Scottish Shorts

New writing from Scotland.

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By Linda Cracknell

A boy visiting his mother in hospital meets a strange character with intriguing tales of a lost landmark.

Read by Robert Jack

Producer Eilidh McCreadie

Author Linda Cracknell has been inspired by her work as writer-in-residence at The Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh. The hospital moves to a new location in 2017.

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By Wayne Price

Guilt, laughter and death come to mind as a man recalls his family's long connection to a reclusive outsider.

Read by Steven McNicoll

Producer Eilidh McCreadie

Author Wayne Price was born in south Wales and has lived and worked in Scotland since 1987. He is an award-winning fiction and poetry writer and has twice been a finalist for the Manchester International Poetry Prize. He teaches at the University of Aberdeen and his debut novel, 'Mercy Seat' was published in 2015.

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By Margaret Morton Kirk

Artist Jack lives quietly on a remote Scottish island until a chance meeting with a tourist changes everything.

Read by Melody Grove

Producer Eilidh McCreadie

Margaret Morton Kirk is a writer from Inverness. Her short stories have achieved success in a number of competitions and she is currently working on a crime novel set in her home town.

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: Scottish Shorts is one of a returning series of short readings featuring new writing from first time or emerging writers.

A woman considers the role of numbers in her life as she sits by the bed of her dying grandmother. Francesca Dymond reads a lyrical exploration of death, permanence and mathematics, written by Pippa Goldschmidt.

Produced by Eilidh McCreadie.

Pippa Goldschmidt is based in Edinburgh and came to creative writing from a previous career as an astronomer. She is the author of Dundee International Book Prize finalist, 'The Falling Sky'.

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: Scottish Shorts is one of a returning series of short readings featuring new writing from first time or emerging writers.

A family struggle with hardship in Imperial Japan. Claire Knight reads a tale of war seen through the hopeful eyes of a child.

Produced by Eilidh McCreadie.

Kirstin Zhang was raised in Papua New Guinea and studied in Glasgow, London and Tokyo, where she worked as an extra in commercials. She is working on a collection of stories set in Japan in the final year of the Pacific War.

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: Scottish Shorts is one of a returning series of short readings featuring new writing from first time or emerging writers.

A woman sworn off relationships after a series of romantic disappointments finds her resolve tested to the limit. Morven Christie reads a witty, contemporary tale which shows inspiration can come from the most unlikely quarter.

Produced by Eilidh McCreadie.

Vicki Jarrett is a writer from Edinburgh. Her debut novel 'Nothing Is Heavy' was shortlisted for the Saltire Society Scottish First Book award. Her first collection of short stories, 'The Way Out', is published by Freight later this year.

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Roddy Hamilton's short story about the inner turmoil suffered by a librarian who feels she has been sexually assaulted by one of her readers.

Read by Lesley Mackie.

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Paul R Hyde's short story.

A man encounters Shakespeare in a dream and finds him to be a scoundrel, a rogue - and a waiter in Verona.

Read by Michael Mackenzie

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Meaghan Delahunt's short story.

A young Mexican girl determines to escape poverty and prostitution by becoming one of the famous divers of Acapulco - but the competition is for men only.

Read by Tamara Kennedy

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Jim Glen's short story.

A man visits a therapist for the first time and finds himself looking at the world in a different light.

Read by James Bryce.

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Michael Faber's short story.

A domineering husband becomes suspicious of his wife's plans to attend a school reunion.

Read by Jimmy Chisholm

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A L Kennedy reads her own short story `Not Anything to Do with Love'.

In the aftermath of a failed romance, the ex-lovers meet unexpectedly.

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Paul Young reads `Visiting the Professor' by Ron Butlin, in which a drunken academic takes a colleague home for a very late night cap.

0203To The Monument Of Shah Jahan20020109

Joanna Tope reads `To the Monument of Shah Jahan' by Meaghan Delahunt, in which a woman experiences a welter of emotions on visiting the Taj Mahal.

0204Letters From A Well-wisher20020110

Vivienne Dixon reads `Letters from a Well-Wisher' by Helen Lamb, in which some useful but rather intimidating advice is on offer.

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Mary Riggans reads `Mrs Heggarty' by Saket Priyadarshi, in which a wealthy South African housewife becomes a museum cleaner in Scotland.

