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The next of the five stories shortlisted for this prestigious award for published writers is Butcher's Perfume by Sarah Hall. This gritty coming-of-age story is set in Carlisle where a disturbing event binds a teenage girl to the awe-inspiring Slessor family in which the wild blood of the region runs strong. Read by Emma Rydal. Abridged by Sally Marmion. Produced by Gemma Jenkins.

A link to a free podcast of the story will be available for download for two weeks following broadcast from the BBC Radio 4 website, where you can also watch previews of the other shortlisted stories and join the debate about this year's shortlist.

30 minutes

Last on

Tue 16 Nov 2010 15:30

Winners announced

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14 year old Lizzie Freestone has won the BBC Young Writers' Award 2016

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About the BBC National Short Story Award

Celebrating the short story

Celebrating the short story

BBC Arts celebrates the short story with a selection of treats from the archive