Bath Festival Stories

A week of new stories on the theme of identity performed on stage at the Bath Literature Festival.

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01Afternoon Reading20110301

In the first of three short stories recorded in front of an audience at the Bath Literature Festival, Marina Warner reads The Mermaid.

Marina Warner is a writer of fiction, criticism and history; her works include novels and short stories as well as studies of myths, symbols, and fairytales.

A niece rolls up to her Aunt's place in a flash car. It had been turned over by its previous coke-head owner, but the re-conditioning is superb. Over a lunch of samphire and crabmeat she complains about the affects of ageing, mobile phone reception and the inability of boyfriends to keep their promises. She thought Gianni was different from the others, but it turns out she escaped from his clutches just in time. Her Aunt is well used to her niece's capricious behaviour; she is, after all, every inch her mother's daughter. Revived by food and rest, the niece speeds off into the blue yonder and the Aunt finds she has an awakening of her own.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

01Afternoon Reading20110301

01Afternoon Reading20110301

In the first of three short stories recorded in front of an audience at the Bath Literature Festival, Marina Warner reads The Mermaid.

Marina Warner is a writer of fiction, criticism and history; her works include novels and short stories as well as studies of myths, symbols, and fairytales.

A niece rolls up to her Aunt's place in a flash car. It had been turned over by its previous coke-head owner, but the re-conditioning is superb. Over a lunch of samphire and crabmeat she complains about the affects of ageing, mobile phone reception and the inability of boyfriends to keep their promises. She thought Gianni was different from the others, but it turns out she escaped from his clutches just in time. Her Aunt is well used to her niece's capricious behaviour; she is, after all, every inch her mother's daughter. Revived by food and rest, the niece speeds off into the blue yonder and the Aunt finds she has an awakening of her own.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

01Afternoon Reading20110301

0101Carol And Me20040301

By Patricia Ferguson.

Kate can't help being jealous of Carol.

When she sees the dark green stilettos in a shoe shop in Italy, she knows they are exactly the shoes Carol would wear - and use to her advantage.

Performed by Katharine Rogers.

0101Carol And Me20040301

By Patricia Ferguson.

Kate can't help being jealous of Carol.

When she sees the dark green stilettos in a shoe shop in Italy, she knows they are exactly the shoes Carol would wear - and use to her advantage.

Performed by Katharine Rogers.

0102A Life In Film20040302

by Shirley Day, performed by John Telfer Kevin has been very successful with women over the last few years, ever since he started work in the print developing shop and found a way of inventing a past for himself.

0102A Life In Film20040302

by Shirley Day, performed by John Telfer Kevin has been very successful with women over the last few years, ever since he started work in the print developing shop and found a way of inventing a past for himself.

0103Cigarettes20040303

by Michael Z Lewin, performed by Katharine Rogers.

There's a good side to smoking, especially these days.

It's a social thing.

You're bound to bond, huddling together outside in the cold.

And you're also bound to see things that didn't get seen before.

0103Cigarettes20040303

by Michael Z Lewin, performed by Katharine Rogers.

There's a good side to smoking, especially these days.

It's a social thing.

You're bound to bond, huddling together outside in the cold.

And you're also bound to see things that didn't get seen before.

0104Not Superman20040304

by Alison Clink, performed by John Telfer.

Gavin is a foster child.

When he runs away from home it seems that he has taken his problems with him.

It's only a few years later that his foster dad realises that he managed to help Gavin through after all.

0104Not Superman20040304

by Alison Clink, performed by John Telfer.

Gavin is a foster child.

When he runs away from home it seems that he has taken his problems with him.

It's only a few years later that his foster dad realises that he managed to help Gavin through after all.

0105Flat Earth20040305

by Jill Dawson, performed by Katharine Rogers.

There's nothing creepy about dead bodies, not if you work with them every day.

But nothing could have prepared the undertaker for the day Mrs Wilde came in to talk about arrangements for her husband's funeral.

0105Flat Earth20040305

by Jill Dawson, performed by Katharine Rogers.

There's nothing creepy about dead bodies, not if you work with them every day.

But nothing could have prepared the undertaker for the day Mrs Wilde came in to talk about arrangements for her husband's funeral.

0201The Fine Art Of Survival20060306

Stories from the festival of literature on the theme of Home and Abroad.

By Stella Goorney, read by John Telfer.

An old rogue living on the city streets, with a sideline in a little light shoplifting, discovers he has something useful to offer his fellow reprobates.

Producer Viv Beeby.

