I was born on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent in 1970. Originally I wanted to be a cartoonist or a radio DJ. Going blind at 13 rather halted the former, and after a stint as a radio jock in 1995 I decided I wasn’t keen on playing the same records again and again every evening.
Losing my sight meant the best option at the time was to attend a boarding school for blind children in Worcester. With ancient Greek and Latin on the curriculum, it was a special school that thought it was a public school – great days. I then went to university in Wales.
After a two-year period of performance poetry, I found myself on the front page of The Sun when I was taken on to make television programmes for BBC Two. “BBC HIRES BLIND TV DIRECTOR” read the headlines. After a bit of radio producing, and TV documentary-making for BBC Arts, I launched Ouch disability website in 2002, and four years later the Ouch podcast. This has since won several awards including Best Podcast at the Online Media Awards in June 2015.
I’m married with two young children and my interests include: TV and radio nostalgia, reading, writing, comedy, technology and disability culture – for want of a better way of putting it.