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
Don’t bin it: Campaign highlights households’ role in food waste
Who would you guess is the biggest producer of food waste – supermarkets? Restaurants? Farms? In fact, according to data from 2021, it’s not any of those – it’s households.
This summer’s dry season for mushrooms linked to climate change
Mushroom-picking is one of Czechia’s most-beloved pastimes. But mushrooms are disappearing due to climate change-induced drought and deforestation.
Winning Prague cable car design looks sleek while solving connection problem
The city of Prague recently published some striking visualisations showing the designs for a planned cable car connection stretching from Prague 6 to Prague 8.
New nature documentary shows ‘wild’ side of Prague
A new documentary showcases the wildlife living right in Czechia’s capital city.
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How Czech woman is helping Ukrainian refugees in Prague get to Britain
Prague’s capacity for taking in Ukrainian refugees has long been filled. Neela Winkelmann wanted to help refugees fleeing the war - but without adding to the city's burden.
Scouts flock to Prague from around the globe
The Central European Jamboree, a traditional 10-day event primarily for scouts from the Visegrad countries, has returned to Prague after eight years.
Small is beautiful – why British students are choosing to study Czech
The University of Sheffield in northern England has a surprising feather in its cap – it has the most students learning Czech out of any UK university.
New exhibition highlights often-forgotten Roma Holocaust
On Roma Holocaust Memorial Day, an exhibition is being launched at the Vítkov National Memorial, focussing on the Nazi genocide of Roma on the territory of today's Czechia.
Lipavský says EU is united despite energy agreement criticism
An agreement by EU energy ministers to reduce gas consumption by 15 percent has been criticized by some. Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský responded in an interview.
48th edition of Summer Film School kicks off in Uherské Hradiště
The 48th edition of the Summer Film School festival is running from July 29 until August 4 in Uherské Hradiště and will feature around 180 films.
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