Listening Project on tour in the region

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A new project, which offers people the opportunity to record a conversation with a friend or relative about something that matters to both of them, has been launched.

The Listening Project is a national partnership between the British Library and the BBC and - at BBC Radio Sheffield - conversations between people from South Yorkshire have already been captured.

Rav Sanghera, a broadcast journalist and the Listening Project producer at BBC Radio Sheffield, said: “We’ve already heard from friends talking about the horrors and highs of fancy dress and a mum asking her son about the impact of growing up in a single parent family.

“People are free to choose what they want to talk about – the key is that both speakers know each another well and are keen to share, listen and learn more about each another. They are conversations which matter to those who share them, as well as to those who hear them. We’ve recorded conversations about love, loss, fears, hopes, and dreams. They’ve featured people being passionate about subjects such as wild swimming, camel costumes, rollercoasters and Harry Potter.”

All of the conversations become part of the oral history collections at the British Library and some are broadcast nationally and locally. So far, over 1000 conversations have been recorded. If you’re interested in recording your own conversation, a new mobile recording booth will be going on tour around the region later this month, stopping off in Firth Park from Friday August 26 to Sunday August 28, between 10am and 4pm, and then Sir Nigel Gresley Square in Doncaster from Tuesday August 30 to Saturday September 3, between 10am and 4pm.

Call Rav on 0114 2675440 for details.