Lockdown Reading Recommendations

It's not unusual to find me tucked up in a corner engrossed in a book, but the lockdown situation we currently find ourselves in means the speed at which I'm getting through my kindle library, has rocketed. The best thing is hearing friends who don't normally read much say they're spending more time doing it, and asking what you'd recommend. The only thing better than finishing a really good...

BBC Local Radio #MakeADifference

We're living in strange and difficult times. The coronavirus outbreak has impacted all of us in some way or another. Whether it be changes to how we work, children being at home or finding new ways to interact with friends or family we can't see. One of the changes for me has been that I'm now presenting a programme on BBC Essex 6-10pm across the weekend. It's not a sport show, it's playing...

Eat. Sleep. Write about Netball.

When I'm not working, I'm one of the quarter of a million people playing netball in England. And when I'm not playing it, I like to talk about it, write about it, message my team mates about it. Having already written an article for BBC Sport in 2018 about when we could see netball in the Olympics, I looked further into the increase in men playing the sport. Tap the links and have a read. And if...

Face behind the voice

Gearing up for hosting my own cricket show is exciting and has also involved just as much promo as it has prep work for what we'll be doing every Saturday on the radio. One of the things I got to do was be a part of the Radio Times' 'Face behind the voice' feature. It's an iconic part of the magazine and one that many broadcasters get excited about, so I feel pretty lucky. It was great to chat...

Around the Wicket

Having presented three episodes of the 2018 season of 'Around the Wicket' on BBC Essex, it's a huge honour to have been given the show on a permanent basis. I love cricket- I've watched it from a very young age and it's a massive part of family life so to be able to talk about it on the radio for 12 weeks of the year, is a dream. It's also means a lot of show promo which I'm not used to - as...

An Australian Adventure

I'm already planning my next trip... I've always wanted to go down under. Watching the cricket, it always felt like a vague dream that one day I'd save up and go. I think the thing that really brought it to life for me was reading Paige Toon's books (check out my previous post on visiting places from my favourite books here.) The first Paige Toon book I read was Chasing Daisy. I picked it up in...

I Heart New York

I finally got to wake up in the city that never sleeps... It's strange visiting New York for the first time. It feels like I know it so well, seeing it so often in films, on TV, the iconic landmarks. But at the same time, it still felt new and alien in the most wonderful way. Whilst visiting, I got to take a walk around central park, take in the view from the Empire State building, visit the...

Behind the scenes at Essex…

Ah. The Summer of 2018. The sun shone, Gareth Southgate got us all falling in love with England at a major tournament again (so near, but yet so far) and I made my presenting debut on BBC Essex. It was a pleasure to stand in and present 'Around the Wicket' on a Saturday afternoon, and in the process get to go behind the scenes at Essex.