See the post below for the initial email I shared here from Susie Maguire. Susie’s done sterling work in the past week bringing attention to this absurd decision, but I’m sure we could all be doing a bit more.

Here’s the link to the petition.

If Gwyneth Williams (Controller of BBC Radio 4) had met any of the hundreds of people I come into contact with at book events or writing courses year after year, she would have known exactly the ferocious response this idea would be met with, and have realised it couldn’t be done quietly.
Here’s just a few voicing concern : The Society of Authors, Equity, The Writers’ Guild, and a juicy piece in The Stage.

However, I’m not sure 4000+ signatures are enough, so come on you people who say you love the short story (ironically promoted by the BBC here!), get signing!