Series of original stories by unpublished writers.


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0101Diss Grace2002080520031005by Laura Marney.
Estranged from her set of friends as marriage and babies consume them and she, single, is left behind, Donna unexpectedly finds comfort in church going.
But can she admit this to her friends? Read by Tracy Wiles 
0102Flamingos2002080620031012by Jake Elliot.
A London photographer has heard a strange rumour about bird migration - can it be true?
0103Skin Deep2002080720031019By Suzanne Mcgruther.
Driving into an Indian reservation in search of cheap petrol an aging couple inadvertently pick up a reservation Indian.
Events take a turn when the Indian refuses to get out of the car as night is drawing in.
Read by Pat Starr.
0104Carrying On20020808 by Jo Verity.
Hospitalised and bored, 90-year-old Ted looks for ways to spend his days and nights.
Read by Tony Rohr 
0105 LASTHow The Herring Became A Kipper2002080920031102by Emma Parfitt.
When Benjamin falls ill one day and refuses to eat his wife is determined to find out why her husband has lost his appetite.
But the answer lies in an underwater home at the bottom of the sea.
Read by Stella Gonet 
0201The White Road2005011020061105By Tania Hershman, read by Liza Ross.
While her customers seek coffee and shelter from the Antarctic cold, Mags makes ready for a change of view.
by Tania Hershman.
0202Bosendorfer2005011120061112By Griselda Gordon, read by Siobhan Redmond.
With her 40th birthday approaching, Janice finds herself in a love triangle with a man and a grand piano.
0203Detained2005011220061119by Heidi Amsinck.
Stranded in a snowbound airport, Clarissa kills time, and finds life is not all it seems.
Read by Lesley Manville.
0204Gunpoint Optimism2005011320061126By Lauren Frankel, read by Andrea Harris.
Inspired by a tragedy she sees from her window, Gilbey plays games of friendship and love.
0205 LASTGerald Says2005011420061203by Sally Hinchcliffe.
As she spends more time on site, Elizabeth struggles to keep building and marriage intact.
0301Autarky20070423 By Joe Dunthorne.
On a family holiday in Tuscany, a teenage boy views his parents with all the scorn he can muster.
Read by Matt Green.
0302The Second Chance20070424 By Jill McGivering, read by Amit Shah.
Reprieved after 11 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, a young man finds his first day of freedom is not quite what he expected.
0303Kellster20070425 By EJ Patience, read by Annette Crosbie.
In the midst of life, the inhabitants of a remote Scottish island develop a singular response to death.
0304Mr Kuan-ti20070426 By Joanna Berry, read by Paul Panting.
A grandfather's tall tale haunts a young boy's imaginings far into manhood.
0305 LASTYuki And Cyrus Take On The World20070427 By Shaun Manning.
Teen spirit ignites when Yuki and Cyrus bare their tortured souls upon a bigger stage.
Read by Siobhan Redmond.
0401Jules2010010520110807has been diagnosed as having cancer.
But for a number of reasons, not all of them noble, her best friend Kate finds it hard to be as supportive as she should.
By Tamara Pollock, read by Nicola Walker.
A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.
By Tamara Pollock.
Jules has cancer, but her best friend finds it hard to be supportive.
Jules has been diagnosed as having cancer.
0402The Painter And The Dybbuk2010010620110814In Jewish folklore a Dybbuk is the wandering soul of a dead person that enters the body of a living person and controls his or her behaviour.
A painter's talent has so far kept him alive in Auschwitz.
But as he starts on a portrait of one of the guards, he wonders just who is in control.
By Claire Griffiths, read by Nicholas Farrell.
A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.
By Claire Griffiths.
A painter in Auschwitz starts on a portrait of one of the guards.
0403 LASTSmell My Fleece2010010720110821With four fewer teeth and a mouth stuffed with cotton wool, Debra isn't having the easiest of days.
And then she meets Dale.
A curious tale of dentistry, stalking and poetry.
By Anna Towers, read by Claire Foy.
A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.
By Anna Towers.
After a trip to the dentist, Debra isn't having the easiest of days.
0501Photo Finish20110925 The latest season of The Time Being brings another 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 Submarine author and National Short Story judge Joe Dunthorne.
Photo Finish written by Louise Lee.
Terri discovered her talent for running when she was chased by her mother's angry boyfriend.
Fifteen years later it's the Olympic marathon.
Terri is tipped for gold, but she will have to overcome her rivals: voluptuous World No.
1 Jana de Groot and the surgically modified Nadine Uberhang.
Louise Lee had a proper job once but gave it all up to become a private investigator.
