There hasn't been much time to stop for Christmas. I've been engulfed in a rush of editing, recordings, and planning as we count down to launch!
We were in the studio on Tuesday January 5th. Your money enabled me to get ancient texts and legends from India brought to life by some really evocative actors - Sandeeep Garcha, Chetan Pathak, and Selva Rasalingam. I've heard Brahmins arguing about sacrifice, Jains challenging Buddhists, and the first literary reference to mock meats. I also want to thank Robb Masters and Orna Klement for recording readings that enabled me to edit episodes before this recording session.
Radio station Resonance FM have offered me a broadcast slot on Tuesday January 19th - two days after the première. While it would be great timing, if I accept it means the Kickstarter backer's preview will (for that episode only) be only two days ahead of the general public hearing it. I promised seven. So as this would technically be a broken promise to backers (albeit a small one), I wanted to ask: would any Kickstarter backers actually object? If not, I'll confirm transmission with Resonance at the end of the week.
After a couple of weeks of keeping the launch party between ourselves, we can tell everyone else about it. Thus far, Kickstarter backers have taken up almost half the seats, so I'm opening up some of the rest to others. (If you got to this page from another website, this will probably be the first you've heard of the launch. In which case: 4pm Sunday Jan 17, Gallery Cafe, East London) Please do share the event link with friends you think would be interested!
I'm also going to be selling copies of the excellent book "The Bloodless Revolution: A Cultural History of Vegetarianism from 1600 to Modern Times" at the party. Charting the influence of India on the European enlightenment, it's a great read, and the only history book I took to India. It's a great read, and (thanks to author Tristram Stuart helping me out) it will help support the VegHist project. Please let me know ahead of time if you think you would like a copy as it will help ensure I bring enough.
A few people commented how happy they were that the project is finished. Unfortunately, I've had to tell them it's really not. It's close enough that I can take on some paid employment again, but I'm still going to be spending my spare time editing other shows, casting other voice actors, and collecting the last few interviews. The goal is to bring episodes out at the rate of one a month, so the full project won't actually be finished for another year.
And given that impetus, I'd better get back to editing the recording into episode one.