Piers has had the pleasure and honour of giving the opening talk at all eleven previous Schools of Sound. He has the inimitable ability to set the tone for the four days, putting the audience in the mood to enter the rabbit hole that is the School of Sound. He will again be the opening speaker on Wednesday, 19 April.
His career has been in radio, making radio plays and documentaries for the BBC until 1997 and working as a freelance lecturer and broadcaster since then. But film has meant a great deal to him, from childhood and adolescent visits to the legendary north London cinema, the Everyman – he saw everything from Ingmar Bergman to Jacques Tati – to teaching on the ‘Without Images’ course at the UK’s National Film and TV School. How sound works – or doesn’t work – in movies has become a growing interest, and the human voice and the stories it tells his main fascination.
Piers has won three Italia Prizes for radio documentaries, is a Chicago Third Coast Audio Luminary, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and holds an honorary DLitt at Bournemouth University.
He presents ‘Ghost Voices’, in which he considers the immediacy and power of the human voice and what it tells and doesn’t tell us. And what listening might tell us about looking.