In 2019, through the creation of my communal website Life Continues After and an attendance to a podcasting festival, I was commissioned to produce and host a 10 episode podcast series for BBC Sounds on the nature of being a survivor in the aftermath of sexual violence. I produced it in collaboration with the production company Listen (previously WiseBuddah).
I acted as creative director, curating the choice of guests, writing the introductory scripts and interview questions and ensuring various safety protocols. I designed the episode format, splitting the interview and episode in to two parts (Then and Now) so survivors could choose which parts to listen to if they decided to avoid potentially triggering segments. The first half of the podcast episodes addressed what the guest was subjected to and what happened in the immediate aftermath (in as much detail as they wanted to), whilst the second half shone a light on what the guest did to keep surviving – what they do in their creative lives or what they found helped them cope – whether it was writing, learning, or loving. I was also the host, welcoming listeners to the world of survivors. I connected with every guest and I’m proud to call many of them my friends to this day.
Since the series came out, I’ve had hundreds of messages informing me of how much the podcast has helped survivors in their day to day lives. We were featured in Apple’s carousal for three weeks and were on their UK ‘Top 50’ listens of 2019. The podcast was nominated for the British Podcast Awards’ Bullseye Awards 2020 and the BBC Radio and Music Awards’ Best Storytelling Podcast.
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I’ve guest starred on two podcasts talking about surviving sexual violence and trauma: Project Pleasure (Transmission Roundhouse, 2019) and Life Hacks (BBC Radio 1, 2019).
In Summer 2019 I took part in a panel for writer Chani Ra’s book launch ‘Celebrate’. At the start of 2020 I partook in and helped curate the sold-out Clear Lines’ public event on survivors changing our own narratives via new forms of media (podcasting and blogs).