Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Radio Production Course for Poetry Lovers

Manchester Literature Festival is teaming up with ALL FM Community Radio Station for Poems on the Road, a project celebrating poetry along the A6 Corridor. We are commissioning 5 poets from the area (Suzanne Batty, Helen Clare, Pete Kalu, Shamshad Khan and Martin de Mello) to produce new poems set in and around the Stockport Road area of Manchester. These poems will be recorded on location and aired on ALL FM in May 2011.

We are also offering 6 people the opportunity to take part in a 6 week radio production course run by ALL FM. The course will provide training in show planning, scriptwriting, interview techniques, equipment use, practical recording and editing. Course participants will also produce podcasts of the newly commissioned poems and interviews with the poets for live broadcast and online listen again facilities. The course is aimed at people with a particular interest in learning how to promote the arts and culture using new media.

Course Times – Fridays 1 - 4pm

WEEK 1: February 18th
1: Introduction to the course
2: The importance of teamwork
3: Programming radio / radio styles
4: Radio roles – who does what and why?
5: Station Practice

WEEK 2: February 25th
1: Running orders
2: Scriptwriting – writing for yourself and writing for others.
3: Research

WEEK 3: March 4th
1: Preparing and conducting interviews
2: Using the portable recorders
3: Playback and evaluation

WEEK 4: March 11th
1: Studio practice
2: Introduction to the studio
3: Introduction to Myriad
4: Introduction to audio editing

WEEK 5: March 18th
1: Using the mixing desk
2: Recording links
3: Advanced audio editing part 1

WEEK 6: March 25th
1: Putting together a podcast (advanced audio editing part 2)
2: Uploading to the internet
3: Representing the station while out and about


To apply for the course you need to meet the following requirements:

* Be available to attend all course sessions which will take place 1pm – 4pm every Friday between February 18th and March 25th 2011 at ALL FM Radio Station in Levenshulme.
* Be willing to participate in post-course production sessions in April 2011 (dates to be arranged with poets).
* Live in the Levenshulme, Longsight or Ardwick areas of Manchester.
* Be competent with using a computer for a range of everyday tasks (no previous radio editing experience necessary).
* Have a genuine interest in literature and promoting the arts.

To apply for the course, please email Jason Cooke at by Friday 4th February, explaining how you think you would benefit from taking part in the course and how you meet the requirements above. If you have any queries please ring Jason on 0161 248 6888.

Poems on the Road project is part of the Connect programme supported by the Community Media Association in partnership with Arts Council England.

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