Simon Richardson
    Simon is an Arts Producer for the BBC specialising in books and new writing. Having joined the BBC in 2012 as a Talent Scout, for Radio 4 he’s been the producer of Open Book with Mariella Frostrup, Book of The Week, Book at Bedtime, and the network’s flagship daily arts programme Front Row. He’s produced World Book Club and World Book Cafe for the BBC World Service and five series of the Radio 3 Essay on literature related subjects. While at the BBC he’s commissioned new work from writers including Teju Cole, Carmen Maria Machado, Simon Armitage, Chibundu Onuzo and Sean O’Brien and directed performances of new pieces of fiction by actors including Martin Freeman, Riz Ahmed, Rupert Everett, David Suchet, Harriet Walter, Maxine Peake, Tom Courtenay and Juliet Stevenson.  More recently he produced and directed the first novel adaptation for the BBC’s new ‘Sounds’ platform, Queenie by Candice Carty Williams, and oversaw the launch of BBC Classic Stories and BBC Classic Novels, the largest general release of free audiobooks and audio short stories in UK history. He has a special interest in queer fiction and life writing and has been a champion for this type of literature in and outside of the BBC.