Jo Durrant is the award winning presenter of “Jo Durrant’s Beautiful Universe”. This is an independent arts & science podcast which won the Sir Arthur Clarke award for Space Achievement in the Media category in June 2021.
She’s a highly respected and accomplished interviewer and chair, and a familiar face on stage at events like the Stroud Book Festival & Gloucester History Festival.
Until recently, Jo worked as a presenter/producer/reporter for BBC radio for over 20 years, but has now left to go freelance. During her career, she’s interviewed the likes of Brian May, Melanie C, Helen Sharman, Alan Bennett, Chris Hadfield and even Tim Peake (in space!)
Jo is passionate about the cross section of arts and science and wants everyone to feel welcome to the conversation. She loves talking to people and hearing their stories, and is well known for putting guests at ease with her relaxed, conversational style.
In her spare time she enjoys yoga, walking, travelling, reading, the theatre, visiting museums and has also been a volunteer at the John Moore Museum in Tewkesbury for 12 years. Jo has also received the Sir Arthur Clarke Award (Space Achievement - Media, broadcast and written).