“writing for Coronation Street…for characters that have been known and loved for decades, and you get to put words in their mouth is a real privilege and thrill.”
The Amplify Project, the a trailblazing podcast dedicated to highlighting diverse voices in literature, is thrilled to share the upcoming episode featuring the BAFTA-nominated writer, Ben Tagoe. The Amplify Project is supported using public funding by Arts Council England thanks to National Lottery players – The episode is available from today, Thursday 17 August 2023 – Listen to the episode now.
This extraordinary installment delivers thought-provoking insights, engaging discussions, and a deep dive into the creative journey of an acclaimed industry professional, and gives listeners an insight to his remarkable accomplishments, creative process, and impactful contributions to the world of entertainment. With a wealth of experience spanning various mediums, including television, film, and theater, Ben’s artistic journey is sure to captivate and inspire listeners.
A Ghanaian-Scottish writer, Ben Tagoe once lived in Perth before relocating to Leeds. His writing career took off when a cancelled train from Leeds back to Edinburgh led him to a night out at an open mic night. Inspired, within months, he quit his job to try his hand at writing. Since then he has written for some of Britain’s most popular primetime shows, including EastEnders, Coronation Street, Casualty, In The Long Run and Stan Lee’s Lucky man, as well as for children’s drama, Jamie Johnston. His episode Endgame was shortlisted for the children’s BAFTA, International Emmys and Royal Television Society Awards. Ben is currently adapting two novels for film, is writing a play for the National Theatre of Scotland, and his one man play, Better Days, is on at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
In this highly anticipated episode, Ben Tagoe chats to hosts Patricia Cumper MBE and Pauline Walker and delves into a range of topics, including the evolution of storytelling, the significance of representation, and the challenges and triumphs encountered along the way. Listeners can expect an intimate and insightful exploration of Ben Tagoe’s career, coupled with anecdotes that shed light on his artistic vision and the dynamic landscape of the entertainment industry.
“there’s better writers than me that have never had a page produced”
“I loved writing at school, but I didn’t grow up in a world where anybody who worked in television so, it never occurred to me it would be a career.”
“When you’re mixed race and you grew up in a very white world as well, you never quite fit in anywhere anyway”
Listeners can look forward to a thought-provoking discussion, filled with valuable insights into the art of storytelling and the transformative potential of representation in the creative arts that resonates with audiences of all backgrounds. Whether you are an industry enthusiast, a creative aspirant, or simply someone who values inclusive narratives, this episode promises to offer a captivating and enlightening experience.
The Amplify Project is on a mission to champion diversity and promote marginalised voices within the literary community, shedding light on powerful narratives from renowned Black British writers across stage, page and screen, providing listeners with invaluable insights into the experiences, creativity, and cultural significance of Black writers. Hosted by seasoned literary enthusiasts and award-winning writers; playwright, author and director, Patricia Cumper MBE and writer and creative producer, Pauline Walker, the pair dive deep into the minds and works of influential Black British writers, delving into their inspirations, writing processes, and the impact of their stories on society.
The episode featuring Ben Tagoe is available from today, Thursday 17 August 2023 on all major podcasting platforms including Apple, Spotify / Castbox / podfollow and other platforms – Listen to the episode now.
Season two of The Amplify Project will consist of ten episodes including a one-off special episode for UK Black History Month in October. Weekly episodes available on all major podcast platforms and the Amplify Project website here, and features an impressive lineup of esteemed guests, including award-winning writers, emerging literary talents, and thought-leaders who have left an indelible mark on British literature and writing.
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