While he much prefers writing fiction, Dale Hurst trained in Multimedia Journalism at Solent University in Southampton, graduating with a 2:1 in 2015. Prior to this, he had already honed his skills as a food critic and travel writer, starting a blog, Expensive Tastes, in 2012, which he kept running until 2019. Some of his reviews were used for PR campaigns, such as his write-up of Kensington’s Osteria 60. During his training, he worked on a number of high-profile stories, including the Queen’s visit to Southampton for the naming of the Britannia cruise ship, plus the public’s violent reaction to the filming of Immigration Street. He also spent some time working with Inspiration FM and BBC Radio Northampton, where he wrote scripts for shows and interviewed parliamentary candidates for the 2015 Local Elections. This included Michael Ellis, MP – currently Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. After a time sending occasional articles to the now-defunct sex and lifestyle magazine Sauce, Dale now devotes most of his time to fiction writing. However, he has reviewed the Trowbridge Symphony Orchestra and now serves on the editorial team for online multimedia human interest magazine HQB News.
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Interview with Michael Ellis, MP – Inspiration FM, Northampton (2015)
While on work experience with the Northampton-based community radio station Inspiration FM, Dale was part of a team assigned to contact and interview ten parliamentary candidates for the 2015 Local Elections. While primarily in an administrative role, Dale take charge in interviewing Conservative candidate (and present incumbent) Michael Ellis, MP, over the phone from the Houses of Parliament.
Osteria 60, Kensington Review – Expensive Tastes (2016)
This review was commissioned by a hospitality PR company in order to promote the now-defunct London restaurant Osteria 60. Dale was allowed to use his blog, Expensive Tastes, as a platform for the review. Unfortunately, the PR company was liquidated before another review was commissioned. In the review, Dale was joined by university friend and former radio co-presenter Dean Connor.
While the original is no longer available, you can read a copy of the review here.
The Real Risks of Public Sex – Sauce (2017)
Dale contributed a number of articles to the sex and lifestyle online magazine Sauce between 2016 and 2018. This one stands out, since it displays his ability to get people to talk about ordinarily-taboo subjects, such as having sex in public. It also marries his informal and somewhat humorous writing style with serious topics, plus a little legal research.
While the original is no longer available, you can read a copy of the article here.
The Trowbridge Symphony Orchestra in Concert – The Wiltshire Times (2018)
In 2018, shortly after going freelance, Dale was invited to review The Trowbridge Symphony Orchestra’s spring concert. The piece he produced was published in both the print and online versions of The Wiltshire Times. It was the first article he ever had published in a newspaper. The orchestra liked the review so much, they invited him to attend their next two concerts in July and November that same year.