Karen Thornton is the presenter of Idling: A Storytime For Grown Ups – the radio show about local Stories. Ms Thornton is a fundraiser for MSF (Doctors Without Borders) and she also enjoys performing with her Middle Eastern Dance Troupe, Houriat. For more on Houriat, click HERE.

If you have a short story that you think Karen may want to record and recite, please feel free to email the her at the following address: k.thornton@harrogatecommunityradio.online – lengths are taken to ensure the literature Ms Thornton reads is out of copyright. Not all requests will be able to be met with this in mind. The Literature needs to be out of copyright..

Shows By Karen Thornton

Listen To Radio By Karen Thornton

Idling: The Moaning Lily, by Emma Vane

Idling: The Moaning Lily, by Emma Vane

 Join Karen Thornton every first Sunday of the month for a short story. The short story plays a supporting role in our literary world. It’s the sidekick, the little sister, the novel’s shadow. I’ve read and heard people speak of the short story as “practice” for a...

Metalwërk #42

Metalwërk #42

 Sunday sees Stew & Karen present Metalwërk on Harrogate Community Radio. Metalwërk, your only destination for metal. Whether it’s the thrashing sound of a hardcore heavy rock band or the hair metal tracks of legends such as Motley Crue, this show has you...

Idling: The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral, by MR James

Idling: The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral, by MR James

 Join Karen Thornton every first Sunday of the month for a short story. The short story plays a supporting role in our literary world. It’s the sidekick, the little sister, the novel’s shadow. I’ve read and heard people speak of the short story as “practice” for a...

Metalwërk #41

Metalwërk #41

 Sunday sees Stew & Karen present Metalwërk on Harrogate Community Radio. Metalwërk, your only destination for metal. Whether it’s the thrashing sound of a hardcore heavy rock band or the hair metal tracks of legends such as Motley Crue, this show has you...

Metalwërk #40

Metalwërk #40

 Sunday sees Stew & Karen present Metalwërk on Harrogate Community Radio. Metalwërk, your only destination for metal. Whether it’s the thrashing sound of a hardcore heavy rock band or the hair metal tracks of legends such as Motley Crue, this show has you...

Idling: From the Dead, by Edith Nesbit

Idling: From the Dead, by Edith Nesbit

 Join Karen Thornton every first Sunday of the month for a short story. The short story plays a supporting role in our literary world. It’s the sidekick, the little sister, the novel’s shadow. I’ve read and heard people speak of the short story as “practice” for a...

Metalwërk #38

Metalwërk #38

 Sunday sees Stew & Karen present Metalwërk on Harrogate Community Radio. Metalwërk, your only destination for metal. Whether it’s the thrashing sound of a hardcore heavy rock band or the hair metal tracks of legends such as Motley Crue, this show has you...

Metalwërk #37

Metalwërk #37

 Sunday sees Stew & Karen present Metalwërk on Harrogate Community Radio. Metalwërk, your only destination for metal. Whether it’s the thrashing sound of a hardcore heavy rock band or the hair metal tracks of legends such as Motley Crue, this show has you...

Idling: Was It An Illusion?: A Parson’s Story, by Amelia B Edwards

Idling: Was It An Illusion?: A Parson’s Story, by Amelia B Edwards

 Join Karen Thornton every first Sunday of the month for a short story. The short story plays a supporting role in our literary world. It’s the sidekick, the little sister, the novel’s shadow. I’ve read and heard people speak of the short story as “practice” for a...

Blog Posts By the Host:

Launch of Jim Moir Exhibition

Here at HCR HQ we were very excited to be invited to the opening of Red House Originals' latest exhibition - Yorkshire Rocks and Dinghy Fights by the inimitable Jim Moir. Showing a diverse collection of paintings and sculpture, the show captures everything from...

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The Return of Metal Sans Frontieres!

As we venture out of the pandemic, Harrogate Community Radio 's DJ Scooby and Karen Thornton brought back the local metal night, Metal Sans Frontieres. Hosted at The Oatlands in Harrogate, local rock and metal enthusiasts of all ages joined in the free event. The...

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Idle Thoughts

[vc_row qt_container="true"][vc_column][vc_column_text] In my last blog, I wrote about starting my new storytelling show, Sunday Shorts. To be frank, I wasn't 100% overjoyed with this name, but had a bit of a creative block to think of anything better that hadn't...

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Changing But Still Talking

When I had the idea for Open Aspect, I envisaged chatting with interesting folk from the Harrogate District. I thought it would bring something a bit different to the station, with an open minded and specifically local flavour. It started out strongly enough, but as...

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Opening Up To Community

By day I'm a business analyst in an IT department.  Of the various aspects of the job, user research is by far my favourite.  Learning to this opened my critical eye to how not to interview people. Now, I'll never say I'm an expert, but I started to notice how badly...

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