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Short Works20211120Book Club

Flight attendant Hanna joins an online Book Club with colleagues. As read by the actor, writer and comedian Aisling Bea (This Way Up).

The Author

Joseph O'Connor was born in Dublin. He is the author of nine 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.

Handy Number

A struggling single mother begins delivering court summons to earn some extra money. As read by Tara Lynne O'Neill (Derry Girls).

Matthew McDevitt lives in Derry with a very clever librarian and three Spaniels. He is a writer for BBC NI's television series 'Soft Border Patrol' and his first radio play 'Lock In' starring Conleth Hill was broadcast on BBC Radio Ulster in 2018. He is one of BBC Writersroom’s 2020-21 Drama Room writers.

Produced by Michael Shannon

Executive Editor Andy Martin

A showcase of original short fiction.

Drama from Radio Ulster.

Short Works20220101Fifty Pence for the Meter

Maurice often attends wakes. Even if he never met the deceased. So long as there are sandwiches and a drop of tea. As read by Carol Moore.

The Author

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 and 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. Lift

After she misses her bus into town, a woman shares an unusual taxi ride with a stranger. As read by Maggie Cronin.

GLENN PATTERSON is an author and screenwriter from Belfast. He has written ten novels as well as audio dramas for Radio 3 and Radio 4 and is the co-writer of 'Good Vibrations', an award-winning movie based on the life of Belfast punk impresario TERRI HOOLEY.

Produced by Michael Shannon

Executive Editor ANDY MARTIN

A showcase of original short fiction.

Drama from Radio Ulster.

The 100-year-old Backstop20210814Following the formation of Northern Ireland in 1921, the Boundary Commission was created to decide on the precise delineation of the border between the Irish Free State and Northern Ireland. The governments of the United Kingdom, the Irish Free State and Northern Ireland were allowed to nominate one member each to the commission. Eventually Justice Richard Feetham of South Africa was appointed by the British Government as Chairman, Eoin MacNeill, Minister for Education, was appointed by the Irish Free State Government and Joseph R. Fisher, a Unionist newspaper editor, author and barrister was appointed by the British government to represent the Northern Ireland government. These three men embarked on a tour along the border, meeting with concerned locals across the province, before facing the seemingly impossible task of redrawing the contentious border which stretched over 300 miles, cutting through communities, roads and even homes.

The Writers

Michael Patrick & Oisín Kearney wrote the play ‘My Left Nut’ which they also adapted as a BBC Three series in 2020. Their recent play ‘The Alternative’ was the winner of Fishamble’s A Play for Ireland initiative. They were also part of BBC Writersroom’s ‘Belfast Voices’ 2019 development scheme.

Richard Feetham ….. Paul Kennedy

Joseph R Fisher ….. Martin Maguire

Eoin MacNeill ….. Patrick FitzSymons

Theresa ….. Abigail McGibbon

Trimble ….. Dan Gordon

O’Neill ….. Francis Mezza

Baldwin ….. Richard Croxford

Healy ….. Seamus O’Hara

Reporter ….. Michael Patrick

Writers ..... Michael Patrick & Oisín Kearney

Producer ..... Michael Shannon

Executive Editor ….. Andy Martin

A comedy drama about the commission formed to solve the Northern Ireland border issue.

Drama from Radio Ulster.

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