AUTHOR & PODCASTER
Hello! I’m Molly. I’m a writer and podcaster. Each morning I wake up to questions sent to me by children around the world, as well as my own children climbing into bed (the big one) or jumping on my head (the small one). I then set about answering these questions on my podcast Everything Under The Sun, and in my book Everything Under The Sun: a curious question for every day of the year, which was the third bestselling children’s non-fiction book of 2021 (The Bookseller)!
I’m now busy writing a new book of Everything Under The Sun, this time called EveryWHERE Under the Sun, filled with children’s questions from all over the world. So, if you have little people in your life who have questions, do send them in!
My favourite things in the world are swimming, sunshine, scuba diving, reading books, chatting to my Grandmother, avocados, cups of tea (especially in bed) and my delicious children. I write and podcast mainly from my garden shed in Oxfordshire but love making live episodes and plan to do more.
I also write a weekly kids’ quiz in The Guardian’s Saturday magazine (back page), it’s illustrated by Hennie Haworth who illustrated my first book, The Secret Museum. The Guardian chose her as the illustrator without knowing that, out of all the illustrators in the world. What are the chances?!
The Secret Museum was about all the things in museums that rarely, if ever, go on display. I travelled the world delving into archives with curators and wrote about a different artefact kept behind the scenes of museums including: a space suit covered in moon dust; Alfred Nobel's will that led to the Nobel prizes; Van Gogh's pocket sketchbooks filled with sketches of paintings now loved around the world...
My next book, Wonders of the World’s Museums was a children’s book full of all the best things you CAN see in museums, complete with their stories, great photographs and beautiful illustrations. My third book, Natural Wonders of the World, was filled with the most amazing wild places and creatures for children to learn about.
When my first children’s book about museums was published a friend’s daughter went to see something I wrote about in the book; the Blue Whale at the Natural History Museum. When she gazed up at the magnificent creature, now named Hope, diving through the museum’s enormous hall, she had a question - can blue whales talk to killer whales? I decided to find out.
She loved the answer I sent her and Everything Under The Sun, the podcast, was born! Everything Under The Sun won a bronze award for Best Family Podcast at the British Podcast Awards and went into the family apple podcast charts at number 1 when it launched.
I studied History at Oxford before becoming a QI elf, writing questions for the BBC quiz show, researching lots of books, working on a radio show called The Museum of Curiosity and writing a weekly column in The Saturday Telegraph.
If you have a question that you would like me to answer, do send it into the show!