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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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https://www.spotlight.com/interactive/cv/1/M55939.html

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Mock Crab by Martin Nathan

The hidden tensions of a family holiday in Europe and a child’s birthday party are explored in this short story by Martin Nathan, read by Luke Blackwood.

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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:

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https://www.martinnathan.co.uk

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© Martin Nathan

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Luke Blackwood is an actor and you can read about his work here:

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https://www.northone.co.uk/portfolio/luke-blackwood/

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The image used to illustrate this podcast is from Rawpixel under the CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication

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The music used in this production is ‘I’m glad my wife’s in Europe’ used under license from Pond5.

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Meringues by Miki Lentin

What does it mean to do good in today’s society? A short story, Meringues, by Miki Lentin explores what happens when a newly arrived refugee from Iran accompanies his host to a charity Christmas Party, and shows the unintended consequences of what happens when people put their needs above those of helping others.

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© Miki Lentin all rights reserved.

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Miki Lentin has just finished a Creative Writing MA at Birkbeck University. He is a finalist in the Irish Writer’s Centre Novel Fair 2020, has appeared twice at MIR Live, writes book reviews for MIR Online, achieved 2nd prize in the Momaya Press Short Story Award 2019, and has been published by The Elixir Magazine online. He is a Trustee of The Reading Agency and volunteers @refugeecouncil and at refugee camps in Calais and Greece. Find him on Twitter @mikilentin

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Photo by lauramusikanski at Morguefile.com

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Crow Girl by Tabitha Potts

Crow Girl is a ‘folk horror’ tale of a young girl found abandoned in a hedgerow and brought up in a remote village. She has a hard and loveless life and struggles to survive – her only allies are the birds she befriends.

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© Tabitha Potts all rights reserved.

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Tabitha Potts is a writer living in East London. She has had several short stories published in print and online and been short-listed and long-listed for various awards, most recently the Sunderland University Short Story Award. In a past life, she was a BBC Radio Drama producer. Read more at http://www.tabithapotts.com 

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This short story uses the following sound from Freesounds under CC0:

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Crows.wav by ken788

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The illustration for Crow Girl is by Amy Shepheard

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Music is created by Rufus Harman.