BBC National Short Story Award 2018 [BBC National Short Story Award]

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20180917Readings of stories on the shortlist for the BBC National Short Story Award 2018.

Stories shortlisted for the National Short Story Award

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Kerry Andrew - To Belong To2018091720190902 (BBC7)
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Kerry Andrew's shortlisted story of a desperate man, unsure he can go on, revived by the hospitality of strangers. Read by Tobias Menzies.

The kindness of strangers and the meaning of home were key themes in the five shortlisted entries for the 2018 BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University..

The 2018 shortlist was unified by the individual power of each writer to convey both the private and the universal experience. Linking the personal and the political, the stories, often inspired by world events from Brexit, immigration to urban gentrification, draw out ideas of community and human connection. Each story is a powerful meditation on a world where displacement and loss seem to be overwhelming but where renewal and hope are infinite.

Producer: Simon Richardson

Story of a desperate man who is revived by the hospitality of strangers.

Stories shortlisted for the National Short Story Award

Kerry Andrew's shortlisted story of a desperate man, unsure he can go on, revived by the hospitality of strangers. Read by Tobias Menzies.

The kindness of strangers and the meaning of home were key themes in the five shortlisted entries for the 2018 BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University..

The 2018 shortlist was unified by the individual power of each writer to convey both the private and the universal experience. Linking the personal and the political, the stories, often inspired by world events from Brexit, immigration to urban gentrification, draw out ideas of community and human connection. Each story is a powerful meditation on a world where displacement and loss seem to be overwhelming but where renewal and hope are infinite.

Producer: Simon Richardson

Story of a desperate man who is revived by the hospitality of strangers.

Stories shortlisted for the National Short Story Award

Kerry Andrew's shortlisted story of a desperate man, unsure he can go on, revived by the hospitality of strangers. Read by Tobias Menzies.

The kindness of strangers and the meaning of home were key themes in the five shortlisted entries for the 2018 BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University.

Kiare Ladner - Van Rensburg's Card2018091920190904 (BBC7)
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Kiare Ladner's shortlisted story of how a simple note brings solace and the prospect of new hope.

Read by Carolyn Pickles.

The kindness of strangers and the meaning of home were key themes in the five shortlisted entries for the 2018 BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University.

The 2018 shortlist was unified by the individual power of each writer to convey both the private and the universal experience. Linking the personal and the political, the stories, often inspired by world events from Brexit, immigration to urban gentrification, draw out ideas of community and human connection. Each story is a powerful meditation on a world where displacement and loss seem to be overwhelming but where renewal and hope are infinite.

Abridged by Julian Wilkinson

Producer: Elizabeth Allard

Story of how a simple note brings solace and the prospect of new hope.

Stories shortlisted for the National Short Story Award

Kiare Ladner's shortlisted story of how a simple note brings solace and the prospect of new hope.

Read by Carolyn Pickles.

The kindness of strangers and the meaning of home were key themes in the five shortlisted entries for the 2018 BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University.

The 2018 shortlist was unified by the individual power of each writer to convey both the private and the universal experience. Linking the personal and the political, the stories, often inspired by world events from Brexit, immigration to urban gentrification, draw out ideas of community and human connection. Each story is a powerful meditation on a world where displacement and loss seem to be overwhelming but where renewal and hope are infinite.

Abridged by Julian Wilkinson

Producer: Elizabeth Allard

Story of how a simple note brings solace and the prospect of new hope.

Stories shortlisted for the National Short Story Award

Sarah Hall - Sudden Traveller2018091820190903 (BBC7)
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Sarah Hall's shortlisted story of how profound loss is followed by new life and new love.

Read by Rebekah Staton.

The kindness of strangers and the meaning of home were key themes in the five shortlisted entries for the 2018 BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University.

The 2018 shortlist was unified by the individual power of each writer to convey both the private and the universal experience. Linking the personal and the political, the stories, often inspired by world events from Brexit, immigration to urban gentrification, draw out ideas of community and human connection. Each story is a powerful meditation on a world where displacement and loss seem to be overwhelming but where renewal and hope are infinite.

Abridged by Julian Wilkinson

Producer: Elizabeth Allard

Story of how profound loss is followed by new life and new love.

Stories shortlisted for the National Short Story Award

Sudden Traveller By Sarah Hall20180918Sarah Hall's Sudden Traveller is in contention for the BBC National Short Story Award 2018

Stories shortlisted for the National Short Story Award

Today, Sudden Traveller by Sarah Hall is the second contender for the BBC National Short Story Award 2018 with Cambridge University. Profound loss is followed by new life and new love. Rebekah Staton reads

You can hear the five stories in contention for this major BBC award for a single short story each afternoon on BBC Radio 4 at 3.30 from Monday, 17th - Friday 21st September. To find out who will win this year's award listen to the award ceremony which will be broadcast live on Front Row from Cambridge University on Tuesday, 2nd October. This year's shortlist will be available as a podcast, to find out more go to the Radio 4 website or wherever you go for your podcasts.

