Spoken Herd – A crowdsourced audiobook

Social Media Week Glasgow ended almost two months ago. Lots of lessons learnt, lots of ‘digital’ memories, and also a couple of spin-out projects. Yesterday, as some of you will have noticed from our tweets, Spoken Herd  – a SMWGla’s spin-out – has been launched.

Social Media Week Glasgow teamed up with Cargo Publishingtwintangibles, and Inner Ear to produce a crowdsourced audiobook, thanks to the support of Creative Scotland.

To be part of this project, you should audition to be a narrator to record some of the best poems and essays from Scottish literature, thus contributing to one of the most unique audiobooks available. You can create an example of your talent as a narrator by reading A Red, Red Rose by Scotland’s bard Robert Burns. You can either upload it to YouTube, or use Audioboo, or hipcast, or simply send us an mp3 of you reading.  A copy of the poem is available on Spoken Herd website.

Whichever method you choose, in order to enter the competition, you must let us know that you have done an audition by sending us an email informing us where to hear it, or sending us the audio file itself. In each case send the message to: Entries will be accepted until the end of November.

Dougal Perman, who runs digital media production company Inner Ear, which owns the UK’s longest running independent internet radio station, Radio Magnetic, said “audiobooks are a great way to access literature. We’ve been working on several interactive audio storytelling projects recently and are very really looking forward to working with twintangibles and

Tim Wright, co founder of social media firm twintangibles, and one of the people responsible for Social Media Week Glasgow, said “Like many people I love spoken word and here is chance for us to find new narrating talent through crowdsourcing”.Cargo to help create this audiobook.”

Mark Buckland, head of Cargo Publishing that includes Scotland’s first ever ebook label, a book festival and the main trade label Cargo, said “This is a really exciting project; it’s an opportunity for young actors, performers and the general public to engage with poetry in a whole new way.”

Those who are successful in the audition process will be contacted in due time, and recording will take place before the end of 2011.

Don’t miss out, it’s your chance to hear yourself on an internationally distributed audiobook!

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