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The Literary Arena was positively brimming during the WordTheatre performances with a who’s who of established household name actors: both from TV and Hollywood stars as well as rising stars from British Theatre and Independent films from all around the world. Teaming with awards between them, this stellar cast of actors read from a fabulous selection of short stories from exceptional authors, both American Pushcart Prize Winners and featured stories from this year’s prestigious BBC National Short Story Award in partnership with Booktrust and the Scottish Book Trust.

Thursday July 17 between 9 and 10 PM:
Kissing With Tongues: Tales of Love and Longing

  • John Schwab read “Mother F*cker” by Aimee Bender
  • Dallas Campbell read “The Meeting” by Aimee Bender
  • Alice Coulthard read “The Kiss” by Pamela Painter
  • Harry Treadaway read “Loser” by Aimee Bender
  • Henry Naylor read “The Gold Lunch” by Ron Carlson
  • Gary Dourdan read “Hang the Moon” by Jim Lewis

Friday July 18 between Noon and 1 PM
The BBC National Short Story Award

“The Numbers” by Clare Wigfall was read by Rae Hendry

“Guidelines for Measure to Cope with Disgraceful and Other Events” by Richard Beard was read by Henry Naylor


Saturday July 19

between Noon and 1 PM
Field of Dreams: Where Fantasy and Reality Take Flight

Dallas Campbell, Harry Treadaway, John Schwab, Beatie  Edney, Megan Dodds, Alice Coulthard, Jonny Phillips, Ben Chaplin and Gary Dourdan brought the words of Lord Byron, Carl Jung, Marcel Proust, George Bernard Shaw, Christopher Reeve, Akira Kurosawa and Britney Spears and more to life.

between 5 and 6 PM
Hearts Aflame: Love and Hate Letters, from 12th Century Missives to 21st Century Emails

A heady mix of love and hate letters from nuns, soldiers and generals to those from some of the greatest world writers.  Laugh, cry and be moved.  Performed by a wonderful ensemble cast: Dallas Campbell, Harry Treadaway, John Schwab, Beatie Edney, Megan Dodds, Alice Coulthard, Jonny Phillips, Ben Chaplin and Gary Dourdan.


Sunday July 20

between 1 and 2 PM
The Affairs of Others

  • Maureen Lipman performed her own monologue, “Dinah,” and “In the Train” a monologue by Joyce Grenfell
  • David Soul performed “Bullet in the Brain” by Tobias Wolff
  • Juliet Stevenson performed “Paper Losses” by Lorrie Moore

Between 5 and 5:30 PM
Fevered Youth

  • Ray Panthaki performed “Paki” by Gautum Malkani
  • Richard Ayoade performed “Submarine” by Joe Dunthorne
  • Sally Hawkins performed a story “Extra Geography” by Rose Tremain