RadioReverb’s ‘The Write Songs’ introduces celebrity food writers to Brighton’s air waves

20th March 2018

The Write Songs is returning to RadioReverb 97.2FM on Wednesday 28 March with the songs behind the books, this time by some of Britain’s most successful food writers. In a spin on Desert Island Discs and Paperback Writers’ ‘chat and play’ formula, food journalist and podcaster, Gilly Smith explores with her guests the songs that made their books sing.

Gilly explained “The Write Songs is about looking at the process of writing, listening to the songs my guests listen to while they’re writing and that transport them to where they take us in their books. Our sponsors at City Books are curating a reading list around the themes which come up in each episode, so it’s a must listen for book fans.”

Over the next eight weeks, RadioReverb listeners will go into the homes of The Observer’s Rising Star of 2015, Ukrainian food writer Olia Hercules and James Beard award winner, Diana Henry. The audience will also travel to River Cottage to meet Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s deputy, former Brighton resident Stephen Lamb; to Dartington Hall to meet TV’s Urban Chef, Oliver Rowe and to Soho’s Quo Vadis to meet cocktail queen, Kay Plunkett-Hogge. Plus, Italian food writer Valentina Harris and ambassador of Pakistani cooking, Sumayya Usmani and finalist in the Jane Grigson Trust New Food Writer Awards, Skye McAlpine take us back to their exotic childhoods through the music that still sings through their books.

The show will broadcast every Wednesday evening at 6pm and the final two shows on the 9th and 16th May will broadcast at 7pm following RadioReverb’s nightly Brighton Festival broadcast.

The Write Songs will also be repeated on Thursdays at 1pm and Fridays at 4am. A Podcast of the show can also be found using RadioReverb’s Listen Again service.

Listeners can hear RadioReverb at 97.2FM, on DAB+ and on-line at