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Original short works for radio.

98' 99'2020011020200112 (R4)

"The guns began to grow late in the month. Tiny shoots pushed up, almost invisible at first. The autumn had been wet, the winter hard, then the sun crept closer to the land. These were the ideal conditions and the soil of Red Field had always been good for growing." An original short work for radio by Grahame Williams.

Grahame Williams was born in County Down and now lives and works in London. His work has appeared in the Stinging Fly, the Letters Page and he received an Arvon/Jerwood Mentorship for fiction writing. His current work in progress is a novel about a father, a son and the construction of a giant girl in the last of the Belfast shipyards.

Produced by Maggie Ayre and Mair Bosworth

Original short works for radio.

A Borderline Interest By Derek Owusu2020100220201003 (R4)

Two people meet in a mental health support group and quickly grow close. But is one of them hiding something?

An original short story for Radio 4 about what we share, what we hide and how to understand someone's true feelings when you're not even sure of your own.

Derek Owusu is a writer, poet and podcaster from north London. He discovered his passion for literature at the age of twenty-three while studying exercise science at university. Unable to afford a change of degree, Derek began reading voraciously and sneaking into English Literature lectures at the University of Manchester. Derek edited and contributed to Safe: On Black British Men Reclaiming Space. That Reminds Me, his first solo work, won the Desmond Elliott Prize for new fiction in 2020.

Read by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
Produced by Mair Bosworth

An original short story for radio by Derek Owusu, winner of the 2020 Desmond Elliott Prize

Original short works for radio.

A Long Way To Go2019090620190907 (R4)

On a long journey through deep space, a lone passenger passes the time with stories. An original short story for radio by Daisy Johnson.

Daisy's first short story collection, Fen, was published in 2017. Her debut novel, Everything Under, was shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize, making Daisy the youngest nominee in the prize's history.

Read by Sinead MacInnes and Barbara Flynn
Produced by Mair Bosworth

An original short story by Daisy Johnson, the youngest ever Booker Prize nominee.

Original short works for radio.

A Proper Couple By Naomi Ishiguro2020011720200119 (R4)

A young woman meets her girlfriend's parents for the first time in this specially commissioned new work for Radio 4 about love, masochism and cake.

Naomi Ishiguro's debut short story collection "Escape Routes" is released in February 2020. Described as "delightfully fresh and contemporary", her magical and sometimes disquieting stories originated during her time working as a bookseller at Mr. B’s Emporium in Bath. She is a graduate of the Creative Writing MA at the University of East Anglia.

Writer.... Naomi Ishiguro
Reader.... Olivia Ross
Producer.... Ciaran Bermingham

A specially commissioned new work for Radio 4 about love, masochism and cake.

Original short works for radio.

A Traditional Sunday Roast2019042620190427 (R4)

Written by Yvvette Edwards. Muma Rose surprises her grand-daughter, Anthea, by announcing she is in a new relationship with an octogenarian called Alfie. She wants them all to meet over a proper Sunday lunch - and Anthea must shape up.

Yvvette Edwards is a British East Londoner of Montserratian origin and, in addition to writing short stories, she is author of two novels - A Cupboard Full of Coats and The Mother. Her work has been nominated for a number of literary awards, including the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Man Booker Prize. She was a judge for the inaugural Jhalak Prize for Writers of Colour and mentors emerging writers for the National Centre for Writing.

Writer: Yvvette Edwards
Reader: Cherrelle Skeete
Producer: Jeremy Osborne

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4

Written by Yvvette Edwards. Rose has a surprise for her grand-daughter.

Original short works for radio.

Original short works for radio.

All The Fire By Jacob Ross2020030620200308 (R4)

Lilly is a new mother with a beautiful baby and burning soul - she just has to find it again. An original short story for Radio 4 about new life and a flame that won't go out.

Jacob Ross is a novelist, short story writer and creative writing tutor. He is also Associate Fiction Editor at Peepal Tree Press, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and winner of the inaugural 2017 Jhalak Prize for his second novel The Bone Readers. His latest, Black Rain Falling, is published in March 2020.

Writer: Jacob Ross
Reader: Jade Anouka
Producer: Ciaran Bermingham

Jade Anouka reads an original short story about a new mother with a burning soul.

Original short works for radio.

As I Walked Out One Morning In May2018072720180728 (R4)

Death meets the Lady in this short story by Paul Evans, inspired by a 19th-century ballad.

Original short works for radio.

Beans2018080320180804 (R4)

An original short story commissioned by BBC Radio 4 from the Northern Irish writer Jan Carson. As read by Tara Lynne O'Neill (Derry Girls).

Jan Carson is a writer and arts programmer based in Belfast. The author of the collections 'Postcard Stories' and 'Children's Children', her work has also appeared in journals including 'Banshee', 'Harper's Bazaar' and 'The Honest Ulsterman' in addition to being read on BBC Radio 4 and Radio 3. Her forthcoming novel 'The Fire Starters' will be published by Doubleday in 2019.

Writer.... Jan Carson
Reader.... Tara Lynne O'Neill
Producer.... Michael Shannon.

By Jan Carson. A magical story about family, poverty and a bottomless can of baked beans.

Original short works for radio.

Beatrice2020022820200301 (R4)

An original short work for BBC Radio 4 by the author Nicole Flattery. Read by Beccy Henderson (Derry Girls, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.)

At a private club, 14 year old Beatrice attends a class for Female CEO's of the Future. She has been developing her own business since she was thirteen. However, outside the classroom, her parents are divorcing and people no longer get out of their cars.

Writer
Irish author Nicole Flattery's work has been published in the Stinging Fly, the White Review, the Dublin Review, the Irish Times, Winter Papers and the 2019 Faber anthology of New Irish Writing. She was awarded the Irish Book Awards Short Story of the Year 2019 and the 2017 White Review Short Story Prize. Her debut short story collection ‘Show Them A Good Time’ was published in 2019. It was A New Statesman, Irish Times and Guardian Book of The Year.

Writer: Nicole Flattery
Reader: Beccy Henderson
Producer: Michael Shannon

14-year-old Beatrice attends an after-school class for 'Female CEO's of the Future'.

Original short works for radio.

14-year-old Beatrice attends an after-school class for 'Female CEO's of the Future'.

Big House2019012520190127 (R4)

After investigating an arson at a local manor house, an insurance company employee discovers a series of fires erupting much closer to home.

An original short story specially commissioned by BBC Radio 4 by the Irish writer Louise Hegarty. Read by Cathy Belton (Red Rock, The Woman in White).

Winner of the Sunday Business Post Penguin Ireland Short Story Prize, Louise Hegarty’s work has been featured in the anthology ‘wordlegs presents: 30 Under 30’ and the Banshee literary journal. This is her first story for BBC Radio.

Writer, Louise Hegarty
Reader, Cathy Belton
Producer, Michael Shannon

An insurance company employee investigates a suspected arson at a stately home.

Original short works for radio.

Original short works for radio.

Bosco2019061420190615 (R4)

An original short work for radio by Eugene O'Hare, read by Stephen Rea.

Original short works for radio.

Original short works for radio.

Boyfriends By Bryan Washington2019092020190921 (R4)

Boyfriends is an original short story written for radio by the acclaimed American author Bryan Washington whose first collection of short stories, Lot, has just been published.

Boyfriends is the story of a young man living and loving at the margins of the sprawling, tumultuous American city of Houston. A young man who attempts to find his place amongst family and community - in the knowledge that he is gay. Read by the author, Boyfriends is about all the various, raw, urgent and unexpected ways in which love steals up on us and takes us over.

Boyfriends is an original short story written for radio by US author Bryan Washington

Original short works for radio.

Cassandra By Xanthe Gresham Knight2020061920200620 (R4)

Acclaimed storyteller Xanthe Gresham Knight performs her new and beguiling tale.

Original short works for radio.

Acclaimed storyteller Xanthe Gresham Knight performs her specially commissioned and beguiling tale about the god Apollo who is in changed circumstances in contemporary Britain. Here he reflects on love, loss and making amends.

Author and international storyteller Xanthe Gresham Knight, has performed at Cheltenham and Hay Literature Festivals, the Barbican, the National, Northern Stage, toured India with the British Council and storytelling festivals internationally. She has been Storyteller in Residence for Harvard University, the Chelsea Physic Garden, Stoke and Staffordshire Libraries, Hastings 18 Hours and Psychologies Magazine. She performs regularly at The British Museum and The Smithsonian Washington. Her latest book Goddesses and Heroines is forthcoming.

Produced by Elizabeth Allard

Celebrating The 2018 Bbc Young Writers Award2018101920181020 (R4)

The BBC Young Writers Award is an opportunity for budding writers between the ages of 15 to 18 years old. The five stories which make up this year's shortlist were inspired by a desire for socio-political change and personal experience of mental illness. They all show a maturity of language and ideas far beyond their years. Whether it be the brutal life of a unwilling young poacher; the desperation and prejudice faced by a mother fighting to give her daughter a better life; the experience of loss seen through a child’s eyes; the guilt of unspoken words as a family struggle to cope with mental illness or the pain of a young girl watching her sister in the grip of anorexia – the finalists have given powerful insight into the issues facing and motivating young people today and the importance of writing as expression.

Today Chair of judges Katie Thistleton presents excerpts from the shortlist as well as a reading in full of the winning story, Under a Deep Blue Sky written by 17 year old Davina Bacon.

The 2018 shortlist in full

'Under a Deep Blue Sky' by Davina Bacon, read by Don Gilet
'Footprints in the Far Field' by Reyah Martin, read by Liam Lau Fernandez
'Unspoken' by Lottie Mills, read by Alexandra Constantinidi
'Firsts' by Jane Mitchell, read by Nadia Albina
'Oh Sister, Invisible' by Tabitha Rubens, read by Lucy Doyle

Presented by Katie Thistleton
Produced by Ciaran Bermingham

Katie Thistleton presents a showcase of the shortlisted entries for this year's award.

Original short works for radio.

Presented by Katie Thistleton
Produced by Ciaran Bermingham

Cenacle2019051020190511 (R4)

An original short story specially commissioned by BBC Radio 4 by the Northern Irish writer Michael Nolan. As read by Thomas Finnegan.

Michael Nolan is from Belfast. His work has been published by The Stinging Fly and The Lifeboat. He is the fiction editor of The Tangerine, and is currently studying for a PhD in Creative Writing at Queen's University, Belfast.

Writer.... Michael Nolan
Reader.... Thomas Finnegan
Producer.... Michael Shannon

A student in Belfast struggles to find his place in the local arts scene.

Original short works for radio.

Writer....Michael Nolan
Reader....Thomas Finnegan
Producer....Michael Shannon

Writer....Michael Nolan
Producer....Michael Shannon

Craft Work By Selina Thompson2019020820190210 (R4)

Living in a caravan on the east coast of Ireland, a woman comes face-to-face with fear. An original short work for radio by Selina Thompson.

Selina Thompson is an artist and performer based in Leeds. Her work is playful, participatory and intimate, focused on the politics of identity, and how this defines our bodies, lives and environments. She has made work for pubs, cafes, hairdressers, toilets, galleries, theatres - and now radio. Past work includes 'Salt', where she retraced one of the routes of the Transatlantic Slave Triangle on a cargo ship across the Atlantic, and 'Chewing The Fat', her own version of a midnight feast: somewhere between the confessions made over coffee at weight-watchers, and the sloppy drunken story-telling that accompanies that 3AM kebab.

Produced by Eliza Lomas.
Written and performed by Selina Thompson.

Original short works for radio.

Cuckoo2019112220191124 (R4)

An original short work for BBC Radio 4 by the Northern Irish writer Paul McVeigh. As read by Tony Flynn.

Born in Belfast, Paul McVeigh has written comedy, essays, flash fiction, a novel, plays and short stories. His work has been performed on radio, stage and television, and published in seven languages. Paul co-founded the London Short Story Festival and is an associate director at Word Factory. His debut novel 'The Good Son' won The Polari First Novel Prize and The McCrea Literary Award.

Writer.... Paul McVeigh
Reader.... Tony Flynn
Producer.... Michael Shannon

A sudden injury causes Ben to look at himself in a brand new way.

Original short works for radio.

Deep Space Death Cruise2018083120180901 (R4)

Harry Venning's comic monologue about a doomed space cruise which even Jane McDonald cannot save.

It's 2118. Day three of Jeff's space cruise and already events are falling below his required standard. On his phone, he records his experience for the operator, Cosmic Tours of Hove, from whom he must surely get compensation.

Writer: Harry Venning
Reader: Jeff Rawle
Producer: Karen Rose

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

A comic monologue about a doomed space cruise. By Harry Venning, and read by Jeff Rawle.

Original short works for radio.

A comic monologue about a doomed space cruise. By Harry Venning, and read by Jeff Rawle.

Harry Venning's comic monologue about a doomed space cruise which even Jane McDonald cannot save.

