London Podcast Festival Takes Place in September

The sixth annual London Podcast Festival will take place starting on September 2, and running through September 12. Most of it will be at Kings Place London, in front of a live audience. There will also be some online streaming events.

…With podcasting reaching an even bigger audience than before during the last eighteen months, this is a chance for the podcasting community – both the creators and the listeners – to come together and celebrate this unique event. Taking place at Kings Place London in front of a live audience, the London Podcast Festival offers listeners the chance to be in the crowd for special live editions of the shows that have got them through this difficult time, meet the hosts and discover their next favorites.

The first batch of events have gone on sale. You can book tickets through the London Podcast Festival website. Some of the events have already been sold out. Unlike other podcasting festivals, the London Podcast Festival requires you to purchase a ticket to each of the presentations that you find interesting.

Here are a few of the events that have been scheduled that are both live and streamed:

September 4: The Allusionist – hosted by Helen Zaltzman
The Allusionist returns to the London Podcast Festival with a brand new entertainment extravaganza about how our world shapes language and how language shapes our world.

September 4: The Guilty Feminist – hosted by comedian Deborah Frances-White
Join comedian Deborah Frances-White for her comedy podcast. Each episode, Deborah and her guests discuss their noble goals as 21st century feminists and the paradoxes and insecurities which undermine them.

September 5: Wooden Overcoats – Wooden Overcoats is a sitcom, a British Podcast Awards winner, and a multiple winner of the Audioverse Awards, a Prix Europa nominee, Best of Tunes, and guaranteed to make you spin in your grave.

Here are a few of the events that will be streamed (but not live):

August 31: The Collectors – In this special Jewish Quarterly conversation presented by Jewish Book Week, authors Edmund de Waal, James McAuley, and Anne Sebba discuss extraordinary stories of art and life.

September 2: Stop Podcasting Yourself – hosted by comedians Graham Clark and Dave Shumka, who started their loose comedy chat-show in 2008. 13 years later, the podcast has racked up over 25 million downloads, won three Canadian Comedy Awards, and featured guests.

September 5: FANTI – Every week on FANTI, journalists Tre’vell Anderson and Jarrett Hill bring their pop culture and expertise to things we must stan and stand up against.

September 11: Beef and Dairy Network Podcast – This award-winning comedy podcast by Benjamin Partridge comes to Kings Place with a brand new live edition.

For full details, including the events that will be live, visit the London Podcast Festival website.

London Podcast Festival Launches Audio Fiction Cluster

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) organizes the Podcast Maker’s Weekend. This is a weekend of events intended to help people break into podcasting: from making their first to show professionalizing their operation. This year, for the first time, the Maker’s Weekend includes and Audio Fiction Cluster.

Organized 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 Tunambay, The MessageLifeAfter and the upcoming Passenger List staring 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 Elle Sparrow (Flintlocks and Fireballs).

London Podcast Festival to Hold Podcast Maker Weekend

London Podcast Festival returns for its second year with a line-up that includes familiar faces and new additions. They have announced a Podcast Maker Weekend as part of the London Podcast Festival.

The Podcast Maker Weekend is a series of workshops and discussions targeted at podcast makers. Sessions will cover everything from Entertainment Podcasts, led by the Picturehouse Podcast and Flixwatcher teams, to Networks and Unheard Talent with Julie Shapiro (producer of Radiotopia) and Imriel Morgan (CEO of ShoutOut Network).

London Podcast Festival will take place on September 13-17, 2017. The Podcast Maker Weekend will run on September 16-17, 2017. Here is a look at some of the Sessions that are part of the Podcast Maker Weekend:

  • Recording 101: Getting Started with Microphones

Aimed at the beginning and intermediate podcasters, this session will cover the basics of recording, and what microphones to use for different podcasting and recording sessions.

  • Strange & Charmed presents: How to Make Your Listener Levitate

Cathy FitzGerald knows how she hooks her listeners: head, heart, guts, and soul. In this session, she offers practical tips on creating an intense tangible world through scripting, structure and surprise.

  • Editing and Post Production

Prix Europa Nominee Andy Goddard (Wooden Overcoats, Inside Donald Trump) will be giving an introductory workshop on the elusive art of editing.

  • Networks and Representation Plus Pitch-a-Thon

A panel of guests from three of the most exciting networks in podcasting in the UK and US (ShoutOut, Maximum Fun, and Radiotopia) talk about building their networks, nurturing new talent, and giving platforms to voices under-represented in mainstream media – followed by the opportunity to pitch your show idea to the panel and receive feedback from three experienced network and show-runners.

Visit the Podcast Maker Weekend website for full details about all of the sessions that will take place that weekend.