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Submissions Call: Radio Stories

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Submissions deadline: 31st August 2019

Paul Maher of Dreamtime Theatre (Tipperary) in association with Tipperary Mid West Radio is seeking writers who would like to have their work (essays, stories, memoir, meditations, humour etc ) produced for local radio, uploaded as podcasts on local radio website, and published in CD format.

Writers are invited to submit pieces of up to 5 minutes (max. 700 words) duration, suitable for radio in the style of RTE’s Sunday Miscellany.

How it works: Writers are invited to submit work by Saturday, 31st August 2019 to radiostories123@gmail.com. The submissions should be attached as a .docx attachment without the author’s name and the email should include the title(s) of the pieces submitted. Writers may submit more than one piece.

The work will be read anonymously and a selection chosen by the end of October for broadcast in late spring 2020. In consultation with the writer, work accepted may be further developed as needed to maximise the artistry of the story-telling for radio. This work will be done by Margaret O’ Brien (Writing Changes Lives and Brewery Lane Writers, Carrick) Trish McHale (Tipperary Excel Writers ).

The work will then be recorded and produced by Jim Keane, formerly producer with Tipp Mid West Radio for broadcast in the spring of 2020 in 15 minute programmes to air after the 11am news. (This time-slot ensures a good audience). We cannot say until we see the standard exactly how many stories will be chosen. It will be in the region of 20 to 30 for an initial run.

Music: The writing will be broadcast together with newly composed music. Again we are seeking to give a platform to local talent so if you know musicians / songwriters who have written original songs and music we are very keen to hear from such people.

The intention of this project is to give writers a chance to bring their work to a wider audience by radio, podcast and CD formats. A further intention of this project to develop work of quality which can be presented at some of the local arts festivals; e.g. in Carrick (June) Clonmel (July ) or Cashel (September).

Paul Maher, from Fethard is a local playwright whose work has been shortlisted for the PJ O Connor and Listowel Writers Week Awards; as well as long-listed for the British Theatre Challenge and the Kenneth Branagh Award. His work has been presented at arts festivals in Clonmel and Cashel and taken up by several drama groups in Ireland). He has also written & produced a radio drama for Tipperary Mid West Radio.