The Fifth Shortlisted Entry20180921The fifth story in contention for the prestigious BBC National Short Story Award 2018.

Stories shortlisted for the National Short Story Award

Today, in the fifth story up for the prestigious BBC National Short Story Award 2018 with Cambridge University, art and activism come together and things aren't quite what they seem. Tuppence Middleton reads.

To find out who will win this year's award listen to the award ceremony which will be broadcast live on Radio 4's Front Row from Cambridge University on Tuesday, 2nd October. This year's shortlist will be available as a podcast, to find out more go to the Radio 4 website or wherever you go for your podcasts.

Abridged by Rowan Routh.
Produced by Simon Richardson.

The Minutes By Nell Stevens2018092120190905 (BBC7)
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Nell Stevens' shortlisted story in which art and activism come together and things aren’t quite what they seem.

Read by Tuppence Middleton.

The kindness of strangers and the meaning of home were key themes in the five shortlisted entries for the 2018 BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University.

The 2018 shortlist was unified by the individual power of each writer to convey both the private and the universal experience. Linking the personal and the political, the stories, often inspired by world events from Brexit, immigration to urban gentrification, draw out ideas of community and human connection. Each story is a powerful meditation on a world where displacement and loss seem to be overwhelming but where renewal and hope are infinite.

Abridged by Rowan Routh

Producer: Simon Richardson

Story in which art and activism come together and things aren't quite what they seem.

Stories shortlisted for the National Short Story Award

Nell Stevens' shortlisted story in which art and activism come together and things aren’t quite what they seem.

Read by Tuppence Middleton.

The kindness of strangers and the meaning of home were key themes in the five shortlisted entries for the 2018 BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University.

The 2018 shortlist was unified by the individual power of each writer to convey both the private and the universal experience. Linking the personal and the political, the stories, often inspired by world events from Brexit, immigration to urban gentrification, draw out ideas of community and human connection. Each story is a powerful meditation on a world where displacement and loss seem to be overwhelming but where renewal and hope are infinite.

Abridged by Rowan Routh

Producer: Simon Richardson

Story in which art and activism come together and things aren't quite what they seem.

Stories shortlisted for the National Short Story Award

The Minutes by Nell Stevens is shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award 2018.

Stories shortlisted for the National Short Story Award

The Minutes by Nell Stevens is the fifth story up for the prestigious BBC National Short Story Award 2018 with Cambridge University. Here art and activism come together and things aren't quite what they seem. Tuppence Middleton reads.

To find out who will win this year's award listen to the award ceremony which will be broadcast live on Radio 4's Front Row from Cambridge University on Tuesday, 2nd October. This year's shortlist will be available as a podcast, to find out more go to the Radio 4 website or wherever you go for your podcasts.

Abridged by Rowan Routh.
Produced by Simon Richardson.

is shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award 2018.

Stories shortlisted for the National Short Story Award

The Minutes by Nell Stevens is the fifth story up for the prestigious BBC National Short Story Award 2018 with Cambridge University. Here art and activism come together and things aren't quite what they seem. Tuppence Middleton reads.

To find out who will win this year's award listen to the award ceremony which will be broadcast live on Radio 4's Front Row from Cambridge University on Tuesday, 2nd October. This year's shortlist will be available as a podcast, to find out more go to the Radio 4 website or wherever you go for your podcasts.

Abridged by Rowan Routh.
Produced by Simon Richardson.

The Sweet Sop By Ingrid Persaud20180920Ingrid Persaud's The Sweet Sop is up for the BBC National Short Story Award 2018.

Stories shortlisted for the National Short Story Award

The Sweet Sop by Ingrid Persaud is the fourth contender for the celebrated BBC National Short Story Award 2018 with Cambridge University. In her story there's emotional blackmail and sweet release. Leemore Marrett Junior reads

You can hear the five stories in contention for this major BBC award for a single short story each afternoon on BBC Radio 4 at 3.30 from Monday, 17th - Friday 21st September. This year's shortlist will be available as a podcast, to find out more go to the Radio 4 website or wherever you go for your podcasts.

The Third Shortlisted Entry20180919The third contender for the esteemed BBC National Short Story Award 2018.

Stories shortlisted for the National Short Story Award

In the third contender for the esteemed BBC National Short Story Award 2018 with Cambridge University, a simple note brings solace and the prospect of new hope. Carolyn Pickles reads.

