Applause Rural Touring and South Downs National Park announce Full Harvest – a series of audio stories and poems inspired by the South Down landscape available as podcasts this summer.
Seven writers have been commissioned to pen ten audio stories/poems. The writers are an exciting mix of established writers and early career authors who will each provide their unique perspective on the much-loved South Downs landscape. Each writer is focusing on one of the magical rivers that weave across the landscape.
Listeners will be able to access these stories through listening apps like Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Overcast and Pockets Casts. Audiences can plug in and listen while they walk and explore the landscape or enjoy it at home.
Full Harvest is a development of the highly successful Writer in Residence project which culminated in Cherry Soup, an audio drama. While developing Cherry Soup, writer and director Sara Clifford gathered many stories from people in the community. Full Harvest looks to tell more of these community stories, encompassing a diverse range of voices to discover what the landscape means to people from many walks of life. Sara Clifford returns to this project focussing on The River Ouse, which runs to Newhaven and the Adur in West Sussex.
The rivers of the South Downs are its lifeblood, reflecting both its chalk geology and the complex ecosystems of habitat, animal and plant life that make this place so special. The Full Harvest is a chance to celebrate those rivers through the eyes of contemporary writers, who will draw on history, geography and place to weave new stories. It’s always exciting to experience the landscape in different ways.
Anooshka Rawden, Cultural Heritage Lead for the South Downs National Park
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