Radio 4

I am the Commissioning Editor, Arts at BBC Radio 4. This means that I am responsible for individual programmes and continuing series about poetry, music and culture across the network. My main slots are: Mondays at 4 p.m.

Tuesdays at 11.30 a.m.

Wednesdays at 9 a.m.

Thursdays at 11.30 a.m.

Sundays at 4.30 p.m.


I have a watching brief on long running series, but these programmes have their own editors: Front Row, Saturday Review, Open Book, With Great Pleasure, A Good Read, The Film Programme. You can find the commissioning guidelines on the Radio 4 website.

The main podcast for arts and documentaries on Radio 4 is Seriously.

BBC Sounds

You can listen to box sets and collections of Arts Programmes I have commissioned on BBC Sounds.

The main strands are: The Art of Now, The Pursuit of Beauty, and The Art of Living.

Our Poetry Request show is Poetry Please; our Spoken Word series is Power Lines; our International Poetry Series is Mother Tongue.

We have pastoral poetry across the schedule and throughout the day at every solstice and equinox: Four Seasons.

Our major Music series are: Soul Music, Master Tapes, Laura Barton’s Notes from a Musical Island and Gemma Cairney’s Sound Odyssey.

Information about the arts across the BBC can be found here: