As current editor of The Fleet, Kira Spooner took over upon Rosalynd Holdbrook’s retirement, unaware that it meant she would be working with one of the most difficult men in radio drama — George Dixon. She was born and raised on Guernsey, and her parents earned a living by running the kiosk at Rousse. She went to the mainland to study for a BSc (Hons) in Media Studies, and when she returned they handed back the lease on the kiosk. A passage in an early draft of book 1, Dead in the Water, since removed, explains some of the background to her association with the kiosk:
George Dixon was not far away. A few miles north, in view of the West Coast Road, he was squinting into the sun at Rousse Kiosk. Sitting across the table, blowing the steam on a mug of fresh tea, sat Kira Spooner, his boss at the BBC.
Of all the kiosks that dotted the coast, Rousse was by far her favourite. Her mother had taken the lease there the year that Kira turned four, and run it with help from her husband through to the end of Kira’s degree. Media Studies, BSc, it had taken her off to the mainland, and when she returned they’d handed the lease back to the States and moved to a bungalow overlooking Beaucette Marina. Now eighty and eighty-four, they walked to the kiosk each morning, crossing the neck of the island to sit at the tables they’d sanded and varnished and served for two decades with never a day spent wishing they’d done something else with their lives.
Rousse, then, the headland and its kiosk, was a place of happy memories, and the moment the words had left her mouth — ‘Rousse kiosk, half an hour’ — she wished beyond all else that she could have taken them back. Dixon agreed and rang off and she almost called him back, minded perhaps to change her mind and refuse his request for a meeting, or at least to change the venue. Then she thought better of it, reminding herself that however much she would rather he kept away from this special place, his opening gambit had surely been worse.
She was described during an editorial conference at The Sarnian as being ‘a reedy woman with bobbed black hair and thick rimmed glasses’. (book 1, Dead in the Water)