Poet. Radio Presenter. Journalist. Event Host and Workshop Facilitator.
© 2013 Charlie Jordan
Charlie Jordan is a familiar radio voice, with a 20 year career presenting programmes for national and local stations inc. Radio 1, Radio 2, Capital FM, BRMB, Heart FM, LBC, BBC London and BBC WM. Live radio means constant variety, and Charlie is equally at home handling breaking news, encouraging listeners to share personal stories or explaining to rapper Snoop Dogg what a Wagon Wheel is.
She managed to bluff her way through a season hosting Saturday afternoon football shows for Fulham FC, but requires a bag of sweets to demonstrate the off-side rule.
Charlie is an experienced host for events and awards ceremonies. Venues have included London’s O2, Madam Taussauds, Birmingham’s Town Hall, and the I.C.C. She’s also chaired political debates, corporate launches and shows at the NEC, where Gok Wan rearranged her ‘bangers’ at Clothes Show Live.
As a former Birmingham Poet Laureate, and ‘Writer in residence’ at WBA football club, Charlie runs dynamic schools workshops that lift words off the page to engage pupils with literacy. Charlie is passionate about encouraging people to find their voice and has worked with survivors of domestic abuse in the Free Speech project in Birmingham. This resulted in empowering poetry films from all participants and more laughter than tears in the poignant workshops. She is currently running the 2013 ‘Hear My Voice’ project for the Lichfield Festival, working with excluded school pupils and two groups of domestic abuse survivors.
As a performance poet, she’s a regular on the local circuit and has appeared at festivals such as The Big Chill and Manchester’s Literature Festival. Her one-woman show ‘Buddhism and Ben & Jerrys’ debuted at the Bristol Old Vic and dedicated ice cream research continues as she’s writing a sequel…
As a founding member of poets’ collective Write Down Speak Up, Charlie works on community arts projects. The poetry crew recently toured with a bus packed full of words and hot chocolate that took poetry to the streets of the West Midlands.
The result was “The Big Brum Poem” Click here to open video
2013 saw the launch of Small Heath Stories and Druids Heath Diaries; taking poetry and hot chocolate onto the streets again to work with local communities. The resulting poetry film will be available here soon.