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Escape Routes, by Lucy Caldwell

The first of the ten shortlisted short stories in contention for the BBC International Short Story Award 2012. In Escape Routes by Lucy Caldwell a young girl growing up in Belfast in 1995 is fascinated by a computer game and Christopher, an adored babysitter.

The BBC Short Story Award is well established as one of the most prestigious for a single short story. The Award is celebrating the Olympic year by going global, and for one year only it reflects the richness and versatility of the short story internationally, with a shortlist of ten rather than the usual five. The winner and the runner-up will be announced live on Front Row on Tuesday, 2nd October. The story will be available as a free download following broadcast.

Read by Laura Pyper
Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

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30 minutes

Last on

Mon 17 Sep 2012 15:30

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