Our theme of ‘Noir’ was inspired by all of those wonderful black and white films of the ’40s and ’50s. We thought of Dial M For Murder, The Postman Always Rings Twice, The Big Sleep. We read Raymond Chandler, Mickey Spillane, Dashiel Hammett. We slouched around like Philip Marlowe and Sam Spade, cultivating cynicism and a hard head for whisky. We thought about Humphrey Bogart, bascially. Our stories captured some of that menace, that sinister atmosphere, and a few dark deeds – as well as making us laugh, on occasion.
We screened the classic film noir The Third Man after the stories were performed.
For Story Fridays Noir, A Word In Your Ear was proud to team up with B&NES Library Services and the Bath Chronicle. We collaborated on the Library’s annual short story competition, and were able to offer the successful writers prizes. We were inundated with entries and read our way through a lot of blood and gore to choose some outstanding stories. All of the winning entries were read at Story Fridays Noir and you can listen to them below.
Night Drive, written and read by Adrian Paul:
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Mean Streets, written and read by Elaine Miles:
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The Blank, written by Kate Simants, read by Olly Langdon:
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Clyne, written and read by Philip Douch:
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Between Trains, written by John Reynolds, read by Jonathan Brindley:
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Rough Crossings, written and read by Natalie Watson:
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Thyme and Plaice, written by Julie Green, read by Julie and Ashley Green:
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