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0901The Astronaut20090106 (BBC7)
20170213 (BBC7)

By Jason Donald: A lethargic jobseeker spies an opportunity to be a hero for once. Read by Iain Robertson.

By Jason Donald. A lethargic jobseeker spies an opportunity to be a hero.

0902The Intelligence Of Hearts20090107 (BBC7)
20170214 (BBC7)

By Cynthia Rogerson: A gallery attendant muses on love and loneliness whilst on the job. Read by Paul Young.

By Cynthia Rogerson. A gallery attendant muses on love and loneliness. Read by Paul Young.

0903Pillars Of The Community20090108 (BBC7)
20170215 (BBC7)

Comedy by Anneliese Mackintosh.

A young woman attends a dinner party hosted by her neighbours, who seem to be hiding something.

Read by Natalie Bennett.

By Anneliese Mackintosh. A young woman attends a dinner party hosted by her neighbours.

Comedy by Anneliese Mackintosh.

A young woman attends a dinner party hosted by her neighbours, who seem to be hiding something.

Read by Natalie Bennett.

By Anneliese Mackintosh. A young woman attends a dinner party hosted by her neighbours.

1101Light Moves Like Water20170925 (BBC7)

By Carol Farrelly. A young woman reflects on a summer of love affairs in Venice.

By Carol Farrelly.

A lyrical story about a young woman who makes her annual visit to her therapist and reflects on a summer of love affairs in Venice.

Carol Farrelly is from Glasgow and lives and works in Edinburgh. She is currently writing her first novel, This Starling Flock, set in neutral Ireland during the Second World War. The opening to this novel won her the Sceptre Prize. In 2010, the Scottish Book Trust chose her to be one of their New Writers. Her short stories have been published in journals such as Stand, New Writing Scotland and Dream Catcher and have been shortlisted for the Bridport and Asham Prizes. She has a DPhil on the novels of Thomas Hardy and, while an undergraduate, spent one year waking up in beautiful Bologna. One day, she hopes to weave both Italy and Hardy into novels too.

Reader: Victoria Liddelle

Producer: Kirsty Williams.

By Carol Farrelly. A young woman reflects on a summer of love affairs in Venice.

By Carol Farrelly.

A lyrical story about a young woman who makes her annual visit to her therapist and reflects on a summer of love affairs in Venice.

Carol Farrelly is from Glasgow and lives and works in Edinburgh. She is currently writing her first novel, This Starling Flock, set in neutral Ireland during the Second World War. The opening to this novel won her the Sceptre Prize. In 2010, the Scottish Book Trust chose her to be one of their New Writers. Her short stories have been published in journals such as Stand, New Writing Scotland and Dream Catcher and have been shortlisted for the Bridport and Asham Prizes. She has a DPhil on the novels of Thomas Hardy and, while an undergraduate, spent one year waking up in beautiful Bologna. One day, she hopes to weave both Italy and Hardy into novels too.

Reader: Victoria Liddelle

Producer: Kirsty Williams.

1102Sobek Refutes The Plover Theory20170926 (BBC7)

By RA Martens. Surreal short story about Oliver Al Sobek's unusual visit to the dentist.

By R.A. Martens.

A surreal and funny short story about Oliver Al Sobek, whose exceptional requirements in the field of dentistry - he has the vast jaws of a crocodile - make visits to the dentist hard to come by. His new dentist harbours romantic dreams of tending his incisors with the gentle ministrations of a Plover.

R A Martens moved to Scotland from Cumbria for a couple of years twenty years ago, and has never left. Five years ago, she finally worked out that if she wanted to be a writer, she had better start writing. She has received a new writers award from the Scottish Book Trust, and her short stories have been published in anthologies and literary magazines including 'Gutter' and 'New Writing Scotland'. She is currently working on her first collection of short stories, 'Magnificent Miss M and the Copenhagen Interpretation of Insanity', and has just begun writing her first novel, 'The Strong and Practiced Arms of Mr Friendly'.

Reader: Sandy Grierson

Producer: Allegra McIlroy.

1103Save The Sea Turtles20170927 (BBC7)

By Helen Sedgwick. A grieving man finds solace in ministering to the needs of sea turtles.

By Helen Sedgewick.

