Preston author on BBC Radio 4

Posted on - 10th January, 2014 - 5:39pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts



A new short story by prize winning Preston novelist Jenn Ashworth ‘Five Thousand Lads a Year’ was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 today.

Five Thousand Lads a Year is about a confident writer-in-residence in a prison who always succeeds with his workshops, but a new client has a chilling effect on him. The writer convinces the prison authorities to let try and break a stalemate caused by an offender in segregation refusing to eat or talk after he trashed his cell.

Jenn’s radio broadcast is part of theĀ Friday Firsts series, in which ā€˜acclaimed novelistsā€™ who are new to radio are commissioned to write short pieces for broadcast. Her story is narrated by actor Paul Hilton.

Five Thousand Lads A Year has been described as ‘The perfect short story, dripping with atmosphere’ in a review by theĀ Radio Times.

Preston born Jenn used to work as a librarian in a prison

Hear Jenn’s short story on Radio 4 BBC iPlayer

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