The Charles Parker Day 2013 took place on Friday 22 March at the University of Salford, MediaCity
This year is the 50th anniversary of two of the famous Radio Ballads Parker made with Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger – ‘On The Edge’ (about teenagers) and ‘The Fight Game’ (about boxing) and the day celebrated young people and sport on radio.
With sessions on engaging young people in radio features – including the world première of ‘On The Edge Too?’ a 21st century remake of the original ballad commissioned from last year’s Charles Parker Prize winner – Jimmy Ewing; CP Lee on the teenage years of Ewan MacColl spent in the ‘Dirty Old Town’ of Salford and Ieuan Franklin and Paul Long examine Philip Donnellan’s film of ‘On The Edge’ and Denis Mitchell’s first film for the BBC about teenagers from 1955. There was also a celebration of the Manchester Radio Features Unit – from Olive Shapley to the present day (with producers past and present) and a deconstruction (and ‘live’ recreation) of one of last year’s BBC Radio 2 Olympic Radio Ballads with producer John Leonard, interviewer Vince Hunt and composer Julie Matthews.
Plus the announcement of the winners of the Charles Parker Prize 2013 for the Best Student Radio Feature.
GOLD: Hana Walker-Brown from Goldsmiths College, London for “Four Metal Plates”
SILVER: Flora Neve, also from Goldsmiths, for “5-7-5” – a feature about Haiku and silence
BRONZE: Joanne Feather from University College, Falmouth for “Speaking Out about Disability Hate Crime”
Prizes included a SADiE editing suite for the Gold award and Pure One Mini digital radios with a union jack design for all three winners. Flora’s award was accepted by a friend on her behalf. Photo by Johnny Blackburn.
You can hear all the winners and some of the other entries in a special hour long programme ‘The Charles Parker Prize 2013’ on BBC Radio 4 Extra on Saturday May 11th at 11pm.