Who we are

The stories on The Story Player have been brought to you by the following people:

Melanie Whipman (Commissioning Editor)
Melanie Whipman is a writer and lecturer who specialises in the short story form. Her fiction has been broadcast on Radio 4, has won various literary prizes and has been published in numerous magazines and anthologies. Melanie is an Associate Lecturer and PhD student at the University of Chichester. More about Melanie Whipman

David Jackson Young (Contributing Producer)
As a producer with BBC Radio Drama, David Jackson Young directed plays and readings for all the major slots on Radio 4 and Radio 3 including the Afternoon Drama, Book at Bedtime and Book of the Week. Now freelance, he also gives workshops on stagecraft for young musicians through Yehudi Menuhin’s charity Live Music Now, abridges books for broadcast, and – in a return to his acting roots – has appeared in various radio plays including the Radio 4 adaptations of Alexander McCall Smith’s44 Scotland Street. More about David Jackson Young

Ian Skillicorn (Founding Producer)
Ian Skillicorn founded The Story Player and was responsible for the initial trial phase of the project. He has now stepped down from running The Story Player to concentrate on his publishing business, and looks forward to Commissioning Editor Melanie Whipman and her team taking The Story Player onwards and upwards. More about Ian Skillicorn


Lisa Armytage (reads The Canary)
James Bryce (reads The Aberdeen Horse-Boy)
Lisa Coleman (reads Be Still My Soul)
Emma Currie (reads Happy with a Capital H)
Chris Donnelly (reads Waiting for a Train)
Kim Hicks (reads Smoke Gets in Your Eyes)
Glen McCready (The Story Player announcer)
Zehra Naqvi (reads Of Mothers and Little People and Consequences)
Lin Sagovsky (reads I Am Not The Passenger)
Simon Tait (reads The Dictionary)
Will Harrison-Wallace (reads The Infamous Bengal Ming)
David Wayman (reads The Birdman of Farringdon Road)
Becky Wright (reads Singing Dumb)


The Dictionary, Happiness with a Capital H and The Aberdeen Horse-Boy were recorded at Canongate Studios, Waters Close, Edinburgh  http://teamharmony.biz

Of Mothers and Little People, The Birdman of Farringdon Road, The Infamous Bengal Ming and Honey Skin were recorded at Quince Studios, Balcombe Street, London NW1 6NE  www.quincestudios.co.uk

Waiting For a Train, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes and Be Still My Soul were recorded at Christchurch Studios (part of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School), 38 Portland St, Bristol BS8 4JB  www.christchurchstudios.com

Special thanks for their support of The Story Player to all of the authors who kindly gave permission for their work to be recorded, to all of the actors who gave their time and talents to read the stories, and to Eleanor Weil at Bloomsbury, Molly Rosenberg at The Royal Society of Literature, Ian Humphreys at Christchurch Studios, and to short story writer and champion Susie Maguire.