London Podcast Festival Launches Audio Fiction Cluster
PRESS RELEASE — August 22, 2019
London Podcast Festival is taking place from the 6th to the 15th September at King’s Place in London. The event is the British Isles’ biggest podcast festival, and one of the largest in Europe – with last year’s LPF attracting over 18,000 visitors from all over the world. Every year, Martin Zaltz Austwick (of successful podcasts Answer Me This! and the award-winning Song by Song) organises the Podcast Maker’s Weekend. This is a weekend of events intended to help people break into podcasting: from making their first to show to professionalising their operation. This year, for the first time, the Maker’s Weekend includes an Audio Fiction cluster.
Organised by a team of volunteers, including Elizabeth Campbell (of Wooden Overcoats and Victoriocity) and Ella Watts (of The Orphans and The Unseen Hour), the Maker’s Weekend takes place at the end of London Podcast Festival on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September. The entire event is held at King’s Place, and consists of a series of workshops, talks and panels.
This year’s audio fiction cluster will involve two workshops on sound design and production – one from co-producer of Wooden Overcoats Andy Goddard, intended as a basic introduction to the process, and one by legendary sound designer John Dryden, of Tumanbay, The Message, LifeAfter, and the upcoming Passenger List starring Kelly Marie Tran. Dryden will be doing an intimate talk on sound designing imaginary worlds, for which there are only fifteen tickets available.
Since audio fiction podcasts are made in a wide variety of ways, the Maker’s Weekend Audio Fiction panel with Hedley Knights (We Fix Space Junk, Audible), David Devereux (Tin Can Audio, Rusty Quill) and Meghan Fitzmartin (Red Rhino, The AM Archives) will cover a range of topics – from remote recording to directing an ensemble cast in studio. And because audio fiction does not only concern drama, there will be a workshop on actual-play podcasts from Maxamillian John (Definitely Human, The Infinite Bad) and Ellie Sparrow (Flintlocks and Fireballs).
Tickets to all of the above are available through the King’s Place website (https://www.kingsplace.co.uk/magazine/genre/podcast-maker-weekend/), and more information can be found at www.podcastmakerweekend.com
London Podcast Festival was founded by Zoë Jeyes and is now in its fourth year. With over 50 panels, talks and shows scheduled over two weekends from the 6th to 15th September, and guest performers from all over the world, it’s one of the biggest podcast events in Europe.
The Podcast Maker’s Weekend is organised by Martin Zaltz Austwick, and is targeted in particular at members both old and new of the podcast community. Sessions are intended as practical instruction and advice, and range from how to market and monetise your podcast to how to script and produce it.
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