BBC National Short Story Award nomination for Research Fellow Lynda

The need for empathy and human connection are key themes for this year’s BBC National Short Story Award nominees, a rich and varied shortlist featuring our Research Fellow, Lynda Clark.

Lynda’s short story Ghillie’s Mum is one of five nominated for this year’s award, which were announced recently during BBC Radio 4’s Front Row programme. Lynda’s fellow nominees include a multi-award-winning novelist, a charity worker, a civil servant, and a Welsh writer, with their stories exploring loneliness, activism, intolerance and social exclusion.

Ghillie’s Mum takes us to a magical, fantastical world where ‘otherness’ and intolerance are explored in the story of a family who are able to shape-shift into animals.

Now celebrating its fourteenth year, the award is one of the most prestigious for a single short story, with the winning writer receiving £15,000, and the four further shortlisted authors £600 each. Selected from over 900 entries, this year’s shortlist is the sixth all-female shortlist in the BBC National Short Story Award’s history.

The winner will be announced live on BBC Radio 4 Front Row on Tuesday 1 October. We have our fingers crossed for you Lynda!

Lynda is a Research Fellow in the School of Humanities at the University of Dundee, working on the InGame project.


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