Clive Looker |Student with The Writers Bureau – become a published writer
It is some years since I took the Writers Bureau course but during my studies, I followed the guidance given by my course tutor and was earning money from selling illustrated articles to popular magazines including, Amateur Gardening, Pet Business World, Garden Ideas, InternationalRailway, The Lark, Camping Magazine, Active Life, to name but a few, before I had even completed the course.
Not long after I finished the course, I began submitting material for The Two Ronnies television show and The News Huddlines, radio show. I was successful in getting a few items included in both those shows.
Over a period of time I developed my own style of humour and subsequently had two short ‘Mindless Musings’ accepted by Kent Radio. I progressed through two local radio stations until I finished up at Channel Radio, a community internet, radio station.
Having passed an interview, I was given a weekly spot on, The Craig Avery Show, writing and reading both my ‘Mindless Musings’ and humorous verse. Which we titled ‘ A Selection of Verse Wot’s ‘Humour -erse.’
A year later, I was asked to present a live show called Marsh Mellow. This entailed collating material, writing the script and interviewing people in and around Romney Marsh. I did that for a year, and was then offered my own show called Arts Hour. which has now been running for about 18 months. I compile material, write the script- often using my own material – edit, produce, and finally present it. I originally did the show at our studio in Dymchurch, Kent, but now I record, and produce, the entire show from home, on my laptop, then upload the show to the Channel Radio web site, so I rarely see the inside of the studio.
Arts Hour is broadcast every Sunday between 2 & 3pm,and is then available on the studio’s ‘Listen Again’ feature for the following 7 days. This programme has the advantage of being broadcast worldwide so I have listeners globally. A great many ex-pats as you can imagine.
The directors are in the process of opening a new studio in Ashford Kent, close to where I live. When it is opened, I will be producing three radio plays I have written. I suppose you could say I owe it all to The Writer’s Bureau!