Birds And Beasts

Five writers let loose their animal instincts in specially commissioned short stories on a theme of Birds and Beasts.


A philanderer encounters a long forgotten mistress who appears to be turning into a goat.

Writer: Shena Mackay
Reader: Barbara Flynn

The Parakeet

An unlikely encounter between a parakeet and an escaped vulture in Richmond Park.

Writer: Lynne Truss
Reader: Douglas Hodge

Hey Ho Silvo

A story of bereavement following the loss of a long lived and much loved pet.

Writer: Ruth Thomas
Reader: Anne Reid

Wayland Smith

A retelling of the fable of Wayland Smith – a follow up to Beowulf.

Writer:  Tobias Hill
Reader: Samuel West


An adulterous relationship is undermined by a censorious pet dog.

Writers: Cat Weatherill
Reader: Nicola Walker

First Broadcast:

Monday - Friday, 12th-16th March 2007 at 15:30 on BBC Radio 4

Production Credits:

Broadcast Assistant: Sarah Tombling
Sound Engineer: Jon Calver
Producer: Lisa Osborne
Executive Producer: Karen Rose

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