Want to tell stories online?

Join Athena Media for a three hour workshop exploring digital storytelling and tools to tell your story.

A new virtual workshop  ‘Telling Your Story Online‘ has been created by Athena Media & Podcasting Ireland to help you tell stories online, using text, pictures, audio or video. This three hour virtual workshop, conducted via Zoom.us aims to enhance your understanding of digital storytelling with strong examples and case studies to give you guidance. The workshop is led by Helen Shaw and John Howard and explores elements of audio and video storytelling online and how social media is an essential part of any storytelling project online. 

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Find out more and contact us if you are booking for groups and we can offer a group discounts. Small discounts also available for those in receipt of social welfare payments or working for charities.

In this virtual workshop we help you find your story, create your digital storytelling strategy, identify your audience and begin to shape ways of connecting and communicating with your community, clients and audiences online.

Topics in the workshop include :

  • What’s your story?
  • Storytelling techniques
  • Storytelling tools
  • Let’s look at how others do it
  • Creating your digital storytelling strategy
  • Finding your audience
  • Measuring success

Join Helen Shaw and John Howard of Athena Media in this storytelling workshop which is now available as a virtual session via Zoom video conferencing. Numbers are strictly limited and a storytelling guide with suggested tools and resources will be available to each participant at the end of the workshop.

Eavan Boland Rest in Peace

Quarantine
by Eavan Boland

In the worst hour of the worst season
of the worst year of a whole people
a man set out from the workhouse with his wife.
He was walking — they were both walking — north.

She was sick with famine fever and could not keep up.
He lifted her and put her on his back.
He walked like that west and west and north.
Until at nightfall under freezing stars they arrived.

In the morning they were both found dead.
Of cold. Of hunger. Of the toxins of a whole history.
But her feet were held against his breastbone.
The last heat of his flesh was his last gift to her.

Let no love poem ever come to this threshold.
There is no place here for the inexact
praise of the easy graces and sensuality of the body.
There is only time for this merciless inventory:

Their death together in the winter of 1847.
Also what they suffered. How they lived.
And what there is between a man and woman.
And in which darkness it can best be proved.

apoemforireland.rte.ie/shortlist/quarantine/



Episode 2 of Women and Words [2008] – Eavan Boland. Eavan Boland was one of Ireland’s finest poets and she is considered to be the pioneer who facilitated women’s stories, both domestic and internal, becoming part of the Irish literary tradition. Eavan shared her journey and poetry and her life now divided between Stanford, and its literary freedom, and her family home and life here in Ireland. In this feature Eavan talked about her work and shares it, while commentators, including Professor Gerardine Meaney of UCD, assess the significance of her stature as a poet and the nature of her work.

Eavan Boland died at her home in Dublin, Ireland Monday 27/04/2020
Producer Helen Shaw, Presenter Kay Sheehy

‘Mother’s Blood, Sister Songs’ takes GOLD in the Culture and Arts category in New York Festival Radio Awards

We spent much of last year on mothersbloodsistersongs.com and it was invested with love, passion, energy and what creative wit and talent that we have. So for our work with Linda Buckley and all of the contributing voices to have been recognised with a Gold award from the New York Festivals Radio Awards is a much appreciated boost during these testing times.

If you’d like to catch up on the series – the two part radio documentary and the sister podcast channel are on the site and all podcast apps.

The award is the 8th Gold for Athena Media radio and podcast productions at the international festival. In 2016 Athena Media also won the overall Grand award for its Kinder Letters history documentary. Its music documentary series Vocal Chords with Iarla Ó Lionáird won a total of 3 Golds for separate episodes and 1 silver, while its previous Gold awards started with the history series Death of an Empire (2012), the history/music series Herosongs (2015) and the Irish social history series Citizens:Lockout 1913-2013 (2014), Athena Media has also won two silvers and a bronze for other productions, as well as many finalist awards across the decade.

The New York Festival Radio Awards is judged by audio and radio production peers in the global industry, previous Gold winners are invited to become part of the international jury.

Helen Shaw, Podcasting Ireland & Athena Media’s director & producer, has been an international juror since 2013, obviously jurors can not vote on their own entries and are invited to vote on entries from across the world. Over 30 countries participate in the New York Radio Festival and this year in 2020 the event was held virtually with awards released online and via social media due to #covid19.

New Online Podcasting Workshop date – May 15th via zoom.us

Thinking of starting an audio podcast? Try our taster session ‘First Steps in Audio Podcasting‘ aimed at beginner podcasters

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Thinking of starting an audio podcast? Curious about how it all works and how you can make it work?

