Budding writers to create story during live Ilkley event

Three aspiring writers who host a podcast are hoping to create the 'greatest story ever written in the history of the whole world ever' when they appear at a live event next month.

The 'Failing Writers Podcast LIVE' will be part of the Ilkley Literature Fringe Festival, in an outdoor session in the Ilkley Manor House Courtyard on Thursday 5th August.

Ilkley resident Jon Rand started the podcast with two friends and fellow voice over artists - Tom Turner and Dave Baird - during the lockdown.

Jon tells us: “All 3 of us have always wanted to write, either books or comedy, but have never quite been able to take ourselves seriously. So it started as a sort of self-help group to encourage and shame each other into writing more. Sat there at home during the height of the pandemic with voice-over studios, it seemed daft not to do something.”

Tom adds: “We’ve got listeners in Singapore, The USA, Ireland, I think there’s even one bloke in Romania, who seems to quite like us. At first I thought it might be fun to document our inevitable rise to becoming best-selling authors, but actually