Bristol Prize

BSSP Stories on BBC Radio 4

March 22, 2013   Joe Melia

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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