Writer: Harry Venning
Reader: Jeff Rawle
Producer: Karen Rose

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

Edinburgh2018081720180818 (R4)

It's a dreich August morning during Edinburgh Festival and a 22 year-old student is home for summer, handing out flyers.

What does it feel like to have your home town turned into a stand-up comedy theme park for tourists every August? Edinburgh is an original short work for radio written and performed by Kieran Hurley. It's a story of soggy flyers, disappointing encounters and splitting headaches. It's also about that transient moment when teenage memories and adult hopes are as raw as each other.

Kieran Hurley is a writer, performer and theatre maker based in Glasgow. His Fringe First-winning play Heads Up won Best New Play at the Critics' Awards 2017 for Theatre in Scotland. Other plays include Rantin: a ceilidh-play with music; Hitch: an autobiographical story with a live band, and Beats: a monologue performed with a DJ, which is currently being adapted into a screenplay.

Written and performed by Kieran Hurley.
Produced by Eliza Lomas.

By Kieran Hurley. What is Edinburgh Festival to the 22-year-old who grew up there?

Original short works for radio.

Exit Number 82019031520190317 (R4)

Today is the day that Lucy should finally win. But what is Lucy running from and why must she return to Exit Number 8?

A short story exploring the complexities of OCD, written and read by Katie Sherrard, with support from Ellie Heydon and performing arts academy, City Academy. Produced in Bristol by Becky Ripley.

An original short story about living with OCD, written and read by Katie Sherrard.

Original short works for radio.

Original short works for radio.

Fairy2019102520191026 (R4)

By Julia Bell. A mother and her young son are lost in the woods. Things are beginning to go wrong. And then they meet a stranger on the path…

Julia Bell is the author of three novels - most recently The Dark Light - and three volumes of short stories. She is also co-editor of the Creative Writing Coursebook and a Senior Lecturer at Birkbeck College, London.

Writer: Julia Bell
Reader: Bryony Hannah
Producer: Jeremy Osborne

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4

By Julia Bell. Lost in the woods, a mother and son meet a stranger on the path.

Original short works for radio.

Fear Of Flying By Anna Freeman2018122820181230 (R4)

A woman and her new boyfriend take a trip. But can she conquer her fear of flying? An original short work for radio by Anna Freeman.

Anna is a novelist, a multiple poetry slam champion, am associate lecturer in creative writing at Bath Spa University and the producer of Bristol's acclaimed spoken word series, Blahblahblah. She is the author of two novels, The Fair Fight, a historical adventure set within the world of female prize-fighters and their patrons in 18th century Bristol, and Five Days of Fog, which follows a gang of female criminals through the great smog of 1952.

Produced by Mair Bosworth
Written and performed by Anna Freeman

An original short work for radio by Anna Freeman, author of The Fair Fight.

Original short works for radio.

Original short works for radio.

Fifty Pence For The Meter2020012420200126 (R4)

An original short work for BBC Radio 4 by the author Jamie Guiney. Read by Carol Moore.

Jamie Guiney is a literary fiction writer from County Armagh, Northern Ireland. His debut short story collection 'The Wooden Hill' was shortlisted under Best Short Story Collection in the 2019 Saboteur Awards. Jamie's short stories have been published internationally and he has been nominated twice for the 'The Pushcart Prize.' He is a graduate of the Faber & Faber Writing Academy and has twice been a judge for short story competition 'The New Rose Prize.' His work has been backed by the Northern Ireland Arts Council through several Individual Artist Awards and he has also been chosen by Lagan Online as one of their New Original Writers.

Writer, Jamie Guiney
Reader, Carol Moore
Producer, Michael Shannon

An elderly man attends wakes for deceased strangers. A Short Work by Jamie Guiney.

Original short works for radio.

Fixed Point2020061220200613 (R4)

An original short story about working as a living statue by writer Eley Williams.

Original short works for radio.

“Georgina had worked as a living statue for about ten years. She believed in no uncertain terms that this cold day in March must be her hardest day at the job so far.”

Eley Williams' new short story for radio brings us a portrait of a fixed point in a changing, changeable world. Williams' writing is "elegantly droll without the kind of hipster quirkiness that makes me want to hurl books at the wall." (Sarah Perry, author of The Essex Serpent).

Produced by Becky Ripley.

Flowers In Water2019022220190224 (R4)

An original short story specially commissioned by BBC Radio 4 by the Irish writer Cathy Sweeney. As read by Roísín Gallagher.

Cathy Sweeney lives in Bray, County Wicklow. She has published short stories in ‘The Stinging Fly’, ‘Southword’, ‘The Dublin Review’, ‘Icarus’, ‘Meridian’ and in the 2015 anthology ‘Young Irelanders’ published by New Island Press. This is her first story for BBC Radio.

Writer ….. Cathy Sweeney
Reader ….. Roísín Gallagher
Producer ….. Michael Shannon

A story about a man who makes films without a camera. By Cathy Sweeney.

Original short works for radio.

From Fact To Fiction: After Midnight2019110120191103 (R4)

Inspired by the news, Zoë Strachan writes a story centring on the legalisation of equal marriage in Northern Ireland and the school protests in Birmingham.

Zoë Strachan is an award-winning novelist and librettist who also writes stories, plays and criticism. Her recent book, Ever Fallen in Love, was shortlisted for the Scottish Book of the Year Award and the Green Carnation Prize. Her opera The Lady from the Sea, composed by Craig Armstrong, premiered at the Edinburgh International Festival and won a Herald Angel Award. She co-edited New Writing Scotland for three years and in 2014 curated Out There, the first anthology of LGBT writing from Scotland in over 20 years. She teaches at the University of Glasgow.

Writer Zoë Strachan
Reader Neshla Caplan
Producer Gaynor Macfarlane

A BBC Scotland Production for BBC Radio 4.

Zo\u00eb Strachan's story inspired by this week's news.

Original short works for radio.

From Fact To Fiction: Lucky2020031320200315 (R4)

A new short story inspired by this week's news. As the coronavirus pandemic changes behaviour across the country, Allan Radcliffe explores one woman's struggle to keep her carefully balanced life on track.

Journalist and theatre critic Allan Radcliffe has written short fiction for anthologies as well as for broadcast on Radio 4.

Writer Allan Radcliffe
Reader Karen Bartke
Producer Eilidh McCreadie

A BBC Scotland production for BBC Radio 4.

An original short story inspired by this week's news, written by Allan Radcliffe.

Original short works for radio.

From Fact To Fiction: Summer Son2020020720200209 (R4)

A new story inspired by this week's news. As the Scottish Government reviews the difficult situation of students cut off from their parents, Damian Barr writes about the painful and increasingly visible reality of family estrangement.

Damian Barr is an award-winning writer, journalist, interviewer and columnist. His memoir 'Maggie and Me' is a darkly witty account of surviving Thatcher's Britain, while his recent debut novel 'You Will Be Safe Here' was a Guardian, Observer and Financial Times pick for 2019 as well as a Radio 4 Book at Bedtime.

Writer Damian Barr
Reader Finn den Hertog
Producer Eilidh McCreadie

A BBC Scotland Production for BBC Radio 4.

An original short story by Damian Barr, inspired by this week's news.

Original short works for radio.

From Fact To Fiction: Waves2019112920191201 (R4)

From Fact To Fiction: Waves by Hannah McGill compares three eras of feminism.

Original short works for radio.

Gloria And Max2020060520200606 (R4)

An awkward car journey to a Christian film festival takes an unexpected turn.

Original short works for radio.

An original short story by the Northern Irish writer Wendy Erskine commissioned by BBC Radio 4. As read by Robert Glenister.

Wendy Erskine works full-time as a secondary school teacher in Belfast. Her writing has appeared in several publications including 'The Stinging Fly' literary magazine and the anthology 'Female Lines: New Writing by Women from Northern Ireland'. Her debut short story collection, Sweet Home, was shortlisted for The Republic of Consciousness Prize, and longlisted for The Gordon Burn Prize and The Edge Hill Prize.

It was produced by Celia de Wolff for BBC Northern Ireland.

Reader.... Robert Glenister
Writer.... Wendy Erskine
Producer.... Celia de Wolff

Good For You2020050820200509 (R4)

Clara surprises her brother with an unexpected visit.

Original short works for radio.

An original short work for BBC Radio 4 by the Irish author Caoilinn Hughes. As read by Fenella Woolgar.

Caoilinn Hughes is an Irish writer whose poetry collection 'Gathering Evidence' was awarded the Irish Times Shine/Strong Award and the Patrick Kavanagh Award. Her work has appeared in Tin House, POETRY, Granta, The Rumpus, Best British Poetry, Poetry Ireland, BBC Radio 3 and elsewhere. Her debut novel 'Orchid & The Wasp won the Collyer Bristow Prize. In September 2018 she won first and third prize in The Moth International Short Story Award. In 2019, she won an O. Henry Prize for her story ‘Prime’ which was also longlisted for the Sunday Times Audible Short Story Prize.

Writer.... Caoilinn Hughes
Reader.... Fenella Woolgar

Produced by Celia DeWolff for BBC Northern Ireland

Green Paper2019011820190120 (R4)

By AM Bakalar. It's Poland in 1980 and social unrest is deepening. Support for Solidarity and other political groups is growing. Sonia and Dariusz run an underground press. One night, Sonia - heavily pregnant - receives some unwelcome visitors.

A M Bakalar is the author of two novels, Madame Mephisto (2012) and Children of Our Age (2017). Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, The International New York Times and LA Review of Books among others. Her story Woman Of Your Dreams was broadcast as part of Radio 4’s Angielski series in 2015. She was born and raised in Wroclaw, Poland and lives in London.

Writer: A M Bakalar
Reader: Anamaria Marinca
Producer: Jeremy Osborne

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4

By A M Bakalar. It's Poland in 1980 and Sonia receives some unwelcome visitors.

Original short works for radio.

Original short works for radio.

Heart Day By Annabel Banks2020021420200216 (R4)

A magical and disquieting story specially commissioned for Radio 4 set in a terrifying future. Today the sparrows will take Mally's heart away, making her teenage friend jealous and nervous about when her time will come.

Annabel Banks is an award-winning writer and poet, who previously worked on the car assembly plant in Swindon. She has a PhD in Creative Writing, and her work has appeared in The Manchester Review, Litro and The Stockholm Review among others. Her debut short story collection EXERCISES IN CONTROL is published in February 2020.

Liv Hill is a Bafta-nomintaed actor who has starred in BBC mini-series Three Girls, as well as films Jellyfish, The Little Stranger and Elizabeth is Missing. For her role in Caryl Chruchill's Top Girls at the National Theatre, she received Stage Debut Award nomination for Most promising newcomer.

Writer: Annabel Banks
Reader: Liv Hill
Producer: Ciaran Bermingham

A teenage girl prepares for the day when the sparrows will take her heart away

Original short works for radio.

An original short work for radio.

Heart Skips2020072420200725 (R4)

By Divya Ghelani. Leicester, 1989 and Pramila’s training for a charity skipathon does not run entirely smoothly.

Divya Ghelani was born in Gujarat and grew up in Loughborough, Leicestershire. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia and an MPhil in Literary Studies from the University of Hong Kong. She lives between Berlin and the UK where she has published short stories and judged story and flash fiction competitions. She is working on her first novel.

Writer: Divya Ghelani
Reader: Indira Varma
Producer: Jeremy Osborne

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4

By Divya Ghelani. Pramila's training for the skipathon does not go smoothly.

Original short works for radio.

Hello Stranger2019040520190406 (R4)

An original short story specially commissioned by BBC Radio 4 by the Northern Irish author Michael Hughes. As read by Faye Marsay (Game of Thrones, McMafia).

Michael Hughes is the author of the novels 'The Countenance Divine' and 'Country', a retelling of Homer's 'Iliad' set on the Northern Irish border during the Troubles. Born in Armagh, he also teaches creative writing at Queens University Belfast.

Writer ….. Michael Hughes
Reader ….. Faye Marsay
Producer ….. Michael Shannon

A young woman writes a letter delivering some unexpected news. By Michael Hughes.

Original short works for radio.

His Mother2018091420180915 (R4)

An original short story by the Northern Irish writer Wendy Erskine commissioned by BBC Radio 4. As read by the actress Ali White.

Wendy Erskine's writing has appeared in several publications including 'The Stinging Fly' literary magazine and the anthology 'Female Lines: New Writing by Women from Northern Ireland'. Her debut short story collection 'Sweet Home' has just been published by The Stinging Fly Press.

Reader.... Ali White
Writer.... Wendy Erskine
Producer.... Michael Shannon.

A story about the people missing from our lives. By Wendy Erskine.

Original short works for radio.

Reader....Ali White
Writer....Wendy Erskine
Producer....Michael Shannon.

I Go To Her Wardrobe2019071220190713 (R4)

A story of glitter and grief by award-winning playwright and poet Sabrina Mahfouz.

Original short works for radio.

Original short works for radio.

In The Forest Park2019111520191117 (R4)

Acclaimed Irish writer, Kevin Barry, reads a new story, specially commissioned for Radio 4.

