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.
articles by the author
Czech Elves on disinformation around election time: "One of the candidates is depicted as a threat"
Bohumil Kartous is a member of the Czech Elves – an internet group that tries to combat organised online disinformation and internet trolls.
Young violinist from south Bohemia wins international classical music talent show
Sixteen-year-old violinist Roman Červinka from České Budějovice won the most recent season of the popular classical music reality TV competition Virtuosos V4+.
Video highlighting fake Czech “trdelník” tradition draws attention to Prague tourist blight
A recent video by a pair of Prague theatre students has caught the attention of people on social media and sparked debate about ‘trdelník’ and its supposedly Czech origins.
Injured wolf saved by crowdfunding efforts returned to wild
A wolf found lying injured in a ditch in September has now fully recovered and been released back into the wild, despite initial reports that this would not be possible.
Classical music bedtime stories for kids with Czech connection
Hannah Nepilová is a British classical music journalist with Czech roots. Wanting to pass on her love of classical music to the next generation, she began a side project.
“He wanted to wake up our citizens”: Jan Palach remembered
On 16 January 1969, Czech student Jan Palach set himself on fire on Prague’s Wenceslas Square in protest against apathy in the wake of the Soviet occupation of his country.
History of dissident literature under communism gets own special day
A proposal put forward by a group of five coalition MPs to make October 12 the official Day of Samizdat was approved by the government this week.
Jan Žižka meets Warcraft: Czech solo developer creates video game set in Hussite era
A short demo just released on Steam for an upcoming game is said to be reminiscent of Warcraft 3 – but instead of orcs, you are commanding Hussite soldiers.
Dakar Rally ends for Aleš Loprais with tragic accident
Aleš Loprais has confirmed that he is dropping out of the Dakar Rally following an incident where a spectator died after being hit by his truck.
Czech School Without Borders: how kids in UK keep up Czech language skills
The Czech School Without Borders has been running in London since 2007, allowing children with a Czech parent to to enhance their language skills.
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