A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4
Less is more in a series of flash fiction by Tania Hershman, prize-winning exponent of this burgeoning literary form.
Tania Hershman, a former science journalist, is the author of The White Road and Other Stories, commended by the judges of the 2009 Orange Award for New Writers.
She is Grand Prize Winner of the 2009 Binnacle 150-Word Ultra Short story Competition, and winner (Europe) of the 2008 Commonwealth Broadcasting Association's 600-word Short Story Competition.
Tania is currently writer-in-residence in the Science Faculty at Bristol University.
She is also founder and editor of The Short Review - an online journal dedicated to reviewing short story collections - and current Fiction Editor of Southword magazine.
Opinions vary on the precise definitions or poetics of flash fiction, but put simply: a flash is a very, very short story.
The Afternoon Reading usually yields three stories per week - this time, there are sixteen.
My Mother Was An Upright Piano
At Camden Town He Said He Loved Me
Just what colour is an electron? How do you count a neutrino? And can the world's most-Googled stars resist the greatest of all temptations? Find out in today's stories:
We Keep The Wall Between Us As We Go
The Painter And The Physicist
In today's six stories, we see right through one another, encounter unorthodox theories of motherhood, and meet fear, death and a pair of highly unusual sisters.
The stories are:
The Google 250
The Mathematics Of Sunshine