In a bittersweet tale, two lovers meet again by an Irish lake - the place they broke up, decades before....

Reader and writer: Kevin Barry is an acclaimed Irish writer, whose debut novel, City of Bohane, won the 2013 Impac Dublin literary award; his next novel, Beatlebone, was the winner of the Goldsmiths prize, and his most recent novel, Night Boat to Tangier, was longlisted for the Booker Prize.
Producer: Justine Willett

In Kevin Barry's new story for Radio 4, two lovers are reunited after decades apart...

Original short works for radio.

In The Mountains2019082320190824 (R4)

By Amanthi Harris

Anya seeks to escape her unhappiness in London in a Spanish village. But she discovers that she cannot escape from herself.

Writer and artist Amanthi Harris was born in Sri Lanka and grew up in Colombo, before moving to London. Her novella Lantern Evening won the Gatehouse Press New Fictions Prize in 2016. Her novel, Beautiful Place, will be published in September 2019.

Writer: Amanthi Harris
Reader: Aysha Kala
Producer: Jeremy Osborne

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4

By Amanthi Harris. Anya seeks escape in a Spanish village.

Original short works for radio.

Incident At The Zia Sun2019020120190203 (R4)

In Santa Fe, a newly-single woman finds herself drawn to the young child of a neighbour, in Kristin Valdez Quade's new short story.

Reader: Laurel Lefkow
Author: Kirstin Valdez Quade is an American short story-writer, whose work has appeared in the New Yorker. Her short story collection, Night at the Fiestas, won numerous awards.
Producer: Justine Willett

A new short story by acclaimed American author Kirstin Valdez Quade.

Original short works for radio.

Original short works for radio.

Is This Platform Four Madam? Is It? By Pauline Melville2019101120191012 (R4)

Is This Platform Four Madam? Is it? is an original short story written for radio by the acclaimed Guyanese-born author Pauline Melville.

The haunting story of a remarkable encounter with two mysterious strangers on a train journey south from Newcastle to London. A post-graduate is leaving Newcastle and heading south after finishing her English studies when she is struck by two unusual men who seem oddly over-anxious to establish if they are on the right train. Once on board the pair break into song and it emerges they are Travellers, who have never learnt to read, on their way to their annual festive gathering, Appleby Fair. Is This Platform Four Madam? Is it? captures a fleeting moment when two contrasting cultures, rural and urban, lyrical and literary, age-old and modern, rub up against eachother on one memorable summer's evening.

Is This Platform Four Madam? Is it? is a short story written for radio by Pauline Melville

Original short works for radio.

Is This Platform Four, Madam, Is It? By Pauline Melville2019101120191012 (R4)

An original short work for radio.

Original short works for radio.

Is This Platform Four Madam? Is it? is an original short story written for radio by the acclaimed Guyanese-born author Pauline Melville.

The haunting story of a remarkable encounter with two mysterious strangers on a train journey south from Newcastle to London. A post-graduate is leaving Newcastle and heading south after finishing her English studies when she is struck by two unusual men who seem oddly over-anxious to establish if they are on the right train. Once on board the pair break into song and it emerges they are Travellers, who have never learnt to read, on their way to their annual festive gathering, Appleby Fair. Is This Platform Four Madam? Is it? captures a fleeting moment when two contrasting cultures, rural and urban, lyrical and literary, age-old and modern, rub up against eachother on one memorable summer's evening.

Is This Platform Four Madam? Is it? is a short story written for radio by Pauline Melville

An original short work for radio.

Katy By Bryan Washington2019092020190921 (R4)

The story of a young man living and loving at the margins of the sprawling, tumultuous American city of Houston. A young man who attempts to find his place amongst family and community - in the knowledge that he is gay. Katy is about all the various, raw, urgent and unexpected ways in which love steals up on us and takes us over.

An original short story written for radio by American author Bryan Washington

Original short works for radio.

Kind2018090720180908 (R4)

By James Meek. His Lordship, who's known as Gerry, is broke and lacking ideas.

Original short works for radio.

Krusso2020082820200829 (R4)

An original short story for BBC Radio 4 by the Irish writer June Caldwell. Read by Emmet Kirwan.

June Caldwell is the author of 'Room Little Darker', a collection of short stories. She is the winner of the Moth Short Story Prize and has been shortlisted for writing.ie Short Story of the Year; Calvino Prize in Fabulist Fiction; Colm Toíbín International Short Story Award; Lorian Hemingway Prize; and Sunday Business Post/Penguin Ireland Short Story Prize.

Reader: Emmet Kirwan
Writer: June Caldwell
Producer: Michael Shannon

A BBC Northern Ireland production.

The sun is melting, so Rory goes for a drink. A short story for radio by June Caldwell.

Original short works for radio.

Like This2018101220181013 (R4)

An original short story specially commissioned by BBC Radio 4, written and read by the Northern Irish writer Lucy Caldwell.

Lucy Caldwell is an award-winning playwright and novelist. Her novels ‘The Meeting Point’ and ‘All the Beggars Riding’ were serialised on Radio 4's Book at Bedtime and her audio dramas include 'Mayday', ‘Notes to Future Self’, ‘Avenues of Eternal Peace’, ‘Quicksands’ and the Imison award-winning ‘Girl from Mars’. Her debut short story collection 'Multitudes' was published by Faber in 2016.

Reader.... Lucy Caldwell
Writer.... Lucy Caldwell
Producer.... Michael Shannon

A story about the reality, and unreality, of parenting. By Lucy Caldwell.

Original short works for radio.

Reader....Lucy Caldwell
Writer....Lucy Caldwell
Producer....Michael Shannon

Living Text, By Julianne Pachico20200417

Julianne Pachico's specially commissioned story is about the art of contemporary writing.

Original short works for radio.

Julianne Pachico's new and specially commissioned short story is a beguiling tale about the art of contemporary writing. Katherine Press is the reader.

Julianne Pachico is a British-American writer who grew up in Colombia. The Lucky Ones was her acclaimed debut, comprising a series of linked stories. Her novel The Anthill is published in May 2020.

Produced by Elizabeth Allard

Magic Spuds And Green Welts2018110920181111 (R4)

An original short story by the writer Colin Walsh specially commissioned by BBC Radio 4.

Colin Walsh grew up in Galway. In 2017, he won the RTE Francis MacManus Short Story Award, was a prizewinner in the Bridport Short Story Prize and was shortlisted for the Bath Short Story Award and the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award. In 2018, he won the Doolin Writer’s Weekend Flash Fiction competition. His stories have been published in the journal.ie and various anthologies.

Writer.... Colin Walsh
Reader.... Liam O'Brien
Producer.... Michael Shannon

A shool sports day provides a father and son with an opportunity to prove their worth.

Original short works for radio.

Writer....Colin Walsh
Reader....Liam O'Brien
Producer....Michael Shannon

Magpie2019060720190608 (R4)

"Compact, the listing read, well-situated. A rare and lovely find." An original short story for radio by Julia Armfield about open houses, onward chains and lingering presences.

Julia Armfield lives and works in London. She is a fiction writer and occasional playwright with a Master’s in Victorian Art and Literature from Royal Holloway University. Her work has been published in Lighthouse, Analog Magazine, Neon Magazine and Best British Short Stories 2019. She was commended in the Moth Short Story Prize 2017, long-listed for the Deborah Rogers Prize 2018 and was the winner of The White Review Short Story Prize 2018. Her debut collection, salt slow, was published by Picador in May 2019.

Read by Caroline Lennon
Produced by Mair Bosworth

An original short work for radio by Julia Armfield.

Original short works for radio.

Read by Caroline Lennon
Produced by Mair Bosworth

Man-made Miracle2019121320191215 (R4)

A modern-day twist on The Christmas Story, by Vanessa Kisuule. Produced by Becky Ripley.

Original short works for radio.

Meditations For A New Mother2019100420191005 (R4)

Three guided meditations for a new mother by award-winning playwright and performer Amy Mason. Her shows include MASS, HOLLERING WOMAN CREEK and THE ISLANDERS and she is the author of a novel, The Other Ida.

‘Tonight we discovered a genius called Amy Mason….Find her. Watch her.’ Dawn O’Porter

Produced by Mair Bosworth

An original short work for radio by the award-winning writer and performer Amy Mason.

Original short works for radio.

Produced by Mair Bosworth

Moonlighting2019041220190413 (R4)

“After a while, eyes closed, I released the breath I did not know that I had been holding, and I began to clear the table.”

Everything is laid bare in Eley Williams' new short story for radio. Williams' writing is "elegantly droll without the kind of hipster quirkiness that makes me want to hurl books at the wall." (Sarah Perry, author of The Essex Serpent).

Produced by Becky Ripley.

Everything is laid bare in Eley Williams' short story for radio.

Original short works for radio.

Mumma's Boy2020052920200530 (R4)

An original short work for radio by Kirstin Innes, read by Helen McAlpine.

Original short works for radio.

My Sister Biira, By Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi2018122120181223 (R4)

The award winning writer Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi's new short story, specially written for Radio 4, is all about a family secret. Babirye Bukilwa is the reader.

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi is a Ugandan novelist and short story writer. In 2014 she won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize for her story, Let's Tell This Story Properly, and her debut novel, Kintu was published in 2018.

Produced by Elizabeth Allard

In Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi's specially commissioned short story there's a family secret

Original short works for radio.

Original short works for radio.

My Sister Was A Dancer2019110820191110 (R4)

A story about sisters, bodies and what we put them through, My Sister Was a Dancer is an original short work for radio by Jessica Andrews, whose debut novel 'Saltwater' was published in early 2019.

Jessica Andrews writes fiction and poetry. She grew up in Sunderland and has spent time living in Santa Cruz, Paris, Donegal, Barcelona and London. She has been published by the Independent, Somesuch Stories, AnOther, Caught by the River, Shabby Doll House and Papaya Press, among others. She teaches Literature and Creative Writing classes and co-runs literary magazine The Grapevine, which aims to give a platform to under- represented writers.

An original short work for radio about sisters and bodies by Jessica Andrews.

Original short works for radio.

Open And Shut2019062820190629 (R4)

By AK Turner. It appears to be a straightforward post-mortem. But mortuary attendant Cassie Raven is unconvinced.

Open and Shut is AK Turner’s second story for radio to feature Goth mortuary attendant Cassie Raven. It is also the prequel to a new series of crime novels featuring Raven which will be published in late 2020. Turner’s first crime series, published under the author name Anya Lipska, followed the adventures of Janusz Kiszka, tough guy/fixer to east London’s Polish community. Turner is a TV producer and former journalist.

Writer: AK Turner
Reader: Ellie Kendrick
Producer: Jeremy Osborne

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4

By AK Turner. Cassie is unconvinced by the findings of a post-mortem.

Original short works for radio.

Open and Shut by AK Turner

It appears to be a straightforward post-mortem. But mortuary attendant Cassie Raven is unconvinced…

Open and Shut is AK Turner’s second story for radio to feature Goth girl mortuary attendant Cassie Raven. It is also the prequel to a new series of crime novels featuring Raven which will be published in late 2020. Turner’s first crime series, published under the author name Anya Lipska, followed the adventures of Janusz Kiszka, tough guy/fixer to east London’s Polish community. Turner is a TV producer and former journalist.

A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4

Open and Shut by AK Turner. Cassie is unconvinced by the findings of a post-mortem.

Pale Blue Dots2018121420181216 (R4)

Written by Adam Marek and specially-commissioned for Radio 4.

Adrienne, a high-spec virtual assistant, explains its advantages to a new subscriber, and demonstrates its considerable power.

Adam Marek is the award-winning writer of two short story collections - Instruction Manual For Swallowing and The Stone Thrower - some of which were broadcast on Radio 4Extra as ‘he Stories Of Adam Marek in 2014. A specially-commissioned story, The Bullet Racers, featured later that year on Radio 4 as part of the series Short Rides In Fast Machines. Another, Companions, appeared as part of Short Works in 2016. He was shortlisted for the inaugural Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award and his story The 40-Litre Monkey was included in The Penguin Book Of The British Short Story in 2015.

Writer: Adam Marek
Reader: Teresa Gallagher
Producer: Jeremy Osborne

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4

By Adam Marek. A virtual assistant shows its power to a new subscriber.

Original short works for radio.

Original short works for radio.

Photos From Krakow2019122020191222 (R4)

Written by Elizabeth J Kuti. Celine has planned a short break to Krakow with a friend. Before she leaves, she visits her ailing uncle, who asks her to bring something back.

Elizabeth J Kuti has written award-winning stage plays including The Sugar Wife and Treehouses. Her most recent radio work was Sea Longing, for Drama on 3. She is the Head of the Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies at the University of Essex.

Writer: Elizabeth J Kuti
Reader: Monica Dolan
Producer: Jeremy Osborne

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4

Written by Elizabeth J Kuti. Celine must do something for her ailing uncle.

Original short works for radio.

Post2020092520200926 (R4)

An original short story for BBC Radio 4 by the Irish author Elaine Feeney. Read by Maggie Cronin.

