International Women’s Day

My Grandmother has had an enormous influence on my outlook on life.

Here’s a little bit of her story; from starting school, to discovering a love for learning and working hard towards gaining a scholarship to study medicine at Cardiff University.

She’s 93 but still sharp as a tack.

You can listen in sections on Twitter with a bit of extra context, or to the whole thing here:

Factor Two E5: Sally Can Wait

The Checklist

Creating a podcast can be a bit of a headache at times. Even if what you want to do seems simple at first glance, the logistics can get a bit hairy very quickly. I struggle to keep tabs on everything I’m doing at any given time, so to help I need to keep a checklist so that I can rest easy that the tasks have been done.

You can download the Podcast Episode Checklist to help if you have the same issue.

In creating any media there’s only so much headspace I want to devote to the admin side. I’m already busy thinking about how to make each piece as exciting as I can, so anything that can save me some thinking time on other tasks is welcome!

If you like the list and would like an interactive copy which links a spreadsheet into the document so that you can store the information for multiple episodes, please follow me on Twitter. You’ll receive an automatic reply with a link to the files which you can then add to your own GoogleDrive.


I’ve been inspired by a multitude of different stories and styles over the years. Here are a  few of my favourites:

  • The Man Who Drew Cats, by Michael Marshall Smith. I love this story for the way it evokes simple characters.
  • The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar, by Roald Dahl. As a child I was fascinated by the idea that if I concentrated hard enough I could achieve anything.
  • The Problem We All Live With, one of the This American Life episodes that got me hooked. This is a really powerful report on institutional racism in the US education system – I’ve long wondered what a similar story would look like in the UK.
  • A Red Dot, from Love & Radio. A report following an unusual advocate, dealt with in a very open way.