The old Canada Post mailboxes of Denman Island may be gone, but they’re not forgotten. Watch my most recent photofilm, ‘Seeing Green – A Denman Love Letter’, here.
My feature documentary ‘Ahousaht: Story of a Skatepark’ aired recently on CBC1’s Unreserved. This was an incredibly fulfilling piece to make – it’s my first piece for Canadian radio and the CBC, and a wonderfully positive and uplifting story to boot. I also received fantastically supportive mentoring from Iris Yudai, Executive Producer of Unreserved, via the brilliant Doc Project. Listen online here, or even better, subscribe to the Unreserved podcast for your weekly dose of Indigenous community, culture and conversation.
I am beyond thrilled to be currently producing my first radio documentary for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation! The finished doc will air on CBC1’s Unreserved, the radio space for Indigenous community, culture and conversation. And that’s not all – I was also lucky enough to be selected for CBC’s Doc Project Mentorship Program, which pairs veteran producers with emerging talent, and airs the resulting documentary on the CBC1 show, The Doc Project. My mentor is the editor of Unreserved, Iris Yudai, who has over 20 years experience at CBC, and who I am enjoying working with immensely. Read all about me and my fellow mentees and our forthcoming documentaries here.
I’ve recently started a new project, ‘The Isle is Full of Noises’, a rolling collection of my field recordings from Vancouver Island and it’s surroundings – short, simple and evocative sounds that aurally capture the magic of this beautiful place I call home. Enjoy!
The last BBC programme I worked on before moving to Canada has finally been broadcast! It’s an episode of the long-running, award-winning Radio 4 series The Reunion, which reunites a group of people intimately involved in a moment of modern history – which in this edition is the opening of Tate Modern, Britain’s first national museum of modern art. I started researching and assembling the archive materials for this Reunion way back in 2014, so it was a real pleasure to hear some of those clips again in the finished programme. But my favourite moment came during one of the group discussions, when Tate Director Nick Serota recalled the Queen’s question to him on entering the Rothko Room for the first time: “Is this man into Zen?”
Hello and long time no see! Yes, it’s been a little quiet here for the last couple of years (!), mainly due to my moving to Canada in March 2015 and taking a little hiatus from journalism. However, I am over the moon to report that that hiatus is now more or less over – more details will be coming soon, but until then, here is my brand spanking new business card – available for commissions and collaborations, teaching and trades! And for your listening pleasure, here are my 2015 and 2016 entries into KCRW’s fabulous annual Race Race, a hugely fun 24-hour radio challenge.
Earlier this year I was incredibly excited to learn of a new magazine, The Cleaver Quarterly, to be dedicated entirely to Chinese food. Having devoured the beautiful first edition, I approached the editors Lily, Jonathan and Iain, with an idea that has been rolling around in a head for many years – an exploration of that great British institution, the Chinese takeaway. To my delight, Team Cleaver said yes! My finished article and photographs appear in the second issue, which has just been published.
Tape-syncs are always fun, but they’re especially fun when a) they’re for one of the best radio shows on the planet, b) they’re in Cambridge, and c) they’re an interview with the cousin of Ali G. You can hear my recording of the incredibly interesting and eloquent Professor Simon Baron-Cohen in this wonderful edition of WNYC’s Radiolab from 20’19”.
About a year ago I was thrilled to be invited to work as China Consultant at the development stage of ‘Scared Rivers’, a major 3-part BBC2 series presented by Simon Reeve. The series was eventually commissioned, and all three episodes have recently been broadcast. The Yangtze episode, with which I was most involved, can be watched here, and the whole series here.