The Wireless Reader

The Wireless Reader

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The Wireless Reader: literary ear-candy from the tastiest writers. Stream live at, or download on iTunes or your favourite podcast platform.


Tigris, Burning Bright  

Poems and prose unite in this selection from the front line and the home front. Chrys Salt MBE, mother to a soldier, crafts poems, at first to find understanding, but ultimately to confront the forces of war. Steven H McGregor served with the US army in Iraq; his subtle fiction depicts vulnerability beneath a macho martial façade. N Quentin Woolf take his reader by the hand and onto the battlefield, to a place where understanding cannot penetrate and words are empty shells. Sometimes sinuous and suggestive, at others towering, the soundtrack is by Peter Kunert.

The Loving Gaze  

Love is blind - but we look, just the same. Three writers; three different ways of looking on those whom we are supposed to love. Is the eye the last word in unreliable narration? And maybe it wouldn't matter, were one gazing upon a distant other - but what if its object is someone who's counting on you to get it right? Viv Broughton visits days of changed status and an unstable self. Fiona Yaron-Field strives to understand whether a photographer's child can give consent and asks whether the lens isn't a component of the Mirror Stage. Annie Wilding checks her phone and glimpses a void within.

The Pugilistic Pose  

When we fight, we dance; but what use is a fighter outside the ring? Is knock-down strength a virtue or a liability? And what if the fight has begun, but you don’t know who your opponent is? Under Peter Kunert’s brooding score, Leslie Mapp meets his match in darkened streets; Anna Whitwham anatomises righteous rage and the teaching of a lesson; Ian Green lies with the corpses on the shore.


How can you tell when a story's done? What if it is missing an ingredient, and not even the writer knows which one? What's the difference between a fiction and a lie? Kate Ellis travels through London and time, and communes with several types of storyteller. Sean Preston serves up sexual revelations, and the secrets behind them. Titania Krimpas finds that it's what's between the lines of a story that really counts.

Past Imperfect  

How are memories formed, and what do they tell us about who we are? Can we trust what we remember? And is a memory something we keep and protect, or is it made afresh each time we look back? Christopher Fowler relives class snobbery and the delights of film; Prof Charles Fernyhough challenges the notion of what it is to remember; Anthony Marrian rekindles a distant love affair.

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