Final story in a series of new writing from Scotland. A retired Professor of Ecology, who is grieving for the loss of his daughter, volunteers at a sea turtle charity based in Kefalonia. The work brings solace, in spite of the uncaring mass of tourists.

Helen Sedgwick is a research physicist turned freelance writer. She has been published internationally in over forty magazines, journals and anthologies, and she won a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award in 2012. She's co-editor of two literary magazines - Gutter and Fractured West - and has performed her work at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, The Edinburgh Fringe, and Glasgow's Aye Write. In a perfect world, she would spend half her life as a writer in Scotland, and the other half on a beach in Kefalonia with the sea turtles. Her writing is about an imperfect world.

Read by Paul Young.

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.

By Helen Sedgwick. A grieving man finds solace in ministering to the needs of sea turtles.

By Helen Sedgewick.

Final story in a series of new writing from Scotland. A retired Professor of Ecology, who is grieving for the loss of his daughter, volunteers at a sea turtle charity based in Kefalonia. The work brings solace, in spite of the uncaring mass of tourists.

Helen Sedgwick is a research physicist turned freelance writer. She has been published internationally in over forty magazines, journals and anthologies, and she won a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award in 2012. She's co-editor of two literary magazines - Gutter and Fractured West - and has performed her work at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, The Edinburgh Fringe, and Glasgow's Aye Write. In a perfect world, she would spend half her life as a writer in Scotland, and the other half on a beach in Kefalonia with the sea turtles. Her writing is about an imperfect world.

Read by Paul Young.

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.

1301Paint Fumes2014020220171023 (BBC7)
20160403 (R4)

A young footballer from a broken home seeks escape through Argentina's urban art scene.

Scottish Shorts, the best writing from Scotland.
Paint Fumes by Kirstin Innes
A young footballer from an oppressive home seeks escape through Argentina's urban art scene.
Reader Simon Donaldson. Produced by Eilidh McCreadie

Kirstin Innes is a novelist and playwright based in Glasgow. Her first novel, FISHNET,was published in 2015.

Scottish Shorts, the best writing from Scotland.

Paint Fumes by Kirstin Innes

A young footballer from an oppressive home seeks escape through Argentina's urban art scene.

Reader Simon Donaldson. Produced by Eilidh McCreadie

Kirstin Innes is a novelist and playwright based in Glasgow. Her first novel, FISHNET,was published in 2015.

A young footballer from a broken home seeks escape through Argentina's urban art scene.

A young footballer from a broken home seeks escape through Argentina's urban art scene.

Scottish Shorts, the best writing from Scotland.
Paint Fumes by Kirstin Innes
A young footballer from an oppressive home seeks escape through Argentina's urban art scene.
Reader Simon Donaldson. Produced by Eilidh McCreadie

Kirstin Innes is a novelist and playwright based in Glasgow. Her first novel, FISHNET,was published in 2015.

Scottish Shorts, the best writing from Scotland.

Paint Fumes by Kirstin Innes

A young footballer from an oppressive home seeks escape through Argentina's urban art scene.

Reader Simon Donaldson. Produced by Eilidh McCreadie

Kirstin Innes is a novelist and playwright based in Glasgow. Her first novel, FISHNET,was published in 2015.

1301Paint Fumes20171023

A young footballer from a broken home seeks escape through Argentina's urban art scene.

Scottish Shorts, the best writing from Scotland.
Paint Fumes by Kirstin Innes
A young footballer from an oppressive home seeks escape through Argentina's urban art scene.
Reader Simon Donaldson. Produced by Eilidh McCreadie

Kirstin Innes is a novelist and playwright based in Glasgow. Her first novel, FISHNET,was published in 2015.

1302Egg And Cress2014020920171024 (BBC7)
20160410 (R4)

A disappointing sandwich is the start of a slow unravelling for a put-upon mother.

Scottish Shorts, the best writing from Scotland.
Egg and Cress by Melissa Reid
A disappointing sandwich is the start of a slow unravelling for a put-upon mother. Reader Laura Smales. Produced by Eilidh McCreadie

Melissa Reid is working towards a Creative Writing PhD and is writing her first novel - a story for young adults set in the North of Scotland.

Scottish Shorts, the best writing from Scotland.

