BBC bringing Listening Project to Verbal

Is there a story you’d like to tell, an issue you’d like to raise, or a conversation you’ve always wanted to have with someone?

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The BBC are bringing a mobile recording booth to the Verbal Arts Centre from Thursday 30th July to Monday 3rd August, and they want to ask as many people as possible to come in and record a conversation with a loved one, friend or colleague.  

The Listening Project will broadcast an extract of the conversation on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Ulster/Foyle, and everyone will get a CD copy of their conversation to keep.

The mobile recording booth will be parked on the City Walls for four days while the Project takes place.

The key things to know about the Listening Project: 

- We record a conversation between two people who know each other; you can talk about anything you like, but we encourage you to talk about something close to your heart, an issue that is important to you, or something you are passionate about. 

- We will help guide you through the entire process. We’ll talk it through in advance to help you decide what you would like to talk about, and who you might like to talk to.  

- You can talk for as long as you like, but generally it takes around 30 minutes to an hour. 

- All conversations are stored forever in the British Library – in hundreds of years, our ancestors will be able to listen to the conversations recorded in Derry~Londonderry in 2015. 

- It’s an opportunity to talk about something you really care about, and to record a living, breathing piece of oral history. 

You can hear some examples previously recorded in Northern Ireland here:

If you’d like to take part, or just find out more, get in touch with The Listening Project producer,

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