THE MAKING OF THE
BOW STREET SOCIETY PODCAST
In this month’s blog I wanted to take you behind the scenes of the official Bow Street Society podcast to explore how it’s made, why it was brought into existence, and a few sneak peeks of what we have planned for future episodes. Currently, the podcast is released every other month. Episode 1, named the Riveting Revelation, was released on the 10th July 2021 and is still available to listen to on Spotify and many others. Click on the button at the end of this blog to be taken to a full list of where you can listen to it.
I will also be uploading the episode to the Bow Street Society YouTube channel so be sure to subscribe to that to be notified of when it’s released. A special bite-size episode featuring a Beginner’s Guide to the Bow Street Society books will also be released this month.
Who hosts the podcast?
I host the podcast alongside fellow writer Richard A. Boxshall. Although he’s yet to publish his work, I can assure you he is extremely talented. He is currently working on three projects—The English Hikikomori, Empress of the Trees, and Still Life—and you can follow his progress through his Twitch channel here. He regularly streams from locations around the world and is a delight to interact with. You can find out more about him and his writing by visiting his website here.
Why have a co-host?
I didn’t want to host a podcast on my own as I don’t believe my personality is strong enough to carry it. I think there’s better chemistry between two hosts. When I told Richard about my idea for a podcast, he offered to help not only host it but edit it, too. He’s hosted a successful podcast in the past, and been involved in the production of a radio drama, so his knowledge about this field has proven invaluable. His confident and humorous delivery is also a great asset to the show.
Why create a podcast at all?
A podcast has been on my agenda for a long time. I’m always looking for new ways to bring the world of the Bow Street Society to life beyond the books and short stories and a podcast seemed like the perfect way to do this. It provides a blank canvas for me to explore not only in-book themes such as true crime and policing but also the characters and the reality of London in the 1890s. Special guests, such as fellow Victorian Crime Fiction authors and museum curators, can also be invited on to help expand the world further in the minds of the listeners.
How is it made?
Due to practical limitations caused by the pandemic, interviews are currently recorded over Zoom. Recordings wherein only Richard and me, or just one of us, is required are recorded offline using our own microphones etc. Richard is an excellent editor and so he does all the post-production work for the podcast, including room acoustics, audio balance, sound effects etc. In terms of scripts, these are usually written together and/or written separately and then reviewed over a Zoom call.
How can I get involved?
My favourite segment in the podcast is when we interview voice actors Sabrina Pool, Phil Rowe, and Jaden Braniff whilst they are playing a character from the books. For example, in episode 1, Richard and me interview Sabrina Poole as Miss Rebecca Trent, the clerk of the Bow Street Society. We are always looking for readers to submit their questions for us to put to the characters.
At the time of writing this blog we are looking for questions for married couple Dr Lynette Locke and illusionist Mr Percy Locke who will be interviewed together. I announce which character(s) we want question submissions for both on Facebook, in the latest podcast episode, and in the monthly Gaslight Gazette.
To submit your question(s) simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also email us with your thoughts about the books, the podcast, suggestions for future segments—anything, really! We’d love to hear from you!
~ T.G. Campbell, August 2021