The BBC National Short Story Award Shortlist: Jan Carson

The BBC National Short Story Award always highlights some absolute gems. This year there are three womxn on the shortlist: Jan Carson, Sarah Hall and Eley Williams. I had the pleasure of speaking to all three of them about their short stories. The interviews will be posted throughout the week, in alphabetical order.

First up is Jan Carson who’s shortlisted for In the Car with the Rain Coming Down. We discuss family tensions, picnics in the car in the rain, and the pace of change.

The winner of the BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University will be announced on 6th October on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row. The shortlist anthology is out now from Comma Press and the stories are available to listen to on BBC Sounds.