About The Story Player

The Story Player aims to be the online home of audio stories. It will broadcast stories by the best published and up and coming UK writing talent, as well as translated fiction from around the world, and a selection of classics from our literary heritage. The Story Player will commission original writing for recording and broadcast, and produce audio recordings of previously published contemporary and classic works.

The stories on The Story Player are available to listen to via www.thestoryplayer.com and can also be downloaded to PCs, laptops, smart phones and tablets, and shared via Facebook, Twitter and other social media.

The Story Player has evolved from the resurgence of the short story form and the growing popularity of short story events and projects taking place around the UK. The Story Player is run by the community interest company Stories Unlimited C.IC., organiser of National Short Story Week. National Short Story Week aims to get more people writing, reading and listening to short stories and has the support of a growing number of organisations and publishers, such as The Society of Authors, The Royal Society of Literature and The School Library Association. The patron of National Short Story Week is best-selling writer Katie Fforde. The patrons of Stories Unlimited C.I.C. are the author Lynne Reid Banks and the actor Paterson Joseph.

Paterson Joseph says:

“My interest in the short story form came when I was struggling through primary school in London. I’d realised quite early on that I was no academic and all the other parts of the curriculum were problematic for me. I just couldn’t see the point. But then came English lessons and the short stories that we had to read and summarise. I fell in love with the brief atmospheric tales of horse thieves and pirates, of kings and knights, of boys and girls like me in danger and adventures.

The form of the short story lends itself so readily to the imagination as it has to grab you quickly and not let you go. I was hooked as a child and I remain so today. As an actor, often working on busy film sets where breaks are short and erratic, the short story is vital as you can get a full tale read before you’re called on to arrest the villain or escape the clutches of a marauding gang of thugs!

If young people find it hard to get into long novels the ideal is for them to read something short and pithy, thus sparking their imaginations and perhaps giving them a taste for something more. The fact that I’m now a writer as well as an actor has surely come through my reading experiences; the leap of imagination needed to engage in a short story is very similar to that required for reading a script for the first time or writing a play. What a wonderful thing it would be if these initiatives lead to a whole new generation of skilled story tellers?

Long live the short story!”

This pilot phase of The Story Player was launched thanks to the combined efforts, talent and goodwill of a number of individuals and organisations. Find out more here.