A current Birkbeck MA student in Creative Writing, she is busy writing her first novel, The Last Honeytrap, based on her own experiences in the seedy and often comical world of entrapment.
Reader: Philippa Stanton
Producer: Jeremy Osborne
A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4.
By Louise Lee.
To win Olympic gold Terri must overcome her rivals in both mind and body.
0502The Family Snaps20111002 The latest season of The Time Being brings another 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 Submarine author and National Short Story judge Joe Dunthorne.
The Family Snaps by Jarred McGinnis
Morna had her son Colin professionally photographed.
When she goes to collect the prints she find she doesn't have enough money for them.
But it's Colin's 'last day' and she can't wait until another time.
Jarred McGinnis, an American living in London, is the co-founder of the literary variety night, The Special Relationship.
In addition to writing fiction, he holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence.
He too is writing a novel.
Reader: Tracy Wiles
Producer: Jeremy Osborne
A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4.
By Jarred McGinnis.
Morna needs money to buy the portrait of her son on his 'last day'.
0503 LASTFripperies20111009 Written by Rupert Smith.
The latest season of The Time Being brings another 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 Submarine author and National Short Story judge Joe Dunthorne.
He was a good chef with a Michelin-star restaurant, but when his narcolepsy got worse things began to go wrong.
Recovering at home, he tries to teach his daughter his favourite family dish between sleeps.
Rupert Smith is an actor and award-winning poet, and most recently a mature graduate from the University of Kent with an MA in creative writing.
He is currently undertaking a PGCE to teach secondary level English and lives with his family in Kent.
Reader: James Fleet
Producer Jeremy Osborne
A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4.
By Rupert Smith.
A narcoleptic chef tries to teach his daughter a family recipe.
0601Marathon20130519 The latest season of The Time Being brings another 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.
Marathon by Claire Powell
An extra-marital affair - long-nourished by alcohol - starts going badly wrong when the man starts to get fit: training for a half-marathon with his son.
Claire Powell was born and brought up in south-east London. She graduated from UEA's Creative Writing (Prose) MA in 2012, where she received the year's highest mark for a dissertation, and was awarded the Malcolm Bradbury Memorial Bursary and Malcolm Bradbury Continuation Grant. She has just signed up for her first half-marathon.
Reader: Lorraine Pilkington
Producer: Jeremy Osborne
A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.
0602Llama Sutra20130526 The latest season of The Time Being offers another showcase for new writers, none of whom have had their work broadcast before. Previous series provided a stepping stone for writers who have gone on to enjoy further success both on radio and in print - such as Tania Hershman, Heidi Amsinck, Sally Hinchcliffe and Joe Dunthorne.
Programme 2: Llama Sutra by Melanie Whipman
Things get complicated for a couple undergoing IVF after they visit the llama farm.
Melanie Whipman lives in a leafy Surrey village with her husband, teenage twins, dog, cats and chickens. She has an MA in Creative Writing and is currently a PhD student at the University of Chichester. Her short stories have been listed or placed in various competitions and her work has appeared online and in several magazines and anthologies. Her story, Peacock Girl, was the winner of this year's Rubery Prize.
Reader: Camilla Marie Beeput
Producer: Jeremy Osborne
A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.
0603 LASTThe Dog Track20130602 The latest season of The Time Being brings another 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.
The Dog Track by Rebecca F. John
A young woman visits the dog track for the first time, and weighs up a matter of life and death.
Rebecca F. John was born in 1986 and grew up in Pwll, a small village on the Welsh coast. She has previously worked as a ski instructor and in the financial sector, and holds an MA in Creative Writing from Swansea University.
Reader: Rakie Ayola
Producer: Jeremy Osborne
A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.
0701Closer20140124 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.
0701Closer20140124 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.
0701Closer20140124  
0702 LASTSpells For Love20140131 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.

Duration

  • 15 Minutes

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  • Genre: Drama, Readings

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