The Toby Gribben Show Highlights
Hi, my name is Laura Ford and I am an author. My new YA novel Sounds Like Love has just come out.
Together with writing I love to travel and seek out new experiences and adventures to enrich my life and inspire my stories.
My journey in adult life started off with a scholarship to attend law school at 18. I had never studied law before but I thought that if I put my mind to it I could achieve anything. I was interested in society, people’s stories, justice - and from my point of view as a student - how the law may be able to help protect vulnerable people and the environment.
I specialised in environmental law and found that this was easy for me to study and put hours of time into as I love the natural world. I would write long essays and spend hours studying.
I graduated at 21 and worked in LA afterwards for a while. I then returned to London and studied at the London Film Academy and wrote a short film in a week called ‘Sounds Like Love’. My screenplay reached the top ten percent of the Blue Cat International Screenplay Competition and the story just would not leave my mind.
I later immigrated to the US where I performed stand-up comedy at the Comedy Store on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles and appeared in comedy sketches for the Jimmy Kimmel show. I enjoyed writing my comedy routines so much and using my imagination that I realised I had to write Sounds Like Love as a novel. I had always written short stories and even a book as a child.
Since this time, I have had short stories published in publications in the US, UK and Canada and recently had a piece translated into Japanese.
Writing is fulfilling for me on a soul level.
My novel Sounds Like Love was written from the heart and inspired by the different cats that I have shared my life with. One cat in particular - a kitten that I rescued from the street while on holiday in Greece - was an inspiration for one of the characters in my book.
When I wrote Sounds Like Love it was important for me to create a protagonist that was relatable. I wanted my protagonist to be a seemingly ordinary girl who is extraordinary on the inside. You don’t need to know Kung Fu or be a rocket scientist to be extraordinary!
People have immeasurable strength and resilience inside of them and this is something I wanted to focus upon in my story. The extraordinary hope, strength and resilience that lies within people - but cannot be seen to passers by.
158. Joyce Y Taylor09:15Joyce Y Taylor is an award-winning author, entrepreneur, and motivational speaker dedicated to making a positive impact on people's lives. With a robust and heartfelt writing style, Joyce's stories are crafted to inspire children, instilling in them the belief that they each possess a unique and special purpose.Joyce's love for reading and writing was nurtured by her inspiring father, who introduced her to the world of books at a young age. As a devoted mother to three wonderful children and a compassionate Sunday school teacher, she has spent countless hours sharing the magic of literature with them. It is through her passion for teaching that Joyce's desire to write and publish her own children's books blossomed.Educationally, Joyce is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration with a focus on Finance and International Business. Additionally, she holds a master's degree in Organizational Management and Leadership from Springfield College, further enhancing her understanding of effective communication and leadership skills.Aside from her literary pursuits, Joyce finds joy in a variety of activities. She delights in reading and writing, knowing that these endeavours fuel her creativity and passion for storytelling. Regular exercise keeps her both physically and mentally fit while travelling allows her to gain inspiration from different cultures and environments. Her spiritual connection is an essential part of her life, as she actively participates in her church community. Moreover, Joyce cherishes spending time in nature and exploring the wonders of the insect world, a unique fascination that sparks her curiosity.Originally from South Africa, Joyce currently resides in the United States with her family. Her mission is to encourage others to always strive for their best, both in their personal and professional endeavours. Through her books, speeches, and entrepreneurial ventures, Joyce Y. Taylor continues to empower and uplift people, leaving a lasting impact on those fortunate enough to encounter her work.
