, which tells the stories of two women connected by damaging secrets from wartime England and British India in the 1930s. This was produced by Morrison Ellis and is available on Audible.
When Darkness Falls, a psychological thriller by Kathleen Harryman, which is now on Audible. The story is set in York, England, and told from the point of view of a twisted and sadistic killer, also featuring a tight-knit group of female friends living in the town and fearing for their safety as the killings increase. The sequel, Darkness Rising, is set to follow in 2022.
The Errant Hours, by author and poet Kate Innes, a well-researched and fast-paced historical novel packed with period details that take your imagination back to medieval times in the Welsh borders of England. It tells the story of a young girl who is left in charge of a rare and valuable book, and her struggle to seek protection for herself and it, in a male-dominated and often violent world. Available on Audible, where it has been getting five-star reviews. See Kate and myself discussing the book here.
NON-FICTION — The Healing Power of Crystals: How to use crystals to better your life by Christina Elis, available on Audible. This is a well-considered introduction to the potential soothing effects of different crystals or stones in our busy and stressful lives, with a focus on colours, meditation and listening to your own intuition, while acknowledging the importance of belief for such methods to work, and on the value of modern medicine when serious ailments require medical attention.
The Drug Discovery and Development Cycle: A concise overview of the key steps from concept to launch by senior bioanalytical scientist Kabir Hussain, available on Audible. At a time when new and important vaccines have been developed to cope with the Covid-19 crisis, this book gives an overview of what happens in the development process of a new drug, from the stage of identifying a disease to treat, through trials, regulatory approval, packaging and marketing, and on to sale and beyond.
I voiced the part of a long-buried south London garden, created in the 17th century by John Evelyn, which is indignant at being dug over by property developers, for playwrite Jack Lowerson’s radio play London’s Lost Garden:
I voiced Dina Kimovna, a woman from the little-known Evenki indigenous group in Siberia, for the Maria audio documentary by Irene Carter. This was commissioned by the Institute of Contemporary Arts’ New Creatives programme, supported by BBC Arts and the Arts Council, and is now available on BBC 6 Music’s Introducing Arts programme hosted by Gemma Cairney. The audio documentary examines the life of social anthropologist and professor Maria Czaplicka.
For a Royal College of Art-led virtual reality game, The Soloist, I played AI-style narrator, Suzanne. The project explored the topic of introversion and a young person’s struggle to persuade themselves to get out and mix with others. Watch a short clip here.
I voiced the audio version of the Richmond First World War Stories project, including VocalEyes audio descriptions of paintings by illustrator Chris King, displayed at Orleans House Gallery in Twickenham.
Do get in touch and I look forward to the opportunity to help bring your story to life!