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Give Me A Buzz20160920

Five new tales to accompany this week's shortlist for the BBC National Short Story Award:

GIVE ME A BUZZ by Emma Healey

Carla has a telephone phobia, whilst her mother is seldom off the thing. Mother has a PHD in History of Art, and somehow telephoning and Dutch Flower Paintings become connected in this world of theirs..

Reader Louise Brealey

Producer Duncan Minshull.

Lay Not Thine Hand Upon The Lad20160923

Five new tales to accompany this week's shortlist for the BBC National Short Story Award:

LAY NOT THY HAND UPON THE LAD by Ned Beauman

On the island, at the command of the Algorithm, father and son carry out the culling of the Woolly Anteater. But one day their work is interrupted by a new set of instructions..

Reader Allan Corduner

Producer Duncan Minshull.

Long Distance20160919

Five newly commissioned short stories accompany this week's shortlist of the BBC National Short Story Award 2016:

LONG DISTANCE by David Szalay

He drives a lorry through Europe and sleeps in the cabin at service stations. It's always the same, drive and sleep. Then one night there's a knock on the cabin door..

Reader Paul Hilton

Producer Duncan Minshull.

The Authorities: A Modern Elegy20160922

Five newly commissioned short stories accompany this week's shortlist of the BBC National Short Story Award 2016:

The Authorities: A Modern Elegy by Jenn Ashworth

There's a body on the beach. Various facts are unknown. But it also means the investigators must imagine certain events leading up to death..

Reader Caroline Catz

Producer Duncan Minshull.

The Clock Tower20160921

Five new tales to accompany this week's shortlist for the BBC National Short Story Award:

THE CLOCK TOWER, written and read by Nat Segnit

In the Spanish village after lunch he climbs the tower to the mechanism room, while she refuses to. These two decisions shape their romantic destinies..

Producer Duncan Minshull.