Elaine Feeney is an Irish poet, novelist, and playwright. She has published three collections of poetry, Where’s Katie?, The Radio was Gospel, Rise, and a drama piece, WRoNGHEADED, commissioned by Liz Roche Company. She teaches at The National University of Ireland, Galway and St Jarlath’s College. Her work has been widely published and anthologised in Poetry Review, The Stinging Fly, The Irish Times and others. Her fiction debut 'As You Were' was featured in the Observer's Ten Best Debut Novelists of 2020.

Reader: Maggie Cronin
Writer: Elaine Feeney
Producer: Michael Shannon

A BBC Northern Ireland production.

The story of an unlikely friendship between two neighbours in rural Ireland.

Original short works for radio.

Original short works for radio.

Rise Above It By Kiare Ladner2019042120190420 (R4)
20190427 (R4)

In acclaimed writer Kiare Ladner's funny and touching story, Melody takes part in a most unusual yoga class and discovers something new about her mother.

Kiare Ladner was shortlisted for the 2018 BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University for Van Rensburg's Card. Her debut novel, Nightshift, will be published in late 2019. Her short stories have appeared in several anthologies including Lightship Anthology 1, New Contrast and Wasafiri. Kiare was born in Pretoria, South Africa, and is now based in the UK.

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

Melody takes part in an unusual yoga class and discovers something new about her mother.

Original short works for radio.

Original short works for radio.

Senior Moment, By Peter Bradshaw2020052220200523 (R4)

Senior Moment is an original short story written for radio by writer Peter Bradshaw.

Original short works for radio.

Ivor finds himself in a lavatory he knows not where, or why, apart from the obvious.
Increasingly anxious to remember not only his middle name, which is, he insists, on the tip of his tongue, he is also agitated about not recognising a series of people who address him in a friendly and familiar manner. And then there's this grand house and its elegant lawns, and that woman, dressed in white, who's the spit of his late wife. What IS going on?
Senior Moment takes a playful and poignant look at the vulnerabilities of middle age and the fear we all have of the ravages that getting older can bring with it.

Senior Moment was written by Peter Bradshaw
Read by Michael Maloney
Produced by Karen Holden

Singular By Diana Evans2019122720191229 (R4)

Lisa and Karen have been friends forever, since they sat next to eachother at school back in the day. Lisa is long married with children and wonders what it would be like to be free, whereas Karen is single and wanting to be in a relationship.
They discuss the relative merits of their situation as Karen braves the online dating scene, and reports back to Lisa on a series of dates some of which hold promise, others which very definitely don't. Being a middle-aged black women only makes the whole process that bit more challenging.

Singular was written by Diana Evans

Read by Adjoa Andoh

Produced by Karen Holden

An original short story by writer Diana Evans about looking for love later on in life.

Original short works for radio.

Siren2019051720190518 (R4)

From an island in the Bristol Channel, a distress signal goes out over the airwaves. An original short work for radio by Holly Corfield Carr about what to say when it's over.

Holly is a Bristol-based poet. Her writing received an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors in 2012 and won the Frieze Writer’s Prize in 2015. Her most recent publications are Subsong and Indifferent Cresses, published by the National Trust and Trust New Art.

Produced by Mair Bosworth

An original short work for radio by Holly Corfield Carr.

Original short works for radio.

Original short works for radio.

Social Virtues By Susannah Dickey2020070320200704 (R4)

A mysterious host anxiously awaits her young guests. Read by Clare Dunne.

Original short works for radio.

An original short story by the Northern Irish writer Susannah Dickey commissioned by BBC Radio 4. Read by Clare Dunne.

Susannah Dickey is the author of the forthcoming debut novel 'Tennis Lessons' and two poetry pamphlets 'I had some very slight concerns' (The Lifeboat, 2017) and 'genuine human values' (The Lifeboat, 2018). Her poetry has been published in Ambit, The White Review, Poetry Ireland Review, Magma, The Scores, Hotel, and The Tangerine. In 2018 she was shortlisted for The White Review short story prize, and in 2017 she was the winner of the inaugural Verve Poetry Festival competition.

Reader, Clare Dunne
Writer, Susannah Dickey

Produced by Celia de Wolff for BBC Northern Ireland

A mysterious host anxiously awaits her young guests.

Someone Always Remembers By Xuan Juliana Wang2019070520190706 (R4)

Xuan Juliana Wang's specially commissioned short story follows hot on the heels of the publication of her debut collection, Home Remedies. In Someone Always Remembers, Pei Pei's job in a university snack bar shows her a different kind of life.

Xuan Juliana Wang is an exciting new literary talent. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The Cut, The Brooklyn Rail and The Pushcart Prize.

Reader: Katie Leung

Produced by Elizabeth Allard

In Xuan Juliana Wang's new story Pei Pei seeks out a different kind of life.

Original short works for radio.

In Xuan Juliana Wang's story, Pei Pei seeks out a different kind of life.

An original short work for radio.

Something Less Than Our Best2020013120200202 (R4)

"It is something of a relief to come into the bar in the evenings. We are together and something less than our best is more than enough."

A funny and forlorn tale about working in a bar, by writer Max Sydney Smith, whose short tales of bar work, 'Without Seeming to Care at All', are out now with Rough Trade Books. Read by Rose Lucas, with music by Delawhere. Produced and directed by Becky Ripley.

A funny and forlorn tale about working in a bar from writer Max Sydney Smith.

Original short works for radio.

A funny and forlorn semi-autobiographical tale about working in a bar, by writer Max Sydney Smith, whose short tales of bar work, 'Without Seeming to Care at All', are out now with Rough Trade Books. Read by Rose Lucas, with music by Delawhere and cover photo by Anjana Menon. Produced and directed by Becky Ripley.

A funny and forlorn tale about working in a bar by writer Max Sydney Smith, whose collection 'Without Seeming to Care at All' is out now with Rough Trade Books. Read by Rose Lucas, with music by Delawhere. Produced by Becky Ripley.

Sonny's Bench2019071920190720 (R4)

An original short work for BBC Radio 4 by the Northern Irish writer Dawn Watson. As read by Ian McElhinney (Derry Girls, Game of Thrones.)

Dawn Watson was born in Belfast. She has just published her debut poetry pamphlet The Stack of Owls is Getting Higher and has short stories in anthologies Still Worlds Turning and Belfast Stories. Her stories and poems have been published in literary journals including The Stinging Fly, The Moth and The Tangerine. Dawn is an AHRC PhD candidate at the Seamus Heaney Centre, writing a prose poem novel and researching prose poetics.

Writer.... Dawn Watson
Reader.... Ian McElhinney
Producer.... Michael Shannon

Outside a primary school in Belfast, Sonny waits for his granddaughter.

Original short works for radio.

Dawn Watson was born in Belfast. She has just published her debut poetry pamphlet The Stack of Owls is Getting Higher and has short stories in anthologies Still Worlds Turning and Belfast Stories. Her stories and poems have been published in literary journals including The Stinging Fly, The Moth and The Tangerine. Dawn is an AHRC PhD candidate at the Seamus Heaney Centre, writing a prose poem novel and researching prose poetics.

Writer.... Dawn Watson
Reader.... Ian McElhinney
Producer.... Michael Shannon

Statuesque2020062620200627 (R4)

Jack Docherty creates a fantastical short story inspired by the week's news.

Original short works for radio.

An original short work for radio.

Take Me Home2020040320200405 (R4)

An original short work specially commissioned by BBC Radio 4 from the author Louise Kennedy. Read by Cathy White (Nurses, Vikings.)

Writer
Louise Kennedy grew up in Holywood, Northern Ireland. Her short stories have been published in journals including The Stinging Fly, The Tangerine, The Lonely Crowd and Banshee. Her work has won the Ambit Short Fiction (2015), Wasifiri New Writing (2015), John O’Connor (2016) and Listowel Los-Gatos (2016) prizes and was short-listed for the 2019 Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award. She is a PhD candidate at the Seamus Heaney Centre, Queens University Belfast. She lives in Sligo with her husband and two teenage children.

Writer.... Louise Kennedy
Reader.... Cathy White
Producer.... Michael Shannon

A woman returns to Belfast to care for her dying grandmother.

Original short works for radio.

Writer.... Louise Kennedy
Reader.... Cathy White
Producer.... Michael Shannon

The Bean Room2019083020190831 (R4)

An original short work for BBC Radio 4 by the Irish author Caitriona Lally. As read by Christopher Grant.

Caitriona Lally is the author of ‘Eggshells’. She studied English Literature in Trinity College, Dublin was awarded the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature 2018. This is her first story for BBC Radio.

Writer.... Caitriona Lally
Reader.... Christopher Grant
Producer.... Michael Shannon

A story about love, obsession and baked beans by Irish author Caitriona Lally.

Original short works for radio.

The Blooming2020022120200223 (R4)

In Olga Grushin's story, a young woman falls in love for the first time in her life, and, to her surprise, finds that the furniture in her small rental apartment starts to sprout flowers and grass.

Written by Olga Grushin
Reader: Emerald O'Hanrahan
Producer: Jeremy Osborne
A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4

A woman falls in love and then her furniture starts to sprout flowers and grass.

Original short works for radio.

The Blue Folk Of The Minch2020090420200905 (R4)

Hebridean folklore with a contemporary twist is at the centre of Kevin MacNeil's story of the Blue Folk of The Minch - mythical sea creatures found of the shores of his native Lewis. In keeping with tradition such creatures challenge the humans they encounter to a deadly contest of words. There's no escape, as a young man discovers when a poetry slam in Glasgow goes wrong.

Kevin MacNeil is a novelist, poet and playwright

Produced by Maggie Ayre for BBC Audio Bristol

Original short works for radio.

The Book Of The Dead By Carmen Maria Machado2019052420190525 (R4)

In Carmen Maria Machado's specially commissioned short story, set in America, a seduction exacts a high price. Julianna Jennings is the reader.

Carmen Maria Machado's award winning debut short story collection is Her Body and Other Parties. In 2018, the New York Times listed this collection as one of "15 remarkable books by women that are shaping the way we read and write fiction in the 21st century." Her essays, fiction, and criticism have appeared in a variety of publications including the New Yorker, the New York Times, and Granta.

Produced by Elizabeth Allard

In this short story by Carmen Maria Machado, a seduction exacts a high price.

Original short works for radio.

Original short works for radio.

The Cousin Clairvoyant2019032920190331 (R4)

An original short story specially commissioned by BBC Radio 4 by the Northern Irish writer Colin Carberry. As read by Aaron McCusker (Bohemian Rhapsody, Women On The Verge.)

Colin Carberry is a writer of screenplays and fiction from Belfast. With Glenn Patterson, he co-wrote the film 'Good Vibrations' for which the pair won Best Script at the 2013 Irish Writers Guild Awards and were nominated for Outstanding Debut at the 2014 BAFTA Film awards. His previous writing for Radio 4 includes the stories 'If I Only Had The Nerve' and 'Second Class, Signed For.'

Writer ….. Colin Carberry
Reader ….. Aaron McCusker
Producer ….. Michael Shannon

Twenty-five years after he correctly predicted the ceasefire, Oisin is back in Belfast.

Original short works for radio.

Original short works for radio.

The Eighth Jew2019030120190303 (R4)

An original short work for radio by Sheena Kalayil.

Original short works for radio.

The Fall Of Man2020071720200718 (R4)

A new story for Radio 4 from acclaimed Irish writer, Donal Ryan. Read by Liam O'Brien.

Original short works for radio.

In a new story for Radio 4 from acclaimed Irish writer, Donal Ryan, a man looks back on the lies that have shaped his life.

Reader: Liam O'Brien
Writer: Donal Ryan is the author of four novels and a short story collection. HIs fourth novel, From a Low and Quiet Sea, was longlisted for the Booker Prize and shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2018.
Producer: Justine Willett

The Flood2018111620181118 (R4)

A ghost story set in an Indian monsoon, by new Indian writer Deepa Anappara.

Original short works for radio.

A ghost story set in an Indian monsoon, by new young Indian writer, Deepa Annapara.

The Girl In The Painting2019030820190310 (R4)

In Stephanie Victoire's new story, thirteen year old Eli falls for the image of a girl in a gallery:

"He fell in love with a girl in a painting. His father had taken him to the gallery to get out of the rain on one of their weekend outings. Eli was drawn to her bare shoulder.."

As the years pass, this state of affairs intensifies. But to what end?

Reader Carl Prekopp

Producer Duncan Minshull

In Stephanie Victoire's story, 13-year-old Eli falls for the image of a girl.

Original short works for radio.

The Good Son2018070620180707 (R4)

An original short story from the Irish novelist Louise O'Neill specially commissioned by BBC Radio 4. As read by Mark Doherty (Moone Boy, Nowehere Fast, A Film With Me In It).

