I left university without any clear idea of what I wanted to do. At first I wanted to be a novelist, but soon discovered that I found sitting by myself all day with my thoughts far too lonely. Armed only with the knowledge that I liked writing and languages, I moved from the UK, where I’d grown up with a Czech mother and Slovak father, to Prague, the city my mother hails from, to teach English. I quickly discovered teaching was not for me, but at a loss as to what else I could do with my degree and experience, I carried on.
In my mid-twenties I discovered podcasts and started consuming them in large quantities, finding that they combined my love of fascinating stories, sound and the spoken word with an intimate, personal medium that I could consume while still looking at the world around me. It took me a while to realise that journalism was about a lot more than just news and politics, but once I did, I knew that radio journalism was where I wanted to go. Eventually I got some freelance work with Radio Prague, and after writing a few pieces, I was lucky enough to be offered a job here. I’ve never looked back.
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Striking art project on prominent Letná wall highlights stigmatisation of sex workers
Until June 6, the spaces in the wall below Letná running parallel to the Vltava river are being occupied by Markéta Garai’s exhibition With(out) Care.
Church’s move to allow blessing of same-sex unions shows believers “really support equality”
The country’s largest Protestant denomination, the Evangelical Church of the Czech Brethren, has announced that it will officially allow pastors to bless same-sex unions.
Police arrest man suspected of starting forest fire that devastated Bohemian Switzerland last year
Police have arrested and charged a 36-year-old man whom they suspect started the largest forest fire that Czechia has ever seen.
US artist Susan Loy on how many letters are really in the Czech alphabet
Susan Loy is a US artist who moved to Prague with Unitarian sponsorship, where she has curated an international art exhibition and created a Czech Flower Alphabet.
Dubai stuntman and space parachuter to wow crowds at Pardubice Aviation Fair
The east Bohemian city of Pardubice is gearing up for its annual aviation fair. Highlights include air shows by Lukasz Czepiela and Felix Baumgartner.
22nd edition of Prague Fringe kicks off
Now in its 22nd year, the Prague Fringe is running from 22-27 May at venues in Malá Strana. I spoke to the festival's founder and head, Steve Gove, as things got underway.
Czech-designed software can simultaneously translate into over 40 languages at once
Machine translation experts from Charles University have developed a new system that can translate between 43 languages in real time.
End of rent-free land use for Russia
The Czech government has decided to scrap several Communist-era decrees that allowed Russia to use land in Czechia rent-free for diplomatic purposes, angering Moscow.
1937 Czech dramatization of White Fang restored in time for radio centenary
Until recently, it was thought that the oldest full-length radio play preserved in the radio archives was from after WWII. But that changed thanks to a chance discovery.
Controversial copy of Old Town Square astronomical clock calendar to be replaced
Prague City Hall has commissioned a new copy of the Old Town Square astronomical clock calendar that will replace the heavily-criticised version that was created in 2018.
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