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Announcing the winners of the Sound Walk September Awards 2021

17 Jan, 2022

Not only have we made it into 2022, we are also very pleased to announce the winners and honourable mentions of the Sound Walk September Awards 2021.

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Documenting the history, hopes, and community ties that wove together Black Portland

27 Dec, 2021

Darrell Grant's Come Sunday is a walk through Portland's inner-northeast neighborhoods, which were once home to over 200 Black churches. It was commissioned by Third Angle New Music, which has a focus on creating a "soundtrack for our time".

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The sonic barricades of Minsk

23 Dec, 2021

Pavel Niakhayeu created Political Soundwalks as an audio-essay to document what Minsk sounded like during the political protests of 2020-2021. His field recordings provide a starting point for a discussion on the multifaceted role of sound in claiming the urban and political space.

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Off the wall

20 Dec, 2021

Green Croft Arts created a soundwalk set along Hadrian's Wall. Director Amanda Drago discusses the piece's background.

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Uncovering the history of a high street

16 Dec, 2021

Jez Riley French’s sound walk Breet Velvit Ake (‘Bright Velvet Wander’ in the Yorkshire dialect) evokes Whitefriargate’s history using a range of hidden, overlooked or usually inaudible sounds from the street.

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Writing Home

14 Dec, 2021

Where is your home? Is it your birthplace? Is it the place you share with your family? Lydia Kennaway muses over the meaning of 'home' in anticipation of our upcoming writing competition.

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But what do our more-than-human cohabitants have to say for themselves?

13 Dec, 2021

Lore of the Wild invites you to hear stories, songs and sounds from non-human inhabitants of Lesnes, an area of ancient woodland in southeast London.

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Walking Home – writing competition launched

9 Dec, 2021

Claudia Zeiske Writer-in-residence and fellow Poet-in-residence Lydia Kennaway have chosen walking home as the theme for our latest writing competition which we are excited to launch this week.

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Where are we when we walk?

9 Dec, 2021

Where are we when we walk? Are we here, in this place that our feet move through, or are we somewhere else, lost in thoughts and memories of other times and places?

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Nature is the hacker par excellence

6 Dec, 2021

SWS Award alumni David Merleau invites you to collaborate on his next project.

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Class, childhood, and place, in Bristol

2 Dec, 2021

Inspired by Proust’s idea that true recollection can only occur after a period of forgetting, Cliff Andrade returns to his former Bristol home after 20 years, and walks from there to his current home.

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Pruning Thoreau

29 Nov, 2021

With a direction out there – readwalking with thoreau, Emmanuelle Waeckerle a French, London-based, artist, has created a multimedia interpretation of Henry David Thoreau's text Walking.

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Eccentric outsider, colonialist, environmentalist avant la lettre

25 Nov, 2021

In Flora and the Baron, the team at Bowerbird Theatre tell the tale of Baron Ferdinand von Mueller, eccentric outsider, global scientific powerhouse and the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria’s first director. That's in Melbourne. Or, rather, the baron tells the tale himself.

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Celebrating monuments, big and small

22 Nov, 2021

With their work Monuments, the team at ThickSkin are foregrounding voices from the communities of Ancoats, Clayton, Beswick & Openshaw, all in Manchester, guiding you over cobbles, old and new, asking you not to overlook the buildings and the communities that make the area unique.

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Immersive location-based tours with Locatify

18 Nov, 2021

Locatify, a platform helping you to create location-based auditive stories, joins us as a supporter. Learn more about their work.

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Lydia Kennaway and Claudia Zeiske, winners and writers-in-residence

17 Nov, 2021

We have started an initiative to strengthen the support that we provide to walkers-who-write and writers-who-walk.

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Only when you don’t see them

15 Nov, 2021

Tamsin Grainger tells us that every 2 minutes, 2 pairs of breeding birds disappear from the UK. Her installation piece No Birds Land highlights this, and more.

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Call for Submissions: Exploring Cities Through Audio AR

11 Nov, 2021

Gesso, a platform for audio guides to explore the world, is a finalist in the Creative Cities Challenge. They are inviting you to publish hyperlocal stories on their platform.

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Sound Walk September 2021 Awards shortlist

7 Nov, 2021

This year, we had over 150 eligible submissions for the awards, meaning that trimming them down to a manageable shortlist was more difficult than ever.

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And our writing competition winners are…

27 Sep, 2021

Lydia Kennaway and Claudia Zeiske pick up the winners' prizes for the walk listen create inaugural writing competition.