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Here’s what happened at the UK’s 1st women’s podcast fest

EVENT: ShoutOut Live! Radical Women

ON SATURDAY (Jul 14), over 100 women gathered in Kings Place for the UK’s first women’s podcast festival.

ShoutOut Live! Radical Women sponsored by Spotify was the brainchild of the ShoutOut Network- the UK’s diverse podcast network.

The all female-line up of award-winning podcasters, journalists, writers and broadcasters included Anita Rani, The Slumflower, Cariad Lloyd, Fiona Sturges, Bethany Rutter, Maeve McClenaghan and many more.

The UK has seen a rise in podcasting as more brands enter the space and try to get a slice of the revolution. ShoutOut Network CEO, Imriel Morgan said: “It’s exciting to be at the forefront of innovation in the podcasting space. We wanted to celebrate women this year because a lot of the women on the line-up rarely get their foot in the door of mainstream press. This festival was our way of saying we see you, we hear you and we appreciate you.”

The ShoutOut Network has a few award-winning productions under their belt but as big brands and celebrities take to podcasting they confess it’s been a lot harder to compete and scale without established personalities. Instead, they have chosen to focus on the upskilling of the next generation of voices and talent.

Garnering the support of podcast heavyweights, Spotify, BBC Sounds, Acast and Audible, ShoutOut Live! Radical Women promised attendees that they’d walk away from the festival knowing exactly how to create their own podcasts.

The festival featured podcast accelerator workshops which covered storytelling by award-winning investigative journalist Maeve McClenaghan, how to secure podcast sponsorship lead by Sophie Herdman of podcast monetising platform Acast as well as a social media for creatives workshop lead by Emmy-award winning content creator Chasity Nao.

Award-winning writer Diana Evans joined Apple Podcasts no.1 literature podcast, Not Another Book Podcast on stage to discuss writing racially ambiguous characters and documenting the Black British middle class. Followed by an intensely vulnerable live recording of the Wanna Be Podcast with plus-size influencer and writer Bethany Rutter covering, fat shaming, gaining influence in a crowded space.

“The thing I’ve enjoyed the most about #SOLiveFest18? That vulnerable conversations like @bethanyrutter’s live recording with @WannaBePodcast just seem right," said attended Kate O'Sullivan. "It seems like this is how conversations should be. This is why podcasts are so important! We change the norms!”

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