Cuckoo Story Trail at The Word

For many weeks now, the South Shields chapter of Cuckoo Young Writers have been working with Matt Wesolowski and James Whitman, exploring dark fiction.

Amongst other things, they have written about demonic possession, black-eyed children, rabid pugs, and devilish carrots.

For their end of term project, they have created a story trail about four cursed objects (which James and one of our group members happened to have lying around their homes). The trail includes stories you can listen to on your phone or tablet (by scanning a QR code), and it will be exhibited at The Word as part of their Write Festival from 21st June 2017.

Last month, they took a break from their writing routine to record the audio for their story trail. They spent two full days at Spark, a community radio station based at Sunderland University, working with award-winning audio producer, Jay Sykes.

Jay taught them about vocal technique for radio, and helped each of them record a short story they had written as part of the trail. For the story trail’s climax, they recorded some properly evil chanting (in properly evil iambic pentameter). Jay also gave them a chance to help direct each other, before he showed them how he edits audio, along with some of the special effects he uses.

The recording sessions were loads of fun, and we’d like to extend our thanks to Jay for looking after us all.

The story trail will go live during The Word’s Write Festival, beginning on Wednesday, 21st June 2017. The Cuckoos will be showing people around the trail on opening night from 5pm to 7pm, so please come along if you’d like to see (and hear) what they’ve been getting up to.

If you’d like to know more about the story trail, or about joining Cuckoo South Shields or any of our other Cuckoo Young Writers groups contact Rachael.

Our Cuckoo group in South Shields are about to start a new topic — dystopian fiction — so now is the perfect time to join!