Cast Iron

Current Projects

The Escape of the Zebra from the Zoo

Dominion: The Animals & The Poets

with Kayo Chingonyi

Dominion: The Animals & The Linguists

with Panashe Chigumadzi

The Matter of Time

with Katie Paterson

Imaginative producers making broadcast radio, independent films and wireless audio.

Staff Pick

Living and Present

with Laurie Anderson


Established by Kate Bland in 2011 Cast Iron’s mission is to make life enhancing, important, informative, inspiring, imaginative and memorable productions.

The company is an affiliation of producers, directors, writers, composers and engineers. We work with experts and artists in all fields and collaborate with recordists in far flung places, to bring the voices and sounds of the world to bear.

Radio Recent

Radio Library

We make radio about all kinds of things, with all sorts of people, for broadcast on the BBC. Some of our programmes are available to stream. If you would like to hear any please sign in and you’ll be able to listen away!

If you’re interested in rebroadcasting, or using any section of a programme for your own project, please get in touch.


Dava Sobel: The Sun, Kayo Chingonyi: Blood, Frances Morris: Miroslaw Balka, Sophie Calle, Zakia Sewell: Big Drums on Little Carriacou, Alison Turnbull: Butterflies in Colombia, Yevgeny Murzin, Alexandra Horowitz: Canis Major, Llywelyn Ap Myrrdin: Russian Bells, AL Kennedy: AA, America's Gift to the World, Gabriela Montero: Improvisation Masterclass, Ella Fitzgerald: A Glorious Noise, Migraine, Okwiri Oduor: HIV Aids in Nairobi, Carlos Gardel: Tango to the New World, Emily Maitlis: Let Her Speak, Ned Beauman: I Don't Remember the War, William Fiennes: the Bowel, Hugh Muir: The Empire Strikes Black, Antony Gormley: Missing Continents at the British Museum, Imtiaz Dharker: the Liver, Kathy Clugston: the Neglected Sense, Siouxsie Sioux: Alice is Still in Wonderland, Contagious Cities, Xavier Bray: Goya, The Curator's View, Dorothy Cross: Shark, Fiona Shaw: Eileen Gray, The Missing Heart Of Design, Debora Diniz: Zika, Laurie Anderson: Living and Present, Brancusi: Column for Infinity, Valentina Tereshkova: Maiden Voyage, Baaba Maal's Kingdom of Senegalese Music, William Carlos Williams: No Ideas But In Things, Hoboing with Honeyboy, Stargazing, the Syrians and Kindertransport, Steve McQueen: Speaking in Tongues, Sean Borodale: Beekeeping, Naomi Alderman: The Intestines, Patrick McGuinness: The Ear, The Escape of the Zebra from the Zoo, Dominion, Panashe Chigumadzi, The Animals and the Philosophers, Gayathri Vaidyanathan ...


We have a fully equipped recording studio available for hire.

For skilled engineers and producers working in Protools or Sadie our dry hire/ daily rate is £250.

Our studio equipment includes:

  • Allen&Heath 4 input desk
  • Focusrite ISA430 MkII Channel Strip (mic pre EQ, Dynamics & A-D convert)
  • Beyerdynamic - Studio Microphones M 201 TG
  • Rode NT2-A - high sensitivity Microphones


We make audiobooks for publishers. Our skills include casting, abridgement, directing, studio production, editing, checking and mastering.

Highlights include Antigone by Ali Smith (after Sophocles), read by Ali Smith, Lud in the Mist by Hope Mirrlees read by Eleanor Bron, Melvyn Bragg’s Cumbrian Trilogy read by Malcolm Sinclair (who is currently reading Belioz’s memoirs) and Beasts of No Nation by Uzodinma Iweala, read by Simon Manyonda.

Meanwhile we are revolutionising the audiobook market. We are developing a scheme to support the production of audiobooks for the small presses, to make available great books by the world’s contemporary and late writers, often in translation. Soon you can hear wonderful books without a commercial bias.


Following Body of Songs animations and Raft of the Medusa (A film for radio), we continue to develop our skills and expertise in film making.

Currently in production is the feature film, Salad Nights.

Special Projects

Body of Songs

Skin Song

Bat for Lashes

Branches of Life

Andreya Triana

Follow Me Through

Mara Carlyle & Max de Wardener

Play Pause Rewind

Scrufizzer x Utters

Nose Song

Sam Lee & Llywelyn ap Myrddin

A Plateful of Liver


Eje Aiye

Afrikan Boy feat. Bumi Thomas & Adio

Ooh Aah Carolina


Grateful Heart

Dave Okumu

Electric Abyss


Body of Songs

Body of Songs is an album of songs by talented, indie musicians, inspired by different organs of the body. With expertise from leading clinicians, the music reverberates with powerful stories and important messages about how our bodies work and why they fail. You can hear the songs by scrolling in the audio window. Five animation films were made to accompany five of the tracks.

Conversations in Time

‘Conversations in Time’ is a series of new conversations inspired by Suzi Gablik's important book, Conversations Before the End of Time, first published in 1995.

Artists, writers and cultural thinkers have been recorded today, broadly inspired by the question posed in Gablik’s book: What is the purpose or role of art in an age of accelerating social change and environmental uncertainty?

These conversations and the audiobook of Gablik’s book are distributed within the Public Programme ‘Conversations in Time’, part of the European Capital of Culture Aarhus 2017

Small Press Audiobooks