'TAPERTIME'

The above is an old Edwardian word meaning dusk, and this series of commissioned stories takes place as the light fades.

What happens to the visual world as dusk emerges? What happens to make people behave differently, often strangely, as the world starts to blur? Five leading writers explore the possibilities.

Series of five specially-commissioned short stories that take dusk as a central theme or feature


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01One Cretan Evening2008121520100627
A man takes a cab from Athens to a lonely village and heads towards a deserted house as the light fails.
By Victoria Hislop.
1.One Cretan Evening by Victoria Hislop
The well-heeled gent arrives at the village as sun sets.
He has a key and is on a family mission...
Reader Barbara Flynn
Producer Duncan Minshull.
All sorts of mysteries emerge as the sun goes down on a Cretan village
02A Question Of Light2008121620100704'Tapertime'
The above is an old Edwardian word meaning dusk, and this week's commissioned stories take place as the light fades.
What happens to the visual world as dusk emerges? What happens to make people behave differently, often strangely, as the world starts to blur? Five leading writers explore the possibilities.
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A Question of Light by Justin Cartwright
As a young lad the narrator had to leave Sweden for the sunshine of Australia.
But certain people and
deep-rooted rituals pull him back to the land of the dark...
Reader Tim Pigott Smith
Producer Duncan Minshull.
By Justin Cartwright.
A man is drawn back to an island, still haunted by a boyhood memory.
After many years in Australia, a man returns to his roots on the island of Grinda, a place full of mysterious pagan rituals to protect inhabitants against the dark.
By Justin Cartwright, read by Tim Pigott Smith.
03The Concert2008121720100711'Tapertime'
The above is an old Edwardian word meaning dusk, and this series of commissioned stories take place as the light fades.
What happens to the visual world as dusk emerges? What happens to make people behave differently, often strangely, as the world starts to blur? Five leading writers explore the possibilities
3.The Concert by Romesh Gunesekera
The man of war doesn't have the support of the locals, so some entertainment in the evening warmth is called for...
Reader Jim Norton
Producer Duncan Minshull.
By Romesh Gunesekera.
A newly-arrived army officer must sing for his supper.
By Romesh Gunesekera, read by Jim Norton.
The General holds a concert to appease the locals, but as the day draws to a close a last-minute hitch forces him to act out of character.
04Foxes2008121820100718'Tapertime'
The above is an old Edwardian word meaning dusk, and this series of commissioned stories take place as the light fades.
What happens to the visual world as dusk emerges? What happens to make people behave differently, often strangely, as the world starts to blur?
Foxes by Kirsty Gunn
At the onset of evening she runs home to arrange the picnic, but animals cross her path,
and a change of plan is made...
Reader Liz Sutherland
Producer Duncan Minshull.
Stories about the effect of dusk continue with events in Kirsty Gunn's atmospheric forest.
As a woman makes her way home through the dark her doubts about the future are illuminated
By Kirsty Gunn, read by Liz Sutherland 
05 LASTThe Very Last Leave2008121920100725An old woman seats herself in a remote part of Lincolnshire and paints the dusk.
An old woman seats herself in a remote part of Lincolnshire, in all weathers, and paints the dusk.
By Adam Thorpe, read by David Horovitch.
In remote Lincolnshire she always paints the gloaming, but something aside from darkened tones is revealed in her pictures...
Reader David Horovitch
Producer Duncan Minshull 

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