Friday, 22 October 2010

An update on The Lowdown!

CC director Ali Muirden gets back to work...

My holiday is over and my nose is firmly back to the grindstone now and it’s all systems go to get our final titles for the autumn published.

First up will be ‘Dodging the Bullet - Effective Risk Communications Skills’. For those of you who are wondering what Risk Communication is:  it’s the science of communicating in high stress, high concern situations. This book shows you how to acquire the skills to make you communicate like a great leader during high stress situations.

The audio book will be narrated by Steven Pacey, once he is back from performing in ‘Crash’ at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds. I was recording’ Let the Right One In’ (published by Quercus) with Steven when he got the call from his agent asking him if he would audition for the play, so it was great to hear this all worked out for him.

In a weird example of synchronicity, the play is written by William Nicholson whose novels are also published by Quercus!  In fact, I am currently reading his novel “The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life” which explores what happens when a happily married woman gets a call from her long lost lover and how her decision to respond ricochets around the sleepy Sussex village where she lives.

Next on the “to do” list is recording Henry V as part of our Osprey partnership. This book is an unusual take on the military career of this historic figure.   We’re hoping wonderful Jamie Glover will be reading this one.  Jamie is currently directing Single Spies by Alan Bennett, which opened on 30th September at the Watermill Theatre in Newbury.  The production is a double-bill featuring An Englishman Abroad and A Question of Attribution.

We’re also busy putting together a brand new series called “Dream Catching,” which are short meditation audios with a unique twist.  These are being written by Maria Darling, a prolific actress and voice artist.  We’ll update you with more information on these soon! - AM

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