Try our taster session ‘First Steps in Audio Podcasting’ which is aimed at beginners and designed to give you an express workshop on podcasting today, including how to podcast remotely using Skype or ZOOM. Given the current crisis a donation to the Feed the Heroes initiative will be made,by the organisers , following the workshop, to show solidarity with healthcare workers.

This three hour virtual workshop, presented by experienced and skilled podcasters Helen Shaw and John Howard, of Podcasting Ireland and Athena Media, is aimed at taking the mystery out of podcasting, and offers participants an entry level conversation about podcasting today. Topics covered include : audio storytelling, how to shape a podcast strategy, how to start recording using your smart phone, or a mobile hand held recorder or using remote podcasting tools, like video conferencing, how to grow your recordings and release as podcasts.

The workshop will be conducted via video conferencing app ZOOM which is simple and easy to use once you have broadband or wifi and a laptop, which has audio and video enabled, at your base.

The workshop is aimed at both personal and professional podcasters, and a ‘How to Podcast Remotely Manual’ is provided at the end of the workshop.

1 What’s a podcast and why should you make one? Why is podcasting growing?

What are the elements that make a successful podcast? Let’s explore some success stories we can learn from.

3 Where should I begin? First five steps to start podcasting.

Key tools, tips and resources to get going from equipment, podcast platforms and editing and how to start podcasting immediately.

5 Next stages – mapping your podcast strategy and creating a pilot to kick start your podcast idea.

Online Podcasting Workshop this April 29th via zoom.us

Thinking of starting an audio podcast? Try our taster session ‘First Steps in Audio Podcasting‘ aimed at beginner podcasters

TICKETS

Thinking of starting an audio podcast? Curious about how it all works and how you can make it work?

Try our taster session ‘First Steps in Audio Podcasting’ which is aimed at beginners and designed to give you an express workshop on podcasting today, including how to podcast remotely using Skype or ZOOM. Given the current crisis a donation to the Feed the Heroes initiative will be made,by the organisers , following the workshop, to show solidarity with healthcare workers.

This three hour virtual workshop, presented by experienced and skilled podcasters Helen Shaw and John Howard, of Podcasting Ireland and Athena Media, is aimed at taking the mystery out of podcasting, and offers participants an entry level conversation about podcasting today. Topics covered include : audio storytelling, how to shape a podcast strategy, how to start recording using your smart phone, or a mobile hand held recorder or using remote podcasting tools, like video conferencing, how to grow your recordings and release as podcasts.

The workshop will be conducted via video conferencing app ZOOM which is simple and easy to use once you have broadband or wifi and a laptop, which has audio and video enabled, at your base.

Workshop is aimed at both personal and professional podcasters, and a ‘How to Podcast Remotely Manual’ is provided at the end of the workshop.

1 What’s a podcast and why should you make one? Why is podcasting growing?

What are the elements that make a successful podcast? Let’s explore some success stories we can learn from.

3 Where should I begin? First five steps to start podcasting.

Key tools, tips and resources to get going from equipment, podcast platforms and editing and how to start podcasting immediately.

5 Next stages – mapping your podcast strategy and creating a pilot to kick start your podcast idea.

New Online Workshop Designed for the remote working environment

Thinking of starting an audio podcast? Curious about how it all works and how you can make it work?

Try our taster session ‘First Steps in Audio Podcasting’ which is aimed at beginners and designed to give you an express workshop on podcasting today, including how to podcast remotely.

This three hour virtual workshop takes place Monday April 17th 10:00 – 13:00, presented by experienced and skilled podcasters Helen Shaw and John Howard, of Podcasting Ireland and Athena Media, is aimed at taking the mystery out of podcasting, and offers participants an entry level conversation about podcasting today. Topics covered include: The workshop will be conducted via video conferencing app ZOOM which is simple and easy to use once you have broadband or wifi and a laptop at your base.

TICKETS

1 What’s a podcast and why should you make one?

2 What are the elements that make a successful podcast?

3 Where should I begin? First five steps to start podcasting.

4 Key tools, tips and resources to get going from equipment, podcast platforms and editing and start podcasting

5 Next stages – mapping your podcast strategy

New Oscar Wilde Audiobook Podcasts for Children

With COVID19 changing our world, and turning things upside down, we’ve been looking at ways in which we can help.

