All Ears



Well, the submissions are really starting to roll, stream, flood and rush in  now. There are so many, in fact, that it’s not possible to publish all the new ones in today’s post. So here is a selection, from Maggie Doyle, Siobhan Harper, Sarah James, Alex Kaminsky, Anna Lindsay, Lynda Nash and Mark Niel. You’ll see that we’ve also started to received prose and dialogue pieces, as well as poetry, and this is reflected in today’s selection, which you can read by clicking here July 4th. We’d just like to take this opportunity of thanking everyone who’s submitted so far, and so to say how thrilled we are, not only by the number of pieces we’ve received already, but by their variety and the high standard of the writing.  It really is impressive. And remember, if you’ve already submitted a piece, you can submit again, as many as you wish, up to August 15th. But please do submit using the form on our submissions page.

Now, on to the readings, which begin with a piece that’s particularly apt for today’s Wimbledon Finals. “New balls, please!”

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The Summer of Bugged

Ah, hello. Come on in. What kept you so long?

Going to a festival? Take your ears with you

Bugged is just over a week old, and already there are hundreds of us on board for the liveliest writing project of summer 2010. To all the newbies, we say Welcome – whether you found us through the Guardian Books Blog, or other kind links like this one from Claire Conlon which also includes other writing deadlines. If you just found us then have a look here to find out how Bugged works. Find us on Facebook (we are a Page, called Bugged) or Twitter (as BuggedProject). Get listening, get talking.

For those old lags who have been following us since… er… last week, thank you for helping us to spread news of Bugged. You’ve already shared some marvellous overhearings – perfect material for sparking off a poem, a story or a script. Some are comical:

“She’s got a boyfriend at last.”
“That’s good!”
“Yes, but he’s short.”
“Oh I am sorry.”

Some are intriguing… ‘What’s the only word in the English language that ends in MT?’ asks a pub landlord. Answers in the next post…. or find Bugged on Facebook to read the answer.

But there are potentially tragic ones too. ‘I’ve been pregnant before, it was no big deal,’ says a schoolgirl on a bus. Another person says, ‘When it was over I didn’t wash for six months afterwards. I lived in a toilet and drank alcohol.’ There are huge stories behind these tiny soundbites. Make sure that your work does them justice, brings them alive – and keeps them anonymous.

Most unsettling of all, a conversation about Bugged itself was overheard on a bus today. We hadn’t foreseen that we might be victims of our own surveillance team.

Keep those overhearings coming in and do have a bash at our nano-survey to tell us where you’ll be on National Eavesdropping Day.

Jo Bell