BBC National Short Story Award’s 2017

I’m excited. The BBC National Short Stories Award shortlist has just been announced.

This combines two of my favourite things, short stories and podcasts. Each of the shortlisted stories is broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and then, a little while after, is available for download during this week.

Selected from over 600 entries, this year’s shortlist is as follows:

Murmur by Will Eaves

– a vivdly narrated account of a man finding himself on the wrong side of conventional morality.

The Waken by Jenni Fagan

– set on a scotish island where a young woman with vengance on her mind has a transformative experience.

The Edge of the Shoal by Cynan Jones

– a fishing trip gone wrong, a story of survival on the seas.

The Collector by Benjamin Markovits

– a lonely man is struggling to come to terms with recent events which are shrouded in mystery.

If a book is locked there’s probably a good reason for that, don’t you think? by Helen Oyeyemi

– a tale of office politics turned dark when a newcomer’s handbag is upturned and secrets spill out.

The podcasts can be found to download here

The stories are also available in an anthology if you prefer to read them. The National Short Story Awards 2017 is out now in the UK and will be released in the US on November 1st.

The judges for this year include Joanna Trollope, Eimear McBride, Jon McGregor, Sunjeev Sahota and Di Speirs, who is Books Editor at BBC Radio.

This is the 12th year of this award, with the winning author receiving £15000, and the four other shortlisted authors, £600 each. The winner will be announced on Tuesday 3rd October live on BBC Radio 4 during Front Row from 7.15pm.

If you want to read more about the award head to BBC Radio 4’s website here

Neil Gaiman Wins Science Fiction Poetry Prize

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Neil Gaiman’s poem The Mushroom Hunters has won first prize in the Long Poem category at The 2018 Rhysling Awards.

The Science Fiction Poetry Association’s award was started in 1978 in recognition of achievements in the field of speculative poetry. The award was named after the blind singer and storyteller “Noisy” Rhysling, the protagonist of Robert A. Heinlein’s “The Green Hills of Earth“.

Neil Gaiman’s poem The Mushroom Hunters beat a whole array of other-worldly poems to gain the prestigious first prize for a long poem. The poem has been heralded as the “first feminist poem about the dawn of science“.

Watch the reading, or read it yourself below.

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The Winner of the 2018 Orwell Prize is Announced

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The Orwell Prize is British literary award given out yearly for political writing of outstanding quality. Each year three prizes are awarded, one for a book, one for journalism, and a recently added category for ‘exposing Britain’s evils’. As always it’s the book prize we’re interested here at For Reading Addicts and the 2018 winner has been announced.

The 2018 Orwell Prize for political literature goes to Scottish rapper Darren McGarvey who performs under the name Loki, who has won the prize for Poverty Safari, a searing examination of the British underclass.
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J. K. Rowling and Stan Lee inducted into Sci-Fi and Fantasy Hall of Fame

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J. K. Rowling has been named as one of the writers to be inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame along with Marvel grandaddy Stan Lee.

The hall of fame for sci-fi and fantasy has been going since 1996 and Lee will be the first comic book writer to be included. Both he and Rowling have made a significant impact on the world of pop culture this past decade, with a stream of books and movies and an ever-expanding universe for both Marvel and the Potter fandom.

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Rape Charges Filed after Nobel Academy Scandal

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In a shock decision there was no Nobel Prizes this year after the Academy fought off a scandal centred round Jean-Claude Arnault. Arnault’s wife Katarina Frostenson is a well known poet and sits on the Academy. Sara Danius, the first woman to lead the Academy led the protest but those who wanted to play down the scandal ousted her from her post.

The scandal continued with many members resigning in protest, leaving the Academy in crisis due to its own rules. It looked as though the entire Nobel Prize Academy might have been disbanded forever but it was ultimately saved, although 2018 will be the first year in 69 years that the awards have not been given.
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