Simone Whitlow – History blogger, Podcaster. Composer of the music.. Maker of the cartoon images.

The internet states I’m breaking some cardinal rule in not having an About Me. As I don’t want to face any dire consequences …. here goes. 

I’m a history blogger, musician, songwriter and podcaster, based in Auckland, New Zealand. Having moved from teaching at a high school to a polytechnic, my teaching career was waylaid when the SARS virus cut off our supply of overseas students – and my current role (small cog in a big machine for a financial institution) became more permanent than I planned on by a long way.

Once upon a time I played guitar, mandolin and occasionally sang for a hard rock group called Ishtar. I’ll link to a social media page for the old band at some point. I’ve performed with full bands, as half of an acoustic duo, recorded an ep, done a little session work, added musical backing to a couple of plays and student films, and occasionally performed as a soloist.

I record all the music for the podcast. 

I’m an obsessive reader and collector of historical tales – something which never really stopped on leaving university. I’m all over the place and could probably be described as a generalist – however I lean towards Forteana, pop culture, a lot of social history, stuff on civil rights, the development of ideologies and noble myths, and – as much as I believe history makes the person (not vice versa) I love a good biography of some larger than life character. I think this often informs the stories I tell. Geographically, and temporally I’m similarly scattered.

I normally share a little about myself on the final paragraph of the show notes for each podcast episode. These are true, and refer back to the episode in some way. I also mention on there (cause my voice and visage look at odds with one another) I’m transgender, and use she/her pronouns.