So… it’s taken a few attempts but I am absolutely delighted to be able to tell you that we have received funding from Arts Council England to transcribe and archive the outstanding 30-odd episodes.
Over the course of the next six months Lizzy and I will be working with our regular transcript technician, Christabel Smith to process 30 episodes that we were unable to work through with the first round of funding in 2018. This means that by this summer all Lunar episodes will be accompanied by a transcript – well, all except the few made up of only open-mic events or single poem readings.
Unfortunately, tracking down all of these poets and obtaining permission to reproduce their work and original poems for formatting purposes is sadly beyond our resources.
We now collect all of this information as a matter of course now so hopefully this kind of oversight is now a thing of the past.
The second part of the project will see us process and log 35 episodes prior to archiving within the Sounds Department at the British Library. This is an attempt to secure the archive of episodes against any unforeseen events, such as SoundCloud going out of business. This archiving work will ensure that should anything happen to our RSS feed all episodes will still be available within the British Library archive.
Here’s to the future!