Louise O'Neill is an Irish writer and journalist. Her first novel 'Only Ever Yours' was awarded The Bookseller's inaugural YA Book Prize 2015. Her follow up 'Asking For It' was voted Book of the Year at the Irish Books Awards 2015 and spent 34 weeks in the Irish top 10 bestseller list. It has since been adapted for stage and is being developed for screen. Her third novel 'Almost Love' was published this year to critical acclaim.

Writer.... Louise O'Neill
Reader.... Mark Doherty
Producer.... Michael Shannon.

A weekend away at a meditation retreat offers Billy a respite from caring for his father.

Original short works for radio.

The Grey Lady2018110420190111 (R4)
20190113 (R4)

An original short work for radio. The Grey Lady by Aminatta Forna.

Original short works for radio.

An original short work for radio.

The Ice Child2019050320190504 (R4)

An original short work for radio by Kirsty Logan.

Original short works for radio.

Original short works for radio.

The Phone Box2018100520181006 (R4)

How does a boy learn when to run away, when to fight back and when to hide in a phone box? Written and performed by Javaad Alipoor, The Phone Box is a new short work for radio. It's a poetic monologue reflecting on those formative moments of childhood that stay with you, bright and ringing, into adulthood.

Javaad Alipoor is a writer, theatre maker and director who grew up in Bradford. He is resident associate director at Sheffield theatres and an associate director of Bradford's Theatre in the Mill. This is his Radio 4 debut.

His most recent play, 'The Believers Are But Brothers', invites audiences to experience the world of disaffected men online. It was Fringe First award winning and Total Theatre Nominated. His other plays include 'The Rising of the Moon' and 'Bassett.'

He also writes poetry and prose. His pamphlet 'The People Want a long form poem about the Arab Spring' was published by Art in Unusual Places. His essays and theory-fiction on global politics, philosophy and art have been published by Continuum and UnKant.

By Javaad Alipoor. When should you run away and when should you hide in a phone box?

Original short works for radio.

Original short works for radio.

The Prisoner20200424

By Heidi Amsinck. Anders has doubts about the Copenhagen history tour.

Original short works for radio.

By Heidi Amsinck. Anders already suspects that the historical boat tour of Copenhagen will be a mistake, but never in the way it turns out.

Heidi Amsinck, a writer and journalist born in Copenhagen, has written numerous short stories for radio. A graduate of the MA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck, University of London, Heidi lives in Surrey. Her first collection of short stories, Last Train To Helsingør, was published in 2018.

Writer: Heidi Amsinck
Reader: Tim McInnerny
Producer: Jeremy Osborne

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4

The Rivals2019062120190622 (R4)

A writer receives a message requesting he visit a hospice in order to make peace with a man he hasn't seen in over forty years. An original short story for BBC Radio 4 by the Irish poet, playwright and novelist Dermot Bolger. As read by Owen Roe.

Dermot Bolger is one of Ireland’s most respected authors whose awards include the Samuel Beckett Award and the A.E. Memorial Prize. An acclaimed poet, playwright and novelist, his works have been staged and published in many countries. His extensive radio credits include 'Hunger Again', 'The Kerlogue', 'The Night Manager' and 'The Fortunestown Kid'. The audio version of his own novel 'The Woman’s Daughter' was awarded the Worldplay Award for Best Script.

Writer.... Dermot Bolger
Reader.... Owen Roe
Producer.... Michael Shannon

A celebrated author visits a dying man who claims to have been his rival.

Original short works for radio.

Writer....Dermot Bolger
Reader....Owen Roe
Producer....Michael Shannon

Writer.... Dermot Bolger
Reader.... Owen Roe
Producer.... Michael Shannon

The Strandline2018081020180811 (R4)

A message in a bottle on a Cornish beach provides unexpected answers in this new story for Radio 4 by Lucy Wood.

Reader: Alex Tregear
Producer: Justine Willett
Writer: Lucy Wood is the author of a critically acclaimed collection of short stories based on Cornish folklore Diving Belles. She has been longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize, shortlisted for the Edge Hill Prize and was a runner-up in the BBC National Short Story Award.

Alex Tregear reads a story by Lucy Wood, acclaimed author of Diving Belles.

Original short works for radio.

The Treehouse By S.k. Perry2018112320181125 (R4)

"We rested our backs on the trunk of the tree. At first I could only hear myself, chewing. But after a while I thought I heard it too". An original short work for radio about love, death and talking to trees, written and read by the novelist and poet S.K. Perry.

Sarah's debut novel Let Me Be Like Water was published this year in the UK and the US by Melville House. She is currently a PhD candidate at Manchester Metropolitan University, funded to write her next novel and to research depictions of sex in literary prose by the NWCDTP. Born in Croydon, Sarah's background is in campaigning, education, and gender equalities. She currently lives in Leeds.

Produced by Mair Bosworth
Written and performed by S.K. Perry

Put your ear to the tree trunk and listen. An original short work for radio by S.K. Perry.

Original short works for radio.

The Wild Hunt2018102620181027 (R4)

The Wild Hunt.

All Hallows Eve, 1589. Hoping to impress a girl in the village, a young man stays out in the forest at night, hoping to glimpse the ghostly Wild Hunt.

Zoe Gilbert is the award-winning author of Folk, published in 2018. Her stories have won prizes including the Costa Short Story Award, and have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Thought X, Spindles and Conradology. She has travelled to China and South Korea on writing projects for the British Council, and is completing a PhD exploring folk tales and new short fiction.

Writer: Zoe Gilbert
Reader: Peter Firth
Producer: Jeremy Osborne

A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4

The Wild Hunt by Zoe Gilbert. To impress a girl, a young man overnights in the forest.

Original short works for radio.

A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4

This Is Somewhere Else20200410

Original short story for radio, written and read by Henry C. Krempels.

Original short works for radio.

Tide Witch2019101820191019 (R4)

A haunting original short work for BBC Radio 4 by the author Jess Kidd. As read by Katherine Press.

Jess Kidd was brought up in London as part of a large family from County Mayo. Her first novel 'Himself' was shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards in 2016 and she was the winner of the Costa Short Story Award in the same year. Her second novel 'The Hoarder' (also titled Mr. Flood’s Last Resort') was shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award. Her third novel 'Things in Jars' was published in 2019.

Writer.... Jess Kidd
Reader.... Katherine Press
Producer.... Michael Shannon

A woman uncovers a mysterious artefact whilst renovating her new home. By Jess Kidd.

Original short works for radio.

A woman uncovers a mysterious artifact whilst renovating her new home. By Jess Kidd.

Two Big, Three Small2019092720190928 (R4)

An original short work for BBC Radio 4 by the Irish author Anne Griffin. As read by Mark Lambert.

Anne Griffin is the author of the Number One Irish best-seller 'When All Is Said'. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous publications, including The Irish Times and The Stinging Fly, and she was recently the awarded the John McGahern Award for Literature. This is her first story for BBC Radio.

Writer.... Anne Griffin
Reader.... Mark Lambert
Producer.... Michael Shannon

The gift of a pen unexpectedly changes the life of a doting grandfather.

Original short works for radio.

Two People Shorten The Road2018082420180825 (R4)

An original short story for BBC Radio 4 from the Northern Irish writer Rosemary Jenkinson. As read by Julie Maxwell (BBC 'Soft Border Patrol').

Rosemary Jenkinson is a playwright and short story writer from Belfast. Winner of The Sunday Tribune's Hennessy Award for New Irish Writing, she has published several short story collections including 'Contemporary Problems Nos. 53 & 54', ' Aphrodite's Kiss' and 'Catholic Boy'. Her work for radio includes 'Castlereagh to Kandahar' (BBC Radio 3) and 'The Blackthorn Tree' (BBC Radio 4).

Writer.... Rosemary Jenkinson
Reader.... Julie Maxwell
Producer.... Michael Shannon.

A Belfast taxi driver finds her life thrown into chaos when her passenger falls ill.

Original short works for radio.

Unfinished2018071320180714 (R4)

By Robert Shearman. A man dies but is turned back at the Pearly Gates and restored to mortal form to attend to some unfinished business.

Robert Shearman has written five short story collections and, between them, they have won the World Fantasy Award, the Shirley Jackson Award and the Edge Hill Readers Prize. He was resident dramatist at the Northcott Theatre in Exeter and regular writer for Alan Ayckbourn in Scarborough, and his interactive BBC radio series The Chain Gang won two Sony awards. But he is probably best known for his work on Doctor Who, bringing back the Daleks for the BAFTA winning first series in an episode nominated for a Hugo Award.

Writer: Robert Shearman
Reader: Miles Jupp
Producer: Jeremy Osborne

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

By Robert Shearman. A man dies but, at the Pearly Gates, he's sent back to earth.

Original short works for radio.

Using A Gun As A Symbol2020050120200502 (R4)

An original short work for radio by Isabella Hammad. Read by Zubin Varla.

Original short works for radio.

An evocative new short story by the award-winning writer, Isabella Hammad.

When Jalal loses his job, it triggers a series of changes to his life and to his sense of self.

Credits

Writer ….. Isabella Hammad
Reader ….. Zubin Varla
Producer ….. Kirsty Williams

A BBC Scotland Production for BBC Radio 4

A BBC Scotland Production for BBC Radio 4

Vehicle By Emma Glass2020071020200711 (R4)

A woman goes to buy in a car in this unsettling short story for radio by Emma Glass.

Original short works for radio.

A woman goes to buy a car in this unsettling original short work for radio by Emma Glass, author of the novels Peach and Rest and Be Thankful.

Emma Glass was born in Wales in 1987 and is now based in London, where she writes and works as a children’s nurse. Her debut novel Peach was published by Bloomsbury in 2018, has been translated into seven languages and was long-listed for the International Dylan Thomas Prize. Her second novel Rest and Be Thankful was published earlier this year.

Produced by Mair Bosworth

Wedding Speech By Big Tom Fallon2019010420190106 (R4)

An original short story specially commissioned by BBC Radio 4 by the writer Kit de Waal. As read by Don Wycherley (Sing Street, Taken Down.)

Kit de Waal has won numerous awards for her short stories and flash fiction. Her first novel ‘My Name Is Leon’ won the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year 2017 and was shortlisted for numerous other awards including the Costa First Book Award and the Desmond Elliott Prize. ‘The Trick To Time’ her second novel, was published in 2018 and longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction.

Writer ….. Kit de Waal
Reader ….. Don Wycherley
Producer ….. Michael Shannon

On his wedding day, a groom explains how he lost his sight but found a wife.

Original short works for radio.

Original short works for radio.

Where There's Muck There's Brass2020091120200912 (R4)

From Fact To Fiction - Where There's Much There's Brass. A story by Colin Hough.

Original short works for radio.

Original short works for radio.

From Fact To Fiction. A story reflecting topical events, written by Colin Hough.

Where You Are2019053120190601 (R4)

An original short story specially commissioned by BBC Radio 4 from the author Sam Thompson. As read by Stuart Graham.

Sam Thompson was born in London in 1978. His first book Communion Town was published in 2012 and long-listed for the Man Booker Prize. His second book Jott was published in 2018. He’s written for the Times Literary Supplement, the London Review of Books and other periodicals, and has taught English Literature and creative writing at Oxford University, Oxford Brookes and Queen’s University Belfast. He currently lives in Belfast.

Writer.... Sam Thompson
Reader.... Stuart Graham
Producer.... Michael Shannon

A father searches for his missing son.

Original short works for radio.

Writer....Sam Thompson
Reader....Stuart Graham
Producer....Michael Shannon

Original short works for radio.

Worth2020032720200329 (R4)

Nikesh Patel reads Ben Hall's original story for BBC Radio 4.

It is late at night, and a young man is doing the graveyard shift in his father's convenience store. He doesn't mind working nights, but customers can often be unpredictable...

Writer: Ben Halls is the author of the acclaimed debut collection, The Quarry, based on a fictional working-class West London estate.
Reader: Nikesh Patel
Producer: Justine Willett

Nikesh Patel reads an original short work for radio by Ben Halls.

Original short works for radio.

You, By Caleb Klaces2020051520200516 (R4)

An original short story for radio by Caleb Klaces, author of Fatherhood.

Original short works for radio.

"I’m about to read you a list of five words. Please listen carefully. In a few minutes I’ll ask you which you remember." A son speaks to his father across the airwaves, and across the years, in this original short story for radio.

Caleb Klaces is the author of two poetry collections, and the novel Fatherhood (2019).

Produced by Mair Bosworth

54A Figure Of Speech2018060820180609 (R4)

By Will Self. A man who is obsessed with digital maps is suddenly contacted from... where?

Original short works for radio.

A Figure of Speech is a new short story written and narrated by Will Self.

Sitting at a bar, dabbling with a digital map on his phone, the man is approached by another. He ignores him but later discovers the stranger is connected to this phone map. Connected in a disturbing way..

Producer Duncan Minshull.

55My Boy Jack2018061520180616 (R4)

Mathew Baynton reads a new short story by the Irish writer, Donal Ryan.

On their fifth, disastrous, date, Jack takes Bryony to Stonehenge and is haunted by the voice of his dead father.

