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01Shorts20150605

Three specially commissioned stories in which writers from around the world explore the idea of getting away from it all. What do we experience as tourists dabbling in the lives of others? How do those who host these fleeting visitors regard them and is there any way in which it is genuinely possible to find 'the real thing'?

In the first story, Namaste, Deepti Kapoor considers the Western tourists who have long headed to Goa for a dose of healing spirituality - and an Indian woman tries to find a solution to her own troubles by offering the visitors what they seek.

Deepti Kapoor lives in Goa and published her first novel, A Bad Character, in 2014.

Produced by Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.

02Shorts20150612

Three specially commissioned stories in which writers from around the world explore the idea of getting away from it all. What do we experience as visitors in the lives of others? For those who prefer to regard themselves as travellers, the urge to seek out the authentic is matched only by the fear of 'looking like a tourist'.

In As Far as We Could Go, by Thomas Morris, a group of visiting writers on a creative retreat in Ireland are determined that they will discover the authentic experience of local life.

Thomas Morris is editor of the Irish literary magazine The Stinging Fly. His first collection of short stories We Don't Know What We're Doing will be published in August.

Reader: Nathalie Buscombe

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.

03Shorts20150619

Three specially commissioned stories in which writers from around the world explore the idea of getting away from it all.

The impulse to flee the everyday grind and seek rest and relief in a change of scene is known as a need for a holiday - but what are the real reasons for becoming a tourist ? Perhaps it is all about travelling hopefully.

In the third story, Enzo by Tod Wodicka, a couple in their 30s attempt to revisit the carefree holidays of their formerly hip and trendy past, the era before marriage and before parenthood.

Tod Wodicka is based in Berlin. His second novel The Household Spirit is published in June.

Reader: Teresa Gallagher

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.