Prestigious longlists for Jon Pinnock and Joel Willans
Written by joe melia Friday, 26 April 2013
Big congratulations are in order for Jon Pinnock (left) and Joel Willans (right). They have both been longlisted for two of the world's most prestigious short story awards - The Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award and The Edge Hill Short Story Prize.
They join the likes of George Saunders, Junot Diaz, Joyce Carol Oates, Emma Donoghue and Deborah Levy on the Frank O'Connor list (the world's richest prize for a short story collection) and are along side, amongst others, Kevin Barry, Jackie Kay, Adam Marek, Jon McGregor and Tania Hershman in the Edge Hill list, the UK's only prize for a published short story collection.
Jon is longlisted for Dot, Dash published by Salt Publishing and Joel's longlisted collection is Spellbound published by Route. We will be keeping our fingers crossed for them when the shortlists are announced.
BSSP Stories on BBC Radio 4
Written by joe melia Friday, 22 March 2013
We are delighted to announce that BBC Radio 4 will be broadcasting a series of three short stories selected from the first five years of the Bristol Short Story Prize.
The series, entitled BS5, will run on consecutive Fridays beginning with a reading of Emily Bullock’s 2011 BSSP winning story My Girl on March 29th. Actress Lynda Rooke will read the story. Emily says “I am excited to hear the broadcast. When writing the story I had a strong voice in my head for the character, and I am intrigued to hear who will be reading the story. It is great to think that the story is still out there and that other people will now get to hear it too.”
Emily's story will be followed a week later on April 5th by Mary Teague’s Alone in Bloemfontein which was the runner-up in the 2009 BSSP. Mary, whose story will be read by actress and writer Tracy-Ann Oberman, says “I am chuffed that my story has been chosen and will be listening excitedly to hear what Radio 4 does with it.”
The last story in the series will be Ian Madden’s Only the Sure of Foot which scooped 2nd prize in our 2010 competition. Ian’s story will be read by John Mackay and the programme will be broadcast on Friday April 12th. ‘It was great to hear that BBC Radio 4 is marking five years of the Bristol Short Story Prize and I feel honoured that my story is one of those chosen for broadcast.’ says Ian.
All the stories will go out at 3.45pm and will remain on the BBC website for a week after the broadcast.
Big thanks to producer Sara Davies and the writers and readers for putting together what will be a great series.
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