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18 minutes | 8 days ago
Ride the Peter Pan by Allison Whittenberg
A young woman travels from her old life to her new, from the North to the South, on a Greyhound bus. Content warning: this story mentions rape. A Whittenberg is a Philadelphia native who has a global perspective. If she wasn’t an author she’d be a private detective or a jazz singer. She loves reading about history and true crime. Her novels include Sweet Thang, Hollywood and Maine, Life is Fine, Tutored and The Sane Asylum. This short story was read by Antonia White. The producer was Tabitha Potts. The cover photograph was taken by R Miller on Flickr and is used under a Creative Commons Attribution License. It has been cropped.
12 minutes | a month ago
Knish by Martin Nathan and The Prison Poem by Rebecca Ruth Gould
We have two shorter stories this month, Knish by Martin Nathan and The Prison Poem by Rebecca Ruth Gould. Knish by Martin Nathan The knish is a lump of potato with pastry wrapped around it and baked. You can still buy them in Brighton Beach, Long Island, filled with kasha or beef or cherry and cream cheese or pretty much anything you want. Like this story, it’s not what’s on the outside or on the inside that counts. It’s somewhere between the two that makes things different. Written and produced by Martin Nathan. Read by Luke Blackwood. Martin Nathan has worked as a labourer, showman, pancake chef, fire technician, and a railway engineer. His short fiction has been published by Tangent Press, HCE and Grist and his poetry has appeared in Finished Creatures, Erbacce and Aesthetica. His novel – A Place of Safety is published by Salt Publishing. In 2020 he has been shortlisted for the Woodward International Playwriting Prize and the Nick Darke Award. The Prison Poem by Rebecca Ruth Gould For over a thousand years, Persian poets have been writing about prison. One day, these poems stir a nervous conversation between lovers in modern Iran. “The Prison Poem” by Rebecca Ruth Gould recounts a millennium of poems in which imprisoned poets criticize their rulers. Rebecca Ruth Gould is a writer, translator, and scholar. Her books include Writers and Rebels (2016) and the poetry collections Cityscapes (2019) and Beautiful English (2021). Her first short story collection, Strangers in Love, is forthcoming, as is The Persian Prison Poem (Edinburgh University Press). She was born in the US and now resides in the UK, where she teaches at the University of Birmingham. Visit Rebecca Ruth Gould's website Follow Rebecca Ruth Gould on Medium Twitter @rrgould Instagram @r.r.gould The reader for The Prison Poem was Julia Lewis. The music used in The Prison Poem was from a recording of musician Peyman Heydarian on Freesound.org by xserra and has an attribution license.
10 minutes | 2 months ago
The Friends by Maggie Iribarne
A party, a prank, and a dear friend passed away: "The Friends" by Maggie Nerz Iribarne celebrates and mourns a friendship through awkward laughter and silent tears. Maggie Nerz Iribarne is a lifelong writer of journals, poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, memoir, and essays. She is happiest with a blank journal and a new pen in hand. A lucky and grateful woman in all ways, she gets to work as a writing tutor at Le Moyne College and practices her craft on the third-floor attic of her home in Syracuse, New York. In November 2020 her short story, “Sick, but Sociable,” appeared in Malarkey Books’ anthology, What I thought of Ain’t Funny (http://malarkeybooks.com/what-i-thought-of-aint-funny). Photo (adapted) by David P Whelen on Morguefile
15 minutes | 3 months ago
The Bowl by Miki Lentin
Two friends shoot some pool on a Saturday night in Dublin. There's not much else to do. But what happens when one friend wants something different from the night out? The Bowl was published on Storgy and is reproduced with their permission. This podcast contains some adult language. About Miki Lentin Miki took up writing while travelling the world with his family a few years ago, and this year was a finalist in the 2020 Irish Writer’s Centre Novel Fair. As well as writing his first book, he writes short stories, the most recent of which achieved second prize in the short story memoir competition with Fish Publishing. He has also been published by Storgy, Momaya Press and Village Raw Magazine, and writes book reviews for MIR Online. He is represented by @taffagent and you can follow him on Twitter @mikilentin Producer This podcast was produced by Martin Nathan. Martin Nathan has worked as a labourer, showman, pancake chef, fire technician, and a railway engineer. His short fiction has been published by Tangent Press, HCE and Grist and his poetry has appeared in Finished Creatures, Erbacce and Aesthetica. His novel – A Place of Safety is published by Salt Publishing. In 2020 he has been shortlisted for the Woodward International Playwriting Prize and the Nick Darke Award.
