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Jacqueline by Tatum Anderson

A young woman leaves Jamaica for the UK, hoping to emulate her cousin Jacqueline by working as a nurse. When she arrives, nothing is quite as she expected it to be.

Jacqueline was written by Tatum Anderson. She is a journalist and writer from London. She received an MA In Creative Writing at Birkbeck, University of London and is now working on a PhD there in the autumn.

She has recently completed her first novel about Jamaican soldiers in the First World War which was Highly Commended in the Blue Pencil Agency First Novel Award 2020. She is now working on a second novel.

The reader is Juliet Jordon. She is a recent Drama, Applied Theatre and Performance graduate. She is doing an MFA (Master in Fine Arts) in directing. She studied Acting at Morley College London on the Performing Arts HND course.

This story was directed and produced by Martin Nathan. Martin Nathan has worked as a labourer, showman, pancake chef, fire technician, and a railway engineer. His short fiction has been published by Tangent Press, HCE and Grist and his poetry has appeared in Finished Creatures, Erbacce and Aesthetica. His novel A Place of Safety is published by Salt Publishing.

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Website: http://www.martinnathan.co.uk

The music and image used in this episode are both reproduced with the permission of Martin Nathan.

Ride the Peter Pan by Allison Whittenberg

A young woman travels from her old life to her new, from the North to the South, on a Greyhound bus.

Content warning: this story mentions rape.

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A Whittenberg is a Philadelphia native who has a global perspective. If she wasn’t an author she’d be a private detective or a jazz singer. She loves reading about history and true crime. Her novels include Sweet Thang, Hollywood and Maine, Life is Fine, Tutored and The Sane Asylum.

This short story was read by Antonia White.

The producer was Tabitha Potts.

The cover photograph was taken by R Miller on Flickr and is used under a Creative Commons Attribution License. It has been cropped.

Knish by Martin Nathan and The Prison Poem by Rebecca Ruth Gould

We have two shorter stories this month, Knish by Martin Nathan and The Prison Poem by Rebecca Ruth Gould.

Knish by Martin Nathan

The knish is a lump of potato with pastry wrapped around it and baked. You can still buy them in Brighton Beach, Long Island, filled with kasha or beef or cherry and cream cheese or pretty much anything you want.

Like this story, it’s not what’s on the outside or on the inside that counts. It’s somewhere between the two that makes things different.   

Written and produced by Martin Nathan.

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Read by Luke Blackwood.

Martin Nathan has worked as a labourer, showman, pancake chef, fire technician, and a railway engineer. His short fiction has been published by Tangent Press, HCE and Grist and his poetry has appeared in Finished Creatures, Erbacce and Aesthetica.

His novel – A Place of Safety is published by Salt Publishing. In 2020 he has been shortlisted for the Woodward International Playwriting Prize and the Nick Darke Award.

The Prison Poem by Rebecca Ruth Gould

For over a thousand years, Persian poets have been writing about prison. One day, these poems stir a nervous conversation between lovers in modern Iran. “The Prison Poem” by Rebecca Ruth Gould recounts a millennium of poems in which imprisoned poets criticize their rulers.

Rebecca Ruth Gould is a writer, translator, and scholar. Her books include Writers and Rebels (2016) and the poetry collections Cityscapes (2019) and Beautiful English (2021). Her first short story collection, Strangers in Love, is forthcoming, as is The Persian Prison Poem (Edinburgh University Press). She was born in the US and now resides in the UK, where she teaches at the University of Birmingham. 

Visit Rebecca Ruth Gould’s website

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Twitter @rrgould

Instagram @r.r.gould

The reader for The Prison Poem was Julia Lewis.

The music used in The Prison Poem was from a recording of musician Peyman Heydarian on Freesound.org by xserra and has an attribution license.

The Friends by Maggie Iribarne

A party, a prank, and a dear friend passed away: “The Friends” by Maggie Nerz Iribarne celebrates and mourns a friendship through awkward laughter and silent tears. 

Maggie Nerz Iribarne is a lifelong writer of journals, poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, memoir, and essays. She is happiest with a blank journal and a new pen in hand. A lucky and grateful woman in all ways, she gets to work as a writing tutor at Le Moyne College and practices her craft on the third-floor attic of her home in Syracuse, New York.

In November 2020 her short story, “Sick, but Sociable,” appeared in Malarkey Books’ anthology, What I thought of Ain’t Funny (http://malarkeybooks.com/what-i-thought-of-aint-funny).

Photo (adapted) by David P Whelen on Morguefile

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