157. Mary G Joanna06:31Mary G Joanna is a talented artist hailing from the enchanting city of Zürich, Switzerland. From a young age, Mary immersed herself in the world of arts, embracing her deep passion for singing and theatre. Her dedication and pursuit of excellence led her on a transformative journey that has shaped her into the captivating performer she is today.To refine her skills, Mary completed a rigorous one-year singing school program, honing her vocal talents to a professional level. Additionally, she actively participated in two theatre and acting courses, further enriching her understanding of the dramatic arts. These formative experiences allowed Mary to develop a strong foundation and a multifaceted approach to her artistic endeavours.In 2019, Mary's artistic career gained momentum as she delved into the realm of music videos. With creativity flowing through her veins, she self-edited her debut music video for a cover song, setting the stage for her future accomplishments. The following year, she ambitiously ventured into filmmaking, directing and editing her first short film, 'L'Artiste pauvre I.' The film, released in 2022 on her personal website, showcased Mary's versatility as a visual storyteller. Her work was recognized and embraced by the Swiss streaming platform artfilm.ch, and she made her film available for purchase on Gumroad.com, expanding her reach to a wider audience.In 2021, Mary's talents caught the attention of filmmakers, leading her to land the starring role of an Edwardian housewife in a captivating short film. This marked her first experience on an external set, allowing her to showcase her acting prowess and further fueling her passion for the craft.Presently, Mary is actively engaged as a professional theatre actress, living out her dreams in a local theatre. Her dedication and commitment have rewarded her with the opportunity to be part of a touring production, an experience that continues to inspire and invigorate her artistic spirit.With the dawn of 2023, Mary embarked on an exciting new artistic endeavour by initiating the production of her latest short art film, 'Vers Les Étoiles.' Enveloped in anticipation and enthusiasm, she eagerly awaits the post-production phase, eagerly envisioning the final outcome. Mary sees this project as a vessel for boundless possibilities, eagerly anticipating the opportunity to share it with the world.Mary's artistic vision is driven by a desire to explore the depths of mystery and drama in her creations. She shies away from shallow narratives, instead gravitating toward stories that challenge and provoke deep thought and emotion in her audience. Her work is imbued with mystic messages and symbolism, as she believes that art should transcend mere entertainment and strive to communicate profound and thought-provoking ideas. Mary employs a meticulous approach, meticulously selecting aesthetics that amplify and enrich the underlying themes and messages of her productions.Looking ahead, Mary is brimming with ambition and has grand plans for her future. She aspires to direct a captivating music video during the upcoming summer, followed by the creation of a thought-provoking short arthouse film. Alongside these endeavours, she eagerly anticipates the release of her current art film, 'Vers Les Étoiles,' accompanied by a mesmerizing theme song. With unwavering determination and a profound artistic vision, Mary G Joanna is set to carve her own path in the world of arts and captivate audiences with her thought-provoking creations.
156. Baroness Natalie Bennett30:50Natalie Bennett, Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle, is a politician and journalist. She had a working-class background and was the first in her family to attend university. Bennett received her education at MLC School, an independent day school for girls in Burwood, New South Wales, and went on to earn a Bachelor of Agricultural Science, a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies, and a Master of Arts in Mass Communication.Bennett began her career in journalism in Australia, working for regional newspapers such as the Northern Daily Leader in Tamworth. In 1995, she moved to Thailand, where she worked for Australian Volunteers International and the Bangkok Post newspaper. In 1999, she settled in the United Kingdom and started contributing to various publications, including The Guardian, The Independent, and The Times. Bennett served as the deputy editor and later editor of The Guardian Weekly from 2007 to 2012.In January 2006, Bennett joined the Green Party of England and Wales. She ran for various positions, including the Camden Council election and the London Assembly elections, but was not elected. In September 2012, she was elected as the leader of the Green Party, succeeding Caroline Lucas. During her leadership, the party saw an increase in support, and Bennett played a significant role in raising its profile. She also stood as the Green Party candidate in the 2015 general election for the Holborn and St Pancras constituency.After serving two terms as leader, Bennett did not seek re-election in 2016. However, she continued to be involved in politics and was selected to contest the Sheffield Central constituency in the 2017 UK general election. Although the Green Party experienced a decrease in vote share in her constituency, Bennett remained an active member and advocate for the party's policies.In September 2019, Bennett was nominated for a life peerage and became Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle in October 2019. She joined the House of Lords as the second Green Party member alongside Jenny Jones, Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb. Throughout her political career, Bennett has been known for her advocacy of feminist causes, environmental issues, and the Green Party's policies. She has also expressed support for a cultural and economic boycott of Israel, the abolition of the monarchy, and polyamorous relationships.
155. Starchild15:18Introducing Starchild, the enchanting Sun Witch of Hollywood, whose debut radio exclusive "We Have The Power" takes listeners on a dreamy and nostalgic journey through the realms of lo-fi surf rock. With her ethereal vocals and mesmerizing melodies, Starchild taps into the profound depths of human emotion, crafting a sonic experience that celebrates the power and magic within each individual.Born and raised amidst the glitz and glamour of Tinseltown, Starchild draws inspiration from the golden era of surf rock, infusing it with a contemporary twist that transports listeners to sun-soaked beaches and vintage vibes. Her music encapsulates a sense of longing and wonder, as if time itself has slowed down, allowing her to weave ethereal tales of love, loss, and personal growth.Starchild's enchanting voice is a conduit for the raw emotions that lie dormant within us all. With each lyric, she conjures a spell, casting it upon her audience, inviting them to explore the depths of their own feelings and awaken their inner strength. Through her music, she empowers her listeners to embrace their vulnerabilities, reminding them that it is within these depths that true power resides."We Have The Power," Starchild's debut radio exclusive, is a testament to her artistry. The track washes over listeners like a wave, immersing them in its lush instrumentation and transporting them to introspection. It is a call to arms, urging individuals to embrace their emotions and recognize the inherent strength that lies within. Starchild's music creates a space where vulnerability is celebrated, and the power of human connection is honoured.With her unique blend of dreamy nostalgia and evocative storytelling, Starchild stands as a beacon of artistic authenticity. Her music captivates the ears and touches the hearts of those who resonate with her sound. As Hollywood's Sun Witch, she weaves a magical tapestry of sound, reminding us all of the transformative power of music and the enchantment that can be found within the depths of human emotion.
