Above Ground

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01Licence To Kill20150426

Stephanie Cole reads a new short story by Penelope Lively.

Eighty-six-year-old Pauline requires a little help with daily tasks. Her teenaged care assistant, Cally, is employed to take her shopping. Their easy routine stutters when, out of the blue, Pauline reveals a secret about her past.

This is the first in a new series of stories in which writers consider the theme of age and ageing. The series title, Above Ground, is inspired by a quote from Carol Shields novel The Stone Diaries: "Here's to another year and let's hope it's above ground."

Read by Stephanie Cole

Written by Penelope Lively

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.

02You Want?20150503

Vivid short story by Jane Rogers.

Nearing retirement, feeling jaded by life, Karl is in France to sell his aunt's rapidly dilapidating house. Caught up in a snowstorm, he finds himself engulfed by a memory of an encounter with a local woman during an early visit to the country.

Story series in which writers consider themes of age and ageing. The series title, Above Ground, is inspired by a quote from Carol Shields's novel The Stone Diaries: "Here's to another year and let's hope it's above ground."

Read by David Acton

Written by Jane Rogers

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.

03The Manicure20150510

Story series in which writers consider themes of age and ageing. The series title, Above Ground, is inspired by a quote from Carol Shields's novel The Stone Diaries: "Here's to another year and let's hope it's above ground."

In "The Manicure" by Elizabeth Buchan, forty-something Nell puts the disappointments of her life behind her thanks to the encouragement and camaraderie of her Walk And Talk group.

Read by Jane Slavin

Written by Elizabeth Buchan

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.