Who’s Listening?, is a wonderful collection of audio stories and rap stories by adults and young people, bringing local tales of smugglers and pirates, witches and pleasure-seekers to passengers as they travel on the Marshlink trains via QR-coded downloads.
The Marshlink line cuts through an area steeped in history, providing a wealth of material for both emerging and established writers. Inspired by lives and legends from the past, two rap stories, The Smugglers’ Tale and The Case of Alice Martin, were written and recorded by nine young people as part of a three-day workshop at The School Creative Centre, Rye, working with Audioactive rap artists Jon Clark and Paul Alborough, aka Elemental, with music producer Ollie Finn and research support from young historian Henry Lampitt.
The Smuggler’s Tale (3.7mb)
The Case of Alice Martin(4.7mb)
A group of 17 adult writers also attended a one-day workshop led by writer and director Christine Harmar-Brown to explore ideas and techniques, at which Rother historian and curator of the Bexhill Museum Julian Porter gave a fascinating talk on local history. Two of the subsequent submissions, Bicycle Made For Two by Kate Tym and Fools’ Errandby Dave Payne, have been produced as audio stories.
Fool’s Errand (4.2mb)
A Bicycle Built for Two (10mb)
Who’s Listening? is the latest project produced at the award-winnning School Creative Centre with innovative youth music and arts collective AudioActive and is the Rother District element of the East Sussex-wide Word County project, working in partnership with Sussex Community Rail Partnership.
The judges were enormously impressed by the quality of work received.
You can download pdfs of stories that we weren’t able to record below: