It’s Competition Time!

Well…I am kicking off 2011 in fine style, courtesy of the lovely peeps over at AudioGo, the home of BBC Audiobooks. I have a competition for you, and there are five copies of the brand-spanking new “BRIGHTON ROCK” audiobook up for grabs as prizes.  Read by top-notch UK acting legend SAMUEL WEST, and produced by my good self!  First, here’s a little about the audiobook:

Unabridged Reading

Author : Graham Greene
Reader : Samuel West
Producer : Neil Gardner
Running Time : 9hrs 11mins

‘Hale knew, before he had been in Brighton three hours, that they meant to murder him…’ So begins ‘Brighton Rock’, in which a gang war rages through the dark underworld of 1930s Brighton. Seventeen-year-old Pinkie Brown, malign and ruthless, has killed a man. Believing he can escape retribution, he is unprepared for the courageous, life-embracing Ida Arnold. Greene’s gripping thriller exposes a world of loneliness and fear, of life lived on the ‘dangerous edge of things’. ‘Brighton Rock’ has twice been adapted for film. Richard Attenborough starred as Pinkie in the 1947 version, with Sam Riley and Helen Mirren starring in the 2010 release.

‘The most ingenious, inventive and exciting of our novelists… A master of storytelling’ – Times
‘I read Brighton Rock when I was about thirteen. One of the first lessons I took from it was that a serious novel could be an exciting novel…’ – Ian McEwan
‘A superb storyteller with a gift for provoking controversy’ – New York Times

Samuel West reads Graham Greene’s classic gang war thriller – complete and unabridged.

The 8xCD boxset is worth almost £20…and we have 5 to give away (aren’t AudioGo marvellous?!)  You can learn more about the title (and AudioGo) by CLICKING HERE.

COMPETITION TIME

To be in with a chance of winning a copy of BRIGHTON ROCK, as read by Samuel West (and produced by little old me!) here is what you have to do:

BRIGHTON ROCK looks at a Brighton of the past – gangs and betting, violence and love…it is a vibrant and chilling setting.  In NO MORE THAN 500 words, describe a Brighton of the FUTURE.  It can be 5 years, 50 years, 500 years away, or even further.  What is different, what is the same?  Is the pier still there, or has it grown, or been destroyed?  Is the English Channel still there, or has all the water gone?  Is the town still a haven for creativity and peoples of all sexualities and religions and ethnicities?  Is Brighton the last bastion in a post-apocalyptic world, or is it the Sin City of a new United States of Europa?

Send your entries to:

neilgardner@ladbrokeradio.com

The DEADLINE for entries is SUNDAY 20th FEBRUARY 2011 at midnight – any entries received after that date/time will not be considered.

JUDGING – all of the entries will be judged by a panel of audiobook, SF and writing world luminaries (including me…not that I am a luminary, more a luminous canary!) whose names will be announced shortly, but include the goddess of audiobook readers, LORELEI KING.

ADDITIONALLY – Following the competition, my new audiobook company, Spokenworld Audio will produce an audiobook compilation of the winning entries AND the best of the rest.  Exciting, eh?  The working title of this anthology is BRIGHTON PROX.

Good luck and get those entries in, ASAP!

Terms & Conditions

This competition is organised and run by me, Neil Gardner, and AudioGo and Ladbroke Productions are not involved or have any responsibility for it.  Please DO NOT correspond with AudioGo or Ladbroke Productions concerning this competition.  For any queries please contact me directly.

The judges’ decision is final.  Nor correspondence will be entered into once the results have been announced.

Results will be announced via this blog, and on social networking sites on SUNDAY 3rd APRIL 2011.  Winners will be notified by email.  Prizes will be posted within 7 days.

This competition is open to anyone aged over 16 and from any country.

By entering the competition you grant Spokenworld Audio Ltd non-exclusive audiobook rights to your submitted entry.  Spokenworld Audio Ltd shall pay all costs involved in the production and sale of the audiobook edition of the winning entries, but shall pay no advance fee or rights fee.  An ‘Author’s Share of Revenue’ shall be created, which shall be 20% of the Net Revenue of any sales generated.  This shall be shared between the authors, paid half-yearly (June/Dec) where monies have accrued.

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The BIG PAIR Podcast – Ep 4 – Dr Whooooo, Ooh, Dr Who!

Click to jump to the podcast site

You can now listen to the podcast by clicking the play button above!

