My path to presenting on camera started as a tour guide at Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace. I loved the process of researching and sharing stories with others, and finding ways to tell often complex histories in a fun and relevant way.
I now present across a range of media, from YouTube to TV and live events. My work covers a range of topics but focuses on history and culture, people and places.
I have also appeared as a guest speaker on both pre-recorded and live shows.
All The Stations - co-presenter visiting all 2,563 railway stations in Great Britain.
Adventure Travel Film Festival (2018) - guest speaker, talking ‘All The Stations’.
Google (2018) - guest speaker for their ‘lunch time talks’ series, talking ‘All The Stations’.
Southwark Cathedral (2018) - book launch event for ‘The Railway Adventures’.
London Underground Railway Society (2019) - guest speaker, talking ‘All The Stations’.
An evening of unnecessary stations
Those nice people at the Festival Of the Spoken Nerd invited us to talk about railways.
Vicki Explores ... Magna Carta at Runnymede
The Magna Carta forms the basis of modern day systems of justice across the world. It’s origins, bizarrely, are in a field in Surrey, England.
Inside Southwark Cathedral
From Norman origins to the theatrical exchanges of early modern London, Southwark Cathedral is steeped in history. I meet staff to discover some of the behind the scenes stories that makes Southwark Cathedral such an intriguing and important London landmark.
The book accompanies our 2017 YouTube series All The Stations, when Geoff and I travelled to every single railway station in Great Britain.
It is an insight into our journey - what we learnt about the railways and the stories we discovered about the country - as well as a guide for other would-be adventurers. In the final chapter, we detail five example journeys that people can take for themselves, highlighting places to stop and explore, things to look out for along the way and the cheapest ways to travel.
All the images included in the book were taken my me!
You can buy our book in any of the following places online;
In 2017, Geoff and I set out to visit every single railway station in Great Britain. We called the project All The Stations and asked the public for their support to fund the journey. In return we created an online documentary series about the railways, the people we met and the places we encountered along the way.
It took just over 15 and a half weeks to complete the entire journey, which began in Penzance on Sunday 7 May and finish at Wick, Scotland on Saturday 19 August. We created 59 videos of our travels, with an additional 44 bonus videos that included some behind the scenes snippets - such as when we were invited onto the BBC Breakfast couch!
After the journey was over, we also produced a feature length documentary giving our followers even more of an insight into our experiences.
Whilst I learnt a lot about the intricacies of the British rail network (and can now tell the difference between a Sprinter and a Pacer - I almost always get it right) for me it’s the people that make the railways such an exciting place to explore. Railways have such a dramatic impact on our lives, they connect us to places and people we would otherwise not think to reach out to. The process of travel and adventure helps us to understand ourselves, our communities and the communities of others in a way no other activity can.
In March and April 2019, Geoff and I took All The Stations international and visited all 198 stations across Ireland and Northern Ireland.
As before, the project was generously funded by supporters through Kickstarter enabling us to create a series of 17 online videos about the journey.
We received an extremely warm welcome by everyone we met, from staff to passengers as well as the media.
RTÉ in particular were generous with their coverage which included online video content as well as an invitation to chat with Ray D’Arcy on his nationally popular radio show on RTÉ1. Likewise, BBC Radio Ulster gave us a slot on their Saturday morning chat show hosted by John Toal.
What’s next …
The adventures never end! Geoff and I continue to explore the railways making videos for our YouTube channel, speaking at events across Britain and writing articles both online and in print about our knowledge and experiences across the network.
In addition to creating videos, I also captured hundreds of photographs during our journeys which we share through social media. To find out more visit our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts.
The railways are an endless source of fun and adventure, and we love being able to share their stories with others.
Geoff and I at Leeds station.
Just a candid shot of Geoff and I on the Iarnród Éireann network
Have We Got Time For A Selfie? - Episode 39, Day 70 - Leeds to Carnforth
Railway Girl - Episode 11, 3rd April - Limerick to Athlone via Galway
I have produced voiceover and narration for documentaries and advertising.
From A to S - documentary following the introduction of the new S-Stock trains on the London Underground. Originally released on DVD, an abridged version is now available on YouTube.
Now You C Me - documentary following the last of the C Stock trains on the London Underground. Originally released on DVD, an abridged version is now available on YouTube.
The Last of the D Stock - documentary following the last D Stock trains along the London Underground’s District Line.
Network Rail - voice for the Brighton mainline engineering works. Aired on Heart Sussex, More Radio, Smooth Radio Sussex, Capital Brighton, Radio Jackie.
The Last of the D Stock
Now you C me
I took my first improv class with Hoopla almost nine years ago. Since then, I have performed on countless stages, in innumerable pubs, restaurants, comedy clubs, ballrooms (no joke) and even on the street (thanks Edinburgh).
I co-founded LadyProv with the brilliant and ridiculously talented Avril Poole and Maeve Ryan. Our monthly show at The Miller (SE1 3SS) is not just for ladies.
Our style is varied because we love to experiment. The most important thing for us is to be true to the moment, the characters and each other. We take our time to grow a story and this can often lead to silence - not all improvisers like this, but we believe you don’t always have to talk to say something powerful.
The Couch (2010-12) - Solving your relationship problems through the medium of improvised comedy.
Forked Path - The Tomb of Nobody (2013) - A live ‘choose your own adventure’ experience.
Upstairs Downton (2013-2016) - An improvised episode of your favourite period drama.
Forked Path - The Baker Street Butcher (2014) - A live time travelling, Victorian murder mystery (supported by Theatre Deli).
Joystick! Impro (2014-16) - An improvised movie.
LadyProv (2014-present) - We are ladies that improvise.
Road Trip (2015-2016) - An improvised road trip movie, guided by your soundtrack suggestions. A Nursery Original.