Creating audio anthologies from writing competitions is a recent endeavour. Having successfully published one on the Echoes.xyz app following the Sydney Gardens Tree Weekender in Bath in November 2021, Walk Listen Create have now teamed up with MK Lit Fest and The Parks Trust to bring a collaborative anthology of new writing to a different audience. The Soundwalk locates a growing collection of pieces of original writing in individual locations in Great Linford Manor Park, Stonepit Field and Stanton Low Park in Milton Keynes.
In 2022, Walk Listen Create ran a writing competition inviting people to submit poetry and stories of up to 250 words on the theme of “Walking Home”. They published a printed chapbook of the anthology and invited the authors to record themselves reading their work. Since then, they have reached out to MK Lit Fest to establish a collaborative project. The resulting audio anthology, available as a SoundWalk called Walking Home - Milton Keynes, draws on these existing audio recordings and incorporates:
recordings of selected poems and short stories from MK Lit Fest’s MinK #1 and #2 printed anthologies
recordings of poems from the winners of The Parks Trust’s 2022 Poetry Competition.
To hear these pieces, download the Echoes app and search for for "Walking Home - Milton Keynes". The map and player for the audio anthology will open immediately. You will get the best audio quality by using noise-cancelling headphones, but the headphones that come with your smartphone will be adequate.
The individual recordings are set to play automatically as you reach their linked locations (although you can turn off Autoplay within the app if you wish.) We recommend downloading the anthology if you'll be listening on the move, as a sufficient signal for streaming may not always be available outdoors. You can also play them on demand wherever you may be. Be alert to your surroundings and the people around you.
About Walk Listen Create
The website walk · listen · create is the home of walking artists as well as Sound Walk September. walk · listen · create operates on a plain that is bounded by sound, or audio, place, or location, and technology. Technology is not just mobile phones or computers, it’s also pen & paper, rocks, and anything that can be used as a tool.
In 2018, 2020 and 2023, MK Lit Fest ran writing competitions for local poets and short story writers, a teams of judges selected the winners and best entries for print/epub anthologies, copies of which are available for purchase. You can also watch a recording of the online launch event for MinK 2020: City of Dreams on the Festival’s YouTube Channel.
About The Parks Trust
Established as an independent charity in 1992, The Parks Trust expertly cares for over 6,000 acres of beautiful and inspirational green space in Milton Keynes including parks, ancient woodlands, lakes, river valleys and 80 miles of landscaped areas along the city’s grid roads. Over 80 staff and 200 volunteers deliver the Trust’s essential work, which includes landscaping and maintenance, providing valuable recreation and leisure facilities, connecting communities at over 500 outdoor events each year and advancing public education about wildlife, biodiversity and the environment. Each year, it takes on new green spaces and endowments from developers to cover costs in perpetuity.