Resonance 104.4fm fundraiser

resonance web logoThis week is the annual fundraiser for London’s arts community radio station, Resonance 104.4fm. The annual fundraiser is vital to keeping the station on the air.  Here is the message from the Resonance 104.4fm Fundraising Week page on Facebook:

Last year, we raised nearly £30,000 – which allowed us to replace our transmitter, complete a second studio, and cover the increased rent on our broadcast antenna. This year, our target is £50,000 and we want to trial a DAB service, entirely overhaul our website, and increase the range of our FM broadcast beyond central London. If every listener gave £1, we’d have secured this remarkable radio station’s future for the next decade. Resonance provides a radical alternative to mainstream broadcasting; it is a mainstay of and influential force within the global arts community; and it is an invaluable charitable resource which operates on a local, national and global level. If Resonance speaks to you, please support us by attending one of our events, bidding in our online auction, or making a donation of any size. Visit this fundraising site for all events and updates.

I love what Resonance 104.4fm do. I am honoured to chair the station’s board of directors and to support the station’s staff, programme makers and volunteers and the important work that they do. Last year I made an announcement about Resonance 104.4fm’s major commitment to books coverage, so here are just a few of the books-related items to be bid for in the fundraising auction:

A full set of The Folio Prize 2015 shortlist:

The Folio Prize 2015 shortlist 110:04 by Ben Lerner (Granta)

All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews (Faber)

Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill (Granta)

Dust by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor (Granta)

Family Life by Akhil Sharma (Faber)

How to Be Both by Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton)

Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín (Viking)

Outline by Rachel Cusk (Faber)

the-folio-prize1(1)Rich and varied, with writers originating from North America, the UK, Ireland, Kenya and India, the shortlist comprises a wide range of international voices. Familiar prize-winning names – Ali Smith and Colm Tóibín – are joined by critically-acclaimed newer voices such as Ben Lerner and Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor. A number of these books are explicitly engaged with the process of writing itself, with each in its own way triumphantly affirming the unique role storytelling plays in making sense of our complex world. With thanks to The Folio Prize and FMcM.

Advance bound proofs from legendary science fiction and fantasy publisher Gollancz:

$_1Gollancz have generously donated a bound proof bundle of three of the best forthcoming science fiction and fantasy novels. They are:

The Death House by Sarah Pinborough. A heart-breaking, heart-stopping tale of love, live and death which will take your breath away.

Something Coming Through by Paul McAuley. One of our finest SF writers moves closer to home. London is devastated. New worlds are being explored. And the aliens have arrived…

Crashing Heaven by Al Robertson. Meet Hugo Fist, the most terrifying and enticing AI to grace SF since the works of Al Reynolds and Hannu Rajeniemi.

Henry Winkler’s Hank Zipzer: 5 book bundle from Walker Books:

-1Twelve-year-old Henry ‘Hank’ Zipzer is smart, resourceful, and he has dyslexia. When problems arise at school he deals with them in unconventional ways, putting him on a direct collision course with his teachers. But Hank always remains positive and convinced that the next big plan will deliver — after all, tomorrow is another day! The Hank Zipzer series draws upon Henry Winkler’s own experiences of growing up with dyslexia. It is now a popular television series with CBBC, and Henry Winkler stars as music teacher Mr Rock.

Generously donated by Walker Books Ltd.

Bundle of eight signed books from Out in South London:

$_57Goodbye to Soho and Dirty White Boy by Clayton Littlewood

London Calling and The Long Weekend by Clare Lydon

Mosaic of Air by Cherry Potts

Repercussions by Catherine Hall

Fairytales for Lost Children by Diriye Osman

I Am Nobody’s Nigger by Dean Atta

These eight signed books have been kindly donated by the team behind the Out In South London programme and contributors.


There is plenty more to bid for, too, from Abba Treasures to some beautiful Billy Childish prints, from a rare Liliane Lijn artists book from 1972, to singing lessons with a mezzo-soprano or a tape-loop workshop with Robin the Fog. There are some incredible theatre tickets from The Curtain Up Show, records, rarities, meals-for-two and much, much more besides.

Why not have a browse around. You might pick up a bargain, and you will certainly be helping to support innovative arts broadcasting at the same time.

Here is comedian Stewart Lee on why he loves Resonance 104.4fm.