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01The Seductive Properties Of Chiffon Cake2020062820201116 (R4)A series of five specially-commissioned tales revolving around the possibilities of the word spice.

1/5. The Seductive Properties of Chiffon Cake
With her Fulham bakery in trouble, Ching returns to Singapore for inspiration.

Originally from Malaysia, Elaine Chiew is a twice winner of the Bridport Short Story Competition. Her collection, The Heartsick Diaspora and other stories, was published in 2020.

Writer: Elaine Chiew
Reader: Chipo Chung
Producer: Jeremy Osborne

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4

The Seductive Properties of Chiffon Cake by Elaine Chiew. Ching returns to Singapore

Five specially commissioned tales revolving around the possibilities of the word spice.

01The Seductive Properties of Chiffon Cake20200628A series of five specially-commissioned tales revolving around the possibilities of the word spice.

1/5. The Seductive Properties of Chiffon Cake
With her Fulham bakery in trouble, Ching returns to Singapore for inspiration.

Originally from Malaysia, Elaine Chiew is a twice winner of the Bridport Short Story Competition. Her collection, The Heartsick Diaspora and other stories, was published in 2020.

Writer: Elaine Chiew
Reader: Chipo Chung
Producer: Jeremy Osborne

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4

The Seductive Properties of Chiffon Cake by Elaine Chiew. Ching returns to Singapore

Five specially commissioned tales revolving around the possibilities of the word spice.

01The Seductive Properties of Chiffon Cake20200628The Seductive Properties of Chiffon Cake by Elaine Chiew. Ching returns to Singapore

Five specially commissioned tales revolving around the possibilities of the word spice.

02Old Spice2020070520201117 (R4)A series of five specially-commissioned tales revolving around the possibilities of the word spice.

2/5. Old Spice by Susmita Bhattacharya. Charles wants to know more about the new member of the weekly poetry group.

Susmita Bhattacharya was born in Mumbai. She teaches contemporary fiction at Winchester University and also facilitates the Mayflower Young Writers workshops, a SO:Write project based in Southampton. Her first novel, The Normal State Of Mind, was published in 2015. Her collection of stories, Table Manners, was published in 2018.

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

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4

Old Spice by Susmita Bhattacharya. There is a new member at Charles' poetry group.

Five specially commissioned tales revolving around the possibilities of the word spice.

02Old Spice20200705A series of five specially-commissioned tales revolving around the possibilities of the word spice.

2/5. Old Spice by Susmita Bhattacharya. Charles wants to know more about the new member of the weekly poetry group.

Susmita Bhattacharya was born in Mumbai. She teaches contemporary fiction at Winchester University and also facilitates the Mayflower Young Writers workshops, a SO:Write project based in Southampton. Her first novel, The Normal State Of Mind, was published in 2015. Her collection of stories, Table Manners, was published in 2018.

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

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4

Old Spice by Susmita Bhattacharya. There is a new member at Charles' poetry group.

Five specially commissioned tales revolving around the possibilities of the word spice.

02Old Spice20200705Old Spice by Susmita Bhattacharya. There is a new member at Charles' poetry group.

Five specially commissioned tales revolving around the possibilities of the word spice.

03The Last Believers2020071220201118 (R4)A series of five specially-commissioned tales revolving around the possibilities of the word spice.

3/5. The Last Believers by Alex Preston. A writer looks back at a visit to Corfu in his youth and the magical, myth-ical power of certain spices.

Alex Preston is an author and journalist. His last 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: Dermot Crowley
Producer: Jeremy Osborne

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4

The Last Believers by Alex Preston. In Corfu, certain spices have mythological power.

Five specially commissioned tales revolving around the possibilities of the word spice.

04The Recipe For Love2020071920201119 (R4)A series of five specially-commissioned tales revolving around the possibilities of the word spice.

4/5. The Recipe For Love by Agnieszka Dale. A man called Spice is becoming bored with his life - until a chance encounter changes everything.

Agnieszka Dale is a Polish-born London-based author. Her first collection, Fox Season: And Other Short Stories, was published in October 2017.

Writer: Agnieszka Dale
Reader: Jack Klaff
Producer: Jeremy Osborne

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4

The Recipe For Love by Agnieszka Dale. Spice is becoming bored with his life.

Five specially commissioned tales revolving around the possibilities of the word spice.

04The Recipe For Love20200719A series of five specially-commissioned tales revolving around the possibilities of the word spice.

4/5. The Recipe For Love by Agnieszka Dale. A man called Spice is becoming bored with his life - until a chance encounter changes everything.

Agnieszka Dale is a Polish-born London-based author. Her first collection, Fox Season: And Other Short Stories, was published in October 2017.

Writer: Agnieszka Dale
Reader: Jack Klaff
Producer: Jeremy Osborne

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4

The Recipe For Love by Agnieszka Dale. Spice is becoming bored with his life.

Five specially commissioned tales revolving around the possibilities of the word spice.

05The Best-thumbed Parts Of Her Novel2020072620201120 (R4)A series of five specially-commissioned tales revolving around the possibilities of the word spice.

5/5. The Best-Thumbed Parts Of Her Novel by Robert Shearman.
A writer is losing her way, and losing the words from her previous novels.

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

Writer: Robert Shearman
Reader: Meera Syal
Producer: Jeremy Osborne

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4

The Best-Thumbed Parts Of Her Novel by Robert Shearman. A writer is losing her words.

Five specially commissioned tales revolving around the possibilities of the word spice.

05The Best-thumbed Parts Of Her Novel20200726A series of five specially-commissioned tales revolving around the possibilities of the word spice.

5/5. The Best-Thumbed Parts Of Her Novel by Robert Shearman.
A writer is losing her way, and losing the words from her previous novels.

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

Writer: Robert Shearman
Reader: Meera Syal
Producer: Jeremy Osborne

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4

The Best-Thumbed Parts Of Her Novel by Robert Shearman. A writer is losing her words.

Five specially commissioned tales revolving around the possibilities of the word spice.