Blackpool-born Craig Parkinson is the latest speaker to be confirmed for Pods Up North, a podcast conference coming to Manchester in November. Craig, best-known for his film and TV work, (including playing, DI Matthew “Dot” Cotton in the BBC’s Line Of Duty), hosts the award-winning, The Two Shot Podcast where he interviews actors and artists.
Pods Up North is a one-day event to give podcasters the opportunity to meet and learn from audio industry experts and award-winning podcasts. The conference will include workshops, discussions, talks and networking opportunities for podcasters of all levels to learn the latest techniques and get advice to help them to create great podcasts, including how to book guests, interview skills and technical advice.
Further big name speakers from the podcast world who are confirmed to speak at Pods Up North on the 23rd November include Jonathan Wall, the Controller of BBC Sounds, co-creator of The British Podcast Awards Matt Deegan, popular podcast Gay and a Non Gay, Colin Gray of The Podcast Academy. and Katy Leeson, the Managing Director of Manchester-based, global marketing company Social Chain. Katy, who’s excited to be a part of the inaugural event says,
“It’s great to be able to celebrate the podcast community in this part of the world. Having been the unlikely podcaster, I’ve learned loads from making the ‘I Shouldn’t Say This, But’ podcast, and my producer Doddz and I can’t wait to share our story with the podcast makers at Pods Up North.”
Pods Up North will be held in the city’s eco tech hub The Federation and is staged during the annual Manchester Podcast Festival month in November. The Festival, now in its second year brings the best podcasts in the UK to live audiences in Manchester, including hit podcasts such as ‘The Guilty Feminist’, Richard Herring’s ‘RHLSTP’ and Dan Snow’s ‘History Hit’.
Pods Up North is the brainchild of Manchester-based podcasters and audio experts Kate Cocker,Vic Turnbull and Ant McGinley. They explain why they decided to launch the event,
“We started Pods Up North to support and celebrate the incredible podcast talent coming out of the North. Events like this have been ‘South-centric’ so far. We’ve designed for Podcasters of all levels, from those thinking about podcasting, to podcasters who are looking to take their craft to the next level. There is so much podcasting talent in the north – at the moment people have found their own way, so we’re excited to bring people together at Pods Up North, share knowledge and help the podcasting community grow!”
Tickets are on sale now and include entry to the official pre-Pods Up North networking event.