The Cheesewring, Bodmin, photo: Paul Hughes.

Audiotor launches with new opportunities for writers

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The Cheesewring, Bodmin, photo: Paul Hughes.
The Cheesewring, Bodmin, photo: Paul Hughes.

In 2013 a bold new project will be bringing Bodmin Moor to life like never before and you could be part of it.

Audiotor is an innovative project that has been awarded funding from Arts Council England through their Grants for the Arts programme. It is the work of creative producer Michael White in collaboration with Caradon Hill Area Heritage Project, Hall for Cornwall, Stranger Collective, The Works and University College Falmouth.

Audiotor is an immersive listening experience set in Cornwall’s landscape, the first project is to be launched in June 2013 turning a walk on Bodmin Moor into an unforgettable journey of original writing, original composition and recordings of both professional and community performers.

Six chapters of powerful writing will create a cohesive, compelling story, which walkers can listen to via an Audiotor App on smart phones as they stride across the moor. GPS signals will trigger each chapter of the story as they walk, unleashing the voices of renowned actors, original music by award-winning composer Graham Fitkin and of course the very best words.

Which is where you could come in. Audiotor is looking for talented writers to join the team and help capture and write the stories that will shape this unique experience. Drawing from real stories and memories of the Bodmin Moor community, the creative narrative will form the backbone of the experience and will make each walk captivating, compelling, entertaining and memorable. You’ll be working alongside fellow writers, directors, technologists, composers, actors and the local community to make sure the stories pack the punch they need to.

Helen Gilchrist and Clare Howdle from writing agency Stranger Collective told ArtsCulture: “Imagine roaming a wind-lashed moor, sunlight bouncing off the sweeping plains, leaden rain clouds gathering on the horizon.

“As your footsteps sink into muddy puddles the landscape speaks, tales of lives gone by and worlds to wonder at – whispering as you weave slowly onwards. Each hair bristles as you hear of families who’ve lost and lovers who’ve parted, of mysteries unsolved and graves left unnamed – every story claiming this wild no-mans-land as its own.

“Now imagine you could help create that feeling, write those stories, unleash that experience on anyone brave enough to pick up a handset and strike out onto the moor with only their senses to guide them.”

If you’re selected, you’ll be required to attend two writers’ workshops, to interview the community and discover the themes the narrative will hang from and design the collaborative interweaving story approach.

You’ll then be expected to do further research and write your story, in consultation with the directorial team, reviewing your drafts with fellow writers to make sure it forms part of a cohesive narrative.

The story could be a monologue, a script, a multi-voiced narrative or an omniscient narrator-voiced piece of prose – it depends entirely on what will work best for the project. The work will take place between November 26 2012 and March 1, 2013, with the final audio experience launching in June 2013. There is no payment for writers, but Audiotor can offer an expenses budget.

Creative producer Michael White said: “This is the chance to be involved in a locally-focused but nationally-profiled project that showcases the power of great fiction writing.

“You’ll get to work with some of the best creatives in the business, from fellow writers to directors, producers, technologists, actors and more. You’ll be given full oral history collection training from the Caradon Hill Area Heritage team.

“Your work will be showcased as part of the project and you’ll be published and credited as one of the writers on the official Audiotor App.”

Send an email to Michael White at info@audiotor.co.uk to express your interest in being involved and find out more about how the project will work. You will be asked to send a sample of your creative writing which focuses on people and place (prose, short stories or novel extracts of up to 1,000 words) by November 9 2012.