I have a good voice for radio – apparently.
In the days when I seemed to have more energy or more motivation or maybe just
longer books with longer poems in them, I did the full promo thing sending
media releases and books to all and sundry. Then as is usually necessary with ‘soft
news’ I would follow up with phone calls. I got any number of radio interviews
as a result: ‘Yes - I can hear you have a good voice for radio,’ was said in
one way or another, more than once. More than twice even.
DIY AUDIO RECORDINGS
So. This lead me to think that if I produced
audio recordings of my poems, I could open up many more opportunities for ‘publication’
(and also facilitate radio coverage for new books).
I had this thought about four years ago.
Well, I had it often even before that as I do want to be part of this digital
poetry age, but I put my elbow to it or my back into it or whatever it is you
do, about four years ago. I haven’t got very far. There are the wind sounds and
the half feral chooks outside and the household noises and creaking doors
inside. There’s the croaky voice, the stutter, the odd turning page sound (dammit I
know that one already from radio), the smacking sounds and the (still) lack of
skills using technology. Example: okay I have all these QuickTime recordings -
now how do I turn them into MP3s?????????????????????????????
Four years later I now know that to make an
MP3 version you just open Real Player Converter and follow a couple of simple
instructions. At least that’s how it happens on a Mac. I worked this out under
pressure. I applied to the Bimblebox 153 Birds project, got accepted and then had
to not only come up with a poem (eek!) but also an audio recording. Amazing
what you can crack with a real deadline.
Now I’m updating myself on audio publication opportunities in Australia and overseas. Quiddityis
an international literary journal (print and audio) and public radio program
attached to Benedictine University in Illinois. Its submission page includes wonderful hints
on reading your work for audio recording. (Click on submissions then click on
how to submit for the recording guidelines.)
While you’re in there, check out the current
call for poems that ask a question - the question should be the title and the
poem the answer. Any questions go to http://quidditylit.com/?page_id=9
Meanwhile, at least I haven't yet been told I have a good face for radio.
Irish-Australian poet Lizz Murphy has published thirteen books, eight of them poetry titles including Shebird, Portraits: 54 Poems and Six Hundred Dollars - PressPress, Walk the Wildly (reprint/new edition just released), Stop Your Cryin - Island Press, Two Lips Went Shopping (print & e-book) - Spinifex Press. Wee Girls: Women Writing from an Irish Perspective (ed. Spinifex Press 1996, 2000) popular in Australia, Ireland, UK, US, Canada, NZ, is still available. Published widely in Australian journals and anthologies with publication also in Canada, China, England, India, Ireland, Poland, US. She writes between Binalong NSW and Canberra and is currently The Canberra Times Poetry Editor.
Project 366 is a 2016 international poetry blog instigated and coordinated by Christopher/Kit Kelen. Polished work, draft work, work in progress. Visual art and photography as well. Every single day. Around 7000 poems and images - it kept us on our poetic toes. I'm forever grateful to Kit for this experience. Some are continuing on this year. (Not me.) It's well worth a visit: http://project365plus.blogspot.com.au/
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