Charles Parker Day 2018

The next Charles Parker Day will take place on Friday 23 March 2018 at the British Library.  Tickets are now available from the British Library and can be booked online.  Look out for further announcements on this website and on our twitter feed @CPATrust

Celebrate radio past, present and future at this conference named after the groundbreaking producer and creator of the Radio Ballads.

Sixty years ago the innovative radio producer Charles Parker worked alongside the musicians Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger to produce the first of a series of ground-breaking and highly influential radio features, the Radio Ballads.

This annual conference examines the influence of these ballads on radio feature-making and the power of personal oral testimony in projects like The Century Speaks and BBC Radio 4’s The Listening Project. Speakers include Fi Glover, award-winning radio producers Alan Hall and Hana Walker Brown, musicians Peggy Seeger and Calum MacColl and dance music producer ‘Broadcaster’.

The student winners of the Charles Parker Prize 2018 will also be announced. From 17.30 you can hear the winning entries of this year’s Charles Parker Prize for the Best Student Radio Feature in full – interweaving with extracts from the original Radio Ballads and live music – in an exciting collective radio listening experience.

The Centre for Broadcasting History Research at Bournemouth University established Charles Parker Day to celebrate not only Charles Parker and his work, but the radio feature itself, its past, present and future. The first Charles Parker Day was held in 2004 in Bournemouth (his birthplace) on his birthday, 5 April, and included the launch of the first Charles Parker prize.  More information here

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