Made by Mortals, a participatory arts organisation based in Ashton-Under Lyne, beat stiff competition from the Prison Radio Association, Multitrack and the Transmission Roundhouse Podcast Academy to win Best Grassroots Production Award at the 2023 Audio Production Awards in London for their hit podcast Armchair Adventures.
The series, launched during the COVID-19 lockdown of 2020, is an educational podcast series for kids aged 6-10 and features the ideas, experiences and voices of older people aged 65 and over from across Greater Manchester.
Armchair Adventures is an award-winning podcast for curious kids aged 6-10 years old who love to use their imaginations.
Join Chief Adventurer Connie and her gang of plucky explorers as they take you on wild and wonderful adventures with the Armchair Adventures Travel Agency!
In each episode, you visit magical places, meet extraordinary people, and have all sorts of fun.
You might time travel on a cricket bat, boogie at a music festival, visit a superhero’s secret lair, or trek on a magical treetop walk.
Sounds like fun, we are in.
Made By Mortals
We spoke with Andy Smith, Artistic Director of Made By Mortals about the podcast and what’s made it so successful.
The Audio Production Awards, hosted by the audio industry body Audio UK, and sponsored by Audible, celebrates the pinnacle of audio production talent from the UK, encompassing podcasting, radio, audiobooks and sound design.
This year’s winners include talent from renowned companies such as BBC News, Absolute Radio Network, Baby Cow, Hat Trick and Audio Always.
The esteemed Audio Production Awards judging panel, which includes representatives from across the audio industry, including BBC, commented on the winning Armchair Adventures entry, saying: “A fantastic grassroots piece with a strong community focus.
“The engaging audio introduces and explores important issues for young children and encourages open expression.
“Great to see intergenerational work between young and mature voices.”