HarperCollins has teamed up with London-based East 15 Acting School to create the audiobook for Costa Short Story award winner Luan Goldie's debut novel, Nightingale Point.
HQ’s editorial director Manpreet Grewal and audio editor Rebecca Fortuin joined with Goldie to audition eight students for the three roles of Tristan, Malachi and Pamela. Bernard Mensah, Reece Harris and Daisy Propser were offered the roles after “an impressive round of auditions”, according to HarperCollins. The publication deal for the Costa Short Story Award winner's debut was signed last autumn.
All three graduates study at the School’s acclaimed BA Acting course and as a result, HQ have offered an open casting call to the rest of the students at East 15, for collaboration on future audio projects. "HQ and East 15 have already agreed to develop the opportunities," HarperCollins said.
Nightingale Point explores what happens to the people living on a council estate in east London when a cargo plane loses control and crashes into their homes. Set in 1996 and exploring how this community puts itself back together after tragedy, the author was inspired to write the book when in Amsterdam a taxi driver told her the true story about a cargo plane that took off from Schiphol Airport and crashed into a council estate, the publisher said.
Goldie said: “With Nightingale Point being so location specific, it was really important to find actors who were able to sound like they were really from the area. The students from East 15 understood this, and brought not only authenticity to the characters, but also warmth and heart. Selecting the actors was very difficult as the standard was so high. It’s amazing to think that everyone we heard for the roles are at the very beginning of their career.”
Fortuin added: ‘It’s been an absolute pleasure working with East 15 to cast Nightingale Point. The students have been engaged throughout the whole process and blew me away with their professionalism at the auditions. I’m looking forward to working with Reece, Bernard and Daisy and hearing them bring Luan’s fantastic novel to life in audio.’
Director of East 15 Acting School Dr Chris Main said: “We are thrilled to be working with HQ and Luan Goldie on this powerful project. Not only does this opportunity provide a valuable professional platform for our graduates, it also marks the start of a new relationship between East 15 Acting School and HQ.”
Nightingale Point is published by HQ on 25th July, and available in audiobook, e-book and hardback.