UK INTERNATIONAL RADIO DRAMA FESTIVAL - LISTENING SESSIONS Our venue is the Caffè Nero, 44 High Street, CT1 2SA. Join us 18-22 March in the cafe's space upstairs to listen to the best radio dramas in the world. Not sure how to get there? Check the MAP on the official festival website.
The café is a 10 minute walk from both Canterbury West and East railway stations, close to the beautiful Cathedral.
Everyone welcome, admission free.
6 Mar 2019
FESTIVAL GOES PAPERLESS The UK International Radio Drama Festival is the first major international radio drama
festival to go paperless. Each year, we print, transport and recycle 75000 sheets of
paper, providing listeners with access to English language translations of the
works being heard. The translations and texts are vital and ensure that everyone is able to
enjoy the plays to the full.
This year, our festival is breaking new ground and going paperless.
With the generous support of festival entrants, we are providing participants with e-readers,
pre-loaded with the scripts.
The e-readers will remain the property of the festival to protect authors’ rights
and to ensure quick and easy access to the translations.
3 Mar 2019
JURY CHAIRMAN, UK INTERNATIONAL RADIO DRAMA FESTIVAL I am pleased to report that Jonathan Keeble will be chairing the jury. Jonathan is well known to radio drama listeners; I can trace 580 of his appearances (1995-present) in plays and readings on R4, another 50 on R3, and 8 on World Service.
The fifth UK International Radio Drama Festival takes place in Canterbury from 18 – 22 March 2019.
The festival presents five days of live listening to radio/audio plays drawn from
19 different countries and presented in 15 different languages.
This year’s theme – celebrating our fifth anniversary – takes as its theme “your best
ever work” and has attracted over 60 entries ranging in length from a couple of minutes to a full hour. Entries come from national broadcasters and from independent producers and span a wide range of genres.
About the festival The Festival is the UK’s only radio drama festival. It is the only European festival of its kind to be
produced by an independent company rather than a national broadcaster. It is produced by
International Arts Partnership (Artistic Director Jonathan Banatvala) on a mission to bring audio
drama in a range of languages and cultural styles to a UK audience. We are proud that the
festival’s awards have predominantly been made to emerging international independent
The festival programme is selected from the 60+ entries. This year entries have been received
from: Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, Iran, Ireland,
Italy, Lithuania, Romania, Russia, Spain, Slovenia, Serbia, UK, USA .
The programme will be announced next week.
The festival will take place this year in Canterbury after four years in Herne Bay. It will run Monday to Friday 10 am to about 5pm apart from Wednesday afternoon. We will be announcing the chair of the jury shortly.
13 Feb 2019
MARK STEEL IN ABERYSTWYTH Excellent examination of this little Welsh town by Mark Steele - an object lesson in how to communicate with an audience: witty, erudite, and hilarious. One of our best performers. Well done, M.S.
7 Feb 19
IMISON & TINNISWOOD AWARDS The results are out, along with the Audio Drama Awards. See the Imison / Tinniswood / ADA links on the main Radio Plays page. Lulu Raczka (pron. Ronchka) won the Imison and Oliver Emanuel the Tinniswood.
6 Feb 19
JEREMY HARDY Jeremy Hardy, who is a familiar and much-loved figure to all R4 listeners, has died aged 57 after a battle with cancer. This is very sad news. We send our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. RIP Jeremy.
1 Feb 19
From Jeremy Corbyn: Jeremy Hardy was a dear, lifelong friend. He always gave his all for everyone else and the campaigns for social justice.
You made us all smile. You made us all think.
Rest in peace, Jeremy.
Extract from a letter in DT, 6 Feb 2019 JH was a self-confessed hard-Left activist and was given a regular platform on BBC comedy shows.
When Lady Thatcher was still alive, Hardy called on people to use her grave as a urinal. Perhaps it's a reflection on the relative approaches of Left and Right that no-one would dream of returning the compliment.
WEBSITE NUMBERS (VISITORS) 2019
Jan:16487 (Don Taylor 234, D. Spenser 171, Rodney Wingfield 140, Chris Russell 109).
There were also 387 visitors to the International Radio Drama Festival page. The Festival is taking place this year in Canterbury, 18-22 March 2019. The link for details is on the main Radio Plays page.
1 Feb 19
LADY FAUSTUS More vintage drama located by Andrew at Radio 4 Extra: Lady Faustus, by Michael Payne (1987). The town gossips have only one topic of conversation: the mysterious lady. The conjectures about her are limitless, but a young lieutenant finds that the truth about her is even stranger than the fiction. Now on listen-again.
25 Jan 19
IMISON & TINNISWOOD AWARDS The Imison and Tinniswood Awards will be announced in a little over a week.
For the Imison the plays shortlisted are: Spike and the Elfin Oak, by Ian Billings
Double Bubble, by Carl Cattermole
Of A Lifetime, by Lulu Raczka
For the Tinniswood, the shortlist is: When the Pips Stop, by Oliver Emanuel
Playing Dead, by Vivienne Harvey
Holbein's Skull, by Martyn Wade
Ian Billings' play about Spike Milligan was repeated on Wednesday and is now online on listen-again. I am expecting more of the above to be repeated soon; last year they broadcast the shortlisted plays shortly after the awards were announced.
25 Jan 19
IMISON AWARD: DOUBLE BUBBLE SHORTLISTED An interesting situation has developed with the Imison Award for newcomers to radio drama. A non-BBC play has made it into the last 3. The winner will be announced on 3 Feb. The drama is available on the National Prison Radio website and is by Carl Cattermole, with producer Andrew Wilkie.
The podcast website for this play reads: We’ve teamed up with the Stop Loan Sharks Campaign to produce an innovative, five-part micro-drama called DOUBLE BUBBLE. It’s written by, and also stars, Carl Cattermole, who himself spent time behind bars.
Double Bubble is English prison slang which means lending at a hundred percent interest. The play is based on the true story of Mark, who borrowed some money in prison to help his family out. The interest he owed was ‘double bubble’, plus any costs incurred for collection. By the end of the third month, Mark’s wife couldn’t afford the repayments and the children were suffering. When she refused to pay, things got really bad for her on the outside. And behind bars, there was nothing Mark could do to help.
Written and voiced by Carl Cattermole, produced by Katie Bilboa, mastering by Steve Wyatt, artwork by Imogen Shaw.
18 Jan 19
INTERNATIONAL RADIO DRAMA FESTIVAL, KENT The listening events for the festival (18-22 Mar 2019) will be in Canterbury this year. Keep an eye on the 2019 IRDF page for updates.
14 Jan 19
ANDREW DAVIES Prompted by a message from Clive Lever, I'm starting a page about the radio plays of
ANDREW DAVIES , who is a well-known screenwriter. His most recent TV work is the six-episode 'Les Miserables' currently being broadcast.
3 Jan 19
NEW WELSH WRITING AWARDS - CALL FOR ENTRIES Notification from Jo McCrum, Society of Authors:
These new awards are in two categories; £1K to the winners.
Aberystwyth University Prize for a Dystopian Novella (a dystopian novella with any theme or setting)
Rheidol Prize for Writing (a novella set in Wales or with a Welsh theme or setting)