We know so many children are now at home and looking for stories to enjoy so we’ve released a podcast series of audio readings of Oscar Wilde’s short stories ‘The Happy Prince & Other Tales’ read by talented young Irish actors, Robert Sheehan, Brian Gleeson and Lauren Coe. Have a listen here and download the podcasts.


The readings are part of a major transmedia project we did a few years ago with the Irish composer Michael Gallen and the visual artist Felicity Clear.

You can enjoy all the stories: hear them, read them and listen to Michael’s work and see Felicity’s artwork on the website www.wildestories.ie

Podcasting Workshops – May 10th and June 21st

Want to learn how to dream up and make your own audio podcast?

Then join us on Sunday May 10th or Sunday June 21st for one of our podcasting skills workshops

Athena Media is an award winning digital audio agency and it’s the force behind Podcasting Ireland. We’ve been making podcasts since 2006 and have run sponsored audio podcast channels in both music and speech.

TICKETS via Eventbrite

How to Podcast : Podcasting 101 covers :

— What’s a podcast? And why do we love them?

— What are the most popular formats and genres?

— What do you need to get started? We show you hand held recorders like Zoom H4 and introduce you to sound recording, microphones and setting up a mini studio.

— How do you find and tell audio stories?

— How do you shape an interview? A question path?

— We introduce you to Audacity and the basics of thinking about editing. How do you find music you can clear rights to use in your mix?

— How do you release and host your podcast? We introduce you to platforms like Anchor which distribute your podcast to 10 platforms including Spotify and iTunes. And also to Soundcloud.

— Why you still need visual content, like photos, for audio stories and how to think about your website working with your podcast.

— You become a publisher when you release a podcast so what are the legal and consent issues you need to be aware of?

— Content management, monitoring and measuring the success of your podcast.

— Marketing and social media

— Wrap and recap. We share our ideas and discoveries with you.

What our clients say:

‘Excellent, extremely informative. Would love to do it again even though all aspects of podcasting were covered. Very dynamic day.’
Catherine Murray (Podcasting 101 Workshop, September 2019)
‘The one-day workshop was a great introduction to podcasting, giving a flavour of the different styles possible and providing practical advice on how to get started in a safe small-group environment. I learnt a lot in a few hours, thank you!’
Stephanie Moe, Bord Bia (Podcasting 101 Workshop, September 2019)
‘I was really glad I did the workshop as I learned so much about every aspect of the podcasting process. All my queries were handled and the teachers’ passion and breath of knowledge was incredible.’
Jonny Harvey – i’m Coming Out – The Podcast (Podcasting 101 Workshop, September 2019)
‘I have already recommended the workshop to friends who are interested in podcasting. It was a very enjoyable experience with great insights given into the art of podcasting and interviewing. Helen and John are wonderful workshop hosts and extremely knowledgable in their field. Overall it’s a great insight into podcasting and has re-energised me and made me more determined than ever to create my own podcast.’
Eamon McLoughlin (Podcasting 101 Workshop, September 2019)
‘This course is an absolute must for anyone wanting to create a podcast. Helen and John provided not only excellent up-to-date knowledge of the landscape and how you could shape your idea but all all the technical skills you would need to start a podcast from scratch and get it out there. It was jam-packed with advice on areas such as interviewing and recording to promotion and finding your authentic voice. I left really confident leaving the course that I had enough knowledge to get going. There was so much more packed into the day than I had imagined, making it really excellent value too.’
Suzi Button, CEO, Lorna Byrne Children’s Foundation www.foundation.lornabyrne.com (Podcasting 101 Workshop, May 2019)
‘I was impressed by how much useful information I was able to absorb in just one day! I highly recommend this course, it is a great way to get you started on your podcast journey!’
Maggie, Marketing Manager (Podcasting 101 Workshop, May 2019)
‘Just letting you know – your podcasting 101 workshop in March was inspiring – anyone who is thinking “you know what, I should do a podcast?!” should go!’
Caroline Swords (Podcasting 101 Workshop, March 2019)
‘Very inspiring. A whistlestop tour of everything you need to know to start podcasting along with lots of resources and tools for self-directed learning. An excellent insider overview of the industry, platform, formats and revenue models.’
Joy Redmond, joyredmond.com (Podcasting 101 Workshop, March 2019)
‘Concise but comprehensive introduction to podcasting. Left feeling inspired and ready to take the next steps!’
Marie O’Sullivan (Podcasting 101 Workshop, March 2019)
‘A great workshop that de-mystified the technical aspects of podcasting and provided insights into wider aspects such as interviewing, storytelling and getting your podcasts out into the world.’
Fionnuala Broughan, Communications Manager, Léargas (Podcasting 101 Workshop, February 2019)
‘A very useful, all-round introduction to podcasting and all it entails, and an inspiring and enjoyable day!’
Dr Anthea Lacchia, TCD (Podcasting 101 Workshop, February 2019)
‘The Podcasting workshop helped to demystify the approach, the idea and the technical know how needed to make your own Podcast. Felt on leaving the event I was well equipped to start my own personal your of podcasting. The manuals and information. provided are extensive also.’
Jacinta Murray, jacintachristy.com (Podcasting 101 Workshop, February 2019)

