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Next Tuesday and Wednesday (3rd & 4th April’18) at 11am, Radio 4 EXTRA are repeating ‘The Time Being‘ from January 2014! In this series, a story by C D Rose set in Rome (1977), where a young woman seems very interested in a lawyer’s daily routines; and a story by Melissa Lee-Houghton with love, loss and white magic…
Starting Monday (2nd April’18) at 2pm for two weeks, BBC Radio 4 EXTRA are repeating ‘The Essex Serpent‘ by Sarah Perry – our Book at Bedtime from April 2017! Set in 1893, the story moves between Essex and London where Cora Seaborne – a perceptive, curious and bold young woman – has her head and heart tested by both man and myth…
Peterborough Cathedral is the setting for a specially-commissioned short story by Julie Mayhew, this Friday (30th Mar’18) at 15:45 on BBC Radio 4. When Annie plays truant, her preferred hiding place is beside the tomb of Katherine of Aragon. But what happens when someone else has designs on her spot? Bryony Hannah reads ‘The Last Place‘.
Suggs: My Mad-Life Crisis‘ is repeated this Friday (23rd Mar’18) at 14:15 on BBC Radio 4! The death of Suggs’ beloved cat on his fiftieth birthday triggers a personal quest to discover what happened to the father he never knew. Stunned by what he learns, Suggs takes us back to his childhood and his first appearance on Top Of The Pops at the age of eighteen…
This Friday (23rd Feb’18) at 15:45 on BBC Radio 4, Joe Sims reads our new short story ‘The Man Who Loved Birds‘ by the writer and journalist Alex Preston. A man who grew up surrounded by birds and birdsong misses them badly when, as an adult, he lives and works in the city. He decides to solve the problem by setting off on a journey…

A new Sweet Talk Book Of The Week starts on Monday, read by Philip Jackson! In ‘Yorkshire‘, archeologist Richard Morris finds that a family photograph is his starting point for a sweeping investigation into what defines his native county… Monday-Friday (19th-23rd Feb’18), 09:45 on BBC Radio 4

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We have showered them in mythology, but real owls are not the fluffy birds of our fairy tales, but wild things; often, but not always, just beyond our reach… In our new Book Of The Week, poet and academic Miriam Darlington sets off on a quest to learn more about the ecology and conservation of these night roaming raptors. ‘Owl Sense‘, read by Teresa Gallagher, starts next Monday (12th Feb’18) at 09:45 on BBC Radio 4!

A new Sweet Talk short story airs this Friday (19th Jan) at 15:45 on Radio 4 – written by Alison MacLeod and read by Indira Varma! A work of creative non-fiction – ‘Portrait: Eric Gill Dreaming‘ imagines the controversial artist Eric Gill in his house in Ditchling, asleep and dreaming about his work and life, and wondering whether or not they go together…

Next Monday – Friday (18th-22nd Dec’17) at 09:45 on Radio 4, catch our latest Book Of The Week ‘Village Christmas‘! Derek Jacobi reads from a new collection of Laurie Lee’s writings; including newly discovered pieces by his daughter Jessy Lee, which return to the landscape and traditions of his rural home in Slad as well as a changing London in the last century…
This Friday (15th Dec’17) at 15:45 on BBC Radio 4, catch our latest short story ‘Granny Flat‘ – specially-commissioned from the Australian writer Cameron Raynes, and read by Richard Dillane. While his son is preparing to leave the granny flat, Dan’s father is struggling in a nursing home. Dan asks himself if there used to be more to life than this. A tale of mid-life crisis and the sandwich generation…
All this week (4th-8th Dec’17), catch our Book Of The Week ‘Over and Out‘ by cricket commentator Henry Blofeld – 09:45 on BBC Radio 4! ‘Blowers’ as he is affectionately known by cricket lovers around the world, enlivened the Test Match Special commentary box for over 40 years. Today, Blowers looks back upon the event that triggered his retirement and reflects too on the accident that curtailed a promising career with the bat…
Our latest short story airs tomorrow (Friday 3rd November 2017) at 15:45 on BBC Radio 4! A family meal doesn’t go quite to plan in this specially-commissioned story by Agnieszka Dale. No-one knows quite what’s wrong with Annie, but her condition is getting worse and her expressions are more and more colourful… Daniela Denby-Ashe reads ‘The Curse‘.
This Monday (23rd October) on BBC Radio 4, presenter Lucy Hawking tells the story of one of the earliest online dating stories, written 140 years ago: ‘Wired Love – A Romance in Dots and Dashes’. Hawking looks at how the invention of the telegraph led to social changes in the role of women as well as providing the inspiration for this first on-line romance novel, published over 100 years before the internet… catch ‘Wired Love‘ at 11am.