I am a writer, journalist and radio producer living in North Lancashire. I started off in newspapers before moving to BBC Radio. My broadcast career has taken me from Radio 4’s ‘Today’ programme and ‘World at One’ to ‘Stop Press’ and the documentary strand ‘File on 4’. I’ve also presented ‘The Report’ and ‘Profile’. Hear me here.
Over the years I have produced news and feature programmes for BBC Radio 4 but more recently I’ve made a history documentary on The Accrington Pals with Lyse Doucet and produced editions of ‘The Essay’ for BBC Radio 3 about Art in the countries of the far north.
These days I also write and publish history books. In 2014 came ‘Leighton Moss: From Ice Age to Present Day’ which charts the history of the 400 acre North Lancashire wetland, now home to an RSPB nature reserve attracting more than 100,000 visitors every year.
This year I’m publishing a new edition of ‘A History of Warton Parish’ – an early eighteenth century account of life in rural north Lancashire written by schoolmaster John Lucas. And there’s another book on the way!