0201The Fine Art Of Survival20060306

Stories from the festival of literature on the theme of Home and Abroad.

By Stella Goorney, read by John Telfer.

An old rogue living on the city streets, with a sideline in a little light shoplifting, discovers he has something useful to offer his fellow reprobates.

Producer Viv Beeby.

0202Necklace20060307

By Judy Cooke, read by Rebecca Smart.

On holiday in a small Tuscan town, a woman is tormented by her husband's secret purchase of some beautiful pink beads - who are they for?

Producer Viv Beeby.

0202Necklace20060307

By Judy Cooke, read by Rebecca Smart.

On holiday in a small Tuscan town, a woman is tormented by her husband's secret purchase of some beautiful pink beads - who are they for?

Producer Viv Beeby.

0203Three Angels20060308

Stories from the festival of literature on the theme of Home and Abroad.

By Mark Czanik, read by John Telfer.

On a trip to Australia, a young man is drawn into a strange world of religious mania, comfort eating and English sitcoms when he visits his best friend's mother.

Producer Viv Beeby.

0203Three Angels20060308

Stories from the festival of literature on the theme of Home and Abroad.

By Mark Czanik, read by John Telfer.

On a trip to Australia, a young man is drawn into a strange world of religious mania, comfort eating and English sitcoms when he visits his best friend's mother.

Producer Viv Beeby.

0204A Neighbour20060309

By Frank Dunne, read by John Telfer.

A family move to a new home in the West Country and soon find they have the nosey neighbour from hell.

When a few complaints turn into a torrent, they are forced to take drastic action.

Producer Viv Beeby.

0204A Neighbour20060309

By Frank Dunne, read by John Telfer.

A family move to a new home in the West Country and soon find they have the nosey neighbour from hell.

When a few complaints turn into a torrent, they are forced to take drastic action.

Producer Viv Beeby.

0205 LASTTwo Ticks20060310

By Kerry Hood, read by Rebecca Smart.

A young woman works as a volunteer in a home for the elderly and, despite her limited abilities, it seems she understands more of the everyday eccentricities of working there than most of her 'normal' colleagues.

Producer Viv Beeby.

0205 LASTTwo Ticks20060310

By Kerry Hood, read by Rebecca Smart.

A young woman works as a volunteer in a home for the elderly and, despite her limited abilities, it seems she understands more of the everyday eccentricities of working there than most of her 'normal' colleagues.

Producer Viv Beeby.

0301Stowmont *20100302

By Sadie Jones.

The owner of a house is overtaken by forces he doesn't understand.

Series of stories with a supernatural theme, newly commissioned for the Bath Literary Festival.

A story set in the 18th century about a man and the architect he employs, who are forced to shelter for the night from a snowstorm in the house they have resolved to pull down and replace.

In spite of their rationalism, and beyond their comprehension, the past asserts itself over their will.

Read by John Telfer

0301Stowmont *20100302

By Sadie Jones.

The owner of a house is overtaken by forces he doesn't understand.

Series of stories with a supernatural theme, newly commissioned for the Bath Literary Festival.

A story set in the 18th century about a man and the architect he employs, who are forced to shelter for the night from a snowstorm in the house they have resolved to pull down and replace.

In spite of their rationalism, and beyond their comprehension, the past asserts itself over their will.

Read by John Telfer

0302By Candlelight, The Ghost Writer *20100303

By Amanda Craig.

Chance throws together two novelists with very different backgrounds.

Series of three stories with a supernatural theme, newly commissioned for the Bath Literary Festival.

Justin Vest, critically acclaimed but poorly selling novelist, is staying temporarily in the home of the late, wildly successful, very pink and fluffy writer Arabella Fysshe.

At first glance they don't have much in common - for a start, he's alive and she isn't - but Arabella has some unfinished business with the world.

Read by John Telfer

0302By Candlelight, The Ghost Writer *20100303

By Amanda Craig.

Chance throws together two novelists with very different backgrounds.

Series of three stories with a supernatural theme, newly commissioned for the Bath Literary Festival.

Justin Vest, critically acclaimed but poorly selling novelist, is staying temporarily in the home of the late, wildly successful, very pink and fluffy writer Arabella Fysshe.

At first glance they don't have much in common - for a start, he's alive and she isn't - but Arabella has some unfinished business with the world.

Read by John Telfer

0303 LASTBy Candlelight, The Whisper *20100304

Series of three stories with a supernatural theme, newly commissioned for the Bath Literary Festival.

By Diana Evans.

