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01My Girl, By Emily Bullock20130329

The Bristol Short Story Prize has been running in the city for five years, and attracts entries from all over the world. 'My Girl', by Emily Bullock, won first prize in 2011, and opens a short series of stories celebrating the range of writers and talent attracted to the prize.

In 'My Girl' a mother watches from the corner as her daughter fights in a brutal boxing match: "My job is to stop the blood, cool her off, wash her down". As the punches land, memories come like blows.

Reader: Lynda Rooke

Producer Sara Davies

Since winning first place in the 2011 Bristol Short Story Prize Emily Bullock has been finishing a novel as part of her Creative Writing PhD with the Open University. Set in 1950s London, it also has a boxing theme. She is also currently working on a collection of short stories.

01My Girl, By Emily Bullock20130329

The Bristol Short Story Prize has been running in the city for five years, and attracts entries from all over the world. 'My Girl', by Emily Bullock, won first prize in 2011, and opens a short series of stories celebrating the range of writers and talent attracted to the prize.

In 'My Girl' a mother watches from the corner as her daughter fights in a brutal boxing match: "My job is to stop the blood, cool her off, wash her down". As the punches land, memories come like blows.

Reader: Lynda Rooke

Producer Sara Davies

Since winning first place in the 2011 Bristol Short Story Prize Emily Bullock has been finishing a novel as part of her Creative Writing PhD with the Open University. Set in 1950s London, it also has a boxing theme. She is also currently working on a collection of short stories.

02Alone In Bloemfontein20130405

by Mary Teague, read by Tracy-Ann Oberman. The second of three stories celebrating five years of the Bristol Short Story prize.

The Bristol Short Story Prize has been running in the city for five years, and attracts entries from all over the world. Alone in Bloemfontein won second prize in 2009, and is a tender story about the creation of a garden, and with it the growth of a love affair across a racial divide.

Producer Sara Davies

Since winning second place in the Bristol Short Story Competition in 2009, Mary Teague has continued to write, and to look after her family.

02Alone In Bloemfontein20130405

by Mary Teague, read by Tracy-Ann Oberman. The second of three stories celebrating five years of the Bristol Short Story prize.

The Bristol Short Story Prize has been running in the city for five years, and attracts entries from all over the world. Alone in Bloemfontein won second prize in 2009, and is a tender story about the creation of a garden, and with it the growth of a love affair across a racial divide.

Producer Sara Davies

Since winning second place in the Bristol Short Story Competition in 2009, Mary Teague has continued to write, and to look after her family.

03 LASTOnly The Sure Of Foot20130412

3/3: Only the Sure of Foot by Ian Madden, read by John Mackay. The last of three prizewinning stories from the Bristol Short Story prize held in the city for the last five years.

The Bristol Short Story Prize has been running in the city for five years, and attracts entries from all over the world. Only the Sure of Foot by Ian Madden won second prize in 2010. Set in the Highlands of Scotland after the war, it tells a quietly moving story of a long-standing family feud, and one woman's efforts to heal it.

Reader: John Mackay

Producer Sara Davies

Since winning second place in the 2010 Bristol Short Story prize, Ian Madden has won first prize in By Invitation Only: A Collection of Short Stories published to celebrate the inaugural National Short Story Week in 2010. He is working on a novel.

03 LASTOnly The Sure Of Foot20130412

3/3: Only the Sure of Foot by Ian Madden, read by John Mackay. The last of three prizewinning stories from the Bristol Short Story prize held in the city for the last five years.

The Bristol Short Story Prize has been running in the city for five years, and attracts entries from all over the world. Only the Sure of Foot by Ian Madden won second prize in 2010. Set in the Highlands of Scotland after the war, it tells a quietly moving story of a long-standing family feud, and one woman's efforts to heal it.

Reader: John Mackay

Producer Sara Davies

Since winning second place in the 2010 Bristol Short Story prize, Ian Madden has won first prize in By Invitation Only: A Collection of Short Stories published to celebrate the inaugural National Short Story Week in 2010. He is working on a novel.