Diary

Discover more about my recent work, in brief:


Ongoing




Playing the role of Miss Isabel Graham in 'Home Front' - Radio 4's landmark commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Great War broadcasting from the 4th August 2014, 100 years to the day Britain declared war on Germany and continuing to unfold throughout the years the country was at war.

BBC website of Home Front


2018



Home Front Season 13 has begun recording in studio.  We are back in Folkestone and sexuality and the war comes to the forefront as the United Kingdom drags itself tragically towards a fourth year of the conflict storyled by Sarah Daniels.



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Worked on the voiceover for Guerilla Filmworx 'Song of the Mutant Super Boars' an animation short directed by Monty Marsh, an indie filmaker who was chosen to participate in Motionpoems Season 8: 'Dear Mr. President.' :

Every year Motionpoems connects poets and filmmakers, and helps them make motion poems (short films) that speak on the theme of each season. My film addresses the radioactive boars in Fukushima, and draws direct parallels to the radioactive boars (our politicians) in Washington, DC.


A very thought-provoking, clever parallel and very interesting job to work on.


2017


Recording of the twelfth and final season of Home Front based in Tynemouth has completed and was broadcast between November 2017 and January 2018 on Radio 4.  But you haven't missed anything as all past episodes are available on the BBC website of Home Front



The storyline was led by Shaun McKenna and women's football, workers' rights, injured servicemen returning and a subtitle 'Giddy with Possibility' means a rollercoaster of emotions as the season plays out.  The lives and loves of the Grahams are as complicated as ever.


Voiceover website


Having launched my voiceover profile on voices.com and voice123 in June, I have now recorded and produced my first jobs as a professional voiceover for clients in the USA and Sweden.

Voiceover website





On the first day of June I finished recording Miss Isabel's part in the beautifully structured Season 11 of Home Front - 'Trauma & Mental Health' story led by Katie Hims, just before the final week of Season 10 'The Church & War' is broadcast on Radio 4. (BBC website of Home Front)

And if you missed it, the special feature-length drama 'The Lightening' written by Sarah Daniels to commemorate the dramatic events of 25th May 1917 in Folkestone is available to listen to on iplayer: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08mjsvj. It is one of the most evocative pieces of radio you will hear. And a true testament to Sarah, the cast and production team for bringing the horrors of war and terror so vividly to life using only the medium of sound. Radio drama at its absolute best.

A number of us from the production team and cast were fortunate enough to be able to travel to Folkestone to listen to the broadcast live, with the sound of real seagulls in our ears and a Mediterranean blue sky shining overhead.  Coincidentally, the very same weather that Folkestone enjoyed on that dreadful day in 1917, when the first Gotha bombing raid hit home soil. And attend a very moving memorial service and unveiling of a plaque to commemorate all those who lost their lives - ranging from a few months in age to eighty years. It was a day I will never forget.


In April, I filmed the role of the mum in Scott Piggott's short 'Buzz Brightly Presents' on location in Cheltenham working with a great crew from University of Gloucester. We have such good training for film production in this country and it's a pleasure to work with lots of young women and men in the crew at the start of their careers.




Home Front

In February we finished recording Season Ten of Home Front which will be broadcast on Radio 4 from Monday 17th April, entitled 'The Church & War'.

Story-led by Sarah Daniels, it sees evermore dramatic events befall the beloved residents of Folkestone in 1917.  There is some truly beautiful choral singing and Isabel gets some of the credit as conductor!  I adore my character...


2016


A Wish Made of Glass | Ashlee Willis
Over Christmas, I was fortunate to be working on a lovely fairytale novella 'A Wish Made Of Glass', beautifully written by Ashlee Willis.

Taking inspiration from Cinderella and giving it her own magically-worded twist, Ashlee has created a wise, new tale for young people the world over and suitable for all ages.

As her publisher writes:
Deep in a forest glade, the fey folk dance with a young human child. Their kinship is the fabric of Isidore's childhood. But when her mother dies and her world darkens with sorrow, Isidore finds her belief in the fey folk wavering...




Vampire Hollows: Kiera Hudson, Series 1, Book 6 | Tim O'Rourke

Vampire Hollows by Tim O'Rourke has been released and is the last audiobook in Series One of the Kiera Hudson adventures as we finally discover who is behind the mask of death and destruction caused by the mastermind of it all - Elias Munn.



Home Front
Season Nine of Radio 4's Home Front sees the action move back to Tynemouth and after more than two years of being at war, life at home is turning darker, supicious and more tragic than ever.  The first episode is broadcast on Monday 12th December and the season runs until Friday 3rd February 2017.



