It must nearly be Christmas, because I've just been able to buy my copy of this year's Radio Times double issue, in the Co-op on Unthank Road. Therefore, this seems a good time to bring you a little festive oddity of a few years back. A ghost of Christmas writing past.
These days my good friend and colleague Thordis Fridriksson is one of the finest and most esteemed producer / presenters in the BBC Radio Norfolk ranks. However, back in 2008 she was still only a casual broadcast assistant at the station, keenly working her way in and making her mark. She spent a lot of the rest of her time working as a volunteer with Future Radio, Norwich's community station, and it was in this capacity that she enlisted me to pen a short children's Christmas tale for their Sunday Stories slot.
So I duly bashed out The Pie Fairy of Old Norwich Town, a rather silly little monologue for Thordis herself to perform. It remains the only thing I have ever done for a non-BBC radio station (unless you count a couple of meet-and-greets for RTE!), and I haven't dared listen back to it all the way through to remind myself quite how daft it is. Nevertheless, Thordis delivers it with gusto (as she always does with everything), and I suppose it's all good harmless fun.
Anyway, you can click below to judge for yourselves!