Curly Tales

Five writers under instructions to let their hair down have their wicked way with the short story.


0101The Proceedings Of That Night2003112420040222
20050503 (BBC7)

By Lynne Truss.

Read by Will Keen.

Up a lonely lane in the back of beyond, an actor enters an unmanned studio to read a ghost story.

0102Why My Grandmother Learned To Play The Flute2003112520040229

Over a long summer holiday a young girl hears her grandmother's story in sound.

  • read by flora montgomery
  • by....

    scarlett thomas

  • 0103Out Of Character2003112620040307

    When a writer's characters begin to come off the page and take charge of their own destinies, the experience can be unnerving.

  • by....

    philip ardagh

  • 0104A High Profile Case2003112720040314

    by Nick Walker: On a cold night in NEW YORK City, a first time writer listens to his story on the radio.

    It's his fifteen minutes of fame.

    Read by William Hootkins

    0105 LASTWriters Block2003112820040321
    20050504 (BBC7)

    A writer stares at an empty page, waiting for the words to come.

    Maybe a walk will bring inspiration?

  • read by mark heap and william hootkins
  • by.... - julian simpson

  • 0201Turned Out Nice Again20050801

    Written and performed by Ian Mcmillan.

    In a world of fantasy anything is possible, even a TV reality show themed around the immortal George Formby

    0202Brother And Sister And Foot20050802

    An invasion of the body snatchers? Only a foot remains, and the noises...

  • by - Scarlett Thomas
  • read by Flora Montgomery

  • 0203Two Encounters20050803

    An unexpected meeting on a business trip leads a businessman into a dark place in his own mind.

  • read by paul higgins
  • by.... - roger hyams

  • 0204Loulou And Barbie And The Seven Deadly Sins20050804

    A late summer day.

    Soon Loulou will be 12 and it will be time to put away childish things.

    But what will poor Barbie do then?

  • read by flora montgomery and tara hugo
  • by.... - morven crumlish

  • 0205 LASTPropaganda Airways20050805

    There is more than one way to wage war.

    And psychological warfare can be very effective.

  • read by kerry shale
  • by.... - nick walker