Pin Drop Studio Podcasts: a critically-acclaimed series of short fiction podcasts recorded live with world-leading authors, actors and other outstanding talents in London, New York and Los Angeles.
Set against the backdrop of iconic venues including the Royal Academy of Arts, BAFTA and the Houses of Parliament, Pin Drop has brought to the stage readers from leading literary figures to stalwarts of counter-culture including Stephen Fry, Sir Peter Blake, Sebastian Faulks, Richard Dawkins, William Boyd, Dame Sian Phillips, Molly Parkin, Ben Okri, Julian Barnes, Will Self, A L Kennedy, Prunella Scales, David Baddiel, Andy Burnham, Princess Julia, Selma Blair, David Nicholls, A C Grayling, Juliet Stevenson, Maura Tierney and Lionel Shriver.
Pin Drop brings a powerfully human experience to new audiences who embrace our uncomplicated ethos.
A Short Affair, a collection of original short fiction, will be published by Scribner.
Pin Drop was founded by Simon Oldfield and Elizabeth Day.
“Pin Drop is a wonderful and rare conception. It provides us with a special opportunity to celebrate the short story on its own unique terms. The perfect antidote to the sound-bite culture.” – William Boyd
“Pin Drop is wonderfully innovative… I really believe in Pin Drop and felt immensely rewarded to be involved.” – Stephen Fry
United States
35 episodes
since Nov, 2015



Listen to Gwendoline Christie reading Sunbed by Sophie Ward, live at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. Sophie Ward won the RA & Pin Drop Short Story Award 2018 for Sunbed, an original short story. About Gwendoline Christie Gwendoline is best known for portraying the warrior Brienne of Tarth in the HBO series Game of Thrones since 2012, and the First Order Stormtrooper Captain Phasma in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) and Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017). It has recently been announced that she will be starring in Armando Iannucci’s The Personal History Of David Copperfield. About Sophie Ward Sophie Ward is an acclaimed actor and writer from North London. Her short stories have been published in the anthologies, Finding A Voice, Book of Numbers and The Spiral Path, and The Gold Room. Her book, A Marriage Proposal; the importance of equal marriage and what it means for all of us was published by The Guardian short books in 2014. She has published articles in The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, The Observer, The Spectator, Diva and Red magazine. About the Award The RA & Pin Drop Short Story Award is an annual non-profit, open-submission writing prize, staged by Pin Drop Studio in collaboration with the Royal Academy of Arts. It offers a platform for new writing open to published and unpublished writers from anywhere across the globe to showcase their short fiction. Past winners include Bethan Roberts, Claire Fuller and Cherise Saywell for their extraordinary stories, which have been narrated for our podcast series here by Stephen Fry, Juliet Stevenson and Dame Penelope Wilton. This year’s award also marked the publication of A Short Affair, Pin Drop’s first anthology of original short fiction featuring bestselling authors alongside past winners and shortlisted stories from the RA & Pin Drop Short Story Award with artworks by artists from the Royal Academy Schools. Edited by Simon Oldfield with a jacket by Eddie Peake and a foreword by Tim Marlow. Published by Scribner on 12th July.
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