Young Adult Fiction Podcast goes Live

I was really pleased to be asked by Emily Dodd to take part in a YA Podcast being run by teenagers at Leith Library. Some great questions – I hope you’ll take a listen, and do feel free to share…

Leith Library

Ishbel, Sadie, Bethany and Stephen have been on a four week podcasting course at the library:


Last night we launched their finished podcast at a celebration event with friends, family, local councillors and literary types. There was a harp player and canopes and we all enjoyed listening to a preview of their brilliant podcast.

UPDATE: See photos of the event from Literary Paparazzi Chis Scott here.

Their podcast includes:

  • an interview with award winning author Keith Gray
  • a reading and interview with up and coming author Roy Gill (his first book is set in Edinburgh!)
  • a book review of a new trilogy from Black and White Publishing (Jack Shian)
  • tips on writing and inspiration for reading

Listen to the podcast on Soundcloud here

Their workshops included a tour of the sonic lodge recording studio over the road:


I enjoyed running the workshops with the teenagers and was so impressed…

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The Recording of Dorian Gray

My debut post for the “Author Allsorts” is all about the recording of my first script…


It’s April 28 2013, and I’m both excited and a little nervous to be heading to a recording studio in London to see the making of my first script: a Halloween special for the audio drama series The Confessions of Dorian Gray.
As I arrive, the actors are gathering in the green room, drinking tea and chatting. Scott Handcock, the producer/director and series creator, welcomes everybody. Some have worked together before – on production company Big Finish’s other series, such as their long-running Doctor Who range. Everyone is friendly, and lead actor Alexander Vlahos (perhaps best known as Mordred in the BBC’s Merlin) takes the time to say nice things about my episode, which puts me at ease.


Recording starts swiftly. The play is a mixture of dramatised scenes, and narration in which Dorian ‘confesses’ his latest murky adventure in the realm of the supernatural. The first scene…

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