Jo Durrant is the award winning presenter of “Jo Durrant’s Beautiful Universe”. This is an independent arts & science podcast which won the Sir Arthur Clarke award for Space Achievement in the Media category in June 2021.

She’s a highly respected and accomplished interviewer and chair, and a familiar face on stage at events like the Stroud Book Festival & Gloucester History Festival.

By day Jo has worked as a broadcaster for BBC radio as for 20 years. She’s been covering the likes of the Cheltenham Literature & Science Festival for many years, interviewing guests like Brian May, Helen Sharman, Alan Bennett, Chris Hadfield and even Tim Peake in space!

Jo is passionate about the cross section of arts and science and wants everyone to feel welcome to the conversation.

In her spare time she enjoys yoga, walking, reading, theatre and anything space related.

Paula Whitcher