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All About Me!

I'm a middle-aged Brit, with a Home Counties / slightly Estuary accent. I'm more or less monolingual, though I'm not afraid to try other languages. I have travelled a bit (notably Canada and Australia) but now live in the UK -- and I've been to all-but-one of the LibriVox London Chapter Meetups!

I joined LibriVox in November 2005 and after several months' break in 2006, have been happily contributing ever since. My first recording was: :) Initially, I only read for collaborations / group projects, but since Sept '07, have been recording solos too. On 16th Feb 2007, I became an MC -- though what I do under that label has changed quite a bit. I began by supporting lots of soloists, especially first-time ones (I think they inspired me to solo on my own, too!) Then I focussed on the Community Podcasts for a while, and now I just float around helping where I can.

Although I do give my thoughts on some copyright matters in the forums, I am NOT a lawyer in ANY country and none of my thoughts should be taken as legal advice. If in doubt, please check with a lawyer in your own country (ideally, who also knows something of US copyright law.)

I've described my current 'studio' setup, and other details of how I record, at length here:

Other Notable LibriVoxy Things:

I was the first to use the term 'choice of voice' which encourages multiple versions of books.  :)

I started the Short Sci-fi Story Collection, and MCed those for a long time.

I edited most acts of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

I contribute to keeping our FAQ up-to-date.

I've produced 31 Community Podcasts (to date - Feb 2011.)

My catalogue page is:

Outside LibriVox

I'm on Twitter at @coris. I also record at Legamus, especially works by Virginia Woolf. If you live outside the USA, check it out! (Sorry, USans, this project is under European definitions of Public Domain.) I am not on Facebook, Quora or Yahoo! Answers! I blog occasionally, especially about LibriVox / recording topics, at I've made several commercial recordings, available at and  :) I put two spaces after a full-stop. Misplaced apostrophes make me twitch. I am a cat person. My favourite colour is green. My favourite LibriVox author is E. Nesbit.

Some quotes I find inspiring

 The oldest books are still only just out to those who have not read them.
 — Samuel Butler
 It is what you read when you don't have to, that determines what you will be when you can't help it.
 — Oscar Wilde
 As the world is not inhabited entirely by specialists, the inference is that books of all kinds, good 
 as well as indifferent, lie hidden away in obscure places, waiting the coming of some appreciative explorer 
 who will rescue them from the neglect of many years, and restore them to the world from whence they came.
 — J. Herbert Slater from The Romance of Book-Collecting.
 The great composer does not set to work because he is inspired, but becomes inspired because he is working.  
 Beethoven, Wagner, Bach and Mozart settled down day after day to the job in hand with as much regularity 
 as an accountant settles down each day to his figures. They didn't waste time waiting for inspiration.
 — Ernest Newman
 Criticism is something we can avoid easily by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing. 
 — Aristotle
 I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will 
 never forget how you made them feel.
 — Maya Angelou

Some LibriVox recordings I've particularly enjoyed