Egg and Cress by Melissa Reid

A disappointing sandwich is the start of a slow unravelling for a put-upon mother. Reader Laura Smales. Produced by Eilidh McCreadie

Melissa Reid is working towards a Creative Writing PhD and is writing her first novel - a story for young adults set in the North of Scotland.

By Melissa Reid. A disappointing sandwich is the catalyst for a slow unravelling.

A disappointing sandwich is the start of a slow unravelling for a put-upon mother.

Scottish Shorts, the best writing from Scotland.
Egg and Cress by Melissa Reid
A disappointing sandwich is the start of a slow unravelling for a put-upon mother. Reader Laura Smales. Produced by Eilidh McCreadie

Melissa Reid is working towards a Creative Writing PhD and is writing her first novel - a story for young adults set in the North of Scotland.

1302Egg And Cress20171024

A disappointing sandwich is the start of a slow unravelling for a put-upon mother.

Scottish Shorts, the best writing from Scotland.
Egg and Cress by Melissa Reid
A disappointing sandwich is the start of a slow unravelling for a put-upon mother. Reader Laura Smales. Produced by Eilidh McCreadie

Melissa Reid is working towards a Creative Writing PhD and is writing her first novel - a story for young adults set in the North of Scotland.

1303The Punch2014021620171025 (BBC7)
20160417 (R4)

An argument with his brother sets Ranald on the journey of a lifetime.

Scottish Shorts, the best writing from Scotland.

The Punch by Kenneth Steven.

An argument with his brother sets Ranald on the journey of a lifetime. Reader Iain Macrae. Produced by Eilidh McCreadie.

Kenneth Steven's novel WELL OF THE NORTH WIND is out now.

An argument with his brother sets Ranald on the journey of a lifetime.

1303The Punch20171025

An argument with his brother sets Ranald on the journey of a lifetime.

1304Bethlehem House2014022320171026 (BBC7)
20160424 (R4)

A return to a childhood location brings back painful memories for an ex-pat.

Scottish Shorts, the best writing from Scotland
Bethlehem House by Merryn Glover
A return to a childhood location brings back painful memories for an ex-pat. Reader Ann Louise Ross. Produced by Eilidh McCreadie

Australian by passport, born and brought up in South Asia and now living in Scotland, Merryn Glover's stories have been widely published and her plays have been performed on stage and on radio. Her debut novel A HOUSE CALLED ASKIVAL is set in India and spans 70 years of its recent history. More information can be found at www.merrynglover.com.

Scottish Shorts, the best writing from Scotland

Bethlehem House by Merryn Glover

A return to a childhood location brings back painful memories for an ex-pat. Reader Ann Louise Ross. Produced by Eilidh McCreadie

Australian by passport, born and brought up in South Asia and now living in Scotland, Merryn Glover's stories have been widely published and her plays have been performed on stage and on radio. Her debut novel A HOUSE CALLED ASKIVAL is set in India and spans 70 years of its recent history. More information can be found at www.merrynglover.com.

By Merryn Glover. A return to a childhood location evokes painful memories for an ex-pat.

A return to a childhood location brings back painful memories for an ex-pat.

Scottish Shorts, the best writing from Scotland
Bethlehem House by Merryn Glover
A return to a childhood location brings back painful memories for an ex-pat. Reader Ann Louise Ross. Produced by Eilidh McCreadie

Australian by passport, born and brought up in South Asia and now living in Scotland, Merryn Glover's stories have been widely published and her plays have been performed on stage and on radio. Her debut novel A HOUSE CALLED ASKIVAL is set in India and spans 70 years of its recent history. More information can be found at www.merrynglover.com.

1304Bethlehem House20171026

A return to a childhood location brings back painful memories for an ex-pat.

Scottish Shorts, the best writing from Scotland
Bethlehem House by Merryn Glover
A return to a childhood location brings back painful memories for an ex-pat. Reader Ann Louise Ross. Produced by Eilidh McCreadie

Australian by passport, born and brought up in South Asia and now living in Scotland, Merryn Glover's stories have been widely published and her plays have been performed on stage and on radio. Her debut novel A HOUSE CALLED ASKIVAL is set in India and spans 70 years of its recent history. More information can be found at www.merrynglover.com.