About me

Charlie Lee-Potter – writer, broadcaster and university lecturer from Oxford.

Charlie Lee-Potter

Here are answers to some questions I’ve been asked:

Who takes all the photographs?
I do. I can very quickly become nerdy about my cameras, so I’ll limit myself to saying I use a Canon 5D Mark II and a Canon 7D and stop right there. The only photograph I didn’t take is this one. It’s by my friend, the brilliant photographer Simon Brown.

What broadcasting and journalism have you done?
I’ve presented many BBC Radio 4 programmes, including  The World at One, The World Tonight and The World This Weekend, PM and Open Book. I was a news reporter for BBC radio and television for many years and presented BBC Breakfast News and a series of political documentaries for BBC2. I write book reviews and arts features for many different newspapers and magazines.

Your posts often seem to focus on literature – why’s that?
Reading is one of my great loves. I have a PhD on the post-9/11 novel and am  a Visiting Lecturer in English literature at London University.

What kind of name is Eggs on the Roof?
When I was little my mum’s best friend Sally told me that if I threw an egg over the top of our house, it would never break. There are lots of eggs on the roof of that house. But food should be fun – throwing all those eggs was.

Why do you like eating outside in the rain?
Because when you come from the UK you have to learn to love it. It’s an essential part of our education.

Can I use text or pictures from your site?
All text and images on this site, unless expressly specified otherwise, belong to Charlie Lee-Potter. If you wish to use any image or text from Eggs on the Roof you must obtain prior authorisation and you must link back to the site, crediting me.

6 thoughts on “About me

  1. I’m sorry I’ve just read your “about” and I have, of course, heard of you. R4 is on here all day and I do recall “presented by Charlie Lee-Potter”. Will listen out for you now.
    PS R4 has kept my sanity down the years!


  2. I too have discovered, and now like to use the word “gloomth” since visiting Horace Walpole’s fascinating house Strawberry Hill near Teddington. Recommended!


    • I haven’t been there yet, although I did see a wonderful exhibition at the V and A about him. I will definitely go to Strawberry Hill on your recommendation.


  3. Hey Charlie
    I just read your blog and really enjoyed it. I particularly liked the paragraph in the recipe about mango cups with lime ice cream. It was about how psychologists should be feeding people sweets from their childhood instead of music of their past. I agree! While I was reading I decided to add your blog to my ICT homework which is about blogs that I enjoyed reading.


    • Thanks, Hugo. As far as I know, my blog’s never been the subject of ICT homework before, so I’m feeling very proud! I wonder which sweets would bring back your earliest memories.


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