11 minutes | 4 months ago
Left Watching by R D Mouton
Four men, friends since childhood, walk into a wood, where they find a pile of bones. This strange discovery will change their lives forever. RD Mouton is an American Writer and Freelancer. He is currently pursuing a career in writing and completing his current projects, a short story collection and a young adult novel. He can be found on Twitter as @RDMakes. Photo by Koan courtesy of Morguefile.com Sound effect used are adapted from woodsbirds.wav by Sparrer on Freesound.org under the Attribution License The producer is Tabitha Potts
14 minutes | 5 months ago
The Death of Brutus
The narrator is a health care aide who cares for a disabled woman (Betty) as best as possible and tends to her many hamsters, including Brutus, with the ultimate compassion. It seems that Betty’s real confidant and friend is not the hamster she obsesses over in the story, but the young man who cleans out the hamster cages, cooks her meals, and buries her once-beloved rodents in the backyard. This story originally appeared in Fleas on the Dog Online in 2020. Mark Tulin is a poet, short story writer, and author residing in Ventura. He also has time to take pictures of the quirky people and strange objects he finds on Southern California's beaches. Gordon Lawrie (author and editor of Friday Flash Fiction) writes, “Tulin’s skill lies in raising his central characters above everything that surrounds them.” Mark had appeared in Fiction on the Web, smokebox, Vita Brevis Press, The Literary Hatchet, Amethyst Review, Friday Flash Fiction, The Daily Drunk, and podcasts and anthologies. His books include Magical Yogis, Awkward Grace, and The Asthmatic Kid and Other Stories. Keep up to date on all of Mark Tulin’s stories, poetry, and books at: www.crowonthewire.com Photo © Mark Tulin Music (faded in and out) from Comming Back by Loco Lobo under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
14 minutes | 6 months ago
St Esteban of the Children by E E King
Esteban, finder of lost things, awakes in his grave on November second to return home to his family for Dia De Los Muertos. But he overstays his allotted night and cannot find his way back. Time is running out, for if he stays out too long, he will be forgotten and fade away into nothingness. This story originally appeared in Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores in 2018. E.E. King is a painter, performer, writer, and biologist - She’ll do anything that won’t pay the bills, especially if it involves animals. Ray Bradbury called her stories, “marvelously inventive, wildly funny, and deeply thought-provoking. I cannot recommend them highly enough.” King has won numerous various awards and fellowships for art, writing, and environmental research. She’s been published widely, most recently in Clarkesworld, Flame Tree, Cosmic Roots, and Eldritch shores and On Spec. One of her tales is on Tangent’s recommended reading 2019. Her books include Dirk Quigby’s Guide to the Afterlife, Pandora’s Card Game, The Truth of Fiction, and The Adventures of Emily Finfeather. Check out paintings, writing, musings, and books at: www.elizabetheveking.com www.elizabetheveking.com https://twitter.com/ElizabethEvKing amazon.com/author/eeking Story copyright of the author E E King (all rights reserved). Image copyright Greg Willis adapted with his permission. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Music used in this podcast is adapted (extracts used and fades applied) from: La llorona by Trío La Aurora licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License.
33 minutes | 7 months ago
The Edge by Martin Nathan
The Edge is part of a series of location-based pieces exploring the stories and power of landscape. They use GPS location to trigger various sections when you run the app in the link supplied and you are in the correct location. This piece runs from Birling Gap to Beachy head and explores some of the stories associated with the area. It works either as a clifftop walk or a walk at beach level (although you need to walk on a falling tide). Despite its beauty Beachy Head has long had associations with loss and destruction. The cliffs were a favourite place of Aleister Crowley, the notorious Great Beast and Satanist, and the piece includes some of the battles between him and local clergy. Written, produced and read by Martin Nathan. Martin Nathan has worked as a labourer, showman, pancake chef, fire technician, and a railway engineer. His short fiction has been published by Tangent Press, HCE and Grist and his poetry has appeared in Finished Creatures, Erbacce and Aesthetica. His novel – A Place of Safety is published by Salt Publishing. In 2020 he has been shortlisted for the Woodward International Playwriting Prize and the Nick Darke Award.
