All of the words I said out loud for S01E21 of Audio Drama Debut, my podcast showcasing new audio drama, fiction and RPG trailers.
F/X - Background of crowd noises. Frequent beeps as people use a keycard to get into the library.
THE LIBRARIAN: Hello there. Come in and help yourself to a celebratory cup of Keemun.
You've come on a propitious day - I'm finally bringing the poetry annex under the management of the main library of audio fiction. They'll be joining our dramas, books, stories, actual plays and other things.
They've been out there on their own for far too long, doing whatever they want. It's ridiculous, some of their works don't even rhyme!
What? Blank verse? No, no idea what that is. Nothing relevant, I'm sure. Anyway, what was I saying? Oh yes, their management even lets some of them not rhyme! You'd think people in charge of a poetry collection would know better than that.
Ludicrous bunch of libertines. But that's why they're now going to be following the main library's guidelines. I've been round there this morning, and put the new rules up in their noticeboard next to the umbrella stand. Locked it and everything.
That'll put a stop to their coffee breaks.
Anyway, that's enough of my good news, I bet you're here for something to listen to, right? How about this show, about an overly helpful insurance company? Or this one, about a helpful resource department in a space colony? Or maybe this, featuring company briefings delivered on novel communication devices?
No? Want something newer then? Well I suppose I could play you some of the trailers I've had delivered. They came over this morning in this box.
F/X - Box being sliced open.
Let's see, what have we got?
First up, it's The Rest is Electric. In the year 2109 humans and robots work alongside each other as coworkers. Jordan Mede, a human employee of Somnotech, is transferred to the entirely robot run manufacturing department. While initially the transfer seems to be the result of a clerical error, Jordan soon begins to suspect that there’s something more sinister going on...
[CLIP - The Rest is Electric]
Then The Godfrey Audio Guide, which perhaps unsurprisingly is the world-famous audio guide for the Annabelle H. Godfrey Historic Estate and Museum. Please do not touch the art. This is for your own safety.
[CLIP - The Godfrey Audio Guide]
Then this week's RPG, Fables Around the Table which is an actual play anthology podcast. Each season, they feature a new RPG system with new characters and players. The first season, Curse, is hosted by chronicler Fiona L.F. Kelly and uses The Curse of the House of Rookwood game system.
[CLIP - Fables Around the Table]
And finally, Confessions of a New Grad. When Brooklyn Winters graduates from university, she thinks that her adult life will “just kind of figure itself out.” SPOILER ALERT: this doesn’t happen. Six weeks after graduation, she has no job, no money, and is frantically calling her best friend to come and rescue her from the basement suite she has unwisely moved into with her dud of a boyfriend.
[CLIP - Confessions of a New Grad]
And that's that. Oh, no, wait, what's in the bottom of this box?
F/X - Paper being picked up.
Huh, it's a note from the head of the poetry annex, though for some reason it's on the Library of Rhythmic Performances notepaper. What's this say?
While pensive poets painful vigils keep,
Sleepless themselves, to give their readers sleep.
Aww, that's fun. They've sent a nice welcoming message to the new boss about how hard they're going to work to make my life easier. They even made it rhyme. What great people.
Right, I must crack on. If you want to talk to our new department, feel free to try and get them on Twitter. It's @AudioDramaDebut.