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NWR Launches Multimedia Content (04-03-2014)

NWR launches multimedia content with first author videos, a wholly new direction for the magazine, currently available in print, epub and app formats.
NWR's first ever multimedia work placements, Caroline Stockford and Glyn Langham, have just produced their first author videos for an innovative project in association with Aberystwyth University, NWR's hosts.

Going live today to coincide with publication of NWR 103, the videos feature two authors from the spring edition, inaugural National Poet Gwyneth Lewis and BBC National Short Story nominee, Lisa Blower.

Gwyneth is filmed at Swansea University where she is Royal Literary Fund Fellow. She talks about birdsong, translation as the closest you may get to sexual intercourse with a long-dead poet such as Dafydd ap Gwilym (known for his proclivities in that direction), metre as a form of bird-calling in human voice and poetry, and the links between poetry, courting, hunting and meditation. The video ends with Caroline reading from 'Yr Ehedydd' (The Skylark) by Dafydd ap Gwilym, and David Tipling's breath-taking images from his blockbuster reference volume with Mark Cocker, Birds and People also feature as they do in Gwyneth's piece on the same themes for the print, app and epub editions of the magazine.

Lisa Blower, filmed on a rainy day at Bangor University where she teaches, talks in her video about her story for the spring edition, 'Johnny Dangerously'. She describes its setting in 'the backs', lanes between terrace housing in the sort of working class area she grew up in Staffordshire. Also the story's hero, Johnny, the kind of boy (real or not) we all admired a few years ahead of us at school. The video brings out the rooted, political and historical aspects of Lisa's fiction with footage from 80s strikes and Staffordshire 'pot banks'.

Lisa describes her own fiction heroes as being the Alans Bennett and Sillitoe, but the video most clearly shows the impact of radio on this self-confessed 'voice-led' author, who gave up a career as a commercial radio executive to write. Lisa's point-scoring schoolboy voices are wonderfully captured in Glyn Langham's exclusive reading on the video. 'You have to beg, borrow and steal from real life to tell a good story', Lisa concludes.

Caroline and Glyn are currently working on more author-related features, both in video and audio formats, to coincide with publication of NWR's summer edition. This will include authors talking about their latest books, a clip on poetry pamphlet publishing and a magazine-style half-hour audio podcast featuring a reading group which will shadow the magazine's professionally reviewed titles. NWR's multimedia work placements will roll throughout the year, offering opportunities annually to six former and current graduates. The placements are made possible by sponsorship by Aberystwyth University's Institute of Literature, Languages and Creative Arts.
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