Wolf House: Kiera Hudson Series One, Book 5 | Tim O'Rourke

Potter, the wise-cracking, chain-smoking yet loveable sidekick in the Kiera Hudson adventures gets his own audiobook story with Wolf House by Tim O'Rourke.



Home Front
The eighth season of Radio 4's Home Front broadcasts from Monday 8th August.  Delving into the murky world of wartime espionage and propaganda, it is possibly the most heart-breaking season yet as all the characters struggle to deal with the impact of being at war for two years and the inevitabilities that that brings.



Filmed a Short directed by Sara Gatland on location in Salisbury, currently on the prestigious film-making course at Bournemouth University. Entitled 'Nine Confessions' it's a light-hearted irreverent comedy set in a confessional.



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'Franklin's Brain' - an atmospheric short I was lucky to play a very small part in, filmed in the Forest of Dean late last summer has now been completed.  Funded thanks to the Crowdfunder site & Creative England, it is part of the BFI ishorts initiative.

Set in the 2090's, reclusive Tom lives and works alone on a small sewage plant in the West Country. His only companion, Franklin, is a box containing the thoughts and memories of a man born in the 1990s. Obsessed by the mystery of his own death, Franklin asks Tom to visit his grave where the clue to his death may lie.

The themes in the film explore the desperate search for meaning in our lives and how we struggle to let go of the past. The film revolves around the codependent relationship of the two main characters, both hopelessly afraid to move on.




Vampire Breed: Kiera Hudson Series One, Book 4 | Tim O'Rourke

The audiobook of Vampire Breed by Tim O'Rourke has now been released. The fourth installment of Kiera Hudson's first series picks up with the heroine imprisoned and seemingly alone, addicted to the 'red stuff' and with little chance of escape.



Home Front
Recorded Season Seven of Radio 4's Home Front entitled Conscription and Objection  and shifts the drama to Devon.  It will be broadcast from 4th April.


2015

Vampire Hunt: Kiera Hudson Series One, Book 3 | Tim O'Rourke

The audiobook of Vampire Hunt by Tim O'Rourke is now available.

The third book in the Kiera Hudson fantasy series begins immediately after the devastating events of 'Vampire Wake'.



Recorded Season Six of Radio 4's Home Front which will bring the focus onto Nursing & Casualties and will be broadcast from Monday 21 December 2015.



Crocodile

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The short 'Crocodile' by Matt Harris-Freeth and xFilm Productions is now released and won Best Drama Micro Short at the Lionshead Film Festival in Dallas, Texas and was chosen for the Aesthetica Short Film Festival & Plymouth Film Festival 2015.

 

Filmed the role of Della the puppeteer in Bargus' first feature film Metatron in picturesque Bruton, Somerset.

 


Vampire Wake: Kiera Hudson, Series 1, Book 2 | Tim O'Rourke

Finished narration of the second book in Tim O'Rourke's popular YA horror fantasy series featuring Kiera Hudson, entitled Vampire Wake which picks up on her story after the life-changing events in 'Vampire Shift'.


Have filmed a role in 'Franklin's Brain' one of this year's BFI ishorts films for Scott Quinn and Liam Hobbs in the Forest of Dean.

 

Finished narrating Kyra Lennon's 'Game On', the first book of five intertwining modern romance novels revolving around an American soccer team's entanglements.


Took part in the Sci Fi London 48-hour Challenge thanks to Matt Harris-Freeth and his Team Robot Dinosaur. The finished film is on vimeo: 'The Place Of My Birth'


2014

Narrated the first book in the popular YA horror fantasy series featuring Kiera Hudson, entitled Vampire Shift

Kiera Hudson also has her very own website at:www.kierahudson.com


Filmed The Tenth Muse with Bargus which won the Salisbury 48-hour Shoot Out competition 2014.
Bargus website


Filmed the short 'Crocodile' by Matt Harris-Freeth in Bristol with xFilm Productions.
xFilm website


Began recording the unique role of Miss Isabel Graham in BBC Radio 4's landmark commemorative radio drama of the Great War - Home Front under the direction of Jessica Dromgoole and Lucy Collingwood.


Completed my narration of Kyra Lennon's If I Let You Go - a smart, sweet romance novel audiobook. Kyra is fast-becoming a top new name in romance novels.
Kyra Lennon's website


2013

Finished writing my first stage play based on experiences in a spinal unit as a teenager. As it involves a 'cast of thousands', numerous hospital beds, equipment and uniforms and opens with an upside down suspension scene, it's probably going to have to be The National or bust...


2012

Improvised & edited my first short film.

Entitled: The Boss (a modern horror story) it's on my YouTube channel.

Click HERE to view the short