Announcing the Elements Series

Hi Everyone,

Trust the start of your new year is going as well as possible.

In 2021, I’m trying something new with the podcast. I’m creating a year-long series of podcasts centered around elements of storytelling.

I’m producing four seasons throughout the year, each focused on a particular element: Place, Plot, Point and Character.

A selection of folk will be asked to provide an object to prompt a discussion about one of these elements. A poet might provide an image to talk about setting. A novelist a poem to discuss character. A graphic novelist might have insights into alternate plot structures.

The Elements Series begins later this month with the first of six episodes discussing Place. We’ll be talking around and about how we set or position our work.

This series is made with the help of Copyright Licensing New Zealand contestable funding. Thank you CLNZ!

Look forward to seeing you there.

Thanks

Pip

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Transcript

Pip Adam (19s): Hi, this is Pip Adam. Mmm. I’m just popping in to make a very, very quick announcement. So, I think I’ve got three things. So, the first thing I want it to say is welcome to 2021. I hope that your start to the new year as going as well as possible, I sort of just want to acknowledge that things are tough for a lot of people and yeah, I am sending hope and love and yeah, I hope everybody everywhere is just finding slight moments of peace and amongst all the chaos and scariness and yeah.

Pip Adam (1m 9s): Anyway, love you all heaps. The second thing I wanted to do is just thank everybody for all of their support and 2020. Mmm. Yeah. I’m very grateful to all of the people who came on and recorded a podcast. Thank you for your time, your energy, your thinking, your minds. Yeah. Thanks heaps for that. I also wanna thank all the people that helped fund the podcast. I’m particularly grateful to Creative New Zealand. I’m grateful to Toi Poneke, who provide a community art space. We can rent and record the podcasts. I wanted to thank Unity Books in Wellington who allowed us to broadcast.

Pip Adam (1m 56s): Is it the right word – podcast? Some of the events that took place there. So thank you very much. Oh, and of course the biggest, thank you. Well, maybe not the biggest thank you, but thank you also to everyone who listened to the podcast and thanks to everyone who got in touch its always lovely to hear it from you. Yeah. I’m sitting here by myself and my room with the window open and it all sometimes feels a little strange, but thank you so much to people that contacted me and yeah, long may it lasts. The third and final thing I wanted to talk about is that in 2021, I’m going to try something new with a podcast.

Pip Adam (2m 36s): I’m creating a year-long series of podcasts centered around elements of storytelling. I’m producing four seasons throughout the year, each focused on a particular element. The first is on Place. The second is on Plot. The third is on Point and the fourth is on Character, which I now realized I could have called ‘People’ and had the sort of a quadruple ‘P’, but I didn’t do that, so I will stick with ‘Character’. In this series a selection of folk will be asked to provide an object to prompt a discussion about one of these elements. Oh, there goes to the countdown truck. So a poet might provide an image to talk about setting and a novelist, a poem to discuss character and a graphic novelists might have insights into alternate plot structures.

Pip Adam (3m 19s): As well as these people who create work in writing or for the page, I’m also going to be talking to people who perhaps create art in different spaces and how these, perhaps, literary elements affect or don’t affect or how they think about them in their own work. The Elements Series begins later this month, with the first of six episodes discussing Place. In this season will be talking around and about how we set or position our work. I’m imagining that we’ll probably also be offering some writing exercises at the end of the episodes.

Pip Adam (4m 4s): You could use these as a bit of a writing prompt. Yeah. Anyway, however you want to use them, use them that way. So yeah. So the series is also made with the help of Copyright Licensing New Zealand contestable funding so thank you CLNZ. The money makes it possible for me to pay the guests, which I’m very grateful for it. And also a smaller amount of the money that goes into some of the costs of producing the podcast and a small amount goes towards paying me for some of the time that I take to produce the podcast. So, I’m very, very grateful to Copyright Licensing New Zealand.

Pip Adam (4m 45s): Thank you very much. I think that’s the three things I wanted to talk to you about. Yeah. Thanks for listening. And I look forward to seeing you later in January, when we we’re going to be having a chat about Place

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