Speaking French

Writer Biography
Zoe is a stay-at-home parent of five, living in Wincanton but originally from Burnham-on-Sea. Zoe has recently had a story longlisted in the Frome Festival Short Story Competition and is studying Creative Writing at Oxford University.

This piece isn’t entirely autobiographical, it grew out of one facet of my personality. The idea of speaking French is meant to be emblematic of an aspirational lifestyle; I certainly do not live a life in which I am required to speak French. I felt that considering a life/lifestyle in such specific detail would indicate the absence of those things in my reality. I hoped to create a sense of longing in the negative space around the words.

Voiced by Sophie Dumont

Director Biography
Professor Bambo Soyinka is an award-winning writer, director and immersive story developer. With more than a decade’s experience in multi-platform storytelling and production, she has initiated and directed projects across the UK and internationally. Bambo is Professor of Story at Bath Spa University and Chair of the Research Centre for Transcultural Creativity and Education. She conceived and founded Paper Nations in 2015. Bambo is the Director/Principal Investigator of “Bulletins from the Edge”.

“All of the films in “Bulletins from the Edge” are the outcome of a three-way conversation between the creative production team, the writer, and me. Some of the films were quick and easy to make. We were able to intuitively ‘tune in’ to each other and we reached a shared vision that we were all happy with. Other films took much longer to make and required several conversations with the writer, sometimes leading to an extended back-and-fore process with the editorial team before we settled on a joint approach.”

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