6 minutes | 8 months ago
A Chicken that Shares our Values by Daniel Jeffreys
A Chicken that Shares our Values looks at the bipolar experience, how a simple phrase or marketing slogan can plunge us into the super-charged, symbolic world. As meaning-machines how and when do we let go? Daniel’s stories have appeared in Esquire, Ambit, The London Magazine, Litro and The Lampeter Review. He is in the third years of a PhD in the weird and eerie and completing a novel Highly Strung Read more on his blog Conan the librarian: https://conanlibrarianlondon.wordpress.com/ Photo by Spudgun67 / CC BY-SA
9 minutes | 9 months ago
Call Bird by Tabitha Potts
In this short story, two city-dwellers move to a remote house in the countryside and are unsettled by their experiences in their new home. Written, produced and read by Tabitha Potts Tabitha Potts is a writer living in East London. She has had several short stories published in print and online and been short-listed and long-listed for various awards, most recently the Sunderland University Short Story Award. In a past life, she was a BBC Radio Drama producer. Read more at http://www.tabithapotts.com This podcast uses these FX sounds from freesound: Spookywood.mp3 by priestjd (https://freesound.org/people/priestjd/) Magpie_WingsFlapping.wav by digifishmusic https://freesound.org/people/digifishmusic/) Original music composed by Rufus Harman
8 minutes | 10 months ago
BFFs by Marianne Rogoff
In 'BFFs' by Marianne Rogoff, a woman in mid-life contemplates whether or not she's ready for any new relationships while on a road trip. MARIANNE ROGOFF is the author of the Pushcart-nominated story collection Love Is Blind in One Eye, the memoir Silvie’s Life, and numerous travel stories, short fictions, essays, and book reviews. BFFs was a Finalist for the Ernest Hemingway Flash Fiction Prize 2018 and “Featured Fiction” in Fiction Southeast on 02/05/2020. BFFs short story and illustrative photo © Mariane Rogoff all rights reserved Sounds under CC-BY 3.0: ocean-LaJolla.wav by xserra
13 minutes | a year ago
Final Unveil and A Summoning Spell
We have two shorter pieces exploring grief and loss as part of the Waterloo Festival. “Final Unveil” is written and read by Saskia Butler, a writer and performer who lives in Lewes, Sussex. “A Summoning Spell” is written by Lindsay Gillespie, a Lewes-based writer and read by Saskia Butler. Note: these stories deal with trauma events. There is some adult language used so this episode is not suitable for under 18s.
31 minutes | a year ago
The Invisibles by Tatum Anderson
Tatum Anderson is a journalist and writer from London and The Invisibles tells of her time as an inpatient at St Thomas's Hospital. She has just received an MA In Creative Writing at Birkbeck, University of London and will begin a PhD there in the autumn. She has recently completed her first novel about Jamaican soldiers in the First World War and is writing her second. The story was read by actor Miranda Harrison. You can find out more about her work on her website https://mirandaharrison.co.uk. The Invisibles was produced by Martin Nathan. Martin Nathan has worked as a labourer, showman, pancake chef, fire technician, and a railway engineer. His short fiction has been published by Tangent Press, HCE and Grist and his poetry has appeared in Finished Creatures, Erbacce and Aesthetica. His novel – A Place of Safety is published by Salt Publishing. Website: http://www.martinnathan.co.uk The photo used for this episode was adapted from a photo by lisaleo at Morguefile.com
14 minutes | a year ago
Persepolis by Miki Lentin
Persepolis by Miki Lentin tells the story of a meeting between a volunteer Tony and a refugee Ali at a refugee support centre in Waterloo. Under a backdrop of a production of 'End Game' that is playing in the Old Vic Theatre, the story looks at both characters, and asks what it is they are both trying to escape from. Written and produced as part of the Waterloo Festival. About the author/producer Miki took up writing while travelling the world with his family a few years ago. Last year he completed a MA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck University, and this year was a finalist in the 2020 Irish Writers Centre Novel Fair. As well as finishing his first book, he writes short stories, the most recent of which achieved second