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Writing For Radio

by Vincent McInerney Manchester University Press
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Writing for radio brings together all theoretical and practical aspects of radio writing.

The book has three elements. It deals with writing for all principal radio genres – short stories, plays, documentaries/drama documentaries, talks and features, adaptations/dramatisations, poems, and advertisements.

It contains historical overviews of the genesis and development of each of these categories and it attempts an analysis of the nature of radio itself. That is, for the first time there is an attempt to isolate a 'radio language', a syntax and vocabulary guaranteed to produce pictures in the mind of the listener. This means radio can be taught as an academic subject as all writing – prose, drama and verse, can be tested as radio. Examples for analysis are used from both broadcast and non-broadcast work.

The book is aimed both for lecturers and for student writers working alone, but as all classically constructed writing works the same way, it should prove useful on all writing courses and to all aspiring writers.
Vincent McInerney has had over 20 productions broadcast on BBC Network / BBC World Service International Stations. He is on the part-time tutor's panel at Birkbeck College, University of London, is on the Board of Continuing Education at Cambridge University and is a volunary tutor for the Marine Society's 'College of the Sea'.