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Six Years of Hooting Yard

April 6th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Six years ago, on Wednesday the 14th of April 2004, Resonance FM broadcast the very first episode of Hooting Yard On the Air. Hooting Yard is Resonance FM’s longest continuously running series.


Frank Key is one of the most important writers in English today. I’d rank him alongside figures like the OiuLiPo’s Harry Mathews (and know that Harry himself and his publishers at Atlas Press are admirers). Frank Key’s prose reduces meaning to dust and then resurrects it in his own skewed image. But no creative genius is less godlike than Frank: his world is mournful, crazy, stupefyingly complex, hilarious and dark, peopled by characters at once engaging and perverse. His prose exudes a certain quietly understated menace, with precisely¬†nailed banalities always threatening to explode into gothic horror or be subsumed in tedious diplomatic negotiation. Labyrinthine, startling and beautiful, the writing of Frank Key is utterly timeless. Discerning readers like Peter Kravitz (former editor of Edinburgh Review), the late John Michell (godfather of the New Age) and Professor Roberta Mock (of Plymouth University) have likewise expressed their appreciation for this extraordinary and unique man of letters. I am happy to share their discerning company and very glad that Frank contributes to the extraordinary project that is Resonance104.4fm.” – Ed Baxter, Resonance104.4fm Programming Director

Hooting Yard On the Air is is broadcast live every Thursday at 6:30pm and repeated on Saturday mornings, and on the Internet via the Resonance FM Podcasts service.

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