I am often invited to speak to people about my work as a ghostwriter, editor and memoir mentor. On this page I will share podcasts, discussions and events that I have taken part in.
I am also a professional interviewer and attend literary festivals, book launches and other events where I interview some extremely interesting people in a variety of professions. I will be sharing these events, when I can, through a variety of mediums such as audio, video and written transcript.
I have twice interviewed Vanessa Nicolson author of Have You Been Good and The Truth Game at the Whitstable Literary Festival. Vanessa’s incredible honesty and willingness to be vulnerable makes her one of my favourite people to interview. She is the granddaughter of Vita Sackville-West and in my opinion, a truly great memoirist. The transcript and audio from our conversation at WhitLit 2017 will be appearing soon.
On November 23, 2017, I will be interviewing Liz Wilson, owner at Eclectica Vintage, at London’s Fashion and Textile Museum. We’ll be talking about vintage costume jewellery and Liz’s extraordinary life at the forefront of this sparkling world. More on the event here.
Also in November I’ll be at Whitstable’s Harbour Books interviewing Stephen Harris, chef and owner of The Sportsman, Whitstable’s famous pub about his beautiful cookbook called, of course, The Sportsman. The book tells the story of the The Sportsman’s transformation from “sticky carpet boozer” into an “internationally acclaimed restaurant serving innovative regional cuisine and a cult following around the world”. It also tells the story of Harris’ own transformation from financial advisor to self-taught cook and includes 50 of the restaurant’s classic dishes.
Food lovers like me will know that you have to book well in advance to eat at The Sportsman so it’s just a little ironic that I was due to eat there the very evening of this event for my husband and my mother’s birthdays! That I gave up my reservation just goes to show that as greedy as I am (so good is the Sportsman food that I ate my last meal there with my eyes closed virtually throughout), I love hearing people’s stories more.