Commonwealth Stories

Winning entries from thie year's Commonwealth Short Story Competition, run by the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association.

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20061211

A selection of the best entries from this year's Commonwealth Short Story Competition.

Including:

The Moon, the Cat and the Donkey, by Erin Soros in Canada - this year's overall winner, read by Garrick Hagon; Down South, by Peter James in Australia, read by Matt Dyktynski; Clean Sheets, by Sue Seah in Singapore, read by Jason Chan

20061212

A selection of the best entries from this year's Commonwealth Short Story Competition.

Including:

Recycling by Eleanor Verbicky-Todd in Canada, read by Barbara Barnes; Wings of Vedanthangal (Regional Winner, Asia), by Anupama Chandrasekhar in India, read by Lyndam Gregory; The List (Regional Winner, Pacific), by Sue Perkins in New Zealand, read by Susan Curnow.

20061213

A selection of the best entries from this year's Commonwealth Short Story Competition.

Including:

Considering Cuckoo Clocks (Regional Winner, Europe) by Fran Hunnisett in the UK, read by Stephen Critchlow; Living by Bread, Alone, by Becky Apteker in South Africa, read by David Bailie; You Got a Problem, by Carin Makuz in Canada, read by Liza Ross.

20061214

To mark the Commonwealth Short Story Competition, a special commission from an award-winning Trinidadian author.

From the Cane

Written and read by Lawrence Scott.

A white man stops to talk to one of his Indian neighbours in a London street.

He's surprised to find they have the same accent.

20061215

To mark the Commonwealth Short Story Competition, a special commission from an award-winning Nigerian writer.

The Immigrants

By Helon Habila, read by Colin MacFarlane.

Naomi Osasa travels with Yakubu to America to join her husband.

He tells her that Osasa has a good job and a nice apartment, but she doesn't know he's dying.

200301A Morning Swim - Maggie - Big Little Man20031208

1.

A Morning Swim by Madhulika Little.

The overall competition winner, from Delhi, inspired by a newspaper cutting about a young boy and his desperate attempts to make a living.

2.

Maggie by Denise Whittaker, from New Zealand.

A bereaved woman faces a moment of decision.

3.

Big Little Man by Imelda Yabara from Papua New Guinea.

A rite of passage in a market place.

200302 LASTDance With Me - For A Horseshoe Nail - Dancing With The Magician20031209

1.

Dance With Me by Jackee Budesta Batanda from Uganda.

A dance is an occasion for both terror and hope.

2.

For a Horseshoe Nail by Amara Bhavani Dev of INDIA.

A husband takes a terrible risk to earn money for his family.

3.

Dancing With the Magician by Rachel Fixen from ENGLAND.

The residents of an old people's home are expecting a special visitor.

200401The Photograph - The Kite Maker - Going Home20041115

1.

The Photograph, by Sefi Atta from Nigeria.

Starvation meets the hunger for celebrity.

Read by Adjoa Andoh.

2.

The Kite Maker, by Anu Kumar from INDIA.

A kite brings a lost son home.

Read by Lyndam Gregory.

3.

Going Home, by Juliane Okot Bitek in Canada.

A dangerous journey, answering a grandmother's longing.

Read by Janice Acquah

200402Going Home - The Television - Dora's Turn20041116

1.

Going Home, by Ruvanee Pietersz Vilhauer from Sri Lanka, the overall winner.

Home means stringhoppers, but Niki misses hot dogs.

Read by Josephine Welcome.

2.

The Television, by M.

Mather from South Africa.

Which matters more, a television or a child?

Read by Noma Dumezweni.

3.

Dora's Turn, by Jackee Budesta Batanda from Uganda.

A girl soldier is ordered to kill her friend.

Read by Rakie Ayola

200403The Festive Season In A Part Of Africa - Mangoes To Buy - Soundscape20041117

1.

The Festive Season in a Part of Africa, by Tod Collins from South Africa.

A vet haggles for his fee.

Read by Christopher Wells.

2.

Mangoes to Buy, by Alake Pilgrim from Trinidad.

Angela longs for news of her soldier son.

Read by Sandra James-Young.

3.

Soundscape, by Liz Healy from Australia.

A boy records the sounds of winter, while his parents argue.

Read by Andrew Macklin.

200404The Cat20041118

, by Rani Manicka from Malaysia, a competition judge.

Malini is old and lonely until a mysterious companion arrives.

Read by Jamila Massey

200405 LASTSoft Boy20041119

Ardashir Vakil, one of the judges of this year's competition, reads his own story, Soft Boy.

Teenager Ravi hates living at home in Mumbai, and envies his Americanised cousin, Deepak.

200501The Painterboy Of Demerara20051121

Written by David Dabydeen.

A story specially written by David Dabydeen, one of the judges of the 2005 Commonwealth Broadcasting Association Short Story Competition.

20050220051122

Three winning stories from this year's Commonwealth Broadcasting Association short story competition.

Islama-Bad Boys

By Rasheeda Azam, read by Pooja Ghai.

Yesterday's Darkness

By Ifeanyi Ajaegbo, read by Jude Akuwudike

An Old Wife's Tale

By Luke Jorsling, read by Sandra James-Young.

20050320051123

Three more winning stories from this year's Commonwealth Broadcasting Association short story competition.

Chinna and Muthu

By Suchitra Ramadurai, read by Lyndam Gregory

A Child has Gone Missing from this House

By Fiona McFarlane, read by Bronwyn Lim

Good Fences

By Faiza Sultan Khan, read by Pooja Ghai

200505 LASTThe Fog20051125

a specially commissioned reading set in Malaysia.

The Fog, by Elly Niland is read by Liz Sutherland.