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01We Live In The Sky20140425

In the first in a series of hard-hitting stories looking at the lives of those living on the economic margins of society, Jenni Fagan tells the story of Okello, a young Ugandan boy trying to make sense of his new life in a London tower block. While his uncle is away, working round the clock to feed them, Okello wonders why life up in the clouds should be like this.

Reader: Damson Idris

Producer: Justine Willett

Writer: Jenni Fagan, one of Granta Magazine's '20 Best Novelists under the Age of 40' last year. She's the author of the acclaimed 'Panopticon'.

In the first in a series of stories looking at the lives of those living on the economic margins of society, Jenni Fagan tells the story of Okello, a young Ugandan boy trying to make sense of his new life in a London tower block. While his uncle is away, working round the clock to feed them, Okello wonders why life up in the clouds should be like this.

Reader: Damson Idris

Producer: Justine Willett

Writer: Jenni Fagan, one of Granta Magazine's '20 Best Novelists under the Age of 40' last year. She's the author of the acclaimed 'Panopticon'.

01We Live in the Sky20140425

In the first in a series of stories looking at the lives of those living on the economic margins of society, Jenni Fagan tells the story of Okello, a young Ugandan boy trying to make sense of his new life in a London tower block. While his uncle is away, working round the clock to feed them, Okello wonders why life up in the clouds should be like this.

Reader: Damson Idris

Producer: Justine Willett

Writer: Jenni Fagan, one of Granta Magazine's '20 Best Novelists under the Age of 40' last year. She's the author of the acclaimed 'Panopticon'.

In the first in a series of hard-hitting stories looking at the lives of those living on the economic margins of society, Jenni Fagan tells the story of Okello, a young Ugandan boy trying to make sense of his new life in a London tower block. While his uncle is away, working round the clock to feed them, Okello wonders why life up in the clouds should be like this.

Reader: Damson Idris

Producer: Justine Willett

Writer: Jenni Fagan, one of Granta Magazine's '20 Best Novelists under the Age of 40' last year. She's the author of the acclaimed 'Panopticon'.

02Pot Luck20140502

The second in a series of hard-hitting stories looking at the lives of those living on the economic margins of society in Britain today. In Lisa Blower's 'Pot Luck', a mother finds self-worth through those who have nothing in austerity-struck Stoke-on-Trent. The reader is Jaqueline Redgewell.

Producer: Justine Willett

Reader: Jacqueline Redgewell

Writer: Lisa Blower left full-time academia to become a writer in 2006. Her story 'Broken Crockery' won The Guardian's National Short Story Competition in 2009, and her story 'Barmouth' was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award in 2013. Her first novel is titled 'Sitting Ducks'.

02Pot Luck20140502

The second in a series of hard-hitting stories looking at the lives of those living on the economic margins of society in Britain today. In Lisa Blower's 'Pot Luck', a mother finds self-worth through those who have nothing in austerity-struck Stoke-on-Trent. The reader is Jaqueline Redgewell.

Producer: Justine Willett

Reader: Jacqueline Redgewell

Writer: Lisa Blower left full-time academia to become a writer in 2006. Her story 'Broken Crockery' won The Guardian's National Short Story Competition in 2009, and her story 'Barmouth' was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award in 2013. Her first novel is titled 'Sitting Ducks'.

03 LASTA Glass Of Cold Water20140509

In the last in a series of stories looking at the lives of those living on the economic margins of society, a young labourer tries to find solace and work in austerity-struck rural Wales.

Cynan Jones is the acclaimed author of four novels. His first novel, 'The Long Dry' won a Betty Trask award. His most recent novel is 'The Dig', of which Jon day in The Telegraph said: 'The Dig is more than a bleak portrait of what is now called the "rural economy". It is a book about the essentials: life and death, cruelty and compassion. It is a book that will get in your bones, and haunt you.'

Producer: Justine Willett

Reader: Robert Wilfort

Writer: Cynan Jones

Cynan Jones was one of Granta Magazine's '20 Best Novelists under the Age of 40' last year. His new novel is 'The Dig'.

Reader: tbc

03 LASTA Glass of Cold Water20140509

In the last in a series of stories looking at the lives of those living on the economic margins of society, a young labourer tries to find solace and work in austerity-struck rural Wales.

Cynan Jones was one of Granta Magazine's '20 Best Novelists under the Age of 40' last year. His new novel is 'The Dig'.

Producer: Justine Willett

Reader: tbc

Writer: Cynan Jones.

In the last in a series of stories looking at the lives of those living on the economic margins of society, a young labourer tries to find solace and work in austerity-struck rural Wales.

Cynan Jones is the acclaimed author of four novels. His first novel, 'The Long Dry' won a Betty Trask award. His most recent novel is 'The Dig', of which Jon day in The Telegraph said: 'The Dig is more than a bleak portrait of what is now called the "rural economy". It is a book about the essentials: life and death, cruelty and compassion. It is a book that will get in your bones, and haunt you.'

Producer: Justine Willett

Reader: Robert Wilfort

Writer: Cynan Jones