The Voice Of...Marie Curie

This Valentines Day, I’m especially feeling the love for Marie Curie - Care And Support Through Terminal Illness. Earlier today, I was honoured to voice their upcoming radio campaign, airing in Scotland soon. As part of my ethical policy,  I’ll be donating 50% of my fee after expenses back to this important charity. You can discover more about Marie Curie - and donate - via the website.
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“You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end each of us must work for his own improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful.” 
- Marie Curie
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A Dobbies Christmas! (With A Smooth Soundtrack...)

Tis’ the season to be thankful! I’m delighted and excited to be the voice of the Dobbies​ christmas ad campaign on the Smooth Radio​ network across the UK.

If you’re looking for the perfect tree or christmas inspiration - including lots of plastic free gifts for children - take a peek at And, tune in to a relaxing festive soundtrack at!

Meanwhile, find out more about my #voiceover projects at  xoxo

Happy Halloween (Samhain)! 7 Ways To Celebrate This Ancient Festival....

Autumn is a magical time of year and Halloween celebrations seem to go hand-in-hand with the season. Still, if you're not a big fan of scary films or the apparent silliness of fancy dress parties, there are other ways to approach and enjoy this annual festival.

Here are 7 ancient Scottish ways to celebrate Halloween, once known as Samhain, which according to many historians, means 'summer’s end'...

* light up the darkness with a gathering round the bonfire - or light protective candles and lanterns - as we transition into deepest winter…

* it’s the end of harvest time, so bring together your loved ones and celebrate with a great banquet 

* the veil between us and the spirits is thinnest, so reflect on your ancestors, set them a place by the fire and honour them at your feast

* impersonating the souls of the dead - aka dressing up - is traditionally a ritual for protection from mischievous spirits and bringing good fortune

* go guising to collect offerings for the spirits and treats for the feast

* thought by many to be the ‘celtic new year’ - this is the perfect time for casting out the old, bringing in the new and meditating on life. It’s a time for love divination (bobbing for apples, anyone?) and fortune telling.

* ….or, since the festival lasts a full day - from nightfall on 31st October to midnight on 1st November - it’s perfect for partying into the wee small hours!

Happy Halloween! xoxo

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Spellbound At Split Rock (Clachtoll)

I adore a holiday during the enchanting season of autumn and this spellbinding view is the reason we booked a week at Split Rock Croft House.  Our stay in this special place was everything we hoped for and more...

Off the main road from Ullapool to Lochinver, a 6 mile single track leads to the hidden treasure of Clachtoll, with its scattering of crofts and fisherman's cottages overlooking the summer isles and the wild atlantic. 

Three sandy beaches are a 1, 3 and 5 minute walk from the garden. Sea views and reflections of the water are visible all around the house. 

Regular wanderings across the land to our nearest beach - carved so close to the garden gate it is almost within touching distance - were shared with little piglets, highland cows and sheep. Undulating fields, like elemental furrows above the cliffs, seem to mimic the rolling waves below, as if frozen into form during a sudden ice storm. 

A short walk away, we discovered an old salmon fishing station, which overlooks the biblical 'clachtoll', a slab of sloping rock, split in two by forces of nature and defiant against its descent into the sea. A wander along the boardwalk leads back to Flossie's Beach Store and warming mugs of real coffee.

A short drive away, the Clachtoll road leads to the simple amenities of Lochinver, or onto another single track, revealing the pristine beach at Achmelvich. Heading in the other direction, the back road to Kylesku is an unnerving drive through rocky moorland, beyond the sweeping sands and open atlantic at Clashnessie.

Back in our luxurious home-from-home, our crofting hosts provided an abundance of logs for the wood burner, home-grown vegetables - parsnips, carrots, onions, cabbage - and the freshest eggs from their own hens. So, we were easily inspired to cook and bake in the fabulously equipped kitchen, before dining overlooking panoramic sea views, then curling up with a wee dram in front of the cosy fire. When we fancied a no-cook night, the obvious choice was a selection of the much celebrated pies from Lochinver Larder. Our hosts organised local, creel-caught prawns from Lochinver boat 'The Fortitude' too - a memorable, scrumptious final holiday supper. 

This is a place for wandering, pondering, reading, beach combing, favourite films, evocative soundtracks, feasting, hot chocolates and drams. Mostly though, it's for curling up by open french windows, watching and listening to the ever changing moods of the atlantic ocean; then, as the sun descends, looking upwards to find that darkness has revealed a new moon and bright constellations scattered across the western sky. Magical. xo

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This Ship Has Sailed! Goodbye Summer (+ a short film)

(Repost from The Fisherman's Larder, October 2017)

This week, we mark the end of another summer season for The Fisherman's Larder. We've had a great few months, producing hand-prepared dressed crab and sourcing just-caught, local, sustainable shellfish from hard-working fisherman out of Pittenweem and around the East Neuk. Once again, our delicious seafood has found its way to many loyal, regular and brand new clients. Thank you all for your support.

We've also had a great time hosting demonstrations and attending local markets and events. Highlights include Anstruther Harbour FestivalA Taste Of Summer at Ardross, Bowhouse Market, our own charity event, The Mermaid Cafe, our photo shoot with Dom at Duke Photography and last - but not least - filming with Stuart at Granite Creative Productions.

During the last couple of months, Stuart has joined Jim behind the scenes at The Fisherman's Larder to discover how our shellfish finds its way '...out of the sea, onto your plate'. During filming, both Stuart and Jim accompanied fisherman Richard Scott on board his boat The Fiona S, to see Jim diving back into his element: hauling in creels and landing the catch. Later, Stuart followed Jim on deliveries up and down the coast, with stops including Ardross Farm Shop in Elie, East Pier Smokehouse in St Monans, The FMA Fish Shop at Pittenweem Fish Market and the award-winning Anstruther Fish Bar. Finally, we served up an alfresco seafood lunch in our back garden, to showcase the simple pleasure of enjoying locally caught, sustainable seafood.

So, as we say goodbye to another action-packed summer season, we're delighted to reveal the final cut of our short film, a celebration of seafood, which beautifully captures the essence of The Fisherman's Larder....

Free Lunch Society (Basic Citizens Income Voice Over)

I'm so delighted to share the explainer video I recently voiced to highlight ’Free Lunch Society’, a film about Basic Citizens Income, created by Moving Docs. The explainer was produced by Ben at Film & Campaign

Basic Citizens Income is a concept I love - so doing my job was even more of a pleasure than usual! Also, since the project was not-for-profit and aligned perfectly with my Ethical Voice policy, it benefited from 50% reduced rates. If you'd like to find out more, go to

Free Lunch Society - thanks again for involving me in such an exciting, progressive campaign.