Natural Histories - Short Stories

Episodes

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01A Total Neanderthal2015121320180722 (R4)

Lionel Shriver reads her short story inspired by a visit to the Natural History Museum.

Authors write stories inspired by a visit to the Natural History Museum in London.

Lionel Shriver reads her short story commissioned as part of the collaboration between Radio 4 and the Natural History Museum. She was taken behind the scenes at the museum, and that inspired this story. A modern woman falls for one of the few of our remaining genetic close relatives, because he has all the masculine qualities that in male homo sapiens in the West are dying out.. Producer Beth O'Dea.

01Dodo Diary2015112920180708 (R4)

Meg Rosoff reads her story about a recreated dodo, inspired by the Natural History Museum.

Authors write stories inspired by a visit to the Natural History Museum in London.

Meg Rosoff, author of How I Live Now, reads her specially commissioned short story inspired by a visit to the Natural History Museum. She imagines that the Museum has used extracted DNA from its dodo skeletons to make a brand new living breathing dodo, which a kindly volunteer takes home to stay in a suburban semi in Wembley... Producer Beth O'Dea.

01Dodo Diary2015112920180708 (R4)

Meg Rosoff reads her story about a recreated dodo, inspired by the Natural History Museum.

Authors write stories inspired by a visit to the Natural History Museum in London.

Meg Rosoff, author of How I Live Now, reads her specially commissioned short story inspired by a visit to the Natural History Museum. She imagines that the Museum has used extracted DNA from its dodo skeletons to make a brand new living breathing dodo, which a kindly volunteer takes home to stay in a suburban semi in Wembley... Producer Beth O'Dea.

01Fortifications2015112220180701 (R4)

AL Kennedy reads her short story inspired by coral she saw in the Natural History Museum.

Authors write stories inspired by a visit to the Natural History Museum in London.

01Fortifications2015112220180701 (R4)

AL Kennedy reads her short story inspired by coral she saw in the Natural History Museum.

Authors write stories inspired by a visit to the Natural History Museum in London.

01The Naked Eye2015120620180715 (R4)

Joe Dunthorne reads his story about a microscope, inspired by the Natural History Museum.

Authors write stories inspired by a visit to the Natural History Museum in London.

Joe Dunthorne, author of Submarine, reads his specially commissioned short story inspired by the Natural History Museum. It's about the world's most powerful microscope and what it can see...and what it can't. Producer Beth O'Dea. Micro-CT Scan image of the cross section of a Bostryx Snail provided by the Natural History Museum.

01The Naked Eye2015120620180715 (R4)

Joe Dunthorne reads his story about a microscope, inspired by the Natural History Museum.

Authors write stories inspired by a visit to the Natural History Museum in London.

Joe Dunthorne, author of Submarine, reads his specially commissioned short story inspired by the Natural History Museum. It's about the world's most powerful microscope and what it can see...and what it can't. Producer Beth O'Dea. Micro-CT Scan image of the cross section of a Bostryx Snail provided by the Natural History Museum.

02Face To Face With The Real Me, By Fay Weldon20161113

In Fay Weldon's new story, Sally Anne, Beauty Queen and Trophy Wife, comes face to face with her true self in the Natural History Museum, in the form of a pygmy seahorse, a Hippocampus bargibanti disguised as a fan coral. Sally Anne's out walking her 3-year old son, the sluttish nanny having just run off with her husband..

Read by Fay Weldon.

Producer Beth O'Dea.

In Fay Weldon's new story, Sally Anne, Beauty Queen and Trophy Wife, comes face to face with her true self in the Natural History Museum, in the form of a pygmy seahorse, a Hippocampus bargibanti disguised as a fan coral. Sally Anne's out walking her 3-year old son, the nanny having just run off with her husband..

02Something That Seems Simple But Has A Million Eyes By Evie Wyld20161030

Evie Wyld's original story is about two sisters trying to talk to each other. And clams. It's read by Hermione Norris. The story was inspired by a behind-the-scenes tour of the Natural History Museum, as part of the collaboration between Radio 4 and the Natural History Museum.

Producer Beth O'Dea.

02The Kill20161106

Mark Haddon's new story vividly imagines the world of the neanderthals and their fierce struggle to survive. It's his first story for Radio 4, commissioned as part of the collaboration with the Natural History Museum. Mark Haddon's novels include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.

Reader Mark Haddon.

Producer Beth O'Dea.

02The Kill20161106

Mark Haddon's new story vividly imagines the world of the neanderthals and their fierce struggle to survive. It's his first story for Radio 4, commissioned as part of the collaboration with the Natural History Museum. Mark Haddon's novels include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.

Reader Mark Haddon.

Producer Beth O'Dea.