Thou Shalt Not Suffer A Witch

Readings from the classic 1949 collection of supernatural short stories by Scottish author Dorothy K Haynes.

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20061015

Readings from the classic 1949 collection of supernatural short stories by Scottish author Dorothy K Haynes.

1/5. Gas

Katherine felt tired and cold. It was only nine o'clock. The dentist entered silently, breathing an antiseptic welcome.

Read by Tamara Kennedy.

Then Sailing By.

20061022

Stories by Dorothy K Haynes. 2/5. The Gay Goshawk. A wounded knight struggles to reach the safety of his home. But the castle only has two remaining occupants, and neither is human.

20061029

Series of stories by Scottish author Dorothy K Haynes, originally published in 1949.

3/5. Pentecost - a Flashback

A prayer meeting in wartime Glasgow is rudely interrupted, and the life of the hall caretaker is changed forever.

Read by Tamara Kennedy.

20061105

Series of stories by Scottish author Dorothy K Haynes, originally published in 1949.

4/5. The Memory

Read by Tamara Kennedy.

20061112

Series of stories by Scottish author Dorothy K Haynes, originally published in 1949.

5/5. Windfall

A young woman opens the door of her house to a curious and persistent visitor.

Read by Mark McDonnell.

AR01Gas2004121320061015

"Katherine felt tired and cold.

It was only nine o'clock.

The dentist entered silently..." Read by Tamara Kennedy.

AR01Gas2004121320061015
20150615 (BBC7)
20150616 (BBC7)
20170417 (BBC7)
20170418 (BBC7)

"Katherine felt tired and cold.

It was only nine o'clock.

The dentist entered silently..." Read by Tamara Kennedy

An eerie journey on the way home from the dentist.

An eerie journey on the way home from the dentist. A short story from Dorothy K Haynes' 1949 collection. Read by Tamara Kennedy.

"Katherine felt tired and cold. It was only nine o'clock. The dentist entered silently, breathing an antiseptic welcome..."

An eerie journey on the way home from the dentist. Read by Tamara Kennedy.

The Scottish author Dorothy K Haynes (1918-1987) was a prolific writer of short stories who specialised in the supernatural and the unsettling.

The first of five readings taken from her award-winning collection, Thou Shalt Not Suffer a Witch - first published in 1949 with illustrations by Mervyn Peake.

Produced by David Jackson Young

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2004.

AR02The Gay Goshawk2004121420061022

On reaching the safety of his castle, a knight finds the occupants are not human.

Read by Finlay Welsh.

A wounded knight struggles to reach the safety of his home.

But the castle only has two remaining occupants, and neither is human.

AR02The Gay Goshawk2004121420061022
20150616 (BBC7)
20150617 (BBC7)
20170418 (BBC7)
20170419 (BBC7)

On reaching the safety of his castle, a knight finds the occupants are not human.

Read by Finlay Welsh.

A wounded knight struggles to reach the safety of his home.

But the castle only has two remaining occupants, and neither is human.

An injured knight hopes for help from his trained hawk.

An injured knight hopes for help from his trained hawk. From Dorothy K Haynes' 1949 story collection. Read by Finlay Welsh.

AR03Pentecost - A Flashback2004121520061029
20150617 (BBC7)
20150618 (BBC7)
20170419 (BBC7)
20170420 (BBC7)

A caretaker sees falling bombs differently to others.

Series of 5 stories by Scottish author Dorothy K Haynes, originally published in 1949. 3: Pentecost - a Flashback. A prayer meeting in wartime Glasgow is rudely interrupted, and the life of the hall caretaker is changed forever. Read by Tamara Kennedy.

A prayer meeting in wartime Glasgow is rudely interrupted, and the life of the hall caretaker is changed forever.

Read by Tamara Kennedy.

AR03Pentecost, A Flashback2004121520061029

A prayer meeting in wartime Glasgow is rudely interrupted, and the life of the hall caretaker is changed forever.

Read by Tamara Kennedy.

AR04The Memory2004121620061105
20150618 (BBC7)
20150619 (BBC7)
20170420 (BBC7)
20170421 (BBC7)

"My father said to me, 'Bessie, there's a man being hanged in the street...'." Read by Tamara Kennedy.

A child is convinced that she witnessed an execution.

A child is convinced that she witnessed an execution. From Dorothy K Haynes' 1949 collection. Read by Tamara Kennedy.

AR04The Memory2004121620061105

"My father said to me, 'Bessie, there's a man being hanged in the street...'." Read by Tamara Kennedy.

AR05 LASTWindfall2004121720061112

A young woman opens the door of her house to a curious and persistent visitor.

Read by Mark McDonnell.

AR05 LASTWindfall2004121720061112
20150619 (BBC7)
20150620 (BBC7)
20170421 (BBC7)
20170422 (BBC7)

A young woman opens the door of her house to a curious and persistent visitor.

Read by Mark McDonnell.

A woman sells her trinkets to a passing salesman.

A woman sells her trinkets to a passing salesman. From Dorothy K Haynes' 1949 collection. Read by Mark McDonnell.