Audible is launching a fiction podcast featuring original short stories from writers including Daisy Johnson, Eimear McBride and Liv Little.
Called “Hag” and debuting on 29th August, the podcast will see eight female writers reimagine folk tales sourced from across the UK by Professor Carolyne Larrington, a specialist in Old Norse and British fairy tales at St John’s College, Oxford.
Audible said the tales would explore identity, faith, religion, gender and sexual trauma. Kirsty Logan, Naomi Booth, Emma Glass, Natasha Carthew and Mahsuda Snaith will also contribute new writing to the series.
Each story will combine vocal effects, songs, atmospheric textures and an original score, alongside interviews between Prof Larrington and the authors.
Former Blackwell’s bookseller Johnson, who became the youngest ever author, at age 27, to be shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2018 for her novel Everything Under (Cape), has written “A Retelling” for the podcast.
She said: “It was an enormous pleasure to be part of this project. Retelling, reinvention and reworkings are close to my heart and this was a welcome challenge. The story I was given to retell has lingered with me, dream-like, inserted itself into other projects. These are authors who are working at the edge of strangeness and beauty and I cannot wait to see what they've come up with.”
Harriet Poland, commissioning editor at Audible UK, said: “This is a group of writers firmly placed in the modern world but in possession of a vital understanding of how gender, class and position have impacted the way stories have always been told. Hag brings together startling and evocative writing to reimagine the foundations of our culture, and it’s been a pleasure to witness such vital writing come together with compelling narration and innovative soundscapes.”