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Resonance 104.4fm Announces A Major Commitment To Books Coverage

Tony White, author and chair of the board of directors of Resonance104.4fm, London’s award-winning arts radio station, today confirmed a sustained commitment to regular books programming across the Resonance104.4fm schedules, in advance of Resonance’s special live broadcast of Jerwood Fiction Uncovered FM on 13 July.

Resonance104.4fm, which last week had its Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation funding renewed, broadcasts on FM across London, online via the RadioPlayer app, and worldwide via a webstream to audiences in excess of 3 million.

Resonance104.4fm recently broadcast the Index Freedom of Expression Awards 2014 live from the Barbican, London, covered the Wellcome Book Prize, and is taking part in the Port Eliot Festival 2014.

Jerwood Fiction Uncovered FM will broadcast live on Resonance 104.4FM on Sunday July 13 from noon to 5pm. Presented by Arifa Akbar, literary editor of The Independent and i newspapers, the special five-hour broadcast celebrates The Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize, awarded annually to eight British writers of outstanding works of fiction. Jerwood Fiction Uncovered FM features prize-winning authors Lesley Glaister, Evie Wyld, Gareth R Roberts, Ben Brooks, Bernardine Evaristo, Naomi Wood, Cynan Jones, and many more guests to be announced.

Resonance104.4fm also confirmed a regular slot for children’s book programme Down the Rabbit Hole, presented by Katherine Woodfine, arts project manager at reading charity Booktrust, and Melissa Cox, children’s buyer for Waterstones. Down the Rabbit Hole broadcasts at teatime on the last Tuesday of each month. Next show Tuesday 29 July 5:00— 5:30pm, repeated the following Sunday 7:00am.

Resonance104.4fm’s other regular book programmes are:

Little Atoms — A talk show about ideas and culture, produced and presented by Neil Denny. Each show features a guest from the worlds of science, journalism, politics, academia, human rights or the arts in conversation. Recent guests include Jonathan Meades, Cory Doctorow, John Sutherland, Deborah Orr. (Little Atoms host Denny anchored the live broadcast of the Index Awards.)

Weekly: Saturdays 10:00-11:00am, repeated Wednesday 11:00am.

Interesting Conversations — Topical literary discussion with Wendy Jones. Recent guests include Caroline Sanderson, Jacqueline Wilson, Jung Chang, Tracy Chevalier.

Weekly: Due back in the autumn.

Literary London — Nick Hennegan explores the literary life of London and celebrates the popular cultural life and literary history of the city. Recent guests include Caroline Morris, Rebecca Rouliard (Writers Hub), Glenn Chandler.

Weekly: Fridays 7:00—8:00pm, repeated Wednesday 7:00am.

Panel Borders — Alex Fitch explores the art and culture of comics and graphic novels with practitioners worldwide. Recent guests include Michael Chabon, David Shrigley, Paul Gravett and John Harris Dunning.

Weekly: Mondays 4:30—5:00pm, repeated Thursday 11:00am.

Experimental Poetics — Poet and writer Anna McKerrow talks to fellow experimental poets from around the UK. Recent guests include Ryan Ormonde, Richard Barrett, Sarah James.

Weekly: Tuesdays 9:00—10:00pm, repeated Saturday 7:00pm.

Lit-Bits — Adam Smyth, tutor in English at Balliol College, Oxford, and journalist James Kidd examine literature from curious and surprising angles. Guests have included Paul Myerscough (LRB), Lynn Shepherd, Dinah Roe.

Weekly: Due back in the autumn.

Tony White, chair of Resonance 104.4fm board of directors, said:

‘With books coverage across traditional media shrinking, we are delighted that Resonance104.4fm can host Jerwood Fiction Uncovered FM, and proud of our programme makers’ and the station’s commitment to regular books-related programming. Community radio is led by its listeners and its programme makers, and the growth of Resonance’s books coverage shows that people want to talk about books and literature, and that they continue to find new and original ways to do so.’


Resonance104.4fm is a registered charity (UK registered charity number 290236), and the world’s first radio art station: a ground-breaking 24/7 arts broadcast platform which exists to encourage creativity through radio. The Ofcom-licensed community radio station is open to as wide a range of artists, art forms and diverse communities as possible. Resonance104.4fm started broadcasting on May 1st 2002, with a brief to provide a radical alternative to the universal formulae of mainstream broadcasting. CEO Ed Baxter featured in the Independent on Sunday’s 2009 Happy List as one of the “100 people who have made Britain a better, happier place.”

Resonance104.4fm broadcasts across central London from its studio on Borough High Street, London. Resonance104.4fm is on the Radio Player app, and is streamed online.

Resonance104.4 fm features programmes made by musicians, artists and critics who represent the diversity of London’s arts scenes, with regular weekly contributions from hundreds of musicians, writers, artists, thinkers, critics, activists and instigators; plus numerous unique broadcasts by artists on the weekday “Clear Spot”. Resonance104.4fm’s contributors and collaborators include school pupils, retired people, artists both emerging and established, as well as other agencies — e.g. Migrants Resource Centre, Mencap, Made In Lambeth — and we provide practical support and training for their very different aspirations, with broadcasting in 26 languages during 2013/14.

Resonance 104.4fm programming has won the Radio Academy’s Nations and Regions Award three times, is regularly reviewed (Observer, Guardian etc.), and ranges across all artforms, including weekly programmes concerned with literature, music, computer games, theatre, the visual arts and sound art.

Individual programmes can be contacted at Resonance104.4fm, 144 Borough High Street, London SE1 1LB, UK or by email: [email protected]

General enquiries: Resonance104.4fm, 144 Borough High Street, London SE1 1LB, UK. Tel: 020 7407 1210. Email: [email protected]

Tony White chairs the Resonance 104.4fm board of directors. White is the author of novels including Foxy-T (Faber and Faber) and Shackleton’s Man Goes South (Science Museum). Tony White is currently a visiting research fellow at King’s College London.

‘Resonance is an essential part of the cultural landscape.’ Jonathan Meades

‘Resonance104.4fm has filled a gap in a way that has enriched our whole society, conferring a real benefit on everyone who has access to it.’ the late Tony Benn

‘Resonance FM has matured into one of the most exciting and unpredictable broadcasters in the world.’ Dazed and Confused

‘Resonance is a station that simply couldn’t be found anywhere else… that super-serves London’s creative and artistic community. It sets challenges for both listeners and the radio industry alike.’ Adrian van Klaveren, The Radio Academy and BBC Radio

‘The best radio station in London.’ The Guardian

‘The best radio station in the world.’ The Village Voice


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