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A week of new writing from Scotland begins with Being Leonard Cohen by Sarah Rauchas, a comic account of a womans search for a vocation.

""A passing comment from a friend was what turned the light on for me.

He said, and I will always be grateful to him for this, Youre so depressing! And it all fell into place!"" Read by Irene Macdougall

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by Roddy Hamilton.

The funeral of a celebrated stage magician is disrupted when his coffin disappears.

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by Alastair Potter.

War breaks out when a new warden is appointed at a Rest Home For Mature Actors.

0404Tafelmusik And Cat-scarers - A Brief Biography Of The Real Georg Telemann20040101

by Ron Butlin.

Read by Crawford Logan

0405 LASTTravelling Via San Francisco And The Moon20040102

By Ron Butlin.

Composer Robert Schumann wakes one morning to find that Leipzig is now in China.

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by Linda Cracknell: Working away from home during the festive season, an executive rediscovers her sense of adventure.

Read by Tamara Kennedy.

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by Kenneth Steven: Old fishing logbooks rekindle memories of first love in the winter snow.

Read by John Buick.

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written and read by Anne Downie: The pantomime season finds a theatre company struggling to keep the show on the road.

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by Ron Butlin: Elderly Alice is feeling bruised by life, but an angry commuter provokes her fighting spirit.

Read by Edith MacArthur.

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by Jenny Warton: An awkward young man meets a beautiful girl in an art gallery - but is it the perfect match? Read by Ralph Riach.

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By Sally Beamish, read by Joanna Tope.

The quirky tale of a middle-aged woman whose life is turned upside down when her husband leaves her.

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By Kenneth Steven, read by Paul Blair.

A young Celtic supporter gets a life-changing job with a fanatical Rangers fan.

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By Regi Claire, read by Finlay Welsh.

Following an incident with an ice-cream cone, a family are abandoned on a motorway.

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By Merryn Glover.

A young woman returns to her home town to visit her estranged mother.

Read by Lesley Hart

By Merryn Glover, read by Lesley Hart

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By Fiona Thackeray, read by Gary Lewis.

An inmate finds unexpected refuge from prison life when some important guests pay a visit.

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By Zoe Strachan.

When Ted Samson's father goes missing in action during World War II, Ted hatches a foolproof plan to ensure his return by attacking his next door neighbour with his best friend's ferret.

Read by Robin Laing.

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By Janette Walkinshaw.

Finishing her work late one frosty night, a young farming woman thinks about the next day's wedding celebrations and what might have been.

Read by Gayanne Potter

0703Lemon Ice Cream20071219

By Kenneth Steven.

When his mother dies, the youngest member of a family of Italian emigres in New York takes matters into his own hands and decides to sell his father's recipe for lemon ice cream.

Read by Michael Goldsmith

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By Lynda Mcdonald.

Miles away from home, a woman stumbles upon a grave which she believes to be her long-lost uncle's.

Read by Monica Gibb

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By Fiona Sinclair.

Home alone, a little girl is visited by the police during the week before Christmas.

As the officers try to find her a place to stay, she slowly realises her parents aren't coming back soon.

Read by Vicki Liddelle

0801Thirst *20080113

By Merryn Glover.

An act of kindness yields a miraculous result for a downtrodden woman in Nepal.

Read by Gayanne Potter

0802The Dizzy *20080120

By Patrick Prior.

As time passes, a young man realises his date isn't coming.

He decides to take matters into his own hands.

Read by John Kielty

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By Vivien Jones.

The smell of freshly picked tomatoes evokes a childhood memory of a single act of disobedience which had a surprising effect.

Read by Monica Gibb

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By Marietta Macgranthin.

A villager is drawn nightly to the sea, where he becomes obsessed with a mysterious woman.

Read by Tamara Kennedy.

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By Peter Regent.

Holidaying in Greece, a Scottish minister has a disastrous encounter with a couple of dogs.

Read by Paul Young

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By Jason Donald: A lethargic jobseeker spies an opportunity to be a hero for once. Read by Iain Robertson.

By Jason Donald. A lethargic jobseeker spies an opportunity to be a hero.

By Jason Donald. A lethargic jobseeker spies an opportunity to be a hero. Stories showcasing new Scottish writing. Read by Iain Robertson.

By Jason Donald.

