Brief biography and awards

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Had a typewriter for my tenth birthday. Drove my parents mad while they were trying to watch Corrie and The Bill.

Been writing ever since. Lifetime in journalism, first as a reporter then as a documentary-maker.

Still typing. And still with two fingers.

My most recent books are Defying Hitler: The Germans Who Resisted Nazi Rule (Dutton Books, Penguin Random House) and Shadow Warriors: Daring Missions By Women of the OSS and SOE with Gordon Thomas, which has been published in five countries. Shadow Warriors is currently under option to Accolade Films – so who knows!

Also, have a couple of film scripts with producers.

I’ve written and produced quite a lot of TV. Honoured to have two New York Festivals and BAFTA Cymru awards.

I produced/directed This Is Not A Poem, a new short film collaboration with Cameroon-born poet Eric Ngalle Charles.

I am an experienced ghost-writer. Work includes The Death of Justice, which was presented at the Hay Literary Festival; A Life on the Edge, with mountaineer and adventurer Eric Jones; and Aberfan with Gaynor Madgwick.

Thanks to everyone who has contacted me about my books.

I’m a lifelong learner so love feedback.

Awards:

Winner: Gold Award at New York Festivals Film and TV Awards 2020 ‘Lest We Forget’ (produced and directed for ITV Wales)

Winner: Gold Award at New York Festivals Film and TV Awards 2018 ‘Beti and David: Lost for Words’ (BBC; producer with Dinah Jones and Will Davies)

Winner: BAFTA Cymru Best Current Affairs Programme ‘The Bullseye Killer’ (ITV Wales; producer with Jon Hill and Mike Talbot)

New York Festivals Best Radio Programmes in the World Bronze Award for ‘Aberfan: A Survivor’s Journey’ (produced for BBC Radio Wales)

Winner: Guild of Health Writers’ Best Broadcast Programme 2012 ‘Living With Dementia’ (ITV Wales; producer)

Winner: Wishing Shelf Award Non-Fiction Award 2011 I Fought Them All (author)

Winner: The People’s Book Awards Best Book 2014 The Death of Justice (co-author)

Runner-up: Commission for Racial Equality ‘Race in the Media’ UK Award 2002 Body of Work (print)

Runner-up: Amnesty International (Wales) Media Award (2002) Body of Work (print)

Shortlisted: Beti and David: Lost for Words was nominated for two BAFTA Cymru awards and a Celtic Media Festival Award.

 

Background:

Investigative journalist of 25 years experience. Writer and film/programme-maker. 

I have written and produced about 70 current affairs, investigative and history documentaries for television. These have included investigations of miscarriages of justice, history programmes covering aspects of World War I and II, stories of crime and espionage, and profiles of celebrities and film stars. I have also produced a number of history programmes for BBC radio.

As a journalist I have contributed to many national and international newspapers including The Times, The Observer, The Wall Street Journal; most of the leading newspapers in Ireland, including the Irish Independent; and to the investigative pages of Private Eye.

Gold Laurel

 

Wishing Shelf Award
Wishing Shelf Award

5 thoughts on “Brief biography and awards”

  1. Did you write the Heather Whitestone book with her mother? Heather was my role model and because of her I am the woman I am today.

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