Category Archives: Radio

Book of the Week – Philip Glass memoir

Beginning today, 27 April, another Book of the Week abridgement – and, following on from December’s Schubert-themed series, another book about music and musicians. This time, the unique master of minimalism, Philip Glass. It’s a big, wide-ranging book, part memoir, … Continue reading >;/span>

Ian Bostridge Book of the Week abridgement

Very excited to have been asked to abridge Ian Bostridge’s forthcoming book, Schubert’s Winter Journey, for Radio 4’s Book of the Week slot. Subtitled “Anatomy of an Obsession”, this is an exploration of Schubert’s song-cycle Winterreise by one of it’s … Continue reading >;/span>

The Land Where Lemons Grow – Radio 4 Book of the Week

Who knew that the Mafia was so interested in lemon growing, or that limes are not nearly so effective for combatting scurvy as lemons, or that one oddly-shaped citron is known as a “Buddha’s hand”? I’m busy adapting The Land … Continue reading >;/span>

Deep Sea and Foreign Going ‘Book of the Week’

Have just finished abridging Deep Sea and Foreign Going by Rose George for Radio 4’s ‘Book of the Week’ slot. Broadcasting week beginning 9 September 2013. One of those books that, in honesty, I probably wouldn’t pick up in a … Continue reading >;/span>

The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas for R4 Extra

With our new DVD making an initial favourable impression with the client, it’s now straight on to new projects. An abridgement for The 4, o’clock show (BBC R4 Extra) of David Almond’s delightful novel for younger readers (and their parents!), … Continue reading >;/span>

Looking for Mrs Livingstone – new Radio 4 Book of the Week

Have just completed a new abridgment for Radio 4 –  Looking for Mrs Livingstone by Scottish journalist Julie Davidson. It’s the story of David Livingstone’s wife, Mary – the first white woman to cross the Kalahari (twice, and both times … Continue reading >;/span>

A Greyhound of a Girl abridged for radio

That’s the sent button hit on the completed abridgement of Roddy Doyle’s A Greyhound of a Girl – about “the sort of ghost every child should have in their lives”. The five episodes will go out on Radio 4 Extra … Continue reading >;/span>

Roddy Doyle abridgement for BBC

It may appear that I’ve gone to ground since May – but no. It has been a busy summer and it’s not letting up – which is all good. I completed a re-write of a radio play; am working on … Continue reading >;/span>

New audio production page

Have just added a new page to the website, highlighting the option of audio press releases for organisations. Examples available for download.

Church of Scotland Moderator Easter interview

I’ve just distributed the Church of Scotland Moderator’s Easter Message to Independent Local Radio stations (ILR) across Scotland. (Download here as an MP3 file.) With just one email, it’s possible to reach thousands of listeners across the country, courtesy of … Continue reading >;/span>

Finding Transwonderland on Radio 4

My BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week abridgement, Finding Transwonderland by Noo Saro-Wiwa, will be broadcast in the first week of 2012: 2nd – 6th January.

A good week for Singing the Faith Plus

It’s a good week when you finish a piece of work for the BBC and learn that the stats  on the website you edit “are fab”. Really – it doesn’t take much to make a home-worker cheery.

Saro-Wiwa Book of the Week

A new Radio 4 book abridgement – Looking for Transwonderland by Noo Saro-Wiwa. It’s great to be so busy at the moment

Venetian Navigators – BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week

My abridgement of Venetian Navigators by Andrea di Robilant began on Radio 4 this morning. Produced by Kirsteen Cameron, whose choice of music and reader (Sam Dale) has added to the episodes a good deal of atmosphere. It was a … Continue reading >;/span>

New year, new work

Almost the end of January already. Most of the snow and ice is away (but never say never) and dog walks have resumed normal service. The start of the year has been a little quieter, though has offered time for … Continue reading >;/span>

Discovering the origins of Scotland – on BBC Radio 4

A new Radio 4 abridgement has come onto the schedule for July: Stuart Kelly’s Scott-land: the man who invented a nation. He ranges far and wide, which should make editing a suitable audio selection a pleasurable challenge!

Variety is the spice of life

The last few days have been spent shifting back and forth between projects: planning ahead for future MHA publications (just about to enter a third contract with them) and also into the next production cycle for Momentum (Momentum 14 now … Continue reading >;/span>

Schindler and Exceeding Expectations

A couple of follow-ups from previous entries. Back in October 2008, my abridgement of Thomas Keneally’s Searching for Schindler went out on Radio 4. I notice on Amazon one listener’s response to the broadcast (“immediately caught my imagination and curiosity…”). Also … Continue reading >;/span>

Out and about at the Edinburgh Fringe

Back from a stimulating discussion hosted by Playwrights’ Studio Scotland on the pros and cons of adapting novels into stage productions. Something of a jump from abridging books for radio – but maybe not a bridge too far?

Back to the microphone

The Church of Scotland General Assembly is drawing near – and a week of audio production for the web and Independent Local Radio.Also edited a radio interview this week for the Scotland’s Churches Scheme, to be distributed to ILRs throughout Scotland.