Produced by Natalie Steed for BBC Northern Ireland

Reader....Matthew Baynton

Writer....Donal Ryan

Producer....Natalie Steed.

Reader.... Matthew Baynton
Writer.... Donal Ryan
Producer.... Natalie Steed.

On a disastrous date, a man is haunted by the voice of his dead father. By Donal Ryan.

Original short works for radio.

56A Long Silence2018062220180623 (R4)

Silence takes on a new shape for Ethel in a house that is too big for her. By Remi Graves.

Original short works for radio.

Original short works for radio.

57The Gleaning2018062920180630 (R4)

In Alison MacLeod's specially commissioned short story past and present are intimately linked under Brighton's summer skies by the English painter, John Constable. Tristan Sturrock reads.

Alison MacLeod is a novelist and short story writer. Her most recent collection is All the Beloved Ghosts. Her most recent novel, Unexploded was long-listed for the 2013 Man-Booker Prize for Fiction. Her short fiction has been awarded The Society of Authors' Olive Cook Award and shortlisted for The BBC National Short Story Award and The Sunday Times EFG International Short Story Award. MacLeod is Professor of Contemporary Fiction at the University of Chichester, UK.

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

Alison MacLeod is a novelist and short story writer. Her most recent collection is All the Beloved Ghosts. Her most recent novel, Unexploded was long-listed for the 2013 Man-Booker Prize for Fiction. Her short fiction has been awarded The Society of Authors' Olive Cook Award and shortlisted for The BBC National Short Story Award and The Sunday Times EFG International Short Story Award. MacLeod is Professor of Contemporary Fiction at the University of Chichester, UK.

In Alison MacLeod's specially commissioned story past and present are intimately linked.

Original short works for radio.

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In Lesley Nneka Arimah's specially commissioned short story something precious is lost.

Lesley Nneka Arimah is an award winning writer. She was the winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Africa in 2015 and has twice been shortlisted for the Caine Prize. Her debut short story collection, What it Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, was published to acclaim in 2017.

The reader is Ony Uhiara.

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

01

The things you do for a flat in Zone 2. Lianne should've known it was too good to be true. A short story for radio by Laurie Penny.

Laurie Penny is an award-winning journalist, writer, activist, internet nanocelebrity and author of six books, including Unspeakable Things and Everything Belongs To The Future. Laurie writes essays, columns and gonzo journalism about politics, social justice, pop culture, feminism, technology, mental health and a splash of science fiction.

01The Liquid You By Ben Norris2017040920170407 (R4)
20170408 (R4)

An original short work for radio by writer and performer Ben Norris.

Original short works for radio.

01Tonight, For The First Time"20170421
0101The Liquid You By Ben Norris2017040720170409 (R4)

What becomes of a place once you leave it and move on? And what about the people we leave behind, or who leave us? Is it memory we carry, or myth? The Liquid You is a new short work for radio written and performed by Ben Norris. It's a poetic monologue about home and history, death and departures, and how sometimes it's easier to love an idea than reality.

Ben Norris is a poet, playwright and actor, originally from Nottingham. This is his Radio 4 debut.

Ben was the UK All-Star Poetry Slam Champion 2013 and has since performed his spoken-word across the country, from Latitude Festival to the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. His first poetry pamphlet was published in 2014 and his debut solo show, 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Family', won the 2015 IdeasTap Underbelly Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival before touring the UK extensively in autumn 2016, finishing with a sell-out run at Southbank Centre. He hosts 'Cadence,' a monthly poetry and music night in East London, and in March 2016 he launched PAW - his attempt to record and publish a Poem A Week on Youtube for a year. His debut short film was produced by Channel 4, for which Ben was nominated for Best New Talent at the 2016 Royal Television Society Awards.

As an actor he has performed with the National Theatre, Frantic Assembly, Birmingham Rep, Nottingham Playhouse, RSC, and National Theatre Wales, and his writing for the stage has been performed at Theatr Clwyd, Leicester Curve, Theatre 503 and the Royal Court. He trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, before which he studied English with Creative Writing at the University of Birmingham.

Written and performed by Ben Norris

Produced by Mair Bosworth.

An original short work for radio by writer and performer Ben Norris.

0102Pork Cooked With Prunes In Vouvray2017041420170415 (R4)
20170416 (R4)

On the menu in Tessa Hadley's specially commissioned short story there's food for thought.

In Tessa Hadley's specially commissioned short story a 1970s dinner party leads Alison to reflect on the truths obscured by glamour and privilege. Read by Kate O'Flynn.

Tessa Hadley is the author of six novels, and three short story collections, the most recent is the critically acclaimed Bad Dreams and Other Stories.

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

There is food for thought on the menu in Tessa Hadley's specially commissioned short story

Original short works for radio.

0103Tonight, For The First Time2017042120170422 (R4)
20170423 (R4)

Short story by Zoe Strachan, inspired by a piece of music. Read by Ann Louise Ross.

A new story by Zoe Strachan, inspired by a piece of music.
Northern Soul and a crumbling modernist ruin come together in a story of missed chances and lasting love.
Written by Zoe Strachan
Read by Ann Louise Ross
Music: 'Long After Tonight Is All Over' performed by Jimmy Radcliffe
Producer: Eilidh McCreadie.

Short story by Zoe Strachan, inspired by a piece of music. Read by Ann Louise Ross.

Original short works for radio.

0104On The Beach2017042820170429 (R4)
20170430 (R4)

David Park is one of Northern Ireland's most acclaimed novelists. He has won the Authors' Club First Novel Award, the Bass Ireland Arts Award for Literature, the Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize, the American Ireland Fund Literary Award and the University of Ulster's McCrea Literary Award, three times. In 2014 he was longlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. His novel 'The Truth Commissioner' was also recently adapted into a feature film starring Roger Allam.

Producer - Michael Shannon.

An elderly veteran makes an unexpected request of his son: a trip to the seaside.

David Park is one of Northern Ireland's most acclaimed novelists. He has won the Authors' Club First Novel Award, the Bass Ireland Arts Award for Literature, the Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize, the American Ireland Fund Literary Award and the University of Ulster's McCrea Literary Award, three times. In 2014 he was longlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. His novel 'The Truth Commissioner' was also recently adapted into a feature film starring Roger Allam.

Producer....Michael Shannon.

Original short works for radio.

0105Roots And Wings20170505

By Carys Bray. Edna reflects on the unknowability of other people.

Roots and Wings by Carys Bray. A specially-commissioned story by the author of Sweet Home, A Song For Issy Bradley and The Museum Of You.

While painting sunflowers on the coffin she has pre-emptively bought, Edna's friend Pearl makes a throwaway comment that leads Edna to reflect on a past holiday and the essential unknowability of other people.

Carys Bray was awarded the Scott Prize for her debut short-story collection, Sweet Home. Her first novel, A Song for Issy Bradley, was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and winner of the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award 2015. She lives in Southport with her husband and four children.

Writer: Carys Bray
Reader: Susan Jameson
Producer: Jeremy Osborne

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

By Carys Bray. Edna reflects on the unknowability of other people.

Original short works for radio.

0106The Mawkin2017051220170513 (R4)

An original short work for radio by Tom Cox, author of The Good, the Bad and the Furry.

A journey through the weird fields of East Anglia, into the very heart of Scarecrow Country. The Mawkin is an original short work for radio by Tom Cox about uncanny landscapes, an awkward first date and getting well weathered.

Since quitting his job as The Guardian newspaper's Rock Critic in 2000,Tom Cox has written eight books, including the Sunday Times top ten bestseller The Good, The Bad And The Furry, and the follow-up Close Encounters Of The Furred Kind. He is also the creator of the much-loved @mysadcat and @myswearycat Twitter accounts. His new nature book, 21st Century Yokel, will be published in autumn by Unbound.

Written and Performed by Tom Cox
Produced by Mair Bosworth.

Written & Performed by Tom Cox
Produced by Mair Bosworth.

Original short works for radio.

0107Extrapolation As An Art Form In The Lobby Of The John Muir2017051920170520 (R4)

In Joshua Ferris's artful new story a novelist finds himself in a tough spot.

In Joshua Ferris' specially commissioned short story, a writer living in a New York apartment building is put in a tough spot when one of the doormen requests an honest assessment of his first screenplay. William Hope reads this artful tale.

The novelist Joshua Ferris is best known for his acclaimed and award winning novel, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour. His acutely observed debut short story collection The Dinner Party is published in June 2017.

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

Original short works for radio.

0108I Don't Want To Grow Up2017052620170527 (R4)

By Philip O Ceallaigh. A writer in an unnamed city struggles to focus.

Original short works for radio.

0109Relic2017060220170603 (R4)

The story of a monastery on a tiny island in the Atlantic and the holy relic found there.

There's a story about an island off the coast of Ireland. A story about how the old gods tipped the monks living there into the drink. And there's a second story about love and calligraphy, starring a monk and an immortal, a princess no less. And it doesn't end well either. As read by Tadhg Murphy (Guerrilla, Black Sails, Vikings)

Jess Kidd was brought up in London as part of a large family from Mayo. Her debut novel 'Himself' was published in last year to rave reviews and she was recently awarded The 2016 Costa Short Story Award.

Writer....Jess Kidd
Reader....Tadhg Murphy

Producer....Michael Shannon.

Original short works for radio.

0110Companions2017060920170610 (R4)

By Adam Marek. A young man confides in his grandmother about his robot partner.

Companions by Adam Marek. Specially-commissioned for Radio 4.

A young man confides in his grandmother about problems in his relationship. Unfortunately, she knows nothing at all about problems with robots.

Adam Marek is the award-winning writer of two short story collections - Instruction Manual For Swallowing and The Stone Thrower - which featured on Radio 4 Extra as The Stories Of Adam Marek in 2014. A specially-commissioned story, The Bullet Racers, was broadcast later that year on Radio 4 as part of the series Short Rides In Fast Machines. He was shortlisted for the inaugural Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. His story The 40-Litre Monkey was included in The Penguin Book Of The British Short Story in 2015.

Writer: Adam Marek
Reader: Lee Ingleby
Producer: Jeremy Osborne

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

Original short works for radio.

0111The Beautiful Girl2017061620170617 (R4)

An original short work for radio by Australian writer Sophie Townsend.

As a teenager, Sophie Townsend was swotty and awkward, bookish and unsophisticated. She used to watch the pretty, popular girls across the playground as if they were creatures from another planet. Now a mother herself, she is mystified by her 14-year-old daughter, who is more interested in make-up than books, and who struggles with her grades at school. She is one of the pretty ones. Perhaps too pretty for her own good...

The Beautiful Girl is an original short work for radio by Sophie Townsend, a radio producer, writer and storyteller. Sophie is part of ABC Radio's Creative Audio Unit and has produced work for the BBC and the CBC. She lives in Sydney with her gorgeous daughters and beloved dog, Charlie.

Producer: Mair Bosworth.

An original short work for radio by Australian writer Sophie Townsend.

Sophie Townsend works as a radio producer, writer and storyteller. She is part of ABC Radio's Creative Audio Unit, where she works on projects as a script and story editor. She has produced work for the BBC and the CBC, and her work has been featured at the Third Coast and Hear Say Festivals. Sophie lives in Sydney with her gorgeous daughters and beloved dog, Charlie.

Original short works for radio.

0112The Storyteller2017062320170624 (R4)

In Julianne Pachico's short story, a Colombian summer's evening takes an unexpected turn.

In Julianne Pachico's specially commissioned short story for Radio 4 it's a very special night for Carolina and Mattias. Their sixth grade teacher, the exotically named Ms Damson, has been invited for a summer BBQ, but as the evening lengthens, the stories at the dinner table take an unexpected turn. The reader is Joseph Balderrama.

Julianne Pachico is a British-American writer who grew up in Cali, Colombia. Her debut collection, Lucky, was published to critical acclaim early in 2017. Each of the linked stories is set in Colombia between 1993 and 2013 which were especially violent years during the country's long conflict. The stories capture the harsh reality of growing up in a place where the guerrilla insurgency is never far from view, and at the same time they have a lyrical and hallucinatory quality to them that is both compelling and unsettling.

The producer is Elizabeth Allard.

Original short works for radio.

0113Super Rich Kids2017063020170701 (R4)

Molly McGrann's story pulls back the curtain on the lives of the extremely wealthy.

Original short works for radio.

0114The Road To True Love2017070720170708 (R4)

Once, the road to true love ran through the townland of Faha in the west of Ireland.

A new story by the acclaimed Irish novelist Niall Williams, author of the 2014 Man Booker Prize longlisted 'History of the Rain'. Williams has written several best selling novels, including 'Four Letters of Love' and 'The Fall of Light', and has lived in County Clare in the west of Ireland for over thirty years.

Reader....Dermot Crowley
Writer....Niall Williams
Producer....Michael Shannon.

Original short works for radio.

0115The New World2017071420170715 (R4)

By Federica Lugaresi. Events make Gustav remember the Prague of his youth.

