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0701Closer, By Cd Rose2014012420180403 (BBC7)
20200620 (R4)

Why is an ordinary young woman so curious about in a middle-aged lawyer's daily routines?

Original stories by unpublished writers

4 Extra Debut. The Time Being provides a showcase for new voices, none of whom have been previously broadcast.

Previous series have brought new talent to a wider audience and provided a stepping stone for writers who have since gone on to enjoy further success both on radio and in print, such as Tania Hershman, Heidi Amsinck, Sally Hinchcliffe and Joe Dunthorne.

Closer by C.D. Rose:
In the 'anni di piombo' (Years of Lead), groups such as Lotta Continua, Prima Linea and Brigate Rosse (Red Brigades) are active, and Italian cities are tense places to be. In Rome 1977, an ordinary young woman seems more than curious about the daily routines of a lawyer and academic.

C.D. Rose has published a trail of short stories over the last ten years. One of them was listed for the Sunday Times/EFG Private Bank short story award, and another for the Bridport Prize. He is the editor of The Biographical Dictionary of Literary Failure, which will be published in autumn 2014. C.D. Rose is currently working on a PhD in the short story at Edge Hill University, lives in Norwich, and makes bread.

Reader: Bryony Hannah

Producer: Jeremy Osborne
A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

0702Spells For Love, By Melissa Lee-houghton2014013120180404 (BBC7)
20200627 (R4)

Sybil will do whatever it takes to see her daughter fall in love.

Original stories by unpublished writers

The Time Being provides a showcase for new voices, none of whom have been previously broadcast.
Previous series have brought new talent to a wider audience and provided a stepping stone for writers who have since gone on to enjoy further success both on radio and in print, such as Tania Hershman, Heidi Amsinck, Sally Hinchcliffe and Joe Dunthorne.

Spells For Love by Melissa Lee-Houghton:
A tale of love, loss and white magic. Sybil will do everything in her power to see that her daughter Lucia falls in love.

Melissa Lee-Houghton has written two collections of poetry. Her most recent, Beautiful Girls, is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Melissa lives in Blackburn, Lancashire.

Reader: Ruth Gemmell
Producer: Jeremy Osborne
A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.