Afternoon Reading

Weekdays 3.30pm-3.45pm

A short story or an abridged book, often by writers who are new to radio."

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Weekdays 3.30pm-3.45pm

A short story or an abridged book, often by writers who are new to radio.

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AR*2007052820081223

By Michael Faber.

A father is close to experiencing the happiest moment of his life.

Richard Schiff reads a short story by Michael Faber, abridged by Richard Hamilton.

A husband and father is close to experiencing the happiest moment of his life.

ARHard Frosts In Florence20061110

By David Pownall.

In this play specially written for Paul Scofield, a deeply-troubled Michelangelo returns to Florence to view his statue of the boy David ? Flesh caught in stone - for the last time.

Michelangelo....Paul Scofield

Director Martin Jenkins.

Gilbert Harding....Roger Allam

Derek....Ben Crowe

Roger....Keith Drinkel

Philip....Carl Prekopp

Nancy....Jenny Funnell

Psychiatrist....Ian Masters

Female fan....Jean Trend

ARPillars Of The Community *20090108

By Anneliese Mackintosh.

A young woman attends a dinner party hosted by her neighbours.

Comedy by Anneliese Mackintosh.

A young woman attends a dinner party hosted by her neighbours, who seem to be hiding something.

Read by Natalie Bennett.

ARThe Hair Of The Dog *2007052720081222

Short story by Jane Gardam.

Humour and tenderness colour Eleanor's reflections on her daughter Rosie's wedding 25 years before.

Abridged by Jules Wilkinson

AR01John Banville2009011520111003 (BBC7)
20111004 (BBC7)

Magic Squares.

Five readings from the stage of the Cheltenham Literature Festival by Man Booker winners to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the prize.

John Banville: Magic Squares.

AR01Singles20060717

Five stories being aired as a tribute to writer Clare Boylan, who died earlier this year.

Read by Lynda Bellingham.

When Connie goes on a singles holiday, she strikes up an unexpectedly meaningful relationship with her room-mate.

Producer Heather Brennon

AR01Squirrels20060619

Series highlighting the best work from over 250 Creative Writing Groups in the North of England.

By Karen Whitchurch, read by Barbara Marten.

Squirrels are an ageing woman's only contact with reality in the psychiatric ward she has long inhabited.

It's quite idyllic at first, but neither the staff nor the squirrels are quite what they seem.

AR01The Cherry Orchard With Rugs20050822

Matt Lucas reads Rose Tremain's short story about a brief encounter on a Eurostar journey to Paris.

AR01The Rhapsody Blues20060410

By Candace Allen, read by Ricky Fearon.

An ambitious young Black pianist from the Midwest is witness to the premiere of the Rhapsody.

AR02Benny Gets The Blame20060718

Read by Stephen Hogan.

A look back to those days of childhood when the backstreets were full of youngsters playing out their imaginary games.

Producer Heather Brennon

AR02Cheltenham Literature Festival Stories: Booker 40 Selection20111004 (BBC7)
20111005 (BBC7)

Graham Swift on becoming a writer.

Five readings from the stage of the Cheltenham Literature Festival by Man Booker winners to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the prize.

AR02Mad Girls In The Attic20050823

Deborah Mcandrew reads Michele Roberts's tale inspired by Charlotte Bronte.

Adele's French maid at Thornfield Hall tells of their life there as she travels back to France.

AR02Old Blood20060620

By Christiane Algar, read by Carol Mcguigan.

Charting the relationship between an aristocratic lady and her philandering husband, told through the eyes of a young servant girl.

AR03The Mission To Brazil20060719

Read by Dermot Crowley.

The hard-living, hard-bitten priest is surprised to learn an inheritance comes his way.

Or does it?

Producer Duncan Minshull

AR03Working From Home20060621

By Iris Woodford, read by David Fleeshman.

A travelling drover comes across an injured highwayman and decides to help, rather than turn him in.

AR04Life On Mars20060720

Read by Maggie Cronin.

After Tom's death, Anna struggles to negotiate a maze of grief, loneliness, anger, and rediscovery.

Producer Michael Quinn.

AR04Whitby Pier20060622

By Mary C Clarke of Airedale Writers Circle, read by Emma Lowndes.The meeting between a doctor and the mother who gave her up for adoption at birth - both women believe it will be their first meeting as adults, but not so.

AR0520060602

Five enchanting short stories by American writer Gina Ochsner, about people who feel that their lives are loose skins they've not quite grown into and which perhaps won't ever fit.

5/5.

A Blessing

Superstition and tradition prevent Russian immigrants from living their American dream.

Read by Zhivila Roche

AR05Job's Skin20050826

Written and read by Alasdair Gray, inspired by the Book of Job.

A torrent of ill fortune afflicts Job.

Though practically bankrupt by dot.com traders, and despite losing his two sons in an international disaster, he continues to count his blessings.

AR05 LASTIt Didn't Mean A Thing20060721

Read by Pat Laffan.

When Hector has a fling at the office Christmas party, it has unforeseen consequences.

Producer Roland Jacquarello.

AR05 LASTWater Mouse20060623

By Maureen Fenton of Clitheroe Writing Group, read by Angela Mounsey.A rather shy woman's appearance and demeanour are transformed when her clothes disappear at the swimming baths and she has to wear someone else's.