Here, you will find a diverse collection of my professional work, including examples of my writing, podcasting, project management, and training and facilitation skills. Whether you’re looking to learn more about my experience in a specific area or simply want to get a sense of the range of my abilities, I hope you’ll find something here that interests you. Thanks for visiting!
Homeless to hostel to home: An interview with Dan Campbell
“These days I have a lot more to lose.”
I’m slightly apprehensive as I wait outside for Dan to meet me. I’ve known him since we were 13 years old, having gone to the same high school. Our relationship was always cordial, although I know I was never as kind to him as I could have been. We fell out of contact at 16 after finishing our GCSEs, and it was only due to a chance encounter at a house party that we started talking again. It transpires that our lives went down wildly different paths, starting from the very day we finished our last exam in 2010. While I went home and debated which notes to keep or burn, Dan was kicked out onto the streets.
This was a feature I wrote after meeting Dan Campbell at a party. We had previously gone to school together, and fell out of contact after GCSEs, and he told me that he was made homeless after his final exam. His story was a fascinating insight into how quickly things can turn for an individual, and the hidden homelessness that exists. The feature was written from nearly 2 hours of recordings.
Creative artist interviews from the team at Voice.
This podcast was set up during the pandemic as a new way to connect with Voice’s audience. I frequently work on the show as editor, taking the audio from various sources and tidying it up to work in a podcast format.
Working with nine Arts Council England Bridge Organisations, I oversaw the delivery of this project, including scheduling recording of 32 arts organisations across England, the tight editing turnaround deadline, and the creation of wraparound assets.
I coordinate Voice’s annual coverage of Edinburgh Fringe. This includes arranging 150+ interviews with artists, and then managing the transport, accommodation and tickets, and reviews of six young people we take up to review 150+ shows over the space of a week.
Voice is the official Youth Media Partner of Brighton Fringe, and as editor I oversee the planning and delivery of our coverage every year, including recruiting local reviewers and interviewing artists. I also oversee adjudication of our Brighton Fringe Newcomer Award.
I’ve developed a range of training workshops aimed at young people wanting to get started in the media. These include writing reviews, features, and columns, and interviewing techniques. I’ve also delivered workshops on incorporating youth voice into professional practice.
I’ve delivered a number of workshops at Mozilla Festival, including ‘Exploring the Impact of Artificial Intelligence‘, ‘Young and opinionated? How to thrive as a commentator in an era of fake news’, and the panel discussion ‘Is technology holding journalism hostage?‘.
The Kickstart Scheme was a government funded programme to get young people at risk of long-term unemployment into high quality placements. I oversaw 24 young people in editorial roles to build their portfolios and supported them to decide their next career move.
Working at Voice Magazine I have directly supported more than 50 young people to develop their writing and media skills by joining our network of Voice Contributors. I offer mentoring, editing, and direct skills development through workshops and training days.