The BIG PAIR Podcast is back with episode 4, and this time we are giving up most of the show to a chat and Q&A session with Kate Thomas, Dr Who Audio director & producer from BBC Audiobooks. She talks about her favourite Who stories, making Who audio adventures, what’s coming up next and much more.

There is also a kick-ass competition in which YOU could win a signed copy of “Doctor Who – The Last Dodo” 2xCD audio adventure from BBC Audio. Signed by Kate who directed it, and read by Freema Agyeman.

Also in this episode:

* The Adventures of Dave Crampon
* Dr Hill’s Cabinet of Curiosity
* Real People
* Jingles a go go!
* Shameless pimping

Places, people and things worth checking out:

THE BLOG – https://hokusbloke.wordpress.com
TWITTER – http://www.twitter.com/hokusbloke
FACEBOOK – http://www.facebook.com/radiobloke

THE BRIGHTONOMICON – http://tinyurl.com/yzz4qs9
DR WHO HORNETS’ NEST Ep 1 – http://tinyurl.com/yjbqnny
DR WHO HORNETS’ NEST Ep 2 – http://tinyurl.com/yhdn9ub
DR WHO HORNETS’ NEST Ep 3 – http://tinyurl.com/yj4gwvy
DR WHO HORNETS’ NEST Ep 4 – http://tinyurl.com/yh4hjyd
DR WHO HORNETS’ NEST Ep 5 – http://tinyurl.com/yzzkacp
Dr WHO THE FOREVER TRAP – http://tinyurl.com/yg2rgll
SARAH JANE ADVENTURES THE SHADOW PEOPLE – http://tinyurl.com/ygsu8ky
SARAH JANE ADVENTURES THE WHITE WOLF – http://tinyurl.com/ylex8ee

THE INSIDEOUTCAST – http://insideoutcast.mevio.com/
BOXROOM PODCAST – http://theboxroom.mevio.com/

Enjoy, share the links and enter the competition!!

N 🙂

Fan FICTS Competition – Deadline EXTENDED

Since there is a Bank Holiday this weekend in the UK, I’ve decided that it is a good opportunity for some Fan FICT drawing…therefore, the deadline for entries for the Fan FICT competition has been extended until:

11.59pm/23.59 (GMT) Tuesday 1st September

…so that gives you another 4 and half days to get drawing and sending.  Need a reminder of the rules?

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Since I have over 200 FICTS ready to go, and as the FICTS we’ve shown you so far have been well received, I thought it might be nice to offer YOU the chance to create a FICT of your own!

So, below you will find 10 unillustrated FICTS.  Pick ONE and have a go at illustrating it.  Please stick to the style we have set i.e. the FICT is within a circle. Once your FICT is finished, post a link to it as a comment here and I will post them up on the Blog.

There will be a prize for the Fan FICT the readers vote as the best!!! A personally signed, first edition FICT poster.  Signed by myself and the god of far-fetched fiction and FICT illustrating, Robert Rankin!

So get those black pens out and start drawing.  I advise using an A4 sized piece of paper as this will allow for maximum clarity once we have it scanned in.  Then save as a hi-quality JPEG or PNG file, and email it to neilgardner@ladbrokeradio.com .

GOOD LUCK!

Here’s the FICTS:

  1. The mild mannered moth will, if given half a chance, munch his way through a kilogram of Russian literature a day
  2. Staggeringly you can twist the average blue tit through 360 degrees and all you will get in response from the bird is mild giggling
  3. In certain winds, schools of fish can be seen wearing flying goggles and those natty white wind-swept scarves
  4. Sausages were first discovered by Dr Littlejohn-Saint-Smithens-Smythington-Jones, on a river trip up the Amazon in 1867.  It was about 4.30 in the afternoon and he was trailing his fingers in the water when all of a sudden he was bitten, by the South American Lesser Jumping Sausage.  Following emergency surgery, the doctor went on to discover sausages living a predatory lifestyle in rivers across the globe!
  5. Lumberjacks like to eat more than their fair share of toilet rolls.  Lucky then that when they pass wind it results in gales of Andrex puppies
  6. If left undisturbed in its natural environment, the Peruvian Fruit bat can grow to be a little over 312 miles long. Staggering considering it remains only 1 centimetre wide!
  7. The Great White Shark, most feared of all the sea’s predators, can knit three or four long-sleeved sweaters a week. It specialises in mittens though
  8. Frank D Elbow was the last man to see the Bavarian Licking Bear first hand and close up.  After the encounter he said he felt ‘somewhat violated but invigorated’
  9. During a time of crises you can avoid the cost of a psychiatrist by talking through your problems with a giraffe.  They are great listeners and have answers to most of the big emotional issues that plague us today
  10. Doves like a good laugh…they also write drafts of chick-flick movies.  None have been green lit yet, but the doves live in hope.

