Bower Ashton Campus hosts prestigious Charles Parker Radio Day

Issue date: 18 March 2016

Charles Parker Day 2016, Friday 18 March 2016, 10:30 – 17:00, Bower Ashton Campus

Charles Parker Day, a prestigious sound symposium dedicated to the radio feature, will be held at UWE Bristol's Bower Ashton Campus for the first time.

Charles Parker was a pioneer radio documentary and feature maker most notable for his work on the radio ballads with Ewan Mcoll and Peggy Seeger.

The conference has been running since 2004, and the 2016 event will examine audio storytelling as a whole, exploring how we turn stories into song, and vice versa, as well as delving into how we listen to stories from our local community and react to hearing stories from around the world, in languages we don't understand.

Abigail Davies, Associate Head of Department: Lens and Moving Image at UWE Bristol, says, ”We are delighted to host this celebration of the radio feature – past, present and future – and especially, as it is supporting the development of new talent. We are excited to learn who will win the Student Prize!”

The day will also include the announcement of the winner of the Charles Parker Prize for Best Student Radio Feature, with a number of UWE Bristol students in the running.

The Prize was introduced in 2005 and is open to any student studying radio production at Further or Higher Education establishments, throughout the United Kingdom. The criteria for entry, is that the feature should in some way reflect an essence of Parker's own work – story led documentaries or short features that imbue the narratives with life and highlight the concerns of ordinary people through creative radio production techniques.

For further information on the work of Charles Parker and the radio ballads, please visit the Charles Parker Trust webpages.

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