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I am a British journalist and radio documentary producer.
I started producing radio documentaries in my bedroom when I was 22, when I was washing dishes in a Liverpool cafe for money. The local radio station felt sorry enough for me to put my work on air at some unknown hour when only God was listening. I was cool with that, because it turned out God liked what he heard. Most of the people I interviewed in my programmes were customers in the cafe where I worked. People who had nothing better to do than string out a cold cup of coffee for two hours on a Wednesday afternoon usually have a great story to tell. That was the start of my career: bringing voices to the airwaves that you wouldn’t otherwise hear.
The awards that followed led the Observer newspaper to profile me as one of “Radio’s biggest turn-on’s” and I finally got to sack off dishwashing to go and make documentaries for the world’s greatest speech radio station, BBC Radio 4.
I’ve never been able to escape the feeling that “life is elsewhere,” so I was soon on the run again, leading a humanitarian radio project in Ethiopia for a year. Afterwards life in the UK felt meaningless and dull. Then it all kicked off in Kenya following some very dodgy elections. I ditched my job at the BBC and spent three months working with local community radio station in the Rift Valley, supporting them to cover the humanitarian crisis. This was where I started to produce multimedia pieces about life in the camps for displaced people, using the pieces to motivate journalists to visit the camps and tell the stories of those living there. It worked and soon, for the first time, you were regularly hearing the voices of people living in the camps, not just the politicians whose greed had put them there.
Back in the UK, I teamed up with the amazing photographer David White to see if we could use multimedia to a similar effect in the UK. We formed Duckrabbit at the end of 2008, knowing that we were sitting at the bottom of a steep hill. So far we’ve taken a few meaningful steps, but we wouldn’t be so arrogant as to call ourselves mountaineers.
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Duckrabbit website: duckrabbit.info