A lethargic jobseeker spies an opportunity to be a hero.

Read by Iain Robertson

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By Cynthia Rogerson: A gallery attendant muses on love and loneliness whilst on the job. Read by Paul Young.

By Cynthia Rogerson. A gallery attendant muses on love and loneliness. Read by Paul Young.

By Cynthia Rogerson. A gallery attendant muses on love and loneliness. Stories showcasing new Scottish writing. Read by Paul Young.

By Cynthia Rogerson.

A gallery attendant muses on love and loneliness.

Read by Paul Young

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By Anneliese Mackintosh. A young woman attends a dinner party hosted by her neighbours.

Comedy by Anneliese Mackintosh.

A young woman attends a dinner party hosted by her neighbours, who seem to be hiding something.

Read by Natalie Bennett.

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By Julia Butler. A boy adapting to a new environment comes alive on the football pitch.

Stories showcasing new Scottish writing.

By Julia Butler.

A young boy struggling to adapt to a new environment comes alive on the football pitch.

Read by Simon Tait.

A boy adapting to a new environment comes alive on the football pitch.

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By Tat Usher. A teenager spends her evenings swimming lengths of her local pool.

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Stories showcasing new writing from Scotland

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by Tat Usher

A teenager spends her evenings swimming lengths of her local pool until a familiar face makes her question her motivation.

A teenager spends her evenings swimming lengths of her local pool.

Read by Clare Yuille.

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By Janette Walkinshaw. Jane Bell has some difficult news for her best friend.

Stories showcasing new Scottish writing.

By Janette Walkinshaw, read by Ann Louise Ross.

Jane Bell has some difficult news for her best friend in this elegiac tale of love in its many forms.

By Janette Walkinshaw.

Jane Bell has some difficult news for her best friend.

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A shy schoolgirl fears the worst when she attends a compulsory religious retreat with her catty classmates.

Read by Sally Reid

Written by Nicola White

Producer: Eilidh McCreadie

'Scottish Shorts' showcases the best new writing from Scotland.

Nicola White lives on a peninsula in Argyll, between a picturesque sea loch and an MOD arms depot.

A former art curator and documentary producer, she turned her back on the city and steady wages a few years ago.

Since then she has been invited to read her work at the Blue Room, Newcastle and the Irish Writers Centre, Dublin.

In 2008 she received a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award.

A shy schoolgirl fears the worst when she attends a compulsory religious retreat.

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By R.A. Martens.

A surreal and funny short story about Oliver Al Sobek, whose exceptional requirements in the field of dentistry - he has the vast jaws of a crocodile - make visits to the dentist hard to come by. His new dentist harbours romantic dreams of tending his incisors with the gentle ministrations of a Plover.

R A Martens moved to Scotland from Cumbria for a couple of years twenty years ago, and has never left. Five years ago, she finally worked out that if she wanted to be a writer, she had better start writing. She has received a new writers award from the Scottish Book Trust, and her short stories have been published in anthologies and literary magazines including 'Gutter' and 'New Writing Scotland'. She is currently working on her first collection of short stories, 'Magnificent Miss M and the Copenhagen Interpretation of Insanity', and has just begun writing her first novel, 'The Strong and Practiced Arms of Mr Friendly'.

Reader: Sandy Grierson

Producer: Allegra McIlroy.

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Set on a windswept Western Isle, a kindly old fisherman and his stern minister find a poignant sliver of common ground over tea from a chipped china cup.

Read by Matthew Zajac.

Written by Merryn Glover.

Producer: Patricia Hitchcock

'Scottish Shorts' showcases the best new writing from Scotland.

Merryn Glover is a playwright and author of short stories and received a Scottish Arts Council bursary.

She has written plays for BBC Radio Scotland.

A kindly old fisherman and his stern minister find a sliver of common ground.

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A spoilt princess craves possession of the one thing she can't have in this new spin on a familiar tale.

Read by Nicola Jo Cully

Written by Kirsty Logan

Producer: Eilidh McCreadie

'Scottish Shorts' showcases the best new writing from Scotland.

Kirsty Logan graduated in 2009 from Glasgow University's Creative Writing MLitt; over the next year she won a New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust, the Gillian Purvis Award, and third place in the Bridport Prize.

She regularly performs her own work and recently read at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Her short fiction has been published in around 80 anthologies and literary magazines.

