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‘Every Ballymena Man’s Dream’ – local writer’s story set to be aired on BBC Radio Four

Ballymena man, Gerard McKeown, a writer who’s work continues to gain growing recognition and following, is set to have his work aired on BBC Radio Four today, Friday 17 December.

The local man was approached earlier this year by Michael Shannon from the BBC, who asked him about writing a story for them with a local setting.

“I thought, since I’d grown up in Ballymena, where better to base the story,” said Gerard. “I developed the story with Michael giving me feedback and helping me to edit the piece.”

Gerard continued: “The story is based on something unexpected that happens to a monumental sculptor when he gets rained off from work one day, and the chain of events that leads him to a memorable encounter with a local artist.”

Gerard’s work has been featured in a number of anthologies and journals. Most recently The Black Dreams: Strange Stories From Northern Ireland (Blackstaff Press), Same Same But Different (Everything with Words), and Still Worlds Turning (No Alibis Press).

‘Every Ballymena Man’s Dream’, an original short story specially commissioned by BBC Radio 4 from the writer Gerard McKeown, as read by Seamus O'Hara, will air today on BBC Radio Four at 3.45pm.

You can also listen to the story on the BBC Sounds app after it has aired.

For more information about Gerard McKeown, please visit:


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