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Friday 16th March

  • Broadcasting House Ideas Workshop

    8:15pm - St George's Bristol

    A chance to play your part in Broadcasting House with Paddy O'Connell. Join Paddy and the team for an editorial meeting... and bring your ideas. They might even make it onto Radio 4 by Sunday morning.

Saturday 17th March

  • The Poetry of Radio, the Colour of Sound: Imaginative connections through sonic experiences with Seán Street

    10:00am - More Than Words Room One

    Professor Seán Street is an acclaimed historian, writer, radio producer, presenter and poet whose work is regularly heard on the BBC but is also broadcast on Australian, Canadian, Irish and American radio. In this special master class he will show how technology is opening up new and creative frontiers in listening and broadcasting.

  • Poetry Workshop - From Scratch to Stage

    10:00am - The Hall - Bristol Folk House

    An invitation to you to get creative with sound and words. This "hands on", all-day group workshop with four poets chosen for their diverse styles and approaches to writing will involve you in the creation and public performance of an ambitious sound poem on the theme of Bristol life.

  • Masterclass with Jonathan Dimbleby

    10:30am - More Than Words Room Two

    Jonathan Dimbleby is a distinguished writer, TV and radio broadcaster and political journalist who began his career at the BBC in Bristol in 1969. This is a rare opportunity to hear his perspective on a varied career in broadcasting and journalism.

  • Sound Adventurers

    12pm - More Than Words Room One

    More Than Words Sound Adventurer's series introduces you to unique and surprising experiences at the cutting edge of listening. Sound artists, young documentary makers and inventors will be sharing the soundtracks of their lives. Includes Field Song, an amazing sonic installation by artist Harriet Bowman, musician Ben Socrates and technologist Charles Gershom, Channel Weather Symmetry by sound artist Geraint Ffrancon and photographer Nicky Brown and Digital Stories, a BBC Outreach Media Project created by a group of young people from Hartcliffe and Lawrence Weston in Bristol.

  • Writing Comedy for Radio with Steven Canny

    12:30pm - More Than Words Room Two

    Radio Comedy can go anywhere. The Hitchhiker's Guide took us to the end of the Universe and Bleak Expectations brought us down to earth often with a bump. But is a world without limits helpful for comedy? This session listens to comedy from the past, future and even, occasionally, the present and tries to find out what's funniest. With Steven Canny, Executive Producer, BBC Radio Comedy.

  • The Listening Project with Fi Glover

    2pm - More Than Words Room One

    The Listening Project puts people and listening at the heart of a major project bringing together Radio 4, The British Library and BBC Local Radio. It offers us - the people of the UK - the chance to capture the conversations of our lives for posterity, creating an audio bank of personal stories for future generations. A groundbreakingand ambitious radio project that you can play your part in.

  • How to Listen, Really Listen - BBC College of Journalism

    2:30pm - More Than Words Room Two

    Are you listening, really listening? This two hour session is based on a highly acclaimed training programme delivered to the BBC's new journalists. Working on the principle that great listening can lead to great questioning we guarantee that, after this, you'll never listen in the same way again.

  • Listening in the Dark with Jolyon Jenkins and Miles Warde

    4:00pm - More Than Words Room One

    Hundreds of documentaries are broadcast every year, ranging from the investigative and revelatory to the artistic and impressionistic. In this session, two Bristol radio producers - Jolyon Jenkins and Miles Warde - lift the lid on how they make documentaries.

  • BBC Writers Room Perfect 10 with Kate Rowland

    4:30pm - More Than Words Room Two

    The first ten pages of every script that gets sent to the BBC Writers Room get read. The Perfect Ten is an interactive workshop showing the ten ways in which you can make those ten pages count, and make us want to read on. This session is led by Kate Rowland the Creative Director for New Writing at the BBC and head of the BBC Writers Room.

Sunday 18th March

  • Listening Workshop - Black Roses: The Killing of Sophie Lancaster

    10:00am - More Than Words Room One

    Black Roses: The Killing of Sophie Lancaster is an electric and extraordinary dramatised poetry documentary. In Black Roses we hear Sophie's voice through a series of poignant poems written by the award-winning poet Simon Armitage. A chance to listen to the programme previously broadcast in Radio 4 and then talk about the impact it has had with Sue Roberts, the producer and creator of Black Roses and Sylvia Lancaster, Sophie's mother.

  • Masterclass with Luke Jerram - An Ear For Art

    10:30am - More Than Words Room Two

    Artist Luke Jerram lives in Bristol but has an international reputation. His Sky Orchestra flies over cities creating music in the air. Over 500 pianos have now been installed in cities across the globe, from New York to Sydney, bearing the simple instruction 'Play Me, I'm Yours'. A rare chance to hear and see how sound inspires his work.

  • Masterclass with Duncan Speakman - Where Life and Technology Meet

    12:30pm - More Than Words Room Two

    International Sound Artist Duncan Speakman invented the subtle mob. Experience how he mixes sound, movement and the surroundings to make you feel like you're part of something truly cinematic. Duncan's work blends specially composed music, performance, pervasive media and emergent technologies.

  • The Listening Project with Fi Glover

    2:00pm - More Than Words Room One

    The Listening Project puts people and listening at the heart of a major project bringing together Radio 4, The British Library and BBC Local Radio. It offers the people of the UK the chance to capture the conversations of our lives for posterity, creating an audio bank of personal stories for future generations. A groundbreaking and ambitious radio project that you can play your part in.

  • Masterclass with Peter Snelling - Stories in My Pockets

    2:30pm More Than Words Room Two

    Peter Snelling is a storyteller who uses films, drawings and his imagination to connect with others. In his pockets you will find a paper bag that once contained a Belgian bun, a supermarket receipt and a notebook containing ideas that will happen, ideas that might happen and ideas that are never going to happen in a million years. In this session he talks about how he uses stories to connect with people who aren't normally listened to.

  • Listening in the Dark with Jolyon Jenkins and Miles Warde

    4:00pm More Than Words Room One

    Hundreds of documentaries are broadcast every year, ranging from the investigative and revelatory to the artistic and impressionistic. In this session, two Bristol radio producers - Jolyon Jenkins and Miles Warde - lift the lid on how they make documentaries.

  • Sound Adventurers

    4:30pm More Than Words Room Two

    More Than Words Sound Adventurer's series introduces you to unique and surprising experiences at the cutting edge of the listening experience. Sound artists, young documentary makers and inventors will be sharing the soundtracks of their lives. Including Field Song, an amazing sonic installation by artist Harriet Bowman, musician Ben Socrates and technologist Charles Gershom. Adam Place and Victoria Bourne demonstrate The AlphaSphere - a new type of electronic musical instrument and the BBC Media Outreach project presents Digital Stories.

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