SALF records short stories for BBC Radio 4
Sunday’s DSC South Asian Literature Festival event Under The Skin saw three short stories recorded live for BBC Radio 4 at the Soho Theatre.
Reshma’s Ruia’s story tells the tale of an entrepreneurial man who takes stock of his life as he feels himself ageing, Kavita Bhanot’s ‘Eyebrows’ examines generational conflict and the issue of marriage, and finally, NSR Khan’s poignant ‘Correspondence’ is told from the perspective of a man who gradually comes to terms with his daughter’s homosexuality. All three writers are published in the anthology, Too Asian, Not Asian Enough.
The stories were superbly read by actors Deni Francis, Lyndam Gregory and NSR Khan herself, and the audience were audibly tickled, moved and enthralled throughout.
The readings were followed by a Q&A with the writers. Chair and festival director Jon Slack addressed issues of ‘ethnic writing’, the premise behind Too Asian, Not Asian Enough, and the correlation between fiction and autobiography.
A full recording of the Q&A will be available on the DSC South Asian Literature Festival website shortly.
The stories will air on BBC Radio 4 on 19th February, 26th February and 4th March