Events after a concert on London's South Bank transport Gustav back to the Prague of his youth. Written by Federica Lugaresi and specially-commissioned for Radio 4.

Federica Lugaresi is from Cesena, Italy, and now lives in London. In 2016 she graduated from Birkbeck with an honours degree in Creative Writing. Her work has appeared in The Mechanics' Institute Review Online, and has been shortlisted for the Fish Publishing Short Story Prize and the BlueCat Screenplay Competition. The New World is her first story for radio.

Writer: Federica Lugaresi
Reader: Jonathan Coy
Producer: Jeremy Osborne

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

Original short works for radio.

0116The Volunteer2017072120170722 (R4)

An original short work for radio by Anthony Anaxagorou.

A young man goes to volunteer with a refugee rescue mission in the Mediterranean, leaving behind the complications of his own life in the UK. An original short work for radio, written and read by Anthony Anaxagorou.

Anthony Anaxagorou is an award-winning poet, short story writer, publisher and poetry educator. He has published several volumes of poems and essays, a spoken word EP and a collection of short stories whilst having also written for theatre. He was a judge for the 2016 BBC Young Writers Award and is currently the poet in residence at several London schools where he teaches poetry and creative writing. He founded Out-Spoken Live in 2012 and Out-Spoken Press in 2013.

Produced by Mair Bosworth
Written and performed by Anthony Anaxagorou

Music - Tareek 3treet by Yousef Kekhia.

Music - Tareek 3treet by Yousef Kekhia and Bisher Hafez.

Music - Tareek 3treet by Yousef Kekhia & Bisher Hafez.

Original short works for radio.

0117The Bridgewalker2017072820170729 (R4)

Jamie Parker reads Sarah Hall's story set in a rural town in America's Northwest.

In Sarah Hall's specially commissioned short story for Radio 4, a local eccentric has a strange effect on a rural town in America's Northwest. Who was the totemic figure who walked and walked the bridges of Snake Canyon? And why did he do it?

Sarah Hall is a highly acclaimed and award-winning British novelist, whose works include: Haweswater (which won the 2003 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Novel, a Society of Authors Betty Trask Award), The Electric Michelangelo (shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize) and Wolf Border (winner of the James Tait Memorial Prize). Her short story, Mrs Fox won the BBC National Shorts Story Award in 2014.

Produced by Justine Willett.
Read by Jamie Parker: an acclaimed British actor, who came to prominence as part of the original cast of Alan Bennett's The History Boys. He recently won a Best Actor Olivier Award for his role as Harry Potter in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Original short works for radio.

0118The Loop2017080420170805 (R4)

Story by Linda Cracknell. A retired cyclist helps a friend's son deal with a sad loss.

A retired bicycle repairman is slowly inveigled into helping the son of a former friend deal with a difficult loss. A new short story by Linda Cracknell that captures the awkwardness of two men from different generations skirting around the subject of grief.

Read by Paul Young

Written by Linda Cracknell

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.

Story by Linda Cracknell. A retired cyclist helps a friend's son deal with a sad loss.

Original short works for radio.

0119Mind How You Go2017081120170812 (R4)

A young man working in a London hotel struggles with an elderly co-worker called Nollaig.

A new original short story by the acclaimed Irish novelist John Boyne (The Heart's Invisible Furies, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas) specially commissioned for BBC Radio 4. Read by the Irish actor Peter McDonald (Moone Boy, The Stag)

Awarded the Hennessy Literary 'Hall of Fame' Award for his body of work, the New York Times number 1 Bestselling author has multiple Irish Book Awards including Children's Book of the Year, People's Choice Book of the Year and Short Story of the Year. He has also been awarded a number of international literary awards, including the Que Leer Award for Novel of the Year in Spain and the Gustav Heinemann Peace Prize in Germany.

Writer....John Boyne
Reader....Peter McDonald
Producer....Michael Shannon.

Original short works for radio.

0120Cut And Paste2017081820170819 (R4)

By Anya Lipska. An unusual student shadows Cassie's work in the mortuary.

A short story by Anya Lipska, the author of the Kiszka and Kershaw crime novels.

Cassie Raven is a young mortuary attendant. She's used to having students shadowing her work - but there's something unusual about this one.

Anya Lipska's crime thrillers, set in East London, follow the adventures and investigations of Janusz Kiszka, tough guy and fixer to the Polish community, and sharp-elbowed young police detective Natalie Kershaw. The third novel in the series, A Devil Under the Skin, was published in June 2015. Anya is married to a Pole and lives in East London. Originally trained as a journalist, she now works as a TV producer. Her first story for radio, Another Kind Of Man, was part of the Angielski series in 2015.

Writer: Anya Lipska
Reader: Ellie Kendrick
Producer: Jeremy Osborne

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

Original short works for radio.

0121Boys Grown Tall2017082520170826 (R4)

An original short work for radio by the playwright and film-maker Matt Grinter.

"My eight year old daughter is cooler than me, FACT. Yes she has a rather questionable taste in music and she wears more neon than I'm comfortable with, but get her in a room and she owns it".

Boys Grown Tall is an original short work for radio about fatherhood, raising daughters and playing the drums.

Matt Grinter is a writer and director working in both theatre and film. He was the winner of the Papatango Prize for new writing in 2016 for his debut play ORCA for which he was shortlisted for 'most promising new playwright' at the 'Off West End' awards. His play THE DOG AND THE ELEPHANT ran at the Bristol Old Vic Studio and Vault Fest, produced in conjunction with Ferment. Matt is currently one of the Open Session Writers on attachment at the Bristol Old Vic. His short films include TEA LEAVES, SMALL TALK, JESSIE and THE PARTY PHOTOGRAPHER. Matt is also the artistic director of Red Rope Theatre Company, which he formed in 2012 with actor-producer Rebecca Robson

Read by Stuart McLoughlin
Produced by Mair Bosworth.

"My eight year old daughter is cooler than me, FACT. Yes she has a rather questionable taste in music and she wears more neon than I'm comfortable with, but get her in a room and she owns it". 'Boys Grown Tall' is an original short work for radio about fatherhood, raising daughters and playing the drums.

Matt Grinter is a writer and director working in both theatre and film. He was the winner of the Papatango Prize for new writing in 2016 for his debut play ORCA for which he was shortlisted for 'most promising new playwright' at the 'Off West End' awards. His play THE DOG AND THE ELEPHANT ran at the Bristol Old Vic Studio and Vault Fest, produced in conjunction with Ferment. Matt is currently one of the Open Session Writers on attachment at the Bristol Old Vic. His short films include TEA LEAVES, SMALL TALK, JESSIE and THE PARTY PHOTOGRAPHER. Matt is also the artistic director of Red Rope Theatre Company, which he formed in 2012 with actor-producer Rebecca Robson.

Original short works for radio.

0122Joseph2017090120170902 (R4)

An original short work for radio by the playwright and film-maker Matt Grinter.

In a story by David Szalay, two men take up their customary positions by the water's edge.

Original short works for radio.

0123Swim2017090820170909 (R4)

Short story by Emma Flint, author of acclaimed debut novel Little Deaths.

A man returns to the lakeside cabin that belonged to his late parents. Abandoned for decades, it was the scene of his brother's death as a young boy. An atmospheric short story by Emma Flint, author of the acclaimed debut novel 'Little Deaths'.

Reader: Simon Donaldson

Writer: Emma Flint

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron.

Original short works for radio.

0124The Unknown2017091520170916 (R4)

A year after her husband's death, Evelyn learns a stranger has been posing as his widow.

An original short story commissioned by Radio 4. As read by the acclaimed Irish actress Ruth McCabe (Philomena, Catastrophe.)

Dermot Bolger is one of Ireland's most prolific writers. His radio plays for BBC Radio 4 include 'The Night Manager' and 'The Fortunestown Kid'. The audio version of his novel 'The Woman's Daughter' has been broadcast in seven countries and won the Worldplay Award for best script.

Reader....Ruth McCabe
Writer....Dermot Bolger
Producer....Michael Shannon.

Original short works for radio.

0125My Chemo Brain2017092920170930 (R4)

By Susmita Bhattacharya. The author's life after breast cancer and chemotherapy.

By Susmita Bhattacharya. An auto-biographical piece of creative non-fiction about the challenges Susmita faced after breast cancer and, in particular, after chemotherapy.

Susmita Bhattacharya was born in Mumbai and sailed the world on oil tankers before settling down in the UK. She is an associate lecturer at Winchester University and leads the SO:Write Young Writers' workshops in Southampton. Her first story for radio, The Summer Of Learning, was broadcast in 2015. Her debut novel, The Normal State of Mind, was published the same year. Her short stories and poems have been widely published in the UK and internationally. She lives in Winchester with her family and cat named after a Bollywood star.

Writer: Susmita Bhattacharya
Reader: Susmita Bhattacharya
Producer: Jeremy Osborne

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

Original short works for radio.

0126Firecracker2017100620171007 (R4)

Fiery flash fiction by Marietta Kirkbride about magic bars, mojitos and house fires.

Kieran's whole life is card magic; showmanship, mathematics, slight-of-hand. Until a newcomer at the bar where he work disrupts the order of things, and his tricks take a turn for the worse.

Writer: Marietta Kirkbride
Reader: Oliver Bardell
Producer: Becky Ripley.

Original short works for radio.

0127Hurricane Season2017101320171014 (R4)

Maxine Beneba Clarke's specially written short story about the fallout from a hurricane.

Maxine Beneba Clarke's specially written short story is about the fall out from a devastating hurricane which compels Nico and his son Elias to rebuild their lives in a new land. Read by Damian Lynch.

Maxine Beneba Clarke is an Australian writer and slam poetry champion of Afro-Caribbean descent. She is the author of the poetry collections Gil Scott Heron is on Parole and Nothing Here Needs Fixing. Her award winning debut short story collection, Foreign Soil was published in 2014, and The Hate Race, her powerful memoir about growing up black in white middle-class Australia was published in 2017.

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

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0128Run2017102020171021 (R4)

Short story by Ruth Thomas, read by Alexandra Mathie

Short story by Ruth Thomas, read by Alexandra Mathie.

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0129The Midnight Sandwich2017102720171028 (R4)

A story of twin sisters and midnight feasts from Irish writer-performer Eva O'Connor.

An original short story for Radio 4 from the writer/performer Eva O'Connor. Eva's one woman show 'My Name is Saoirse' won the First Fortnight Award at the Dublin Fringe 2014 and the Argus Angel at the Brighton Fringe 2015. Eva's recent play 'Overshadowed', about a young girl's struggle with anorexia, won the 2015 Fishamble New Writing Award and has recently been adapted into a 8 x 10′ series for BBC3.

Writer....Eva O'Connor
Reader....Eva O'Connor
Producer....Michael Shannon.

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0130The Curse2017110320171105 (R4)

By Agnieszka Dale. Things come to a head over dinner with Annie's in-laws.

By Agnieszka Dale. Annie's condition leads her to utter exotic curses at those around her. Over a cabbage dinner of many colours, things come to a head with her in-laws.

Agnieszka Dale is a Polish-born London-based author. Her stories Fox Season and A Happy Nation appeared on Radio 4 in 2015 and 2016 respectively. Her first collection, Fox Season and Other Short Stories, was published in October 2017.

Writer: Agnieszka Dale
Reader: Daniela Denby-Ashe
Producer: Jeremy Osborne

A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4.

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0131Hold Me In Your Light2017111020171112 (R4)

: Written and performed by World Slam Poetry Champion Harry Baker.

Hold Me in Your Light. Written and performed by World Slam Poetry Champion Harry Baker.

Dan is the stag at his own stag do. It's a surreal ordeal. He feels detached, anxious about the marriage but unable to speak about feelings to his fellow stags. He escapes to the roof of the bar and sees the people below in the streets of the city he loves. For the first time he notices them glow, leaving trails of light as they move. Perhaps he's found an answer to his doubts.

Producer Mary Ward-Lowery.

Hold Me in Your Light: Written and performed by World Slam Poetry Champion Harry Baker.

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0132Neighbours Of Zero2017111720171119 (R4)

By Peter Bradshaw. The perils of the betting shop are comically revealed.

In Neighbours of Zero by Peter Bradshaw, the perils of the betting shop are comically revealed:

"Now here's the thing: I lose as well.. Just a bit.. Let me explain.." - and so the narrator does, which involves a neat new system, a betting shop heist, and moral retribution of sorts..

Reader Daniel Mays

Producer Duncan Minshull.

By Peter Bradshaw. The perils of the betting shop are comically revealed.

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0133The Last Pair Of Jordans2017120120171203 (R4)

On Christmas Eve, a beleaguered father searches for a present for his teenage son.

An original short story commissioned by BBC Radio 4 from the acclaimed Irish novelist Joseph O'Connor. As read by David Wilmot (Ripper Street, Black Sails, The Guard.)

Joseph O'Connor was born in Dublin. He is the author of eight novels as well as two collections of short stories and a number of bestselling works of non-fiction. He has received numerous awards including the Irish PEN Award for Outstanding Contribution to Irish Literature.

