Theresa Talbot is a BBC Radio Scotland presenter, best known as the voice of Traffic & Travel and as the former presenter of The Beechgrove Potting Shed.

Having studied Economic History at Glasgow University where she gained an Honours degree, she tried numerous careers (including Library Assistant, Medical Rep and Pepsi Challenge Girl) before embarking on a career on radio.

Theresa’s broadcasting career has been a varied one – she was a freelance comedy writer for BBC Radio Scotland, has produced music documentaries for both Radio Scotland and Radio 2 and even sang for Children In Need.

She is also an author, writing three crime novels featuring investigative journalist, Oonagh O’Neil – The Lost Children, Keep Her Silent and The Quiet Ones, as well as This Is What I Look Like, a memoir of her life and career.

Theresa also hosts the excellent crime fiction podcast, The Tartan Noir Show.

Listen to Theresa Talbot on the Read All About It podcast HERE


1. Favourite book from childhood.
Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales

2. Favourite book from teenage/university years.
Animal Farm by George Orwell

3. A book you would recommend to anyone.
Any George Orwell books. Also anything by John Fowles, especially The Magus.

4. A book you couldn’t be paid to read again.
I’m reluctant to slag off any book as it’s all a matter of taste & I’d hate to put someone off reading. To be honest, if I hated a book that much I’d pretty much give up in the first chapter and forget about it

5. The last book you read or are currently reading,
Love and Ruin by Paula McLain