Blanche Girouard is a writer and interviewer currently living and working in London. After a variety of careers (taking her from the Prison Service to the Bar and Thornby Hall, a therapeutic home for children) she now spends as much time as she can interviewing people.
Blanche first discovered her love for interviewing when she assisted Professor Paul Thompson in a project interviewing fishermen in Essex. Her first solo project involved interviewing missionaries and their children in Burkina Faso. After that, she turned her attention to the traders of Portobello Market. This project was the basis of her first book, Portobello Voices. Since then, Blanche has carried out interviews for the National Trust, the British Library, Sherborne Literary Festival, the Good Life Experience Festival and private individuals who want to conserve their memories for posterity.
While in Burkina Faso, Blanche made two radio documentaries for BBC World Service. She has continued to make radio documentaries for Radio 4, West Coast Live and Resonance 104.4 FM and is particularly keen to give lesser known and marginalised people a voice.
Blanche has been writing since the age of 6. At thirteen, she was chosen as the restaurant critic for Harpers and Queen’s teenage edition. As a prison officer and barrister, she contributed articles to the Prison Service Journal and Middle Temple Journal. In 2009 Blanche was a finalist for the Guardian’s International Journalism competition. She now writes occasional pieces for national newspapers and magazines.