Spoken Portraits are produced by Rosie Oliver. As founder of Tickertape Productions, Rosie also produces documentary podcasts for organisations. Recent projects include a feature about a master paper maker for LUSH, and a series documenting a new opera commissioned by Blackheath Halls, London.
Linking all of her work is a celebration of people, and a love of storytelling and sound in all its forms.
When Rosie is not working on audio projects, she leads Dotmaker Tours ‘London walks to change your perspective’.
Rosie came to audio production via a rather circuitous route. She read Social & Political Sciences at Clare College, Cambridge, a marvellously broad discipline that covered everything from anthropology to social psychology. On graduating she gained a masters degree in Development Studies at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) before moving to Bangladesh where she worked as a researcher for a non-governmental organisation specialising in education and community empowerment. Inspired by the legal activists there, she returned to the UK and ‘converted’ to the law. She qualified as a solicitor in the Government Legal Service where she went on to specialise in planning and environment law. She left the civil service in 2008 but continued to work part-time on environmental law and policy for the UK Environmental Law Association whilst also lecturing at a number of London University colleges.
Rosie fell into audio production in 2011 when she and her brother produced a Spoken Portrait of her mother as a retirement tribute. She loved everything about the process of planning the feature, interviewing people and editing the material into a piece that her mother adored. In many ways it felt like a natural coming together of her past interests and skills as a social researcher, lawyer, keen listener and amateur musician. She decided to pursue audio production professionally and has been making Spoken Portraits for other people’s loved ones ever since.