Finishing the draft book

Happy New Year! We’re in a push to get all the draft text written by the end of January. Sorry that means no more draft chapters online at the moment until we get to the editing in February. We’re up to chapter 24 so only a few more chapters to go!

If you’d like to help with the editing or write a review for a magazine when it’s done, please get in touch!

Do you have any suggestions of how we should promote the book and get it to the people who’ll want to read it?

Behind the sounds at Radio Woking

Yesterday was my first time in a radio studio and it was quite fascinating. The mixing desk of dials to adjust the sound and fade in or out different microphones. The computer screens to select songs from the database and prerecorded news to play at a certain time. On the screens were countdowns for cues so the presenters knew when to come in, and on the walls were reminders and tips about mentioning the name of the station, the contact details etc.

I had done radio interviews before, but always over the phone and it was wonderful to see behind the sounds.  At Winston Churchill School, in a series of sound proofed rooms with internal windows are the two small studios of Woking Radio. The students can get involved with the radio and it’s a powerful way to improve their confidence. Local radio supports a lot of non-commercial and community activities that larger stations do not. Less than a year old, Radio Woking is currently only available on the internet, but if all goes well they will apply for an FM license and broadcast on the airwaves in future too. radio woking tripod

My hosts Sharon and Sheila, were both new to radio presenting when they began with Radio Woking. Initially they were guests on shows and were invited to co-host, before moving on to having their own show.

Although the show went out live yesterday it will also be posted at radiowoking.co.uk in a week’s time, so if you missed it you’ll have the chance to listen again. I was left feeling very joyful at the support that local radio can give to projects like the Buzz Tour and as always, the delight in learning about new things and developing new skills.

Buzz Tour documentary

Work has begun on the Buzz Tour documentary! :) Miranda has uploaded ten hours of footage , now Eve is splitting it into scenes and we’ll be putting together a storyboard to see how it’s all going to fit together. The aim is a one hour documentary about the amazing changes people are making all over the country.

This is our first documentary. We’re learning as we go and if you’d like to learn too and help make the documentary, get in touch! Or if you know what you’re doing and can teach us, please do! Do you have any suggestions for how we could show a map with the route and place names?

Next summer, when we cycle back around the country, we’ll revisit the route and bring the documentary and the book with us!