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01Greenlaw by Helen McClory20210404A new development by the name of 'Greenlaw' on the outskirts of Edinburgh is visited one night by a strange phenomenon at first only spotted by the late night dog walkers on the hill above the houses. The residents of the estate are confused and divided as to what it is and what it means for them. Weird plants start to spring up in their gardens. The community website buzzes with rumour and speculation as to what is causing these strange natural or are they supernatural occurences.

Helen McClory has a PhD in literature and creative writing from the University of Glasgow. Her debut story collection On the Edges of Vision won the Saltire First Book of the Year Award. Her novel "Bitterhall" is published in Spring 2021. She lives in Edinburgh.

Read by: Kirsty Cox
Producer: Maggie Ayre for BBC Audio in Bristol

A strange entity appears on the edge of a housing estate. First of five modern folktales.

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01Greenlaw by Helen McLory20210404A new development by the name of 'Greenlaw' on the outskirts of Edinburgh is visited one night by a strange phenomenon at first only spotted by the late night dog walkers on the hill above the houses. The residents of the estate are confused and divided as to what it is and what it means for them. Weird plants start to spring up in their gardens. The community website buzzes with rumour and speculation as to what is causing these strange natural or are they supernatural occurences.

Helen McClory has a PhD in literature and creative writing from the University of Glasgow. Her debut story collection On the Edges of Vision won the Saltire First Book of the Year Award. Her novel "Bitterhall" is published in Spring 2021. She lives in Edinburgh.

Read by: Kirsty Cox
Producer: Maggie Ayre

Helen McLory's story of a housing estate on the outskirts of Edinburgh

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02Kow By Jo Clement20210411An argument between a couple living on the edge of poverty leads to the discovery of a duffel bag full of cash. Or does it? This original short story for Radio 4 revives the Northumberland myth of the Hedley Kow and asks if money really can solve everything. What's the difference between need and desire? Appearances can be deceiving.

Dr. Jo Clement is a New Writing North: Northern Writers' Award-winner. She is the author of Moveable Type and with Damian Le Bas, a co-author of Outlandish. Both poetry books were published with support from Arts Council England and Durham Book Festival. Jo is the Managing Editor of Butcher's Dog poetry magazine and is currently editing the first Roma Women's Poetry Anthology made possible with support from the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture.

Kow is read by Hayley Corney
Produced for BBC Audio in Bristol by Maggie Ayre

The myth of the Northumbrian Hedley Cow in a modern setting. Episode 2 of 5 stories

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Kow is read by Hayley Corney
Produced in Bristol by Maggie Ayre

A woman makes a magical find and learns how to be thankful for what she has.

The myth of the Northumbrian Hedley Cow comes to life in a contemporary setting.

03The Healer by Molly Aitken20210418A remote island off the coast of Ireland is the setting for Molly Aitken's tale of grief and isolation. A man and woman living on the island of Cape Clear anxiously await the return of their three sons. They are fishermen missing after a storm at sea. The couple's food supplies are running low. When a strange woman knocks on the door one day they have no idea how she arrived on the island. She tells them she is a healer and their lives change for ever.

Molly Aitken was born in Scotland in 1991 and brought up in Ireland. She studied Literature and Classics at Galway University and has an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa. The Island Child is her debut novel.

The Healer is read by Deirdre Mullins
The Producer is Maggie Ayre for BBC Audio in Bristol

The last two inhabitants on an island receive a visit from a strange woman.

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The last two inhabitants on an island receive a strange visit. Part 3 of 5

04The Man On The Rocks by Tom Cox20210425Louise meets Dave when she's out walking on Dartmoor one day. He asks her out for a drink and they begin dating. But the eccentric man whose mood can influence rivers is not quite of this world and the relationship soon becomes strained.

Tom Cox lives on Dartmoor. He is the author of several books including Help The Witch, Ring The Hill and 21st Century Yokel. His next book is Villager.

Read by Kirsty Cox
Produced by Maggie Ayre for BBC Audio in Bristol

Louise meets an eccentric guy on Dartmoor who turns out to have quite a past.

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