Paying Tribute to Trees

I’ve been inspired by the Forestry Commission’s ongoing celebration of their centenary to join in the nationwide ‘Tribute to Trees‘ and pen a poem about the healing nature of woodland. We have so many beautiful spots here in Northumberland and I’m often to be found treading through leaves and talking to trees! Woods are so therapeutic. In […]

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Audio Book album covers for Bertie the Guinea Pig stories

Bertie Guinea Pig Audio Books

Bertie’s guinea pig stories have grown in to quite a collection in his app and I’m delighted that all twelve of his tales are now also available as audio books too! I’ve just added Volume 3 to the audio book collection, available to buy on Sellfy.com Bertie’s final volume includes the last four squeaky guinea […]

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Voice tips – the essential warm up

Warming up your voice before any recording session or performance is extremely important. If you don’t warm up properly your vocal chords can become strained and over-worked and your voice will become dry and soon sound croaky. Make sure you ease your voice in to its work gently! I’ve been broadcasting and voicing scripts for […]

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Audiobook collection grows

I’m thrilled to see the second volume of my guinea pig tales now online as audio book downloads. Bertie’s stories continue to go from strength to strength and the second volume of audio books is a great addition to his collection. In this volume, Santa has a problem, can Bertie help? Little Amy guinea pig […]

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Benchmark

I was delighted to be involved with local writer Rachel Cochrane’s moving radio play Benchmark, recorded earlier this year. Inspired by the ‘In Loving Memory’ plaques found on park benches, it tells the story of a young single mum and the ghost of a prim spinster. They find that they have more in common than they realised. […]

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Nightmare in Suburbia

I’ve been working with  Nine Lives Media and Flix Facilities  in Manchester for the last few months, narrating series 5 of Nightmare in Suburbia. This is the second series of the crime docudrama I’ve narrated for crime channel Ci. Nightmare in Suburbia is a hard hitting series based on real-life, shocking, crimes. It airs on the Crime […]

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New audiobook collection

Bertie’s books are now available in a new format! I’m very proud to announce the first volume of Bertie guinea pig audiobooks is now on sale. I’ve remastered the original app talking books, adding extra squeaks and sound effects to bring his stories to life in audiobook  form. I’m often asked how else people can […]

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World War One Poetry

I’ve been proud to support local writer Rachel Cochrane with her latest creative writing project, Objects from World War 1 inspire stories and poetry. Her poems are featured in an exhibition at Durham Light Infantry musuem this month. I read her poem,  Butcher’s Lad Billy,  inspired by a Sweetheart Pincushion – typically made by soldiers recuperating in […]

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Storytime video

I’ve just finished working on a new promotional video for The Story Mouse, presenting a Storytime version of “Bertie and the Big Squeak” which is now live on YouTube. Bertie’s app is currently only available on apple handheld devices so this was a great way to introduce him to a wider audience and I got […]

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Bertie’s ABC

The Story Mouse have created their first ever educational app – with Bertie guinea pig at the helm! Bertie’s ABC is packed full of fun and aimed at young learners who are just starting to recognise and learn letters and sounds. It uses picture cards and audio to help the child learn shapes and sounds. There’s […]

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