Broadsheet journalist, interviewer, copywriter, radio documentary maker, arts critic, events host, prize judge, lecturer, voiceover artist, press kit supremo, professional Welsh woman, romantic, geek. Writing regularly published in the Observer, Guardian, New Statesman, The Pool, Radio Times, Financial Times, Countryfile, Caught By The River, Hole & Corner, contract magazines (Bookmark, Escape), and more.
Mammoth feature on Threads, When The Wind Blows, the Protect and Survive public information films and more, plus book reviews, for the New Statesman
Scripts for Jarvis Cocker, narrator of the Southbank Centre ABBA exhibition, Super Troupers
Doorstepping, a week-long Radio 4 series about what homes means to us in 2017, available now on iPlayer
“a very moving listen” – David Hepworth, The Guardian
“a voice of its own” – Gillian Reynolds, The Daily Telegraph
“deeply emotional… a poetic voyage of discovery” – Nuala McCann, Irish Times
Career-long My Songbook interviews with Mavis Staples and Robert Plant, features on Alice Coltrane and ABBA, Marianne Faithfull on Anita Pallenberg, plus live and music reviews for the Observer New Review and The Guardian
Life Of A Song features on Wuthering Heights and Golden Slumbers for the Financial Times
Live interviews with Shirley Collins at the Green Man Festival in Wales, bestselling beauty writer Sali Hughes in Waterstones, Cardiff, and author Laura Barnett with musician Kathryn Williams in London at the Green Note, London
Radio Times cover story with Paul Merton
Over The Border column about moving to the Welsh Borders for Caught By The River
New Order live at the Manchester International Festival for The Quietus
Cover story interviews include Paul McCartney (Q), Adele (The Gentlewoman), Claire Danes (Marie Claire), Rosamund Pike (In-Style), Robert Plant, Paul Weller (The Word), Ellie Goulding (Cosmopolitan) and Zoe Ball (Red). Other substantial interviews include Helen Mirren (The Daily Telegraph),Shirley Collins (Sunday Times Culture), Louise Mensch, Aaron Taylor-Johnson (The Times Saturday Review), Björk, Kylie Minogue, Pet Shop Boys, the xx (New Statesman), Michael Stipe, Damon Albarn, Noel Gallagher (The Quietus), Justin Timberlake (Elle), Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kerry Washington, Helen McCrory (Marie Claire), Dolly Parton (Stool Pigeon), Tony Bennett, Tony Benn, Lily Allen, Joan Baez, Arcade Fire (The Word).
Currently judge of the Nordic Music Prize. Judge of the Mercury Music Prize for six years, and the Scottish SAY Album of the Year Award, the Welsh Music Prize and the Penderyn Book Prize. Also regular TV/radio pundit for BBC2 & BBC4 (including The Joy Of ABBA, The Joy of Easy Listening, When Pop Went Epic: The Crazy World of the Concept Album), ITV (Dispatches), Channel 4 (The Story of Adele) Radio 4, 5Live, 6 Music and Radio Wales.