A reader suggested recording longer pieces, allowing busy people to tune in and making it easier to share ‘slow’ quotations which might look daunting in a sweeping stretch of text. Thank you for listening!

The mule and the mare

The mule and the mare

Listening time: under 3 minutes Grossman writes with great empathy of animals and their experiences. Here an Italian mule, requisitioned to the war...

Of pens and pencils

Of pens and pencils

Listening time: under 3 minutes.  This is a charming account of negotiating communist bureaucracy at the height of the Cold War.  John Steinbeck and...

War wounds

War wounds

Listening time: 4 minutes.Among the warm-hearted and even funny accounts of people they met in the Soviet Union, this searing...

My publisher, falsely so called…

My publisher, falsely so called…

Listening time: under 3 minutes.I loved this drawn out account of Thoreau's dealings with a publisher wanting to clear out his cellar of Thoreau's...

The happiest time of life

The happiest time of life

Listening time: 3 minutes.  A beautiful description of the sheer, unbounded joy of being alive in a small mongrel dog who finds herself on the...

A Greek showed up

A Greek showed up

Listening time: under 5 minutes.  From Steinbeck's masterful and lively account of travelling in the Soviet Union with Robert Capa. Chmarsky is...

Cocktails in Kiev

Cocktails in Kiev

Listening time: 2 minutes.  On their travels to the Soviet Union in 1946, John Steinbeck and Robert Capa were surprised to encounter...

Survival savvy

Survival savvy

Listening time: under 4 minutes.Inspired by the true story of a dog trained by the Soviets to go into space, Vasily Grossman imagines...

Thank you for the podcasts! I only wish they were longer as they are great companions.

Liisa Välikangas

Thank you for these wonderful podcasts Béatrice. Apart from the joy in the writing with its images and sentiments, it’s lively to hear your voice, which is an excellent story-telling voice that is lovely to listen to. You are a natural seanchaí (Irish for story-teller).

As Eva rightly says, time is an issue for me, and to be honest, at the end of a day, concentration span is too. These podcasts enable me to enjoy writing redux as I gaze out the window of the train and watch the landscape go by.

I look forward to the next podcasts.

Wishing you a lovely September.

Tanya Strevens

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