Friday Firsts

Four acclaimed novelists write their first stories for radio.

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Episodes

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0101The Coup20121026

Tom Rachman, author of The Imperfectionists, describes how a protest threatens to turn into a coup, in London' s genteel Kensington, next door to where the two Geralds have just moved in.

Reader Julian Rhind-tutt.

Producer Duncan Minshull

0102Steak20121102

by Evie Wyld, describes how a group

of male barflies in small town Australia are unsettled by the appearance of Mariella..

Reader Mike Sengelow

Producer Duncan Minshull

0103She Wiped The Surface20121109

In She Wiped The Surface, Louisa Young, describes how

a mother happily arranges her daughter's birthday party, but

this masks a family bereavement. How to cope?

Reader Emma Fielding

Producer Duncan Minshull

0104 LASTHanging On20121116

In Holding On by Ross Raisin, a woman stands at the end of a

cliff, which is at the end of her garden - which means what,

exactly?

Reader Deborah Findlay

Producer Duncan Minshull.

0201Finding Your Voice20140103

This returning series features three emerging novelists who have been well praised and won prizes but haven't until now written short stories for radio. Ned Beauman (author of Boxer, Beetle and The Teleportation Accident), Jenn Ashworth (Cold Light and The Friday Gospels) and Alis Shaw (The Man Who Rained, The Girl with Glass Feet) make their story debuts for Radio 4.

1. Finding Your Voice

In Ned Beauman's tale, an actor with a beautiful voice has to act ruthlessly after a strange trip to Bulgaria..

Reader Nicholas Boulton

Producer Duncan Minshull

0202Five Thousand Lads A Year20140110

This returning series features three emerging novelists who have been well praised and won prizes but haven't until now written short stories for radio. Ned Beauman (author of Boxer, Beetle and The Teleportation Accident), Jenn Ashworth (Cold Light and The Friday Gospels) and Ali Shaw (The Man Who Rained, The Girl with Glass Feet) make their story debuts for Radio 4.

2. Five Thousand Lads A Year

In Jenn Ashworth's tale, the confident writer always succeeds with his workshops, but one new client has a chilling effect on him..

Reader Paul Hilton

Producer Duncan Minshull.

0203 LASTBroken Mirrors20140117

This returning series features three emerging novelists who have been well praised and won prizes but haven't until now written short stories for radio. Ned Beauman (author of Boxer, Beetle and The Teleportation Accident), Jenn Ashworth (Cold Light and The Friday Gospels) and Ali Shaw (The Man Who Rained, The Girl with Glass Feet) make their story debuts for Radio 4.

3. Broken Mirrors

In Ali Shaw's tale a young woman decides to meet the stranger who collects shards of glass. But why?

Reader Louise Brealey

Producer Duncan Minshull

03Delamere's Meadow20160311

03Delamere's Meadow20160311

In Delamere's Meadow by Nina Stibbe, two sisters have to find new grazing ground for their ponies and this marks the start of horsey intrigue with Mrs Luckie-Bryant..

Reader Amelia Bullmore

Producer Duncan Minshull.

03Delamere's Meadow20160311

In Delamere's Meadow by Nina Stibbe, two sisters have to find new grazing ground for their ponies and this marks the start of horsey intrigue with Mrs Luckie-Bryant..

Reader Amelia Bullmore

Producer Duncan Minshull

03Re-enactment20160325

In Re-enactment by Tea Obreht, an outsider called Marko lands a job at The Well Digger's Wallet Saloon, where mock shoot-outs are staged. Shoot-outs, that is, with enigmatic endings..

Reader Patrick Kennedy

Producer Duncan Minshull.

03The Wallets20160318

In The Wallets by Colin Barrett, a lad called Doon roams the streets and finds a bar. A spikey encounter ensues and some skulduggery. Then it's time to meet his Mum again..

Reader Caolon McCarthy

Producer Duncan Minshull.