The Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 62

Ellie, Matt, Alex, Strat and Helen are in the studio!

– Strat & Alex do an art; a ‘drabble’ (100 word short story)

– Matt reviews ‘Nerve’ off of UK Netflix

– We chat about the latest core funding awarded by the Arts Council England

– Another game of EdFringe Roulette!

Links mentioned in the show:

Arts Council Funding

Lyn Gardner’s Guardian Article RE: ACE funding.

‘The Big Four’ Telegraph Article.

BBC R2 Stories Competition.

Gary by Alexander Pankhurst

“Gary, Gary, Gary, Gary!”
“I’m sorry what?”
“Birthday?!”
“Oh yeah!”
Opening the blinds Gary brought his large mechanical arms up in mock surprise.
“Close the blinds you idiot you’ll spoil it!”
“Sorry! I wasn’t aware that our guest of honour was going to be here so soon.”
“You know full well that he’s upstairs!”
“Fine,” Gary drawled, “If it’s so important to your little plan I’ll close them.” Snapping them shut he flounced off, only pausing to smirk and waggle his servo operated fingers precisely in Bens direction.
“Dick!” Ben spat. It was a lame retort and he knew it.

100 word story by Richard Stratton

“It’s behind your hand”, Gary drawled, “the handkerchiefs were up your sleeve, the rabbit is under the table.”

Dandini, Woking’s greatest birthday party magician, didn’t like Gary. Gary was an arrogant, know-it-all bully who had spent the last year terrorising his year 7 classmates. Dandini had chosen well.

“Now I need require a volunteer. How about the birthday boy?”. Gary swaggered over, sneering.

“In to my trunk of disappearance. Excellent, mind your head while I close the lid. Abrakadabra!”

10 minutes later Dandini was leaving the party.

Gary’s dad was talking to another child’s parent.

“Gary? I’m sorry? What birthday?”

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