prize in the short memoir competition with Fish Publishing. He has achieved second prize in the Momaya Press Short Story Award 2019 and has also been published by @Villageraw Magazine and Elixir Magazine online. He also writes book reviews for MIR Online. Miki is a Trustee of The Reading Agency, volunteers with the Refugee Council and at refugee camps in Calais and Greece, and dreams of one day running a café again. His agent is Cathryn Summerhayes @taffyagent. Find him on Twitter @mikilentin The applause sound FX comes from Orange Free Sounds and has been mixed under a Creative Commons Attribution license. Photograph of theatre by photographer hotblack at Morguefile.com
17 minutes | a year ago
The Vulnerable by Martin Nathan
An encounter with a girl begging on the street proves hard to escape from in this short story written and produced by Martin Nathan and read by Simon Balcon. This is our first short story as part of the Waterloo Festival online. Waterloo Festival is an annual celebration of arts, community and heritage in the artistic heart of London. We will run a series of Waterloo-based stories over May and June so please subscribe to hear more. Martin Nathan has worked as a labourer, showman, pancake chef, fire technician, and a railway engineer. His short fiction has been published by Tangent Press, HCE and Grist and his poetry has appeared in Finished Creatures, Erbacce and Aesthetica. His novel – A Place of Safety is published by Salt Publishing. Website: http://www.martinnathan.co.uk © Martin Nathan Simon Balcon is a local actor who has performed in a wide range of stage roles. https://www.spotlight.com/interactive/cv/1/M55939.html
15 minutes | a year ago
Mock Crab by Martin Nathan
The hidden tensions of a family holiday in Europe and a child's birthday party are explored in this short story by Martin Nathan, read by Luke Blackwood. Martin Nathan has worked as a labourer, showman, pancake chef, fire technician, and a railway engineer. His short fiction has been published by Tangent Press, HCE and Grist and his poetry has appeared in Finished Creatures, Erbacce and Aesthetica. His novel – A Place of Safety is published by Salt Publishing. Website: https://www.martinnathan.co.uk © Martin Nathan Luke Blackwood is an actor and you can read about his work here: https://www.northone.co.uk/portfolio/luke-blackwood/ The image used to illustrate this podcast is from Rawpixel under the CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication The music used in this production is 'I'm glad my wife's in Europe' used under license from Pond5.
13 minutes | a year ago
Meringues by Miki Lentin
What does it mean to do good in today’s society? A short story, Meringues, by Miki Lentin explores what happens when a newly arrived refugee from Iran accompanies his host to a charity Christmas Party, and shows the unintended consequences of what happens when people put their needs above those of helping others. © Miki Lentin all rights reserved. Miki Lentin has just finished a Creative Writing MA at Birkbeck University. He is a finalist in the Irish Writer’s Centre Novel Fair 2020, has appeared twice at MIR Live, writes book reviews for MIR Online, achieved 2nd prize in the Momaya Press Short Story Award 2019, and has been published by The Elixir Magazine online. He is a Trustee of The Reading Agency and volunteers @refugeecouncil and at refugee camps in Calais and Greece. Find him on Twitter @mikilentin Photo by lauramusikanski at Morguefile.com
10 minutes | a year ago
Crow Girl by Tabitha Potts
Crow Girl is a 'folk horror' tale of a young girl found abandoned in a hedgerow and brought up in a remote village. She has a hard and loveless life and struggles to survive - her only allies are the birds she befriends. © Tabitha Potts all rights reserved. Tabitha Potts is a writer living in East London. She has had several short stories published in print and online and been short-listed and long-listed for various awards, most recently the Sunderland University Short Story Award. In a past life, she was a BBC Radio Drama producer. Read more at http://www.tabithapotts.com This short story uses the following sound from Freesounds under CC0: Crows.wav by ken788 The illustration for Crow Girl is by Amy Shepheard Music is created by Rufus Harman.
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