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Could you give a voice to a statue?

I had a really interesting email appear in my inbox yesterday about the Talking Statues project that’s been commissioned by Sing London. From the website:

Sing London have commissioned some of the nation’s most celebrated writers and actors to animate 35 public statues across London and Manchester.

Pass a Talking Statue, swipe your phone on a nearby tag and hey presto: your phone rings. And it’s Queen Victoria on the line… or Peter Pan… or Abe Lincoln…

Using drama, humour and location technology, Talking Statues breathes new life into the statues that surround us all.

Sounds interesting yes? Well even better than just being able to go along and listen, they’ve partnered with Audible to run a competition to find 4 unknown writers to write for four of the statues:

As the first wave of Talking Statues goes live on 19 August, Audible and Sing London are looking to the general public for four writers with the wit and vision to bring three statues and one enormous skeleton to life in just 400 words. Budding writers will be invited to invent stories for: –

· Leaping Hare on Crescent and Bell, by Barry Flanagan on Broadgate (London)

· Tyrannosaurus Rex in The Manchester Museum (Manchester)

· William Shakespeare, by Louis Roubiliac in The British Library (London)

· Isis, by Simon Gudgeon, in The Royal Parks (London)

The winning monologues will be voiced by known actors and will take their place alongside the other Talking Statues from 1 December 2014 and remain available until the project finishes in August 2015.

Would-be writers are invited to submit their own monologues by email to before 15 October. Entries will be judged by an expert panel of writers and winners will be notified by end of October 2014. Not only will winners get the opportunity for their stories to sit alongside monologues written by some of Britain’s best writers, but they will also be invited to attend the recording of their monologue and meet the actor bringing their story to life.

I think this is such a great opportunity for a writer to do something really unusual. I’m going to try and make sure I visit some of the statues over the next few months – it’d be great if I visited Isis and got to hear your story!

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