To find out who will win this year's hotly contested award listen to the award ceremony which will be broadcast live from Cambridge University on Tuesday, 2nd October live on Front Row. All five of the shortlisted entries will be available as a podcast, to find out more go to the Radio 4 website or wherever you go for your podcasts.

Abridged by Julian Wilkinson
Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

To Belong To By Kerry Andrew20180917Kerry Andrew's To Belong To is in contention for the BBC National Short Story Award 2018.

Stories shortlisted for the National Short Story Award

To Belong To by Kerry Andrew is the first contender for the prestigious BBC National Short Story Award 2018 with Cambridge University now celebrating its thirteenth year. In this story, unsure he can go on, a desperate man is revived by the hospitality of strangers. Tobias Menzies reads

The kindness of strangers and the meaning of home are key themes in the five shortlisted entries for this year's BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University, now celebrating its thirteenth year.

This year's shortlist is unified by the individual power of each writer to convey both the private and the universal experience. Linking the personal and the political, the stories, often inspired by world events from Brexit, immigration to urban gentrification, draw out ideas of community and human connection. Each story is a powerful meditation on a world where displacement and loss seem to be overwhelming but where renewal and hope are infinite.

You can hear the five stories in contention for this major BBC award for a single short story each afternoon on BBC Radio 4 at 3.30 from Monday, 17th - Friday 21st September. On the evening before the broadcast the writer of each shortlisted entry will be interviewed on Front Row. To find out who will win this year's award listen to the award ceremony which will be broadcast live on Front Row from Cambridge University on Tuesday, 2nd October. This year's shortlist will be available as a podcast, to find out more go to the Radio 4 website.

Produced by Simon Richardson.

You can hear the five stories in contention for this major BBad Salsa

A New Perspective

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After treatment for ovarian and breast cancer Chippy, is mad Jill is sad and Terri is definitely dangerous to know! The road back after cancer treatment can be tricky and full of obstacles.

In 'Bad Salsa', two middle aged women and their younger friend seek to regain their zest for life and love by learning to dance at Bad Salsa, the club where everyone knows your name but no-one knows your prognosis!

Depictions of people with cancer on TV and radio too often follow a standard format; there is the diagnosis, the depression the chemo, then the false recovery followed by the tragic death.

Bad Salsa tries to paint a picture at once more hopeful and more in line with survival rates which have improved immensely over the past 20 years.

For many, 'living with cancer' is now their day to day challenge. The characters in the series have finished their treatment and are in the process of finding their way back to normal life or at least finding a "new normal." As in the real world, the challenges of everyday life go on for our characters; like us they have boring marriages, distracting crushes, troublesome children, difficult workmates and infuriating parents, but unlike us their brush with mortality has given them a new perspective.

The fun and excitement of the series is in watching them decide to preserve the pre-cancer status quo or in Terri's words, to say "sod it all" and "go for it!"

Follow the women as they embrace the world of salsa whilst they adjust to life after cancer.

After their cancer treatments, Chippy is mad, Jill is sad and Terri is dangerous to know.

Comedy by Kay Stonham that follows three women as they adjust to life after cancer.

After treatment for Ovarian and breast cancer Chippy, is mad Jill is sad and Terri is definitely dangerous to know! The road back after cancer treatment can be tricky and full of obstacles. In Bad Salsa, two middle aged women and their younger friend seek to regain their zest for life and love by learning to dance at Bad Salsa, the club where everyone knows your name but no-one knows your prognosis!

Depictions of people with cancer on TV and radio too often follow a standard format; there is the diagnosis, the depression the chemo, then the false recovery followed by the tragic death.
Bad Salsa tries to paint a picture at once more hopeful and more in line with survival rates which have improved immensely over the past twenty years. For many, 'living with cancer' is now their day to day challenge. The characters in the series have finished their treatment and are in the process of finding their way back to normal life or at least finding a "new normal." As in the real world, the challenges of everyday life go on for our characters; like us they have boring marriages, distracting crushes, troublesome children, difficult workmates and infuriating parents, but unlike us their brush with mortality has given them a new perspective. The fun and excitement of the series is in watching them decide to preserve the pre-cancer status quo or in Terri's words, to say "sod it all" and "Bbc National Short Story Award 2018 [bbc National Short Story Award]

Van Rensburg's Card By Kiare Ladner

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Kiare Ladner's Van Rensburg's Card is next up for the BBC National Short Story Award 2018.

Kiare Ladner's Van Rensburg's Card is the third shortlisted entry for the esteemed BBC National Short Story Award 2018 with Cambridge University. In her story, a simple note brings solace and the prospect of new hope. Carolyn Pickles reads.

