My Experience on BBC Radio Bristol

By Char Shields - March 28, 2020

On the afternoon of Tuesday 18th February, I received a phone call from Adam Crowther who said he wanted me to come on BBC Radio Bristol that night. I was in utter shock, of course. When I woke up that morning to go to university, I never expected that I would be interviewed at BBC Bristol that very evening.

After reading 'A Letter from My Body to Myself' out at a Weston Writer’s Nights event, I decided to send it to BBC Upload, a radio show that showcases various creative work. I was fully expecting a rejection letter in a few weeks’ time. Instead, I was told only four days later that they loved the piece and were going to air it that night. To my shock, they also wanted to interview me.

For the rest of the day, I was literally bouncing around everywhere. I don’t think I had ever been so excited. I was pumped with so much adrenaline that the nerves didn’t even hit me until I was sitting in the studio, waiting to go on.

However, everyone at the BBC were so nice and welcoming. From the security guards who were pumping me up, to the news team who were so supportive. It was hard not to feel right at home. The presenter, Adam Crowther, was incredibly friendly and I really enjoyed talking to him. And I can't lie that I did feel in awe when I was walking through the news room.

I was worried at first that I would freeze up on air or not know how to answer the questions, but the conversation just flowed. And it felt fantastic to talk openly about my eating disorder and to have an open-minded person to talk to. I hope it helped the listeners as well. It’s so important to love our bodies, no matter what shape or size, because they work so hard to keep us alive.

It was a night that I didn’t want to end, but I will certainly never forget. Even two days later, I’m still feeling completely overwhelmed by it all. Thank you so much to everyone who listened to me and who have supported me, and to BBC Upload for having me. And a special shout out to Weston Writer’s Nights for pushing me to get my work out there.

You can listen to my interview here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p081hyss
 
 

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