Wigfall wins short story award

<p>Clare Wigfall has won this year&rsquo;s BBC National Short Story Award for her story &ldquo;The Numbers&rdquo;, with Jane Gardam taking the runner-up prize for &ldquo;The People on Privilege Hill&rdquo;. </p><p>They beat fellow shortlisted authors Richard Beard (&ldquo;Guidelines for Measures to Cope with Disgraceful and Other Events&rdquo;), Erin Soros (&ldquo;Surge&rdquo;) and Adam Thorpe (&ldquo;The Names&rdquo;). </p><p>The &pound;15,000 prize, which is the richest for a single short story, was announced at a ceremony at the BAFTA HQ in London today (14th July), broadcast on BBC Radio 4&rsquo;s &ldquo;Today&rdquo; programme.&nbsp; </p><p>Chair of the judging panel, broadcaster and writer Martha Kearney, said: &ldquo;Clare&rsquo;s evocation of superstition and frustrated lives on a remote Scottish island is an act of historical ventriloquism. She shows just what the short story can achieve, conjuring up a whole world in microcosm.&rdquo; <br /></p>