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BFFs by Marianne Rogoff

In ‘BFFs’ by Marianne Rogoff, a woman in mid-life contemplates whether or not she’s ready for any new relationships while on a road trip.

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MARIANNE ROGOFF is the author of the Pushcart-nominated story collection Love Is Blind in One Eye, the memoir Silvie’s Life, and numerous travel stories, short fictions, essays, and book reviews. BFFs was a Finalist for the Ernest Hemingway Flash Fiction Prize 2018 and “Featured Fiction” in Fiction Southeast on 02/05/2020.

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BFFs short story and illustrative photo © Mariane Rogoff all rights reserved

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The Invisibles by Tatum Anderson

Tatum Anderson is a journalist and writer from London and The Invisibles tells of her time as an inpatient at St Thomas’s Hospital.

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She has just received an MA In Creative Writing at Birkbeck, University of London and will begin a PhD there in the autumn. She has recently completed her first novel about Jamaican soldiers in the First World War and is writing her second.

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The story was read by actor Miranda Harrison. You can find out more about her work on her website https://mirandaharrison.co.uk.

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The Invisibles was 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

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The photo used for this episode was adapted from a photo by lisaleo at Morguefile.com

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Persepolis by Miki Lentin

Persepolis by Miki Lentin tells the story of a meeting between a volunteer Tony and a refugee Ali at a refugee support centre in Waterloo. Under a backdrop of a production of ‘End Game’ that is playing in the Old Vic Theatre, the story looks at both characters, and asks what it is they are both trying to escape from.

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Written and produced as part of the Waterloo Festival.

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About the author/producer

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Miki took up writing while travelling the world with his family a few years ago. Last year he completed a MA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck University, and this year was a finalist in the 2020 Irish Writers Centre Novel Fair. As well as finishing his first book, he writes short stories, the most recent of which achieved second prize in the short memoir competition with Fish Publishing.

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He has achieved second prize in the Momaya Press Short Story Award 2019 and has also been published by @Villageraw Magazine and Elixir Magazine online. He also writes book reviews for MIR Online. Miki is a Trustee of The Reading Agency, volunteers with the Refugee Council and at refugee camps in Calais and Greece, and dreams of one day running a café again. His agent is Cathryn Summerhayes @taffyagent. Find him on Twitter @mikilentin

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Photograph of theatre by photographer hotblack at Morguefile.com

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The Vulnerable by Martin Nathan

An encounter with a girl begging on the street proves hard to escape from in this short story written and produced by Martin Nathan and read by Simon Balcon.

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This is our first short story as part of the Waterloo Festival online. ​

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Waterloo Festival is an annual celebration of arts, community and heritage in the artistic heart of London. 

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We will run a series of Waterloo-based stories over May and June so please subscribe to hear more.

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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

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© Martin Nathan

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Simon Balcon is a local actor who has performed in a wide range of stage roles.

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