To find out who will win this year's hotly contested award listen to the award ceremony which will be broadcast live from Cambridge University on Tuesday, 2nd October live on Front Row. All five of the shortlisted entries will be available as a podcast, to find out more go to the Radio 4 website or wherever you go for your podcasts.

Abridged by Julian Wilkinson
Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

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Kerry Andrew's To Belong To is in contention for the BBC National Short Story Award 2018.

Stories shortlisted for the National Short Story Award

To Belong To by Kerry Andrew is the first contender for the prestigious BBC National Short Story Award 2018 with Cambridge University now celebrating its thirteenth year. In this story, unsure he can go on, a desperate man is revived by the hospitality of strangers. Tobias Menzies reads

The kindness of strangers and the meaning of home are key themes in the five shortlisted entries for this year's BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University, now celebrating its thirteenth year.

This year's shortlist is unified by the individual power of each writer to convey both the private and the universal experience. Linking the personal and the political, the stories, often inspired by world events from Brexit, immigration to urban gentrification, draw out ideas of community and human connection. Each story is a powerful meditation on a world where displacement and loss seem to be overwhelming but where renewal and hope are infinite.

You can hear the five stories in contention for this major BBC award for a single short story each afternoon on BBC Radio 4 at 3.30 from Monday, 17th - Friday 21st September. On the evening before the broadcast the writer of each shortlisted entry will be interviewed on Front Row. To find out who will win this year's award listen to the award ceremony which will be broadcast live on Front Row from Cambridge University on Tuesday, 2nd October. This year's shortlist will be available as a podcast, to find out more go to the Radio 4 website.

Produced by Simon Richardson.

Kerry Andrew's To Belong To is in contention for the BBC National Short Story Award 2018.

Stories shortlisted for the National Short Story Award

To Belong To by Kerry Andrew is the first contender for the prestigious BBC National Short Story Award 2018 with Cambridge University now celebrating its thirteenth year. In this story, unsure he can go on, a desperate man is revived by the hospitality of strangers. Tobias Menzies reads

The kindness of strangers and the meaning of home are key themes in the five shortlisted entries for this year's BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University, now celebrating its thirteenth year.

This year's shortlist is unified by the individual power of each writer to convey both the private and the universal experience. Linking the personal and the political, the stories, often inspired by world events from Brexit, immigration to urban gentrification, draw out ideas of community and human connection. Each story is a powerful meditation on a world where displacement and loss seem to be overwhelming but where renewal and hope are infinite.

You can hear the five stories in contention for this major BBad Salsa

Van Rensburg's Card By Kiare Ladner20180919Kiare Ladner's Van Rensburg's Card is next up for the BBC National Short Story Award 2018.

Stories shortlisted for the National Short Story Award

Kiare Ladner's Van Rensburg's Card is the third shortlisted entry for the esteemed BBC National Short Story Award 2018 with Cambridge University. In her story, a simple note brings solace and the prospect of new hope. Carolyn Pickles reads.

To find out who will win this year's hotly contested award listen to the award ceremony which will be broadcast live from Cambridge University on Tuesday, 2nd October live on Front Row. All five of the shortlisted entries will be available as a podcast, to find out more go to the Radio 4 website or wherever you go for your podcasts.

Abridged by Julian Wilkinson
Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

Winner: Ingrid Persaud - The Sweet Sop2018092020190906 (BBC7)
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Ingrid Persaud's winning story of emotional blackmail and sweet release.

Read by Leemore Marrett Junior.

The kindness of strangers and the meaning of home were key themes in the five shortlisted entries for the 2018 BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University.

The 2018 shortlist was unified by the individual power of each writer to convey both the private and the universal experience. Linking the personal and the political, the stories, often inspired by world events from Brexit, immigration to urban gentrification, draw out ideas of community and human connection. Each story is a powerful meditation on a world where displacement and loss seem to be overwhelming but where renewal and hope are infinite.

Producer: Simon Richardson

Story of emotional blackmail and sweet release.

Stories shortlisted for the National Short Story Award

Ingrid Persaud's winning story of emotional blackmail and sweet release.

Read by Leemore Marrett Junior.

The kindness of strangers and the meaning of home were key themes in the five shortlisted entries for the 2018 BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University.

The 2018 shortlist was unified by the individual power of each writer to convey both the private and the universal experience. Linking the personal and the political, the stories, often inspired by world events from Brexit, immigration to urban gentrification, draw out ideas of community and human connection. Each story is a powerful meditation on a world where displacement and loss seem to be overwhelming but where renewal and hope are infinite.

Producer: Simon Richardson

Story of emotional blackmail and sweet release.

Stories shortlisted for the National Short Story Award