Our Narrators

Avita Jay Avita after the recording session holding a mug of tea and smiling

Title of book: The Mussle Feast by Birgit Vanderbeke

Translated from the German by Jamie Bulloch

  • One thing you liked about the book you just read? The intrigue - very atmospheric and gripping.
  • Your favourite genre?: Thriller
  • Your favourite book?: The Time Traveller's Wife

Biography

Avita is a theatre, film, television, and voice actress. Trained at Drama Studio London, Avita has appeared onstage in Sunday Morning at the Centre of the World, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Unsung, Warde Street, Pioneer, Peer Gynt, Rapunzel, and Bring on the Bollywood.

Avita has narrated a wide range of audiobooks for commercial release and the RNIB Talking Book Library including titles by Robin Hobb, Louis De Bernieres and Mark Billingham. She also works for the charity, InterAct Stroke Support.

Her television and film credits include L8R (BBC2), Emmerdale (ITV), the Bollywood feature London, Paris, New York, and the musical short film Miser's Dream.

Sean Barrett

Title of book: The Book of Chameleons by José Eduardo Agualusa

Translated from the Portuguese by Daniel Hahn

  • One thing you liked about the book you just read? The translation was excellent
  • Your favourite genre?: Crime/Thrillers (especially with a few laughs)
  • Your favourite book?: Hucklebery Finn

Biography:

Started acting as a boy on Childrens Television when it was live and black and white. Movies include War and Peace(1956) and Dunkirk(1958).Voice of Tik Tok in Return to Oz. Theatre includes Suite in Three Keys by and starring Noel Coward. Television highlight Father Ted Christmas Special. Came to Voice work through the BBC Radio Drama Company and BBC School Radio. Narrated many documentaries for television,including co-narrating the BBC Series People’s Century. Recorded numerous audiobooks,including Robert Wilson’s A Small Death in Lisbon,winner of a Gold spoken word award in 2001,and won an Audie (US) in 2009 for Brock and Bodie Thoene’s Prague Counterpoint,and also, over the years, a number of Audiofile Magazine Earphones Awards.

David Thorpe

Title of book: The Iraqi Christ by Hassan Blasim

Translated from the Arabic by Jonathan Wright

  • One thing you liked about the book you just read? It's surreal creativity.
  • Your favourite book?: The Grapes of Wrath

Biography:

Born in Sheffield, raised on the Isle of Wight, a Londoner all my adult life, I've worked as an actor for over 30 years, most of that time behind a mic. Twice a member of the BBC Radio Drama Company, 5 years a presenter at BBC English, a regular character in BBC World Service Soap "Westway" I now mainly narrate audiobooks and devise and perform one man shows on a theme of changing the world.

My first podcast series "Confessions of a Toytown Revolutionary" was released in 2017 and is available on Soundcloud. I am currently devising a show called "BOLSHIE"-an irreverent and incomplete history of the Russian Revolution. Twitter: @radiodavethorpe

Laurence Bouvard

Title of book: New Finnish Grammar by Diego Marani

Translated from the Italian by Judith Landry

  • One thing you liked about the book you just read? Beautiful writing! It was a joy to read. I also enjoyed the Finnish language aspect.
  • Your favourite genre?: character driven drama.
  • Your favourite book?: New Finnish Grammar by Diego Marani.

Biography:

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Harvard University in linguistics and native of Boston, Massachusetts, Laurence Bouvard trained at LAMDA in London and made her professional acting debut creating the role of Maria Elena Holly in the original cast of the West End musical, Buddy.

An experienced voice artist and audiobook reader, Laurence has recorded nearly 200 books to date, and has been named Reader of the Month by Whole Story Audio. Other voice work includes cartoons such as Robotboy and Watch My Chops!; videogames, including Perfect Dark Zero, Silent Hill: Origins, and Horizon Zero Dawn; dictionaries for Random House and Longman; and BBC radio plays, including Jo in Little Women, Lana Turner in A Night with Johnny Stompanato, and Samantha in Final Demands by Frederic Raphael.

Laurence also reads for the UK Royal National Institute of Blind People. She is passionate about languages and has studied 18 to date.