Ben Atkinson-Foster

A photo of Ben Atkinson-Foster sitting in a cafe on his honeymoon in Malta.

Welcome

Hopefully, you’ve stopped by to find out more about me and what I do – or maybe you’ve happened upon the site quite by accident. Either way, I’ll try and give you a little introduction as best I can.

My work broadly encompasses three areas, writing and presenting, teaching and learning and digital media. In my day-to-day role, I’m the Digital Education Developer for the College of Arts at the University of Lincoln, supporting academic staff with embedding digital technologies into their teaching and learning practice. I’m also a keen researcher in the field of American Studies, focusing on the history and culture of the Southern United States and the genres of country music and Americana. In 2018 I gained fellowship of the HEA (Higher Education Academy) and this year I will graduate with a PGCHE from Falmouth University.

My passion for America began when I started presenting a country music radio programme on a small community radio station back in 2008. Ben’s Country Music Show is a two-hour programme showcasing the best of country, roots, Americana and bluegrass from the USA and UK and it’s now broadcast on a broad cross-section of stations across the UK and Ireland, each week. I’ve had a passion for radio for well over a decade and continue to write, present and produce radio documentaries, drama and music programmes. In that time I’ve worked with numerous BBC local radio stations, commercial and community radio as both a presenter and producer.

As a developer in digital media, I’ve been designing websites since the early 2000s and in 2014, after graduating with a BA(Hons) in Media Production and an MA in Digital Media, I founded Tall Lime LTD, a creative digital agency based in the heart of the city of Lincoln – a place I’m proud to call home. Since then I’ve worked with SMEs and not-for-profits across the UK and internationally to produce a range of bespoke websites, mobile apps, and graphic design pieces.

In 2008 I independently published my first novel, The Kraken’s Curse, with support from my then school, King Edward VII in Melton Mowbray. A second novel followed in 2010 called Walking on Cinders – a dystopian yarn set in a much beleaguered London, sometime in the near future. I’m pleased to say that after almost ten years, I’m now working on a new novel which I hope will be finished sometime in 2019.

So that’s me. If you’d like to find out any more to explore the site. I’ve tried to include as much interesting content as I can – but if there’s something missing, or you have a burning question for me, don’t hesitate to use the contact form to drop me a line.

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Ben's Country Music Show 10th Anniversary

In 2018 my radio programme, Ben’s Country Music Show, celebrated its 10th anniversary. Throughout the year we marked the milestone with interviews, live music and more, culminating in September with a six-week series of special shows. For these special programmes I had the chance to present with my wife, Kiera, musician friends I’ve made over the years and my original co-presenter, Neil Castledine. The last show we recorded was a special interview where Leicester musician John Montague took the reins and presented the show, interviewing me about my ten years in broadcasting and the history of the programme. You catch up on all the shows on the website or find out about the programme here.

10 Years of Novel Writing

As well as marking the tenth anniversary of Ben’s Country Music Show, 2018 was the year my first novel, The Kraken’s Curse, turned ten years old. Originally published independently with the support of my former school, King Edward VII in Melton Mowbray, the novel was my first full-length piece of creative work. A second novel would follow in 2010 – a dystopian tale set in a future London on the brink of war. I’m pleased to say that after almost a decade, I’m now working on a new novel which I hope to share before the anniversary of Walking on Cinders in 2020. You can find out more about both novels here.

Charlie and the Moon

From 2012 – 2015 I was the co-director of a small radio production company, Dreaming Tiger, which focused on creating exciting and innovative radio drama and documentaries. One of the projects I am most proud of writing and producing under the Dreaming Tiger brand was ‘Charlie and the Moon’.

Charlie is an interactive radio drama aimed at encouraging children to listen to radio drama. Before producing the piece we felt that radio drama was a very adult orientated medium and that something could be done to entice children into enjoying it more. We decided to produce Charlie as an interactive, digital drama where children could enjoy storybook style illustrations while listening to the piece and make choices about how the story might develop. Based on each of the choices made, the story would develop in a different way, meaning children listening would end up with their own unique radio drama to download when they had finished.

I’m immensely proud of what we achieved with Charlie and I still believe it’s an approach which has not been bettered in the industry in the years since. There has been a great move towards more digital content in radio, but the children’s audience is still being left behind. I would love to create more of this kind of radio drama for children, in the future.

You can experience Charlie and the Moon for yourself by clicking this link or the image below.

Charlie and the Moon, an interactive radio drama. Click here to experience.

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