Rachel Armstrong is a burden to her neighbours, but she carries a burden of her own.

Read by Syan Blake.

Rachel is a burden to her neighbours, but she carries a burden of her own.

0303 LASTBy Candlelight, The Whisper *20100304

Series of three stories with a supernatural theme, newly commissioned for the Bath Literary Festival.

By Diana Evans.

Rachel Armstrong is a burden to her neighbours, but she carries a burden of her own.

Read by Syan Blake.

Rachel is a burden to her neighbours, but she carries a burden of her own.

0401The Mermaid20110301

In the first of three short stories recorded in front of an audience at the Bath Literature Festival, Marina Warner reads The Mermaid.

Marina Warner is a writer of fiction, criticism and history; her works include novels and short stories as well as studies of myths, symbols, and fairytales.

A niece rolls up to her Aunt's place in a flash car.

It had been turned over by its previous coke-head owner, but the re-conditioning is superb.

Over a lunch of samphire and crabmeat she complains about the affects of ageing, mobile phone reception and the inability of boyfriends to keep their promises.

She thought Gianni was different from the others, but it turns out she escaped from his clutches just in time.

Her Aunt is well used to her niece's capricious behaviour; she is, after all, every inch her mother's daughter.

Revived by food and rest, the niece speeds off into the blue yonder and the Aunt finds she has an awakening of her own.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

By Marina Warner.

0401The Mermaid20110301

In the first of three short stories recorded in front of an audience at the Bath Literature Festival, Marina Warner reads The Mermaid.

Marina Warner is a writer of fiction, criticism and history; her works include novels and short stories as well as studies of myths, symbols, and fairytales.

A niece rolls up to her Aunt's place in a flash car.

It had been turned over by its previous coke-head owner, but the re-conditioning is superb.

Over a lunch of samphire and crabmeat she complains about the affects of ageing, mobile phone reception and the inability of boyfriends to keep their promises.

She thought Gianni was different from the others, but it turns out she escaped from his clutches just in time.

Her Aunt is well used to her niece's capricious behaviour; she is, after all, every inch her mother's daughter.

Revived by food and rest, the niece speeds off into the blue yonder and the Aunt finds she has an awakening of her own.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

By Marina Warner.

0402The Switch-off Personality20110302

Three writers read their own stories in front of an audience at the Bath Festival of Literature.

2.

Paul Farley reads The Switch-Off Personality.

Paul Farley is a poet, playwright, and broadcaster.

His poetry has won the Somerset Maugham Award, a Forward prize and the Whitbread Poetry Prize.

This is the story of a young boy who wrote a letter that began, 'Dear Jim, Please can you fix it for me.'.

Thirty years later, the boy who is now a man, finally gets a reply.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

By Paul Farley.

A young boy's letter gets a reply 30 years later.

0402The Switch-off Personality20110302

Three writers read their own stories in front of an audience at the Bath Festival of Literature.

2.

Paul Farley reads The Switch-Off Personality.

Paul Farley is a poet, playwright, and broadcaster.

His poetry has won the Somerset Maugham Award, a Forward prize and the Whitbread Poetry Prize.

This is the story of a young boy who wrote a letter that began, 'Dear Jim, Please can you fix it for me.'.

Thirty years later, the boy who is now a man, finally gets a reply.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

By Paul Farley.

A young boy's letter gets a reply 30 years later.

0403 LASTThe Deal20110303

Three writers read their own stories in front of an audience at the Bath Festival of Literature.

3.

Salley Vickers reads The Deal.

Salley Vickers is a novelist whose works include the word-of-mouth bestseller Miss Garnet's Angel, Mr.

Golightly's Holiday, The Other Side of You and Where Three Roads Meet.

Alice is a very determined six year old.

She doesn't just want a cat - she wants a marmalade girl cat.

The fact of her father's allergy won't deter her in her quest.

Not a natural vegetable lover, she forms an unlikely alliance with Mr Job from the allotments.

From him she picks up not only a completely new lexicon of choice phrases to be stored up for future use, but also one or two lessons in guile and cunning.

Now if only she can get her hands on a bottle of beer.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

Salley Vickers reads her own story to an audience at the Bath Festival of Literature.

0403 LASTThe Deal20110303

Three writers read their own stories in front of an audience at the Bath Festival of Literature.

3.

Salley Vickers reads The Deal.

Salley Vickers is a novelist whose works include the word-of-mouth bestseller Miss Garnet's Angel, Mr.

Golightly's Holiday, The Other Side of You and Where Three Roads Meet.

