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Audiostories

The School Creative Centre, Rye  /  AudioActive

Who’s Listening?

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)

Word County Audio Stories

The Case of Alice Martin(4.7mb)

Word County Audio Stories

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)

Word County Audio Stories

A Bicycle Built for Two (10mb)

Word County Audio Stories

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:

Betwixt Land and Sea by Sandra Burdett

Beth’s Tale by Ros Hooke

Less Tea, More Gin by Sara Harris

Not Hidden From History by Joe Fearn

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