City of Threads

The City of Threads logo is square in shape with the words City of Threads situated in the centre; black text on white background. Fine red wiggly lines emanate out from the title words, tracing fragments of actual journeys featured in the podcast.

City of Threads invites you on immersive journeys into the city of Bristol as experienced through the perspectives of its visually impaired citizens; a place of sensory delights, navigational intricacies, challenges, dangers and shared discoveries. This podcast challenges assumptions, reveals new understandings and ultimately asks us to reimagine how our cities are working for us all.

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All Episodes

Audio Logo

Summary

Experience a taste of what’s to come with the City of Threads audio logo. Listen out for the sounds of canes, footsteps, guide dog harnesses and screen readers woven into the wider cityscape.  Designed to communicate as much through sound as through vision.

Trailer

Summary

In October 2019 a team of visually impaired and sighted artists and collaborators took journeys together into the city of Bristol with the aim of uncovering the usually unheard stories of visually impaired citizens and returning these stories to the heart of the city narrative.

Welcome to City of Threads

Summary

Welcome to City of Threads. In this short introductory episode you’ll hear a bit about what this podcast series is all about and meet some of the people who’ve made it and feature in the episodes. 

Episode – We’re Going In

With co-hosts Lou Lifely and Fanny Eaton Hall

Summary

Meet Lou and her daughter Emily, and Holly and one of her oldest friends Ant as they all head off on the first of our city journeys. You’ll come across the perils’ of A boards, ‘maverick sight’, singing fountains and a very melodramatic cathedral organ. Featured theme; Neuroscience and the Sensory City.

Episode – We’re Going In – Immersive

Summary

Welcome to the City of Threads ‘We’re going in’ sister episode, where, through the magic of immersive sound, we’ll be taking you deeper into the heart of some of the places and moments in the journeys taken by Lou and Holly in their episode. Best listened to on headphones!

Episode – Is Anything Impossible

with co-hosts Alan Dyte and Nick Bignall

Summary

In an episode that spans seven decades of life in the city, you’ll meet John and Alan, lifelong friends, campaigners and Bristol boys, and Virginia, a harpsichordist and dedicated ‘stopper and looker’. Join them all on their city journeys by way of an elusive bacon bap, a nook on a bridge and some not-rocket science. 

Featured theme; Inclusive Public Space.

Episode – Is Anything Impossible – Immersive

Summary

Welcome to the City of Threads ‘Is Anything Impossible’ sister episode, where, through the magic of immersive sound, we’ll be taking you deeper into the heart of some of the places and moments in the journeys taken by John, Alan and Virginia, in their episode. Best listened to on headphones! 

Episode – You Either Get Hit by a Bike or You Don’t

with co-hosts Barrington Chambers and Chris Turner

Summary

In this episode you’ll meet Chris and his work colleague Linda, Barrington and new acquaintance Marcus and Anela with her travelling companion Katy, as they all take their journeys into the city. Expect bouncy cobbles and crumbling walls, echo-locating in alleyways, shopping addiction and tales of strange encounters. Featured theme; University and student days.

Episode – You Either Get Hit by a Bike or You Don’t – Immersive

Summary

Welcome to the City of Threads ‘You Either get Hit by a Bike or You Don’t’ sister episode, where, through the magic of immersive sound, we’ll be taking you deeper into the heart of some of the places and moments in the journeys taken by Chris Barrington and Anela, in their episode. Best listened to on headphones!

Episode – Gorilla on a Mini Moto

with co-hosts Nikki Durston and Jeff Daniels

Summary

In this episode you’ll meet Nikki and Jeff, and Marc and Clare with her guide dog Sparkle, as they all head off on their journeys into the city. Expect a Gorilla [of the title], a vanishing helicopter, the parting of the red seas of people and a drum kit on the way home. Featured theme; V.I. tech and the Digital City. 

Episode – Gorilla on a Mini Moto – Immersive

Summary

Welcome to the City of Threads Gorilla on a Mini Moto sister episode, where, through the magic of immersive sound, we’ll be taking you deeper into the heart of some of the places and moments in the journeys taken by Nikki and Jeff in their episode. Best listened to on headphones!

Episode – Record Breaking Baby

With co-hosts Emma Blackmore and Elanora Ferry

Summary

In the last of our main episodes you’ll meet Emma and Rosie who’ve just met over coffee, and Dougie and Andy, they perform improv together. As you follow them on their journeys into the city expect comedy and romance, toilet paper on shoes, seeing like Monet, and being your own hype man. Oh and a bloke on a horse named George, or is it Henry..?

Episode – Record Breaking Baby – Immersive

Summary

Welcome to the City of Threads Record Breaking Baby sister episode, where, through the magic of immersive sound, we’ll be taking you deeper into the heart of some of the places and moments in the journeys taken by Emma and Dougie in their episode. Best listened to on headphones!

Episode – Goodbye City of Threads

Summary

With all their journeys completed, our travellers return to Arnolfini, download their audio recordings and, over a cup of tea, reflect on their experiences of travelling together; what has stood out for them from taking their journey, what has changed for them as a result and then do a bit of day-dreaming about a future city that makes space for all…