Tales From A Near Continent

Five specially commissioned stories from writers living around Europe.

The Restorer

Restoring the peeling splendour of a baroque church in the centre of Rome, Claudio wonders how he might restore his marriage.

Writer: Matthew Neale
Reader: Owen Teale


On a flower-scented Spanish evening, Pepe tells the story of his grandfather’s life to a friend from England.

Writer: Chris Stewart
Reader: Andrew Sachs

Elenitsa's Marble Pillow

As tourists from every country in Europe descend on her Greek island, Eleni dreams of love.

Writer: Lucretia Stewart
Reader: Jane Whittenshaw
Music: Miazis Me Fotia performed by Anemos & Bechri Lina performed by Adnan Sefiani/L’Orchestre de Sale

How It Was

A small town in deepest France is the setting for a jealous wife’s fiery act of revenge.

Writer: Christopher Hope
Reader: Michael Maloney

Bloem In Brussels

An old man makes a disapproving odyssey through the multicultural streets of his native city.

Writer: Marcel Moring
Reader: Phillip Voss

First Broadcast:

Monday - Friday, 28th October-1st November 2002 at 15:30 on BBC Radio 4

Production Credits:

Sound Engineer: Perry Andrews
Producer: Lisa Osborne
Executive Producer: Karen Rose

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