Jillian O’Hanrahan19:06Jillian O'Hanrahan is a captivating author known for her delightful and relatable stories that explore the trials and tribulations of modern-day romance. Born with a natural talent for storytelling and a keen understanding of human emotions, Jillian has created a literary masterpiece in her debut book, "The Misadventures Of My Non Love-Life."Growing up in a small town, Jillian often found solace in the pages of books, where she discovered the power of words to transport readers to different worlds. Inspired by her own personal experiences and the stories of those around her, she embarked on a journey to bring her unique perspective on love and relationships to life."The Misadventures Of My Non Love-Life" is a heartfelt and humorous exploration of the highs and lows of love in the modern age. Through a collection of charming and witty anecdotes, Jillian takes readers on a rollercoaster ride of dating disasters, awkward encounters, and heartfelt moments of connection. With each page, she skillfully weaves together a narrative that resonates deeply with anyone who has ever experienced the trials and tribulations of searching for love.Jillian's writing style is infused with warmth, authenticity, and a refreshing dose of self-deprecating humor. Her ability to capture the essence of human emotions and relationships in a relatable and engaging manner has garnered her a devoted following of readers who eagerly anticipate each new release."The Misadventures Of My Non Love-Life" is not just a book; it is an invitation to laugh, cry, and reflect on the complexities of love and the human experience. Jillian's endearing charm and keen observations will leave readers both entertained and enlightened, reminding them that they are not alone in their own love-life misadventures.As Jillian O'Hanrahan continues to captivate audiences with her unique storytelling, she has firmly established herself as a rising star in the literary world. Her honest and heartfelt narratives inspire readers to embrace the unpredictable nature of love, reminding them that even in the face of misadventures, there is always hope for a happily ever after.
Hristina Bloomfield08:15Hristina Bloomfield is a talented author renowned for her gripping crime fiction and compelling storytelling. With her book "Deeply In The Soul," she takes readers on a thrilling journey through the life of Xena, a courageous protagonist whose resilience and determination inspire both empathy and admiration.In "Deeply In The Soul," Xena's world is turned upside down when she discovers that her boyfriend has betrayed her by selling her. Forced to confront a harsh reality, she finds herself indebted to a ruthless moneylender who sees her as nothing more than a commodity. Refusing to be confined by her circumstances, Xena musters the strength to escape her captor and embark on a desperate journey to rebuild her shattered life.From her small mountain town in Eastern Europe to the picturesque shores of Cornwall, UK, Xena's path is fraught with challenges and constant turmoil. Every time she manages to find solace and a glimpse of a normal life, her haunting past catches up with her, forcing her to flee once again. Hristina Bloomfield skillfully portrays Xena's struggle to find her place in a world that seems determined to keep her trapped in a cycle of despair.Amidst the heart-pounding action and suspense, "Deeply In The Soul" delves into profound themes of trauma, grief, romance, and friendship. Xena's story is a testament to the indomitable human spirit, offering readers an uplifting and inspiring narrative that transcends the boundaries of the crime fiction genre. Through her resilience and the connections she forges along the way, Xena not only finds the strength to confront her past but also learns to trust again, guided by the support of Agent Dobrevski, who helps her navigate the treacherous path towards healing.Hristina Bloomfield's "Deeply In The Soul" captures the essence of human endurance and the power of overcoming adversity. With her masterful storytelling, she weaves together a tale that engages readers on multiple levels, from the gripping suspense to the profound exploration of the human condition. Prepare to be enthralled and inspired by this tragic yet inspirational journey as Xena strives to reclaim her life and discover the true depths of her own soul.
