Kirsty Louise McQuire is a multiplatform producer and journalist living in Hackney, east London. She recently won a commission from the PRX Global Story Project with her feature The Kindness of Strangers. Kirsty is part of the freelance team screening callers for BBC Radio 4’s phone-in show, Any Answers? and has worked on a variety of documentaries and podcasts for the independent production companies Whistledown, Wise Buddah and Sparklab.
In 2011/2012, she spent a year as the Speech Radio AP at Wise Buddah. She worked on documentaries across the BBC networks, on topics as varied as disabled access, Jamaican literature and youth unemployment. Prior to that she graduated with an MA in Broadcast Journalism from City University, London. Kirsty has interned at Time Out London, Wise Buddah Creative, Whistledown Productions, BBC Radio Leeds, BBC One’s Politics Show for Yorkshire & Lincolnshire and was part of the Hackney Hear sound app production team. Her articles and reviews have appeared in The London Review of Breakfasts, The Londonist, The Hackney Citizen and Amelia’s Magazine.
Originally from Doncaster, Kirsty read English at Queens’ College, University of Cambridge from 2002- 05 before spending a year at East 15 Acting School, graduating in 2007. Kirsty’s fringe theatre ventures have seen her perform at the BAC and Theatre 503, train with Real Circumstance Theatre Company and appear in short films for Slightly Ajar, Ariel Films and Keen City Productions. In between times she has sung to babies in Bayswater, danced the Charleston on the BBC, pulled pints in a pink wig and nannied aboard a yacht off the French Riviera. In 2011 she was the proud winner of the 40 Winks/ Bedtime Stories Most Glamorous Nightie Award.
Here’s a 5 minute showreel of highlights from Kirsty’s year of broadcast training at City 2010/11: