Dom Watt is a senior lecturer in Forensic Speech Science at the University of York. He has had several publications concerning different areas of speech, and is continuously conducting new research.
Sarah and I are interviewing him for the programme next Tuesday. We will be posting photos and audio on the blog, but if you would like to find out more beforehand, check out his website here.
We are delighted to have our first interview booked for ‘The Way We Talk’. Ros Simmons runs her own company, The Real Speaking Company, that specialises in voice coaching. She has previously worked with the BBC, Granada and a range of medical students, whilst coaching actors too. She has lots of qualifications and experience that enables her to be an exceptional voice coach, teaching both how to master a new accent or how to neutralise your own.
‘The Way We Talk’ has its own Twitter page! Follow us to keep up to date with the production through regular tweets.
Brian Belo, Big Brother winner from 2008, has tweeted us expressing his interest to be involved in our radio documentary! With his cheeky Essex accent and experiences within the public eye, he would be a great interviewee for the programme.
Keep checking the blog for more developments!
After a tutorial, we have decided on our final idea!
‘The Way We Talk’.
The programme will be tailored for a BBC Radio 4 audience, and will be approx 30-40 minutes long. We aim to contact a wide variety of different guests, such as:
- Actors and Actresses
- An academic who either teaches/ has written about the history of British accents
- A linguist
- Locals from different areas with a strong accent (e.g. Liverpool)
- Cast of ‘The Only Way is Essex’
- A psychologist who can discuss different accents are perceived
- Voice Coaches