As a voiceover artist you are often heard and not seen... that would have been somewhat unsettling for Victorian parents who preferred their offspring to be seen and not heard..
A week today though, I am stepping out of the booth and onto the stage. All of me. My voice will be joined by the rest of me.
Working with BBC Kent, I will be hosting their WW1 At Home event on stage, in a large tent in Folkestone, Kent.
The event is to commemorate the start of the First World War, which began on 4th August 1914.
Kent has often, quite literally, been in the firing line for war stories and commemorations. The Battle of Britain took place in it's skies, so many of the Little Ships made their way to Dunkirk from Kent. A great deal of the planning for significant parts of WW1 and WW2 happened in Dover Castle.. frequently in the underground tunnels that still hold their secrets and atmosphere like a bottle holds perfume.
The ships carrying the troops to war in 1914 departed from Folkestone and continued to do so. For many, Folkestone was the last bit of England they visited in their short lives. The new arch on The Leas commemorates just this journey and it's designer, Philip Gearing, will be joining me on stage on 4th August to tell us about the arch and it's significance.
The lives of people in Kent were profoundly effected by WW1, not only the soldiers and their families, it built towns (Crayford and the Vickers Machine Gun) to build the kit of war. Andy Robertshaw will be demonstrating what is is special about this piece of kit - for better or worse..
It changed the way women operated and were perceived in society, such a short time after Pankhurst fought and won her own battle and we hear more about the lives of the women, not just as those who were left behind but as strong, instigators of the Land Army and beyond.
As part of the commemorations, I will be joined on stage by people who will be bringing the way WW1 effected the lives of those living and working in Kent to life. We will be discussing, exploring and experiencing the sights and sounds of the time.
We will be reflecting on the people and places then and now and we will be contemplating how we view WW1 now. With 100 years of hindsight.
I am delighted to be hosting the event and I'm looking forward, with genuine fascination, to interviewing some people with tremendous insight and to meeting local people and hearing their stories too. It's SO important to remember, commemorate and celebrate the lives and stories of people who shaped the way we live today. We will remember them.
More on BBC Kent's commemorations here
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