8 Dec 2023

Short Story winner: All Things Considered by Tim Saunders

From Nine To Noon, 10:35 am on 8 December 2023
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Photo: RNZ

A wounded NZ fighter lies in a crowded ward in a makeshift hospital as the Ukrainian/Russian war rages outside.

He is being cared for by a Ukrainian medical team and develops a faltering connection with a local doctor with quite good grasp of the English language.

It is the doctor's literal interpretation of the narrator's Kiwi idiom that highlights the pathos of the situation they are living through. 

All Things Considered by Tim Saunders is one of the 2023 Nine to Noon Short Story Competition winners, and is told by Alex Grieg.