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Stray Dogs and Cowboys by Steve Wade

An Irish farmer, Liam Og, decides to leave his farm to his unknown American nephew.

This short story was written and read by Steve Wade.


Steve Wade’s short story collection, ‘In Fields of Butterfly flames’, was published in October 2020 by Bridge House Publishing. His fiction has been published and anthologised in over fifty print publications. His short stories have won, been placed and shortlisted in numerous writing competitions.

Winner of the Short Story category in the Write By the Sea Writing Competition in 2019. First Prize Winner of the Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown Writing Competition 2020.

This short story was produced by Tabitha Potts.

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Salvage by Martin Nathan

SALVAGE is set in Tide Mills, an abandoned village near Newhaven on the Sussex coast.

The traces of the mill and the childrens’ home can still be seen on the shingle beach.

Content warning: this drama contains some material listeners might find distressing

The piece was directed by Luke Blackwood-Stevenson


JANE – Rubie Ozanne

BILL – Lewis Jenkins

SAM – Kieran Dooner

IAN – Hamish Brewster

FRED – Luke Blackwood-Stevenson

Recording engineer: Max Jukes

Script, music and location sounds: Martin Nathan

A location-based piece with audio triggered within the Tide Mills site will be released soon.

Martin Nathan’s short fiction and poetry has appeared in a range of journals and his novel – A Place of Safety is published by Salt Publishing. His dramatic writing has been shortlisted for the Nick Darke award and the Woodward International Prize.

Loverman by Lindsay Gillespie

Livingstone Franklin, a hospital cleaner, has a side hustle as a soul singer – and a crush on a beautiful colleague.

This story is written by Lindsay Gillespie, a Lewes-based writer. It is read by Luke Blackwood-Stevenson.

The producer is Martin Nathan. Martin Nathan has worked as a labourer, showman, pancake chef, fire technician, and 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.

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Maddy by Sheila Kinsella

In this month’s short story, rebellious Maddy’s reunion with her much older and more conventional sister goes disastrously wrong.

About the writer

Belgium based writer Sheila Kinsella’s short stories draw inspiration from her Irish upbringing. An avid watcher of people’s behaviour, and blessed with abundant natural curiosity, Sheila lures the reader into a shrewdly observed world via imagery. 

Sheila graduated with an MA in Creative Writing (Distance Learning) from Lancaster University in the United Kingdom in 2017. Her stories have since been published in The Galway ReviewThe Blue Nib and Severine Literary Journal amongst others. 

The producer was Tabitha Potts.

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