How to Podcast Workshops – March 1st & 29th 2020

Want to learn how to dream up and make your own audio podcast? Then join us on Sunday March 1st or Sunday March 29th for one of our podcasting skills workshops

Athena Media is an award winning digital audio agency and it’s the force behind Podcasting Ireland. We’ve been making podcasts since 2006 and have run sponsored audio podcast channels in both music and speech.

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Our current podcasting one day introduction workshops have been running since Autumn 2017.

Want to learn how to dream up and make your own audio podcast?

Then join us for a podcasting skills workshop designed to get you telling audio stories online. Full day workshop with limited numbers – just 10 in this session.

Our podcasts include The Family of Things hosted by Helen Shaw who will lead this workshop and our regular radio/podcast shows including Pantisocracy, Wilde Stories and Vocal Chords . Helen’s podcast The Family of Things won Finalist in the New York Radio Festival and Awards 2019.

This one day workshop is designed for podcast beginners and will take participants from idea to online, showing people how to get their own audio show together and online.

The workshop will cover how to record using a mobile recorder like a Zoom H4n and participants will be encouraged to bring a mobile recorder, if they have one, to the workshop.

It will introduce people to basic editing using Audacity and show people how to release their audio online.

*note: Workshop cost is €160, with a booking fee charged by Eventbrite

The Athena Media team delivering this workshop is Helen Shaw & John Howard

How to Podcast : Podcasting 101 covers :

— What’s a podcast? And why do we love them?

— What are the most popular formats and genres?

— What do you need to get started? We show you hand held recorders like Zoom H4 and introduce you to sound recording, microphones and equipment options to best suit your needs, skills and budget.

— How do you find and tell audio stories?

— How do you shape an interview? A question path?

— We introduce you to Audacity and the basics of thinking about editing.

— How do you release and host your podcast? We introduce you to hosting & distribution platforms.

— Why you still need visual content, like photos, for audio stories and how to think about your website working with your podcast.

— You become a publisher when you release a podcast so what are the legal and consent issues you need to be aware of?

— Content management, monitoring and measuring the success of your podcast.

— Marketing and social media

— Wrap and recap. We share our ideas and discoveries with you.

MOTHER’S BLOOD, SISTER SONGS – new arts & culture podcast series from Athena Media

MOTHER’S BLOOD, SISTER SONGS

How the genetics of Iceland reveals its female Irish roots in story and song. 

Acclaimed Irish composer Linda Buckley has a personal and professional affinity to Iceland and in this radio series she teams up with documentary maker Helen Shaw to trace the connections between the two places.

MBSS: Mother's Blood, Sister Songs : Linda Buckley from Ireland to Iceland from Athena Media on Vimeo.

The Icelandic female line goes directly back to gaelic women, mostly taken as slaves, by Norwegian Vikings who settled the land over a thousand years ago. Buckley asks what is the legacy of that biology and what are the physical, cultural and aural traces of that relationship?

An evocative, music-led feature series exploring heritage, language, music, and gender while drawing out the little known stories of the women who mothered Iceland and the sisterhood between the two places.

Melkorka Ólafsdóttir – 'Ambátt / Melkorka' from Athena Media on Vimeo.

mothersbloodsistersongs.com Part 1 broadcast on RTÉ Lyric FM on December 29th 2019, followed by Part 2 on January 5th 2020.

Listen to the podcast series, a companion channel to the RTÉ Lyric fm documentaries with contributions from  guests including Dr Emily Lethbridge, Prof Poul Holm, visual artist Joan Perlman, folklorist Prof. Terry Gunnell, harpist and composer Katie Buckley and musician/poet Melkorka Ólafsdóttir.

Arnhildur Valgarðsdóttir 'Adda' on the Power of Choirs in Iceland from Athena Media on Vimeo.

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