Our Show's MC, Kirk England
Kirk England, interviewing at the show.
Kirk England works as a reporter for the BBC and also has a radio show.
Please note that the BBC does not sponso this event, Kirk kindly helps us out on a voluntary basis, Thanks Kirk!
KIRK ENGLAND ANSWERS SOME OF OUR QUESTIONS !
How did you get involved in the Festival ?
I live near Winkleigh, heard about the festival and was really happy to volunteer to help compere the event. I'm a reporter for BBC South West, so I ask people questions for a living. Those questions can often be difficult and challenging ones, so it's wonderful to be able to spend a few days being involved in something that is so much fun and so celebratory. I've also learnt a lot about ZX81's, dowsing, vikings and vintage lawnmowers.
How long have you been a journalist ?
I've worked for the BBC for 17 years. I started out as a producer, reporter and presenter at BBC Radio Cambridgeshire and then moved to BBC Radio 5Live. I've worked for the BBC in Plymouth for the last 10 years. That has mainly been as a reporter at BBC Radio Devon but, more recently for BBC Spotlight.
As a reporter, what is the most bizarre thing that you have done?
Trying to do an interview and swim at the same time. Keeping the microphone out of the water was the biggest challenge.
What was your most interesting interview?
The most interesting interviews are the ones when you get answers you were not expecting. MP's, Cabinet Ministers and people who are in the public eye are generally very careful about what they tell you. They rarely give anything away. So, I've found that the most intriguing interviews often come from normal people who've been involved in something extraordinary. That's when you get the 'I couldn't believe what was happening' or 'it was like being on the set of a film' moments. Great interviews also come from people who are passionate about what they are speaking about. You get a lot of that at the Step Back in Time festival so I'm really looking forward to what people are going to tell me this year!.