Fishbourne Literary Festival

I really enjoyed my time at the Fishbourne Literary Festival talking about the new edition of my book Speaking Volumes. Afterwards I did a book-signing session and talked to the other speakers: Kate And Greg Mosse, Dominic Holland (dad of Tom) and a favourite writer of mine, Louis de Bernières. An exciting day!

Photos by Tim Gleeson


I am very excited to be part of the Fishbourne (Chichester) Literary Festival where I’ll be talking about and signing copies of the updated version of my memoir SPEAKING VOLUMES.

Fishbourne Literary Festival Saturday 13th April 2024. A brilliant day out!

Hello and welcome to the Fishbourne Literary Festival 2024 lt is a truly delightful day filled with literature, discussion, and the company of some remarkable authors.

The line-up of authors, Kate Mosse CBE, Louis de Bernières, Gordon Griffin, and Paul Kerensa, promises a diverse range of perspectives and literary styles. The addition of a ‘Getting Away With Murder’ panel with crime writers Nicola Williams, Greg Mosse, and Lesley Thomson adds an exciting element, sure to captivate fans of the mystery genre.

The picturesque village of Fishbourne, West Sussex, is a charming backdrop for this literary celebration. Attendees have the opportunity to engage with their favourite authors and also to explore the local setting, enhancing the overall experience.

Fishbourne Literary Festival

Kate Mosse CBE

Pirates, Secrets and Revenge on the High Seas.

Launching off for 2024, join festival Patron Kate Mosse to hear her about her latest No 1 bestseller The Ghost Ship – a swashbuckling pirate novel of revenge, secrets and adventures set in 17th century – as well as have a sneak preview of the final novel in The Joubert Family Chronicles (publishing Autumn 2024) and plans to celebrate the anniversary of her multi-million bestselling novel Labyrinth in 2025.’

Best-selling author of ten novels and short story collections, four works of non-fiction.

Gordon Griffin

Speaking Volumes

He is best known as a multi-award winning narrator of audiobooks. He has recorded 950+
An established  actor from Shakespeare to rock musicals. He presented Playschool and in his first film he acted in a scene with Gregory Peck and Sophia Loren. He was in the first two series of Byker Grove. He recently recorded an episode of The Crown.  In 2020 his autobiography SPEAKING VOLUMES was published and the audiobook (read by him of course!)


Louis de Bernières

A Writers Life

Selected as one of the “20 Best of Young British Novelists”, part of a promotion in Granta magazine. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin author and multi award winning novelist Louis de Bernieres is a hugely successful and diverse writer of novels, plays and poetry works include The Book of Job, one in a series of books reprinted from the Bible, a play, Sunday Morning at the Centre of the World. He is also a writer of short stories.  He has recorded four albums of his own songs.

Paul Kerensa

Aunties & Uncles

British Comedy Award-winning comedian, writer and broadcaster. He’s written for BBC1’s Miranda, Not Going Out and Top Gear and presents Radio 2’s Pause For Thought. Books include People’s Book Prize finalist Hark! The Biography of Christmas and one of The Independent’s comedy books of the year, So a Comedian Walks into a Church. As a broadcast historian, Paul presents The British Broadcasting Century Podcast, tours re-enactments of early broadcasts and advises the BBC on their own history.


If I am looking pleased with myself, then it’s because I am. I have just finished recording FINNEGAN’S WAKE a book that even the writer James Joyce regarded as ‘unreadable’. I relished the challenge – all 40 hours of it!

Image: one of my successful workshops 2022


Audiobook narration workshop series

In the past couple of years I have hosted successful narrator workshops. (details below) Currently we are having a break but hope to resume again in the future. If you’re interested, please contact me at

Led by award winning narrator Gordon Griffin, each workshop offers 6 participants the opportunity to spend a day immersed in the audiobook process. Gordon is one of the most prolific audiobook narrators in the world, with over 900 recordings to his credit. In 2017 he received an MBE from the Queen in the Birthday Honours List for his audiobook work. He is among ID AUDIO’s most prized narrators. 

The workshops take place at the our studio in Queen’s Park and include:

– Detailed instruction from Gordon on both the audiobook industry and how to narrate an award winning audiobook. 

– Tour of the studio and insight into the production process by an ID Audio producer

– Script preparation workshop

– The opportunity to get behind the mic and receive notes from Gordon.

– Complimentary teas, coffees and snacks throughout the day

Participants will leave with a professional standard audiobook sample to submit to castings and voice agents and these will also go into ID AUDIO’s casting database for consideration in future projects. 

Here’s what our recent workshop participants say:

Spent a fabulous immersive day on the art of narration & audiobooks with the legend @GordonGriffin MBE at @id_audio studios. Thanks also to producer Alex & to all the other participants! I learnt so much!  Highly recommended.


This workshop was superb! I would highly recommend anyone interested in the art of making audio books to look out for the next one and go for it!


‘Highly recommend this. Gordon is kind, firm, inspiring and professional. You will definitely laugh.  You may well cry.  You will absolutely learn – from a master of his craft!’


Thank you to each and every beautiful person I met, learnt from & connected with today. It was a fantastic, magical day.


Well, this is nice. James Hogg is the ghost writer of the book

Bernard’s autobiography has finally been recorded (by the brilliant Gordon Griffin) and will be released on 1st October this year. It’s obviously a shame that Bernard couldn’t do it (we just ran out of time unfortunately) but Gordon’s done a fantastic job
James Hogg 

Is it a coincidence that I read audiobook legend Gordon Griffin’s wonderful book a couple of years back and have since won an Earphones Award and been nominated for an Audie? I think not!

Thanks to Gordon for an excellent and entertaining read and for those library tours where we first met all those years ago.

Alan Medcroft