Sarah Hall, prize-winning novelist and short story writer, has been shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University for the third time for ‘Sudden Traveller’. She won the award in 2013 for ‘Mrs Fox’ and was shortlisted for the first time in 2010 for ‘Butcher’s Perfume’. Both stories appeared in her debut collection, The Beautiful Indifference.
Hall is joined on the shortlist by composer and debut novelist Kerry Andrew for ‘To Belong To’, Commonwealth Short Story Prize winner and debut novelist Ingrid Persaud for ‘The Sweet Sop’, rising talent Kiare Ladner for ‘Van Rensburg’s Card’ and creative writing lecturer and novelist Nell Stevens for ‘The Minutes’.
The shortlist of five stories was announced on Friday 14 September 2018, during BBC Radio 4’s Front Row. Selected from nearly 800 entries (an increase of 28% on 2017), this year’s shortlist is the fourth all-female shortlist in the BBC National Short Story Award’s history. The shortlisted stories will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 from Monday 17 to Friday 21 September 2018 from 3.30 to 4pm, and then available on BBC iPlayer and via the BBC Short Story Podcast.
Public tickets are now available to attend the award ceremony for the 2018 BBC Short Story Award with Cambridge University. Join us for the announcement of the winner during a live edition of BBC Radio 4’s Front Row:
Tuesday 2nd October, 6.15pm, West Road Concert Hall, 11 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DP
Tickets available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/shows/front_row_2oct18