WHAT WE DO
Our projects are based on in-depth, expert research. We trawl the libraries and archives. We listen to the community. We walk the streets, feeling into a place and observing its peculiarities. Drawing on our extensive experience in writing and storytelling, we then create a journey for the listener, which leads them through a multisensory experience of space. Our background in broadcasting, performance, and production allows us to craft a unique audio artefact where the past is intimately revealed.
WHO WE ARE
Dr Diarmuid Hester is a writer, academic, and activist. He has held research positions at some of the world's most prestigious institutions including Cambridge University, the University of Oxford, New York University, the Library of Congress, and the British Library. He is a BBC New Generation Thinker and regularly contributes to BBC Radio 3. In 2023, Allen Lane/Penguin will publish his new book, Nothing Ever Just Disappears: A New History of Queer Culture Through its Spaces. He is a research associate of Emmanuel College, Cambridge.
Diarmuid’s regular collaborator is David Bramwell, an award-winning performer and producer who has worked with BBC Radio and Penguin books for many years. As a monologist David has toured several solo shows and performed at Soho Theatre, Somerset House, The De La Warr Pavilion, Tate St Ives, TEDx, WI, Idler Academy, MOMA, Wilderness and Port Eliot festivals, and the Lowry Theatre.
We believe in radical cultural history. We believe in making academic research accessible and interesting to everyone, regardless of their means or opportunities. We are especially committed to making queer history visible and improving the lives of queer people.
Prick Up Your Ears is the mischievous title of an unfinished play by Joe Orton, the gay British playwright who was murdered in 1967 aged 34. We adopt it in tribute to him, in honour of the subversive queer culture he represents, and in memory of other queer lives cut tragically short.