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BBC National Short Story Award

BBC National Short Story Award 2018

Kiare Ladner - Van Rensburg's Card

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

4 Extra Debut. Kiare Ladner's shortlisted story of how a simple note brings solace and the prospect of new hope. Read by Carolyn Pickles. Show more

BBC National Short Story Award

BBC National Short Story Award 2018

Sarah Hall - Sudden Traveller

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Sarah Hall's shortlisted story of how profound loss is followed by new life and new love. Read by Rebekah Staton. Show more

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Diner is forced to escape his creditors, and is determined Lizzie will go with him. Read by Hattie Morahan and Carl Prekopp. Show more

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Lizzie must learn the truth about what actually happened to Diner's first wife. Concluded by Hattie Morahan and Carl Prekopp. Show more

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Set in Bristol in the 1790s, a mysterious burial and financially risky building plans. Read by Hattie Morahan and Carl Prekopp. Show more

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Lizzie's mother has shocking news explaining and Diner prepares to sell the house. Read by Hattie Morahan and Carl Prekopp. Show more

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

The overthrow of the French king makes Diner anxious about his property schemes. Read by Hattie Morahan and Carl Prekopp. Show more

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Lizzie has a new baby brother, confronts a loss and her husband’s past unsettles her. Read by Hattie Morahan and Carl Prekopp. Show more

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Lizzie’s missing her mother and troubled by Diner, and has a very unexpected encounter. Read by Hattie Morahan and Carl Prekopp. Show more

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

As the news from France darkens, Lizzie has a secret she must hide from Diner. Read by Hattie Morahan and Carl Prekopp. Show more

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

The French monarch has been beheaded and the housing market collapses in England. Read by Hattie Morahan and Carl Prekopp. Show more

Book of the Week

Anna Lyndsey - Girl in the Dark

The Beginnings of the Darkness

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

4 Extra Debut. Diagnosed with extreme light sensitivity, Anna Lyndsey must adapt to new ways of living. Read by Hattie Morahan. Show more

Book of the Week

Anna Lyndsey - Girl in the Dark

New Ways of Living

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

An unexpected delight and a shattering revelation. Anna Lyndsey on her struggle with a chronic illness. Read by Hattie Morahan. Show more

Book of the Week

Anna Lyndsey - Girl in the Dark

A Descent into Darkness

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

The disquieting persistence of light in Anna Lyndsey’s struggle to make her impossible life possible. Read by Hattie Morahan. Show more

Book of the Week

Anna Lyndsey - Girl in the Dark

Relapse

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

The eternal return, and power of things to remain the same. Anna Lyndsey’s chronic illness battle concluded by Hattie Morahan. Show more

BBC National Short Story Award

BBC National Short Story Award 2017

The Edge of the Shoal

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

By Cynan Jones. The winning story of horror at sea. When things go terribly wrong, can the protagonist survive? Read by Jamie Parker. Show more

BBC National Short Story Award

BBC National Short Story Award 2017

Murmur by Will Eaves

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Short story of a man on the wrong side of conventional morals, later becoming a 2019 award-winning novel. Read by Blake Ritson. Show more