N.B. The competition is open for 2 weeks, and closes at11.59pm (GMT) Tues 1st Sept 2009.  All work remains the (c) of the person who posted it. Anyone of any age can enter.  The illustration MUST be your own work.  Any theft or misuse of (c) material will lead to that person being disqualified and blocked. NO offensive language or explicit images. The competition will be judged via a blog poll during the week 2nd-9th September 2009.  In the event of a tie, the final winner will be chosen by Neil Gardner.  The judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered in to.  This competition is meant as entertainment and fun. By entering the competition and posting links to your images you consent to allowing Neil Gardner and Robert Rankin to use your images in relation to FICTS on this blog and on other blogs and websites, as well as on social networking sites such as, but not limited to Twitter and Facebook.

Fancy Trying Your Hand At a Fan FICT? Maybe win a prize?!

(c) Neil Gardner & Robert Rankin, 2009

(c) Neil Gardner & Robert Rankin, 2009

Since I have over 200 FICTS ready to go, and as the FICTS we’ve shown you so far have been well received, I thought it might be nice to offer YOU the chance to create a FICT of your own!

So, below you will find 10 unillustrated FICTS.  Pick ONE and have a go at illustrating it.  Please stick to the style we have set i.e. the FICT is within a circle. Once your FICT is finished, post a link to it as a comment here and I will post them up on the Blog.

There will be a prize for the Fan FICT the readers vote as the best!!! A personally signed, first edition FICT poster.  Signed by myself and the god of far-fetched fiction and FICT illustrating, Robert Rankin!

So get those black pens out and start drawing.  I advise using an A4 sized piece of paper as this will allow for maximum clarity once we have it scanned in.  Then save as a hi-quality JPEG or PNG file, and reduce it down to 900 pixels wide.  This seems to be the optimum size for the blog, and allows us to reduce it or scale up with no lack of quality.

GOOD LUCK!

Here’s the FICTS:

  1. The mild mannered moth will, if given half a chance, munch his way through a kilogram of Russian literature a day
  2. Staggeringly you can twist the average blue tit through 360 degrees and all you will get in response from the bird is mild giggling
  3. In certain winds, schools of fish can be seen wearing flying goggles and those natty white wind-swept scarves
  4. Sausages were first discovered by Dr Littlejohn-Saint-Smithens-Smythington-Jones, on a river trip up the Amazon in 1867.  It was about 4.30 in the afternoon and he was trailing his fingers in the water when all of a sudden he was bitten, by the South American Lesser Jumping Sausage.  Following emergency surgery, the doctor went on to discover sausages living a predatory lifestyle in rivers across the globe!
  5. Lumberjacks like to eat more than their fair share of toilet rolls.  Lucky then that when they pass wind it results in gales of Andrex puppies
  6. If left undisturbed in its natural environment, the Peruvian Fruit bat can grow to be a little over 312 miles long. Staggering considering it remains only 1 centimetre wide!
  7. The Great White Shark, most feared of all the sea’s predators, can knit three or four long-sleeved sweaters a week. It specialises in mittens though
  8. Frank D Elbow was the last man to see the Bavarian Licking Bear first hand and close up.  After the encounter he said he felt ‘somewhat violated but invigorated’
  9. During a time of crises you can avoid the cost of a psychiatrist by talking through your problems with a giraffe.  They are great listeners and have answers to most of the big emotional issues that plague us today
  10. Doves like a good laugh…they also write drafts of chick-flick movies.  None have been green lit yet, but the doves live in hope.

N.B. The competition is open for 2 weeks, and closes on Sat 29th August 2009.  All work remains the (c) of the person who posted it. Anyone of any age can enter.  The illustration MUST be your own work.  Any theft or misuse of (c) material will lead to that person being disqualified and blocked. NO offensive language or explicit images. The competition will be judged via a blog poll during the week 29th August to 5th September 2009.  In the event of a tie, the final winner will be chosen by Neil Gardner.  The judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered in to.  This competition is meant as entertainment and fun. By entering the competition and posting links to your images you consent to allowing Neil Gardner and Robert Rankin to use your images in relation to FICTS on this blog and on other blogs and websites, as well as on social networking sites such as, but not limited to Twitter and Facebook.

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