Kirsty is currently working on her first novel and a short story collection.

A spoilt princess craves possession of the one thing she can't have.

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By Helen Sedgewick.

Final story in a series of new writing from Scotland. A retired Professor of Ecology, who is grieving for the loss of his daughter, volunteers at a sea turtle charity based in Kefalonia. The work brings solace, in spite of the uncaring mass of tourists.

Helen Sedgwick is a research physicist turned freelance writer. She has been published internationally in over forty magazines, journals and anthologies, and she won a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award in 2012. She's co-editor of two literary magazines - Gutter and Fractured West - and has performed her work at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, The Edinburgh Fringe, and Glasgow's Aye Write. In a perfect world, she would spend half her life as a writer in Scotland, and the other half on a beach in Kefalonia with the sea turtles. Her writing is about an imperfect world.

Read by Paul Young.

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.

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By Nicola White. A shy schoolgirl fears the worst when she attends a religious retreat.

A shy schoolgirl fears the worst when she attends a compulsory religious retreat with her catty classmates.

Read by Sally Reid

Written by Nicola White

Producer: Eilidh McCreadie

'Scottish Shorts' showcases the best new writing from Scotland. Nicola White lives on a peninsula in Argyll, between a picturesque sea loch and an MOD arms depot. A former art curator and documentary producer, she turned her back on the city and steady wages a few years ago. Since then she has been invited to read her work at the Blue Room, Newcastle and the Irish Writers Centre, Dublin. In 2008 she received a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award.

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By Merryn Glover. A kindly old fisherman and his minister find a sliver of common ground.

Set on a windswept Western Isle, a kindly old fisherman and his stern minister find a poignant sliver of common ground over tea from a chipped china cup.

Read by Matthew Zajac.

Written by Merryn Glover.

Producer: Patricia Hitchcock

'Scottish Shorts' showcases the best new writing from Scotland. Merryn Glover is a playwright and author of short stories and received a Scottish Arts Council bursary. She has written plays for BBC Radio Scotland.

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By Kirsty Logan. A spoilt princess craves possession of the one thing she can't have.

A spoilt princess craves possession of the one thing she can't have in this new spin on a familiar tale.

Read by Nicola Jo Cully

Written by Kirsty Logan

Producer: Eilidh McCreadie

'Scottish Shorts' showcases the best new writing from Scotland. Kirsty Logan graduated in 2009 from Glasgow University's Creative Writing MLitt; over the next year she won a New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust, the Gillian Purvis Award, and third place in the Bridport Prize. She regularly performs her own work and recently read at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Her short fiction has been published in around 80 anthologies and literary magazines. Kirsty is currently working on her first novel and a short story collection.

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Scottish Shorts, the best new writing from Scotland.

Paint Fumes by Kirstin Innes

A young footballer from an oppressive home seeks escape through Argentina's urban art scene.

Reader Simon Donaldson. Produced by Eilidh McCreadie

Kirstin Innes is a novelist and playwright based in Glasgow. Her first novel, FISHNET, will be published in early 2015.

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Scottish Shorts, the best new writing from Scotland.

Egg and Cress by Melissa Reid

A disappointing sandwich is the start of a slow unravelling for a put-upon mother. Reader Laura Smales. Produced by Eilidh McCreadie

Melissa Reid is currently working towards a Creative Writing PhD and is writing her first novel - a story for young adults set in the North of Scotland.

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Scottish Shorts, the best new writing from Scotland.

The Punch by Kenneth Steven.

An argument with his brother sets Ranald on the journey of a lifetime. Reader Iain Macrae. Produced by Eilidh McCreadie.

Kenneth Steven's novel GLEN LYON was published in 2013. His new volume of poems, CORACLE, will appear later this spring.

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Scottish Shorts, the best new writing from Scotland

Bethlehem House by Merryn Glover

A return to a childhood location brings back painful memories for an ex-pat. Reader Ann Louise Ross. Produced by Eilidh McCreadie

Australian by passport, born and brought up in South Asia and now living in Scotland, Merryn Glover's stories have been widely published and her plays have been performed on stage and on radio. Her debut novel A HOUSE CALLED ASKIVAL is set in India and spans 70 years of its recent history. It will be published in June by Freight Books. More information can be found at www.merrynglover.com.