Scorchio! Surviving a Stereotype

It’s been a while since I last posted here. Fortysomethingfangirl took something of a back seat when I took a full time job presenting on the radio, with the odd weather presenting shift thrown in for good measure. (I call myself a BBC dogsbody. A recruitment agency worker told me ‘versatile’ is a better term.)

I have often joked about how difficult I find being actually employed. “In which case,” says my husband, “you must be bloody thrilled with the way your career has panned out.” My ‘career’ has been a series of opportunities I have taken, largely to sidestep a commitment to a job I might not wholly be happy doing for longer than, say, three weeks.

I did love that full time job on the radio though. I love presenting. I love the intimate relationship I get to share with listeners. I like creating a subversive club where everyone knows I may not always be pressing the right buttons at the right times, and where I say things that might not get said elsewhere on the schedule. We all know I spent a lot of time outside the Headmaster’s office and essentially, that’s where I broadcast from now.

But the pandemic wreaked havoc in all our lives and I don’t get to do that job full time any more. I’m grateful to still be a presence at BBC Radio Solent and to stand in on the weather for BBC South every now and then, but it’s back to wandering down the motorway and sticking my thumb out in the hope of some new vehicle gliding to a halt beside me and offering me a ride.

Stand Up, Weather Girl!

You may remember (I blogged about it in these pages) I took a show to the Edinburgh Fringe back in 2018. In ‘Stand Up, Weather Girl!’ I told of my experiences as a weather presenter and how I’d found myself doing that unlikely job. ‘Feminism meets the weather girl!’ read the blurb in the programme.

I really enjoyed creating and performing that show. The more I performed it, the more I thought about the stuff I was saying. The more I questioned the themes I’d brought up. When I got back home, I decided I’d keep going with it. I got in touch with some of my colleagues to hear about their experiences. I researched some of the history of weather presentation in TV and I reflected on the popular culture I’d been brought up in.

By the end of 2020, I more or less had a manuscript. By the end of 2021 Unbound, the innovative crowdfunding publisher had taken it on.

And that’s where we are. My campaign to fund its publishing starts right now. It’s a journey I’m excited and nervous about, in part because it requires people to believe in me, something I’ve always had a bit of a problem with. (That bloody convent school has a lot to answer for.) I know that there are such people and you may well (given you’re reading this) be one of them. In which case, could you nip over to and search for my book?  There are lots of ways to support it and some fun rewards to be had. And there’s a short video explainer you can share with your friends! Tell them all!

As for the book itself, I promise a good read. It’s a club sandwich of comic memoir, TV history, weather stuff, interviews with weather presenters past and present, secrets and revelations and a dose of politics which will almost certainly bring the BBC brass out in  nervous rashes.

Scorchio! Surviving a Stereotype – help me make it happen!





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