Small Wonder Festival - BBC National Short Story Award Panel Discussion

27 Sep 2020 - 5.00PM


Free event, part of Small Wonder Festival at Home. Premieres on Sunday 27 September at 5pm, on Charleston’s YouTube channel

An online panel discussion featuring shortlisted writers (to be announced) from this year’s BBC National Short Story Award with judge and double shortlistee, Lucy Caldwell, chaired by BBC’s Editor of Readings Di Speirs.

Now in its fifteenth year, the BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University is one of the most prestigious for a single short story. From the short and pithy to the layered and literary, via robust poetics, family hierarchies and maligned youth, this year’s shortlist is the perfect reflection of all that can be achieved in few words. 

Following the announcement of the shortlist on Radio 4’s Front Row, on Friday 11 September, the five stories in contention for the 2020 award will be broadcast each weekday afternoon on Radio 4 at 3.30pm from Monday 14 September. The winner will be announced live on the programme on Tuesday 6 October, and there will be a special edition of the Short Story podcast for each to download.

As part of Small Wonder Festival at Home, from 10am, Friday 25 September – 10pm, Sunday 27 September, Charleston is also exclusively showing online for free BBC Arena’s landmark documentary on T.S. Eliot, plus new poems and contemporary responses to the film. Find out more here

Available for FREE on Charleston's YouTube channel.