London Podcast Festival adds to line-up and Podcast Maker Weekend

The London Podcast festival is holding a special Podcast Maker Weekend and adding to the live shows at Kings Place in London.

Taking place from 16-17 September, the Podcast Maker Weekend will include high-quality, affordable and professional workshops and classes suitable for anyone wanting to learn about podcasting.

The festival has also collaborated with guest curator Sarah Myles on this event. Sarah is an award-winning podcast producer and broadcast journalist. She is the founder of RISE & SHINE – an initiative to help budding podcasters get into the audio industry.

There are a range of specialised classes to help podcasters improve what they do and sessions on podcast promotion from some of the most respected figures in UK and international audiomaking.

The line-up includes:

  • Writing Comedy for Podcasts with Suchandrika Chakrabarti & River Scott 
  • Podcast Promotion with Becky Lamb Pritchard
  • Social Media for Podcasts
  • Telling Untold Stories From Stories That Have Already Been Told with Sumit Sharma and Chris Mitchell from award-winning production company Breaking Atoms 
  • Directing Audio Drama with Ella Watts & Amani Zardoe
  • Art of Storytelling with Sam Mbatha & Mae-Li Evans 
  • The 5 must haves of podcasting  with Jaja Muhammad / Cherise Stephenson
  • Working with Contributors with Leo Schick & Madeleine Ellis-Petersen
  • News and journalism in podcasting with Soila Apparicio
  • Exploring New Ways to Interview with Phoebe McIndoe & Redzi Bernards 
  • Narrative multi-part podcasts with Meera Kumar and Axel Kacoutié
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Recording on Location with James Shield and Lisa Hack
  • Pitch Your Podcast To Press with Fiona Fraser

Sessions for the Podcast Maker Weekend can be booked here, with a saving of 15% when booking three or more events.

Separately, on 17 September, Imriel Morgan of Content is Queen has curated a of events. The agenda features a fireside chat with Audible’s Content Director Clare Chadburn, offering insights into successful podcast pitching.

Sustainably Influenced will present a live show on sustainable wellness, joined by special guests Chloe Pierre and Shakaila Elise.

The day also includes “Unlocking Funding Opportunities,” offering advice on what it takes to win podcast grants for the 2023 Micro-grant for Podcasters Programme.

Special guest actor, director, writer and magician, Andy Nyman joins as a guest for Jew Talkin’ to Me? which is hosted by award winning comedians, Rachel Creeger and Philip Simon.

As well as starring in Hollywood films like Judy and Jungle Cruise, Andy co-created and starred in Ghost Stories and co-wrote and directed the Derren Brown shows.

Then, Drunk Women Solving Crime, shares the stage with the team behind The Empire Film Podcast to make Drunk Women Empire. Hannah, Taylor and Catie go head-to-head with Chris, James and Helen to find the common ground of their two hit shows and solve some film-based crime.

Plus, from the hit podcast Ask Ronna with Ronna (& Bryan) LIVE in London. Fans can join hosts Ronna Glickman and Bryan Safi as they dole out their always spot-on advice live and in person with special guests.

Other show updates include:

  • Caitlin Moran and Sali Hughes are confirmed as guests for Crushed by Margaret Cabourn-Smith
  • The first ever live show from Sound Heap
  • NonCensored with Rosie Holt will be live at the festival
  • Added to audio drama day is Ramon Fear’s Terror Tapes

Speaking about the latest announcements, Festival Director Zoë Jeyes says: “We are delighted with the range of sessions we have on offer for the Podcast Makers Weekend and to also be able to share the news about our guest curators Sarah Myles and Imriel Morgan and our long-time partner Acast and new partner Audible.

“The London Podcast Festival is all about community and collaboration and we love working with and showcasing such an inspirational range of talent from the UK and international podcasting scene.”

Acast and Audible have been announced as partners for this year’s festival.

Speaking on the partnership Josh Woodhouse, MD for UK and Ireland at Acast says: “It’s an incredible line-up for this year’s London Podcast Festival, and once again we’re over the moon to partner with our friends at Kings Place and help them put on this fantastic celebration of podcasting.”

Aurelie de Troyer, Head of Content UK and Canada adds: “We are thrilled to be working with the London Podcast Festival this year and on 17 September, collaborating on a day of events with Content is Queen, designed to make podcasting more accessible and representative.

“We are also delighted to be launching one of our most exciting new podcasts, Discover Me, at the festival with an exclusive free panel on the same day with some brilliant guests that we will be announcing soon.”

The full line up so far and tickets to events can be viewed and booked on the London Podcast Festival website.

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