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01Just a Tango20120810

By Kapka Kassabova. Heady tale exploring the exotic world of tango and the tango addict.

01Just a Tango20120810

The legendary Gene Kelly was born a hundred years ago this year.

These three newly commissioned stories celebrate the world of dance and its power to inspire and attract.

'Just a Tango' by Kapka Kassabova. In this heady tale we delve into the exotic world of tango and the tango addict. Will they find what they are looking for?

Read by Anita Vettesse.

Producer: Patricia Hitchcock

Kapka Kassabova was born in Bulgaria but then emigrated as a teenager to New Zealand. She has lived and travelled all over the world and now lives in Scotland. She is an award-winning travel writer and author of three novels with Penguin NZ: LOVE IN THE LAND OF MIDAS, RECONNAISSANCE (Commonwealth Prize for best 1st novel) and VILLA PACIFICA. She has written several poetry collections and was chosen for the 2012 Poetry Parnassus event at London's Southbank.

She has also written about growing up in Bulgaria in STREET WITHOUT A NAME, as well as a second memoir about her decade-long tango odyssey TWELVE MINUTES OF LOVE: A TANGO STORY (UK: Portobello 2011).

She is the winner of Golden Quill (Zlatnoto Pero) Award for contributions to Bulgarian culture 2009.

'Kassabova is that rare thing, an author who excels in every genre. She's a published poet and novelist, a writer of travel guides, and of memoirs, whose earlier book, STREET WITHOUT A NAME, is an autobiographical travelogue about rediscovering her native Bulgaria. ... TWELVE MINUTES OF LOVE: A TANGO STORY is her touching and insightful chronicle of a ten-year obsession that dragged her around the world and back again by the heartstrings.' -- The Scotsman.

02The Wheeled Platform20120817

The legendary Gene Kelly was born a hundred years ago this year.

To mark this anniversary, these stories celebrate the world of dance and its power to inspire and attract.

'The Wheeled Platform' by Hannah McGill.

In this tale, the lure of dance proves impossible to ignore for one woman who seems to have it all.

Read by Gabriel Quigley.

Produced by Patricia Hitchcock.

Hannah McGill has worked as a music, film and television critic, and

from 2006 to 2012 she was the Artistic Director of the Edinburgh

International Film Festival. She still lives in Edinburgh where she

does freelance writing, editing and teaching.

02The Wheeled Platform20120817

The lure of dance proves impossible to ignore for one woman who seems to have it all.

03 LASTKeeping the Faith20120824

The legendary Gene Kelly was born a hundred years ago this year.

Three stories which celebrate dance and its power to move, inspire and bring together.

'Keeping the Faith' by Zoe Strachan.

In this poignant story, two people, generations apart, find a connection through the magic of moving to music.

Read by Julie Austin.

Producer: Patricia Hitchcock.

Zoë Strachan is an award-winning novelist who also writes plays, libretti, short stories and essays. Her most recent book is Ever Fallen in Love, currently shortlisted for the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Book Awards. The Lady from the Sea, an opera for which she wrote the libretto (music by Craig Armstrong), premieres at the Edinburgh International Festival in August 2012.

03 LASTKeeping the Faith20120824

Two people, generations apart, find a connection through the magic of moving to music.