I have been commissioned by BBC Radio 3 to make 5 episodes of The Essay with 5 writers, reflecting on 5 locations along Hadrian’s Wall which pass right through the city of Newcastle.
The writers have all done an amazing job, and I’ve enjoyed becoming acquainted with more parts of Newcastle. I’ve recorded soundscapes at each location and woven them around the words. You can listen to all episodes on BBC Sounds here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0015hwz
The commission was part of the After Dark Festival, a collaboration between BBC Radio 3 and Sage Gateshead which celebrated the spring equinox with a music, sound, and words festival from 6pm until 6am over the weekend of 19th/20th March.
The writers are Jake Polley, Sinéad Morrissey, Noreen Masud, Tara Bergin, and Jake Morris-Campbell. The producer was Mark Rickards, and it was a Bespoken Media production.