Writer....Joseph O'Connor
Reader....David Wilmot
Producer....Michael Shannon.

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0134Granny Flat2017121520171217 (R4)

By Cameron Raynes. Dan's son is leaving, but might his dad take over the flat?

By Cameron Raynes. While his son is preparing to leave the granny flat, Dan's father is struggling in a nursing home. Dan asks himself if there used to be more to life than this. A tale of mid-life crisis and the sandwich generation.

Cameron Raynes lives in Adelaide and teaches Aboriginal history at the University of South Australia. He is author of the short story collection The Colour of Kerosene and the novel First Person Shooter, which explores his personal experience of adolescent stuttering. Granny Flat is his first story for BBC radio.

Writer: Cameron Raynes
Reader: Richard Dillane
Producer: Jeremy Osborne

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

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0135Letter From Eurydice2017122220171224 (R4)

Eurydice's view on love and death from Hades. By Natalie Haynes.

Original short works for radio.

Original short works for radio.

0136The Boundary2017122920171231 (R4)

A short story for Radio 4 by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Jhumpa Lahiri.

A new story for Radio 4 by the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Jhumpa Lahiri. Set in a remote Italian village, a teenage girl, of immigrant parents, wonders why her life is so different from those of the happy, glossy young families who come to holiday there.

Author: Jhumpa Lahiri has won numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for her debut short story collection, The Interpreter of Maladies and the Frank O'Connor Award for her collection Unaccustomed Earth. She has recently been awarded the 29th PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short story
Reader: Deeivya Meir
Abridged and produced by Justine Willett.

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0137What Does The Fox Say?2018011220180114 (R4)

A story of cluttered gardens, rotting memories and the many possible uses of a brick.

An original short story commissioned by BBC Radio 4, written and read by the novelist and broadcaster Ian Sansom.

Ian Sansom is the author of several books, including the popular Mobile Library Mystery Series. He is a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4 as well as a frequent contributor and critic for, among others, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The London Review of Books and The Spectator.

Writer....Ian Sansom
Reader....Ian Sansom
Producer....Michael Shannon.

Writer.... Ian Sansom
Reader.... Ian Sansom
Producer.... Michael Shannon.

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0138Portrait: Eric Gill Dreaming2018011920180121 (R4)

By Alison MacLeod. The artist Eric Gill dreams about his work and life.

The artist, or the man?

For most of the twentieth century, Eric Gill was known for his sculptures and drawings, printmaking and the iconic typeface that bears his name. But in 1989, Fiona MacCarthy's acclaimed biography of the artist - which included extensive research into Gill's private journals - revealed another side, including an incestuous relationship with his sister and the sexual abuse of two of his three daughters.

Since then, it has been difficult for many to approach his art in its previous light.

The Ditchling Museum Of Art And Craft mounted a major retrospective, Eric Gill: The Body, which ran from April to September 2017. This short story by Alison MacLeod, emerged from her time as one of the writers-in-residence for the exhibition. The voices sequence in the story is inspired by visitors' responses to the exhibition.

A work of creative non-fiction, Portrait: Eric Gill Dreaming imagines Gill in his house in Ditchling, asleep and dreaming about his work and life, and wondering whether or not they go together.

Which brings us back to the original question - the artist, or the man?

Alison MacLeod lives in Brighton. She was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award in 2011 and her stories, including the series Imagining Chekhov, have featured previously on Radio 4. Her novel Unexploded was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize and was broadcast as a Book At Bedtime. Her latest collection of stories, All The Beloved Ghosts, was published in 2017. Alison is Professor of Contemporary Fiction at the University of Chichester.

Writer: Alison MacLeod
Reader: Indira Varma
Producer: Jeremy Osborne

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

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0139Moderate To Poor, Occasionally Good2018012620180128 (R4)

A continuity announcer veers drastically off course while reading The Shipping Forecast.

A continuity announcer veers drastically off course during a live broadcast of The Shipping Forecast.

Written and read by Eley Williams, whose writing is "elegantly droll without the kind of hipster quirkiness that makes me want to hurl books at the wall." (Sarah Perry, author of The Essex Serpent).

Produced by Becky Ripley.

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0140Clearing The Bones2018020220180204 (R4)

By acclaimed US writer Celeste Ng. A woman questions her sister's romantic choices.

In a newly commissioned story for Radio 4 by the award-winning Asian-American writer Celeste Ng, a woman questions her younger sister's romantic choices. But has she really given up art for love?

Writer: Celeste Ng is an acclaimed US writer. Her debut novel, Everything I Never Told You, won multiple awards and was a New York Times bestseller, and Amazon's Number 1 Best Book of 2014. Her second novel, Little Fires Everywhere, has just been published.
Producer: Justine Willett
Reader: Laurel Lefkow.

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0141The Killers Come At Dusk2018021620180218 (R4)

A couple anxiously await the test results that will confirm if their child has malaria.

An original short story commissioned by BBC Radio 4. As read by Jonathan Forbes (Catastrophe).

'The Killers Come at Dusk' follows an Irish couple living in Lilongwe who, fearing that their child has contracted malaria, must confront every parent's nightmare as well as their own privilege.

Irish writer Eoin O'Connor has spent a number of years living in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2016 he was awarded the Imison Award for Best Radio Drama Script by a New Writer for his drama '30 Eggs'.

Writer....Eoin O'Connor
Reader....Jonathan Forbes
Producer....Michael Shannon.

Writer.... Eoin O'Connor
Reader.... Jonathan Forbes
Producer.... Michael Shannon.

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0142The Man Who Loved Birds2018022320180225 (R4)

By Alex Preston. A man goes on a journey in search of birdsong.

By Alex Preston. A man who grew up surrounded by birds and birdsong misses them badly when, as an adult, he lives and works in the city. He decides to solve the problem by setting off on a journey.

Alex Preston is an author and journalist and teaches creative writing at the University of Kent. His most recent novel, In Love and War, was produced as a Book at Bedtime for BBC Radio 4. His personal anthology of nature writing, As Kingfishers Catch Fire, was published in 2017. Alex lives in Kent with his wife and two children.

Writer: Alex Preston
Reader: Joe Sims
Producer: Jeremy Osborne

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

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0143Lease On Life2018030220180304
20180304 (R4)

The things you do for a flat in Zone 2. Lianne should've known it was too good to be true. A short story for radio by Laurie Penny.

Laurie Penny is an award-winning journalist, writer, activist, internet nanocelebrity and author of six books, including Unspeakable Things and Everything Belongs To The Future. Laurie writes essays, columns and gonzo journalism about politics, social justice, pop culture, feminism, technology, mental health and a splash of science fiction.

The things you'll do for a flat in Zone 2. A short story for radio by Laurie Penny.

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The things you'll do for a flat in Zone 2. A short story for radio by Laurie Penny.

0144Chuma By Lesley Nneka Arimah2018030920180311
20180311 (R4)

In Lesley Nneka Arimah's specially commissioned short story something precious is lost.

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Lesley Nneka Arimah is an award winning writer. She was the winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Africa in 2015 and has twice been shortlisted for the Caine Prize. Her debut short story collection, What it Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, was published to acclaim in 2017.

The reader is Ony Uhiara.

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

In Lesley Nneka Arimah's specially commissioned short story something precious is lost.

0145The Path Taken2018032320180325 (R4)

A distraught mother makes a statement to the police after her children go missing.

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An original short story commissioned by BBC Radio 4 from the bestselling writer of 'Room', and its recent Academy Award nominated screen adaptation, Emma Donoghue.

When a mother becomes separated from her children during a hike, the police begin the search for the missing children. However the outpouring of support on social media soon turns ugly when contradictions in the statements given to police come to light.

Emma Donoghue is an Irish-Canadian playwright, novelist, and screenwriter. Her novels include 'The Wonder', 'Frog Music' and the best-seller 'Room' which was also a finalist for the Man Booker Prize.

Writer....Emma Donoghue
Producer....Michael Shannon.

Writer.... Emma Donoghue
Producer.... Michael Shannon.

0146The Last Place2018033020180331 (R4)

By Julie Mayhew. When Annie skives off school, she hides in the cathedral.

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Written by Julie Mayhew. When Peterborough teenager Annie skives off school, she hides in the last place anyone will find her - the cathedral, by the tomb of Catherine of Aragon. But when an older woman, Verity, starts using the same spot, the pair strike up a bitter territorial battle.

Julie Mayhew is the author of four novels - Red Ink, The Big Lie, Mother Tongue and, soon-to-be published, The Electrical Venus. Her series of stories, Rapunzel, was broadcast on Radio 4 in 2015. Her Afternoon Dramas have been twice nominated for Best Original Drama at the BBC Audio Drama Awards. Her most recent play, Polygamy For Girls, was part of Radio 4's 2018 feminist season, Riot Girls.

Writer: Julie Mayhew
Reader: Bryony Hannah
Producer: Jeremy Osborne

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

0147The Astonishing Good Fortune Of Marigold Castor2018040620180407 (R4)

Indira Varma reads a short story for Radio 4 by award-winning writer Lionel Shriver.

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Indira Varma reads a new story commissioned for Radio 4 by the award-winning writer Lionel Shriver.

Two fame-hungry young film-makers try to make it in London. But the road to fame is never simple...

Reader: Indira Varma is an acclaimed stage and TV actor, known most recently for her roles in Game of Thrones and Luther.
Writer: Lionel Shriver is an American author, best known for her novel We Need to Talk About Kevin, which won the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2005.
Producer: Justine Willett.

0148Unmade2018041320180414 (R4)

A dreamlike meditation on life and ageing from Irish author David Hayden.

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An original short story commissioned by BBC Radio 4 from the acclaimed Irish writer David Hayden. As read by Jane Brennan ('Brooklyn', 'The Tudors')

David Hayden's writing has appeared in gorse, The Yellow Nib, The Moth, The Stinging Fly, Spolia and The Warwick Review, and poetry in PN Review. His debut short story collection 'Darker With The Lights On' was shortlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize 2018.

Writer....David Hayden
Reader....Jane Brennan
Producer....Michael Shannon.

Writer.... David Hayden
Reader.... Jane Brennan
Producer.... Michael Shannon.

0149Old Clothes2018042020180421 (R4)

Alexa met Jim online. Jim didn't take it seriously. A short story by Anthony Adeane.

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Alexa met Jim online. Most men hauled half a lifetime of baggage with them to the pub. But Jim was different. He didn't take it seriously.

A short story for radio by Anthony Adeane, read by Isy Suttie (Peep Show). Produced in Bristol by Becky Ripley.

Anthony Adeane is a journalist and writer. His first book, Out of Thin Air, came out in March 2018.

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0150Craters2018050420180505 (R4)

By Chris Power. A young Australian woman in Cambodia fears she might be out of her depth.

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A new short story commissioned for Radio 4 by the acclaimed British author Chris Power.

Two young Australian women are on the hunt for a story in a Phnom Penh hotel. One of them fears she might be very much out of her depth...

Writer: Chris Power's short story collection, Mothers, has just been published. His 'Brief Survey of the Short Story' has appeared in the Guardian since 2007.
Reader: tbc
Producer: Justine Willett.

0151Three Spins, A Wednesday2018051120180512 (R4)

Three trips in her car offer Bee three chances to unburden herself. By Danny Denton.

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An original short story commissioned by BBC Radio 4 from the Irish writer Danny Denton and read by Hilary Rose (BBC Three's 'Young Offenders')

Bee spends her evening driving back and forth and round the same roundabout, dropping off and picking up various family members, only to find her own thoughts inevitably circling back to an unspoken secret.

Danny Denton is a writer from Cork, Ireland. He has published fiction and non-fiction in various journals and publications including The Irish Times, Irish Examiner and The Stinging Fly. His first novel 'The Earlie King and the Kid in Yellow' was published in 2018.

Writer: Danny Denton
Reader: Hilary Rose
Producer: Natalie Steed for BBC NI.

0152A Hint Of Heather2018051820180519 (R4)

By Hannah Silva. Heather plans the colours for her new house with a perfectionist's eye.

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A Hint Of Heather by Hannah Silva.

As she prepares to buy her first house, Heather plans her colour scheme with a perfectionist's eye.

Hannah Silva is a poet, playwright and performer. Her latest solo show Schlock! splices Fifty Shades of Grey with a novel by Kathy Acker, celebrating 'the slipperiness of words, reinventing them so that none of them are safe' (The Guardian). Silva has been shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award and has had three radio plays recognised in the Best Single Drama category at the BBC Audio Drama Awards. Her debut sound poetry record 'Talk in a bit' will be released in May 2018. 'A Hint Of Heather' is her first short story for radio.

Writer: Hannah Silva
Reader: Hattie Morahan
Producer: Jeremy Osborne

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

0153A Century Of Results2018052520180526 (R4)

It's the summer of 1999 and expectation rides high for Jasmine on GCSE results day.

Original short works for radio.

It is the summer of 1999 and expectation is riding high on GCSE results day.

Original short works for radio.