I can still remember my first book launch event where I had to read a piece to an audience after one of my short stories had been included in an anthology put out by Aberdeen's Lemon Tree Writers. I was dreadful! I felt like I'd raced through the whole story while delivering it in a flat, lifeless monotone.
Since then I've grown to enjoy the act of reading out loud - I think having kids has helped - I love doing all the voices in their stories. I've also been lucky enough to do a few more public readings and even go on the radio a couple of times to read stuff. Hearing someone else read one of my stories was also a liberating experience. I won a competition held by the Shortbread Short Story website and got to have my story recorded by a professional actor. The first time I heard the finished result I had to stop myself a few times and ask "wow! Did I really write that?!" (if you want to hear it for yourself you can find the story "American Classic" here.)
Anyway, for a while now I've been toying with the idea of recording myself reading stories as another way of publicising my writing. I first had the idea after I did a live reading at an event called "The Stoney Stramash". In order to jazz up my reading I edited together some sound effects to accompany they story and then practised like crazy to get my delivery in sync with the effects.
Since the school holidays have started I now have a bit of time on my hands to give it a go and share the results with you,
Up first is a poem about paranoia called "Somebody's Watching". I think I was attempting a homage to Tom Waits' "What's He Building In There?" ;-) Have a click and have a listen...