The Computer Speaks

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01Vox Humana20150717

The first in a series of three short stories about the intimate relationship we have with our computers and what they might say if they could talk.

A woman lies comatose in a hospital bed. A father yearns to hear his daughter's voice again. A computer begins to find its voice. But whose voice is it? An original short story for radio by Timothy X Atack.

Timothy X Atack is a writer, sound artist, composer and film maker. He's worked with Bristol Old Vic, BBC Radio, Neil Bartlett, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Paines Plough, Arnolfini, Matt Lucas and David Walliams, Raucous Collective, BAC, Edgar Wright, Channel 4 TV and BBC Film Lab amongst others. He's an artist in residence at Pervasive Media Studios, Watershed, a member of the radiophonic pop group Angeltech and a co-founder of Sleepdogs with director Tanuja Amarasuriya. His afternoon play The Morpeth Carol won the Radio Academy Award for Best Drama 2014.

Producer: Mair Bosworth.

02Secondary Memory20150724

An original short story for radio by Danielle McLaughlin.

Our relationship with computers is an intimate one. What do they know of our lives? And what would they say about us if they could speak? The second of three stories about computers finding their voice.

Danielle McLaughlin's stories have appeared in newspapers and magazines such as The Stinging Fly, The Irish Times, The Penny Dreadful, Long Story, Short and The New Yorker. She is currently Editor for Short Stories in English at Southword Journal. Her debut collection of short stories, Dinosaurs on Other Planets, will be published in Ireland in October 2015 by The Stinging Fly Press, and in the UK (John Murray), US (Random House) and Germany (Luchterhand) in 2016.

Producer: Mair Bosworth

Reader: Samuel Barnett.

03Tom20150731

An original short story for radio by A.L. Kennedy.

Our relationship with computers is an intimate one. What would they say about us if they could speak? The last of three stories about computers finding their voice.

A.L.Kennedy was born in Dundee in 1965. She is the author of 16 books: 6 novels, 7 short story collections and 3 works of non-fiction. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She was twice included in the Granta Best of Young British Novelists list.

She has won awards including the 2007 Costa Book Award and the Austrian State Prize for International Literature. She is also a dramatist for the stage, radio, TV and film. She is an essayist and regularly reads her work on BBC radio. She occasionally writes and performs one-person shows. She writes for a number of UK and overseas publications and for The Guardian Online.

Producer: Mair Bosworth

Readers: Neve McIntosh and John MacKay.