Alice is a very determined six year old.

She doesn't just want a cat - she wants a marmalade girl cat.

The fact of her father's allergy won't deter her in her quest.

Not a natural vegetable lover, she forms an unlikely alliance with Mr Job from the allotments.

From him she picks up not only a completely new lexicon of choice phrases to be stored up for future use, but also one or two lessons in guile and cunning.

Now if only she can get her hands on a bottle of beer.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

Salley Vickers reads her own story to an audience at the Bath Festival of Literature.

0501Cleaning The Silver20120311

Jenni Mills reads her haunting story about a daughter's memories.

This year's Radio 4 stories from the Bath Literature Festival were recorded on stage on International Women's Day and are all are written by women in the West Country, with women at their heart. They all have a slightly edgy feel to them, too, as ghosts, shadows and the memories of strange events unfold. In Jenni Mills' story, Cleaning the Silver, a daughter remembers her childhood under the regime of a strict and bullying father, and revisits the circumstances around his shocking death. Jenni writes psychological thrillers, and is the author of two novels, Crow Stone and The Buried Circle - the latter set at Avebury stone circle, not far from her home in Wiltshire. Cleaning the Silver is set in another place she knows well, one of the smaller Channel Islands.

Before turning to writing, Jenni worked in broadcasting as a producer, TV director, and radio presenter, fronting Woman's Hour, Famous For Fifteen Minutes and other R4 programmes.

Further stories in the Bath Festival series are by Morag Joss and Patricia Ferguson

Producer: Sara Davies

0501Cleaning The Silver20120311

Jenni Mills reads her haunting story about a daughter's memories.

This year's Radio 4 stories from the Bath Literature Festival were recorded on stage on International Women's Day and are all are written by women in the West Country, with women at their heart. They all have a slightly edgy feel to them, too, as ghosts, shadows and the memories of strange events unfold. In Jenni Mills' story, Cleaning the Silver, a daughter remembers her childhood under the regime of a strict and bullying father, and revisits the circumstances around his shocking death. Jenni writes psychological thrillers, and is the author of two novels, Crow Stone and The Buried Circle - the latter set at Avebury stone circle, not far from her home in Wiltshire. Cleaning the Silver is set in another place she knows well, one of the smaller Channel Islands.

Before turning to writing, Jenni worked in broadcasting as a producer, TV director, and radio presenter, fronting Woman's Hour, Famous For Fifteen Minutes and other R4 programmes.

Further stories in the Bath Festival series are by Morag Joss and Patricia Ferguson

Producer: Sara Davies

050220120318

Morag Joss reads her specially written story recorded on International Women's Day.

This year's Radio 4 stories from the Bath Literature Festival are all are written by women in the West Country, with women at their heart, recorded on stage on International Women's Day. They all have a slightly edgy feel to them, too, as ghosts, shadows and strange events unfold. The second story is read by Morag Joss, award-winning crime fiction author of the Sara Selkirk series.

The last story in the series will be read by Patricia Ferguson

Producer: Sara Davies

050220120318

Morag Joss reads her specially written story recorded on International Women's Day.

This year's Radio 4 stories from the Bath Literature Festival are all are written by women in the West Country, with women at their heart, recorded on stage on International Women's Day. They all have a slightly edgy feel to them, too, as ghosts, shadows and strange events unfold. The second story is read by Morag Joss, award-winning crime fiction author of the Sara Selkirk series.

The last story in the series will be read by Patricia Ferguson

Producer: Sara Davies

0503 LASTThe One I Saw20120325

Two strange and disturbing events bring about a profound moment of understanding.

This year's Radio 4 stories from the Bath Literature Festival are all are written by women in the West Country, with women at their heart, recorded on stage on International Women's Day. They all have a slightly edgy feel to them, too, as ghosts, shadows and strange events unfold. In the final story in the series, The One I Saw, by award-winning novelist Patricia Ferguson, two strange and disturbing events separated by many years bring about a profound moment of understanding.

Producer: Sara Davies

0503 LASTThe One I Saw20120325

Two strange and disturbing events bring about a profound moment of understanding.

This year's Radio 4 stories from the Bath Literature Festival are all are written by women in the West Country, with women at their heart, recorded on stage on International Women's Day. They all have a slightly edgy feel to them, too, as ghosts, shadows and strange events unfold. In the final story in the series, The One I Saw, by award-winning novelist Patricia Ferguson, two strange and disturbing events separated by many years bring about a profound moment of understanding.

Producer: Sara Davies