Ask a Publisher: David Fickling, Publisher, David Fickling Books

David Fickling, @DFB_storyhouse talks to @CathJacobNews

This interview was recorded at
David Fickling Books, Oxford
on 20th June 2014.

Catherine Jacob is an award-winning journalist who has worked for ITV, Five and Sky News. She is also an Honorary Mention for Undiscovered Voices 2014 with her MG novel The Perigree Moonlings. Her first novel was shortlisted for the Northern Writers' Crime Competition 2012 and her short story, Child's Play was shortlisted for the Asham Award 2011. She juggles working with being a mum to two little girls.


  1. Wow. Could somebody please clone David Fickling?!

  2. As the secret recording person, I have to say that it was a real treat to be in the room with David, and experience the full force of his considerable enthusiasm for stories and children's publishing. I'm glad that everyone else can now hear it too :-)

  3. Fantastic interview with a brilliant publisher!

  4. Nick what do you use to record these – what hardware to record and what software to host & publish? What a great job you and Catherine did and like others here I am loving every word David said. How can you listen to this and not love that guy!?

    1. Sheila, I have a Sony digital voice recorder that I used for this and Cath took a backup recording on her iPhone. I was a bit worried about the sound levels as David has quite a loud voice, but it seemed to cope fine. Jan did the actual editing and upload, so perhaps she can chip in about that.

  5. So glad you're enjoying them Sheila!
    By the end of the series we'll have used a variety of recording devices from Penguin's media suite equipment to my phone.
    most of them are use the mic on my mac then edited in Audacity - i tried garage band but actually found Audacity easier. The first four are hosted in my free allowance on Soundcloud but David's took it over the limit so @lescarr and southampton uni came to the rescue! I'm working it out as I go!

  6. Just catching up - wow, what a great interview!

  7. What a lovely man. Such an inspiring interview. And so informative and helpful-thanks everyone involved :)
    We're big fans of the Phoenix here. I hope one day I'll have a book good enough to send him!


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