HEAR Now is the audio equivalent of a film festival for fans, performers and producers of contemporary audio story-telling in all its forms: live and scripted solo performances, multi-voiced performance, classic radio drama, experimental narrative, and much more.

This four-day Festival offers a multi-faceted program showcasing the many forms of audio fiction and sound art story-telling in theaters and other “listening” venues. HEAR Now presents audio fiction programs that exemplify traditions of craftsmanship, as well as aesthetic and technological innovation.

The 2017 HEAR Now Festival will again be a gathering place where the work of master storytellers is celebrated and shared.

Audio drama, audiobooks, recorded, and live story-telling -- sketches, poetry, spoken word -- alongside academic papers, juried competitions, and presentations on the physics of sound, as well as performance workshops, will round out this intensive listening event for the 2017 Hear Now Festival.

The following schedule is still ’under construction’ and subject to updates prior to June 6, 2017.
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Friday, June 9 • 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Friday Night Family Fun: Building New Worlds

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A sampler of tales and stories for 'children' of all ages.

MC/Host: William Dufris (original voice of PBS' Bob The Builder)

Golden Voices Robin Miles and Dion Graham will lead the evening -- along with an audience volunteer or two --with a performance of family tales for young children (ages 4-8).

Next award-winning narrator Julia Whelan discussing and reads from the young adult novel, Plus One by Elizabeth Fama. This beautiful, award winning young adult novel focuses on a planet segregated into two casts - one that lives by the day and the other by night. Julia will share the story of how this novel went from being rejected by publishers to becoming an award winning audiobook.

The program concludes with author Camilla Ochlan premiering Night's Gift. Written by C.E. Leever and Camilla Ochlan (known for The Werewolf Whisperer), Night's Gift is the first book in the new fantasy series Of Cats and Dragons. Narrator P.J. Ochlan will perform fun highlights jam-packed with creatures, magic and a talking cat.

Friday June 9, 2017 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Truman Auditorium Park Plaza Branch of Kansas City Library

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