| 20 Oct 2020
BBC Radio 4 Listening Project ports in North Ireland as part of its pan-UK tour

MUMBAI: BBC Radio 4 Listening Project has taken a stop in Northern Ireland to record a series on real life encounters of the people in the region. The visit is part of a project that will go across UK and is in collaboration with BBC Radio 4 and the British Library, in association with BBC Radio Ulster/Foyle.

The state of art of recording booth is harboured at Project 24 on Bangor’s Queen’s Parade from 22 July to 24 July. Later, the booth will move outside Omagh Library from 25 to 28 July and will concludes its tour by harbouring at the Verbal Arts Centre, Londonderry from 30 to 31 July, and 1 to 3 August.

Locals who visit the booth will be able to hear some fascinating real-life encounters and compelling conversations from across Northern Ireland recorded previously for the project, introduced by radio producer Conor McKay, who is part of the local team.

The Listening Project team is working towards getting people to volunteer and contribute their experience of real life, which will be recorded. The conversations could be between friends, family or colleagues. A team of producers from local and national radio stations, including BBC Radio Ulster/Foyle, will facilitate each encounter.

BBC Radio Ulster presenter Kerry McLean visited the booth, and said, “This is an amazing project and a great opportunity for local people to talk about things which really matter to them. It is a fantastic chance to record a living, breathing piece of oral history and also to hear some of the conversations previously recorded by Conor at the end of my show each day.”

All the recordings will go through a process, and many conversations will be aired on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Ulster/Foyle. All conversations, edited and unedited, will be stored in a London-based British Library, making available for future generations.

Many of the conversations will also be selected for broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Ulster/Foyle. The project was launched in 2012 and was inspired by US-based StoryCorps. It will be broadcast on BBC Radio Ulster/Foyle.