Art and Culture in Huddersfield is a special series of six 15-minute podcasts, created by a cohort of young people (18-35).
Following training with Kirklees Local TV, the participants will work together in groups to create a script, interview local people, and present and record a podcast. These will be released weekly from Friday 5 April.
Podcasting has become a powerful platform to connect with audiences, share knowledge, and build communities around our passions. This series, funded by Kirklees Council’s Community Plus fund, will allow participants to learn new practical skills, develop teamwork and communication skills, and feel part of the community and the local arts scene.
James Baldwin (1924-1987) was a novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic.
In this series of six podcasts, created for the Festival by Kirklees Local TV to commemorate the centenary of Baldwin’s birth, we will explore his life, writing, social activism and legacy, through a range of discussions and interviews.
James Baldwin was born in Harlem on 2 August 1924, the eldest of nine children. He began writing in the final years of racial segregation in the US, as the civil rights movement gained momentum and moved to Paris in 1948. His first novel Go Tell It on the Mountain appeared in 1953 to excellent reviews. This was followed by bestselling essay collections such as Nobody Knows My Name,Notes of a Native Son and The Fire Next Time, which made him an influential figure in the growing civil rights movement. His plays also engaged with themes of racism, and, as a gay man, Baldwin became more and more outspoken about discrimination against homosexuals, in his life and work. Baldwin spent much of his life in France, where he died in 1987, a year after being made a Commander of the French Legion of Honor.
How would you like to learn how to present and make podcasts?
We’re offering 12 Kirklees residents aged 18-35 the chance to take part in our FREE podcast training programme with Kirklees Local TV.
You will then help to create one of six 15-minute podcasts, which will be released and promoted at the next award-winning HuddLitFest (11-28 April).
Why take part?
Podcasting has become a powerful platform to connect with audiences, share knowledge, and build communities around our passions. It allows you to express your unique voice, reach a global audience, and make a lasting impact. Whether you’re a budding storyteller, an expert in your field, or someone who loves to share their thoughts and ideas, our course is designed to help you navigate the exciting world of podcasting.
What will you learn?
You will learn the essential aspects of podcasting in manageable steps, with practical tips, expert advice, and real-life examples to help you complete a 15-minute podcast, including:
Exploring different podcast formats, writing a podcast brief
Brainstorming ideas, crafting compelling content
Conducting podcast interviews, learning how to engage listeners
Learning about equipment and software options, and how to record and edit a podcast
As well as practical skills, the course will help you develop teamwork and communication skills, help you to feel part of your community and the local arts scene, and allow you to see your work presented as part of an award-winning Festival.
You will need to attend two training sessions at the KLTV studios, Media Centre, Huddersfield*:
Session 1: 10am-12.30pm – choose from either Saturday 17 February or Saturday 24 February.
Session 2: 10am-12.30pm – choose from either Saturday 2 March or Saturday 9 March.