The Reading

17 - 23 December 2014

10:45am Wednesday 17 December 2014

An Alternative by Mark Chamberlain

Alex dreams of recreating the New Zealand pioneer spirit and writing great literature.

Told by Phil Vaughan

Produced by Prue Langbein and engineered by Marc Chesterman

10:45am Thursday 18 December 2014

When Christmas Comes Early by Sue Emms

Louise doesn’t dare hope her dying brother will survive till Christmas. When she meets a woman with horrific injuries she finds a reason to celebrate life.

Told by Emma Kinane

Produced by Eva Radich and engineered by Phil Benge

Audio not available.

10:45am Friday 19 December 2014

Arboreal Angst: A Christmas Carol by Lindsay Wood

Jess, a Christmas fanatic, torments her family with her Christmas traditions. Her father hatches a plan to speed up the Great Christmas Tree Expedition but it backfires and they end up with two trees.

Told by Malcolm Murray

Produced by Jason Te Kare and engineered by Phil Benge/Phil Brownlee

Audio not available.

10:45am Monday 22 December 2014

Boom Time by Raewyn Alexander

The local hood comes unstuck in the Christmas rush.

This is one, of a series of semi-commissioned Christmas stories, from 1998 featuring "mystery items" – a bottle of baby oil, a Christmas cracker, a courier and forty feet of rope.

Told by the late Dorothy McKegg

Audio not available.

10:45am Tuesday 23 December 2014

Berries and Cream by Adrienne Frater

It’s Heather’s first Christmas without her husband Gareth. She sets off in his motor-home towards Motueka, picking up a Norwegian hitch-hiker and sharing a special treat with him.

Told by Catherine Downes

Produced by Prue Langbein and engineered by William Saunders

Not all audio is available due to copyright restrictions.

  • An Alternative by Mark Chamberlain ( 14′ 19″ )

    10:45 Alex takes his family to live in the bush, hoping to realise his dreams of recreating the New Zealand pioneer spirit and writing great literature.