154. The Lonegun09:48Introducing The Lonegun, hailing from the vibrant city of El Paso in the great state of Texas! Broadcasting live and direct, he brings a unique energy and perspective to the world of hip-hop. With a distinct style and captivating lyrics, The Lonegun is set to make his mark in the annals of hip-hop history.The Lonegun isn't just a name; it's a metaphor for his independent spirit, his unwavering self-determination, and his resolute individuality. In a world where conformity often takes centre stage, The Lonegun stands tall, firmly rooted in his convictions, and never afraid to speak his truth.This rising star's infectious music resonates with catchy lyrics that delve deep into his personal journey. Each track showcases his unwavering dedication to authenticity and raw storytelling. With every beat, he paints vivid pictures of his experiences, creating a powerful connection with his listeners.Born and raised in El Paso, The Lonegun draws inspiration from the vibrant music scene and rich cultural heritage of his city. This background infuses his music with a dynamic blend of sounds, combining the soulful essence of Texas with the raw energy of hip-hop.As an artist, The Lonegun is on a path to greatness, driven by a relentless passion for his craft. His unwavering dedication to his music and his unwavering belief in his own abilities propel him forward, pushing boundaries and defying expectations. With each verse, he showcases his versatility and skill, proving that he's a force to be reckoned with.The Lonegun is more than just an aspiring hip-hop artist; he's a testament to the power of individuality and staying true to oneself. His unwavering resolve to be his own man, to have his own mind, and to stand firm on his own ten toes, sets him apart from the crowd.So, get ready to witness The Lonegun's ascent to greatness as he leaves an indelible mark on the world of hip-hop. With his catchy lyrics, distinctive style, and unwavering determination, this Texas-bred artist is ready to take the music industry by storm. Keep your ears open because The Lonegun is here, and he's about to rewrite the rules of hip-hop history.
153. Julia Samuel06:37Julia Samuel MBE, a psychotherapist and pediatric counsellor, is a prominent advocate for celebrating the lives of lost loved ones and transforming the way we approach grief. With a background in publishing before transitioning into counselling, Samuel brings a unique perspective to the field, combining her understanding of human emotions with her passion for storytelling and communication.Recognizing the profound impact that grief has on individuals, Samuel has been instrumental in promoting Celebration Day, a national initiative aimed at reshaping society's perception of loss and death. Through her research, she has discovered that an overwhelming majority of people—3 in 5 individuals, or 77%—believe it is crucial to celebrate and remember those no longer with us. Moreover, a significant 85% of respondents feel that these celebrations should be positive and uplifting rather than melancholic.Samuel's work highlights the need for communal gatherings that encourage open conversations about lost loved ones. Her research shows that almost two-thirds of people (65%) believe there are inadequate opportunities to come together and discuss their departed family and friends. In addition, she has found that a similar proportion of individuals lack regular rituals to honour and remember their loved ones.As Celebration Day approaches on Sunday the 28th of May, Samuel invites individuals from all walks of life to pause and unite in celebrating those who are no longer with us. She emphasizes the importance of personalizing these commemorations, encouraging people to remember their loved ones in their own unique and sometimes quirky ways. By fostering an atmosphere of joy and connection, Samuel believes that Celebration Day can help bridge the raw emotions of grief and inspire a collective shift toward embracing the positive memories associated with lost loved ones.Beyond her dedication to grief counselling and advocacy, Julia Aline Samuel holds a special place in the British royal family as one of the seven godparents of Prince George. This role further attests to her character and influence, as she continues to touch lives through her compassionate approach to therapy and her commitment to transforming the way society experiences and commemorates loss.
153. Jay Pruitt09:16Jay Pruitt is a rising star in the indie music scene, captivating listeners with his unique sound and heartfelt lyrics. With an impressive total of 500k streams across various platforms, his music has resonated with a growing fanbase around the globe.Jay's passion for music started at an early age, immersing himself in a wide range of genres and drawing inspiration from artists like Bon Iver, Radiohead, and Sufjan Stevens. This diverse musical background is reflected in his own compositions, which blend elements of indie folk, alternative rock, and introspective pop.One of Jay Pruitt's standout tracks, "Cardigan," has gained significant traction and is available for streaming on all major platforms. This emotionally charged song showcases his introspective songwriting style and demonstrates his ability to craft melodies that leave a lasting impression. The raw vulnerability in his voice combined with the rich instrumentation creates a captivating sonic experience for listeners.As an indie artist, Jay takes a hands-on approach to his music, involving himself in every aspect of the creative process. From writing and composing his songs to producing and arranging them, he meticulously crafts each track, ensuring that every element aligns with his artistic vision.With a rapidly growing fanbase and a distinct musical identity, Jay Pruitt is poised to make waves in the indie music scene. His ability to connect with listeners on a deep emotional level through his music sets him apart as an artist to watch. As he continues to release new music and captivate audiences with his introspective soundscapes, Jay Pruitt is on a trajectory towards even greater success and recognition.