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

Follow Rebecca Ruth Gould on Medium

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

The Bowl by Miki Lentin

Two friends shoot some pool on a Saturday night in Dublin. There’s not much else to do. But what happens when one friend wants something different from the night out?

The Bowl was published on Storgy and is reproduced with their permission.

This podcast contains some adult language.

About Miki Lentin

Miki took up writing while travelling the world with his family a few years ago, and this year was a finalist in the 2020 Irish Writer’s Centre Novel Fair. As well as writing his first book, he writes short stories, the most recent of which achieved second prize in the short story memoir competition with Fish Publishing.

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He has also been published by StorgyMomaya Press and Village Raw Magazine, and writes book reviews for MIR Online. He is represented by @taffagent and you can follow him on Twitter @mikilentin

Producer

This podcast 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. In 2020 he has been shortlisted for the Woodward International Playwriting Prize and the Nick Darke Award.

Left Watching by R D Mouton

Four men, friends since childhood, walk into a wood, where they find a pile of bones. This strange discovery will change their lives forever.

RD Mouton is an American Writer and Freelancer. He is currently pursuing a career in writing and completing his current projects, a short story collection and a young adult novel. He can be found on Twitter as @RDMakes.

Photo by Koan courtesy of Morguefile.com

Sound effect used are adapted from woodsbirds.wav by Sparrer on Freesound.org under the Attribution License

The producer is Tabitha Potts

The Death of Brutus

The narrator is a health care aide who cares for a disabled woman (Betty) as best as possible and tends to her many hamsters, including Brutus, with the ultimate compassion.

It seems that Betty’s real confidant and friend is not the hamster she obsesses over in the story, but the young man who cleans out the hamster cages, cooks her meals, and buries her once-beloved rodents in the backyard.

This story originally appeared in Fleas on the Dog Online in 2020. 

Mark Tulin is a poet, short story writer, and author residing in Ventura. He also has time to take pictures of the quirky people and strange objects he finds on Southern California’s beaches.

Gordon Lawrie (author and editor of Friday Flash Fiction) writes, “Tulin’s skill lies in raising his central characters above everything that surrounds them.”

Mark had appeared in Fiction on the Web, smokebox, Vita Brevis Press, The Literary Hatchet, Amethyst Review, Friday Flash Fiction, The Daily Drunk, and podcasts and anthologies. His books include Magical Yogis, Awkward Grace, and The Asthmatic Kid and Other Stories.

Keep up to date on all of Mark Tulin’s stories, poetry, and books at:

www.crowonthewire.com

Photo © Mark Tulin

Music (faded in and out) from Comming Back by Loco Lobo under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

St Esteban of the Children by E E King

Esteban, finder of lost things, awakes in his grave on November second to return home to his family for Dia De Los Muertos. But he overstays his allotted night and cannot find his way back. Time is running out, for if he stays out too long, he will be forgotten and fade away into nothingness. 

This story originally appeared in Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores in 2018.

E.E. King is a painter, performer, writer, and biologist – She’ll do anything that won’t pay the bills, especially if it involves animals.

Ray Bradbury called her stories, “marvelously inventive, wildly funny, and deeply thought-provoking. I cannot recommend them highly enough.” 

King has won numerous various awards and fellowships for art, writing, and environmental research.

She’s been published widely, most recently in Clarkesworld, Flame Tree, Cosmic Roots, and Eldritch shores and On Spec. One of her tales is on Tangent’s recommended reading 2019. 

Her books include Dirk Quigby’s Guide to the Afterlife, Pandora’s Card Game, The Truth of Fiction, and The Adventures of Emily Finfeather.

Check out paintings, writing, musings, and books at:

 www.elizabetheveking.com

www.elizabetheveking.com

https://twitter.com/ElizabethEvKing

amazon.com/author/eeking

Story copyright of the author E E King (all rights reserved).

Image copyright Greg Willis adapted with his permission. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Music used in this podcast is adapted (extracts used and fades applied) from:

La llorona by Trío La Aurora licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License.

The Edge by Martin Nathan

The Edge is part of a series of location-based pieces exploring the stories and power of landscape. They use GPS location to trigger various sections when you run the app in the link supplied and you are in the correct location. 

This piece runs from Birling Gap to Beachy head and explores some of the stories associated with the area. It works either as a clifftop walk or a walk at beach level (although you need to walk on a falling tide).

Despite its beauty Beachy Head has long had associations with loss and destruction. The cliffs were a favourite place of Aleister Crowley, the notorious Great Beast and Satanist, and the piece includes some of the battles between him and local clergy.

Written, produced and read 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. In 2020 he has been shortlisted for the Woodward International Playwriting Prize and the Nick Darke Award.

A Chicken that Shares our Values by Daniel Jeffreys

A Chicken that Shares our Values looks at the bipolar experience, how a simple phrase or marketing slogan can plunge us into the super-charged, symbolic world. As meaning-machines how and when do we let go?

Daniel’s stories have appeared in Esquire, Ambit, The London Magazine, Litro and The Lampeter Review. He is in the third years of a PhD in the weird and eerie and completing a novel Highly Strung

Read more on his blog Conan the librarian: https://conanlibrarianlondon.wordpress.com/

Photo by Spudgun67 / CC BY-SA