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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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Bosco2019061420190615 (R4)

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

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.

Celebrating The 2018 Bbc Young Writers Award2018101920181020 (R4)

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

Original short works for radio.

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

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.

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

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

Craft Work By Selina Thompson20190208

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)

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

Original short works for radio.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

His Mother2018091420180915 (R4)

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

Original short works for radio.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Like This2018101220181013 (R4)

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

Original short works for radio.

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

Magic Spuds And Green Welts20181109

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

Original short works for radio.

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

Magpie2019060720190608 (R4)

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.

An original short work for radio by Julia Armfield.

Original short works for radio.

"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.

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

Moonlighting20190412

“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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Singular By Diana Evans2019122720191229 (R4)

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.

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 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 from writer Max Sydney Smith.

Original short works for radio.

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

Take Me Home20200403

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.

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)

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

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.

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.

The Flood20181116

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

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.

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.

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

The Wild Hunt2018102620181027 (R4)

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

Original short works for radio.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Jack20180615

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.

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.

57The Gleaning20180629

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.

01

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.

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 Vouvray2017041420170416 (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.

0103Tonight, For The First Time2017042120170423 (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.

0104On The Beach2017042820170430 (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.

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.

0106The Mawkin20170512

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.

0107Extrapolation As An Art Form In The Lobby Of The John Muir20170519

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.

0108I Don't Want To Grow Up20170526

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

0109Relic20170602

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.

0110Companions20170609

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.

0111The Beautiful Girl20170616

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.

0112The Storyteller20170623

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.

0113Super Rich Kids20170630

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

0114The Road To True Love20170707

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.

0115The New World20170714

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.

0116The Volunteer20170721

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.

0117The Bridgewalker20170728

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.

0118The Loop20170804

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.

0119Mind How You Go20170811

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.

0120Cut And Paste20170818

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.

0121Boys Grown Tall20170825

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.

0122Joseph20170901

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

0123Swim20170908

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.

0124The Unknown20170915

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.

0125My Chemo Brain20170929

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.

0126Firecracker20171006

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.

0127Hurricane Season20171013

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.

0128Run20171020

Short story by Ruth Thomas, read by Alexandra Mathie

0129The Midnight Sandwich20171027

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.

0130The Curse20171103

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.

0131Hold Me In Your Light20171110

: 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.

0132Neighbours Of Zero20171117

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.

0133The Last Pair Of Jordans20171201

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.

0134Granny Flat20171215

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.

0135Letter From Eurydice2017122220171224 (R4)

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

Original short works for radio.

0136The Boundary20171229

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.

0137What Does The Fox Say?20180112

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.

0138Portrait: Eric Gill Dreaming20180119

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.

0139Moderate To Poor, Occasionally Good20180126

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.

0140Clearing The Bones20180202

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.

0141The Killers Come At Dusk20180216

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.

0142The Man Who Loved Birds20180223

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.

0143Lease On Life2018030220180304

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.

Original short works for radio.

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.

Original short works for radio.

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.

Original short works for radio.

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.

0146The Last Place2018033020180331 (R4)

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

Original short works for radio.

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.

Original short works for radio.

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.

Original short works for radio.

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.

0149Old Clothes2018042020180421 (R4)

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

Original short works for radio.

0150Craters2018050420180505 (R4)

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

Original short works for radio.

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.

Original short works for radio.

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.

Original short works for radio.

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.