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46 minutes | Jul 17, 2020
Nyudumboyn is a story about a man and a town, a good town where unfortunate people tend to be drawn. His initial disdain for them is challenged and an unresolved question of value remains. It was written by Nicholas Margan, the producer of this podcast. Nic has been writing and creating, including short stories, essays, cartoons, short films and podcasts, for the better part of ten years. His work has been published in magazines such as The Canary Press and SCUM. He now lives in a small town in NSW, where he works in the environment and conservation sector.
22 minutes | Oct 24, 2019
Untitled and Come on, Wilson!
Two Melbourne writers, two stories. The first, Untitled by Paris Ely-Faulks, is a short horror set at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. It comes with a content warning. The second, Come on, Wilson, by Wilson Bowles-Nelson, is set in suburban Croydon, and follows the struggle of the hapless narrator, Wilson, with his strange new medical condition. Album artwork by Fabian Mardi on Unsplash. Sounds of corellas in the background by corellas in the background.
38 minutes | Sep 4, 2019
Frank Boyce's Sin Fronteras is a dystopian vision of a future Australia, where the inland is at war with the outland. It is as insistent as it is provocative and raw and relevant to ongoing border politics. First published in The Lifted Brow Number 10. Image by Jordan Wiseman on Unsplash.
11 minutes | Jul 18, 2019
Lỗ (N. hole; V. to lose [in business])
In this story by Frances An, a family cockroach killer muses on the body, sex, psychology, gore and Zelda. Frances An is a Vietnamese-Cantonese-Australian writer from Sydney. Her short stories have been published in Sydney Review Of Books, Rigorous, EastLit, Peril, Panoplyzine, Seizure and Lost In Books. She is a member of the writers' collective Finishing School. Frances also completed the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) at Western Sydney University, with an empirical research project focusing on moral self-perception - she achieved Class 1 and a University Medal for Outstanding Scholarship. This recording was originally made for FBi radio's 'Or it Didn't Happen'. It was produced by Zacha Rosen. Image by Parker West on Pixabay.
22 minutes | Jun 20, 2019
The Curtain Between
The Curtain Between, by Maryam Azam and first published in Seizure/Sweatshop's 'Stories of Sydney', depicts the budding of new love in two young university students. The young woman, our narrator, balances her romantic interest with cultural expectations, and the reveals how limitation can sometimes be fruitful. Maryam Azam is a Pakistani-Australian writer and teacher who lives and works in Western Sydney. She graduated with Honours in Creative Writing from Western Sydney University and is a recipient of the WestWords Emerging Writers’ Fellowship. She has performed her work at the Sydney Writers' Festival and the Emerging Writers Festival and is a member of Sweatshop: Western Sydney Literacy Movement. Her debut collection is The Hijab Files (Giramondo, 2018). Photo by Ifrah Akhter on Unsplash.
12 minutes | May 23, 2019
Excerpts from Here's Another
'Here's Another' by Lennie Lower was released in 1932. It contained a series of short pieces that exemplified the humour he had become famous for. This episode contains a select series of excerpts that show the fast-pace, shrewd wit and breadth of Lower at his best. The excerpts, in the order they are presented, are titled: 'That Circus Awareness', 'Bradman and the Burglar', 'Girls, How to Acquire "It"', 'Golf' and 'Every Cloud has a Wet Lining.' Image by Patrick Fore on Unsplash.
18 minutes | May 9, 2019
The Little Win of Our Good Hero Dusty Pete
In this episode we visit the frontiers of Melbourne's suburban sprawl. Terry Langley has written this story, which puts us in the company of two tradies named Dusty Pete and Gunsmoke Nate, and get a taste of life among the cowboys. Terry Langley is an emerging writer from Melbourne, this is his first published work. Episode artwork by Leo Fosdal on Unsplash.
16 minutes | Apr 19, 2019
A Kind People
Alexis Wright is a member of the Waanyi people of the Southern highlands of the Gulf of Carpentaria. Her non-fiction and fiction works have earned her high acclaim and a number of awards, including the Miles Franklin. This story is an excerpt from Carpentaria. It is representative of the strong, non-conventional voice of that novel, some of its layered themes, and its epic perspective. Photo by Jens Johnsson on Unsplash.
8 minutes | Apr 3, 2019
Armstrong’s Beach by Riordan Wagner is vivid with the scents of a golden North Queensland childhood. Memories as rich as those tropical oceans unfold with the contemplation of a dearly loved Grandfather.
20 minutes | Mar 21, 2019
Kambing Soup and Bread
Lucky Punk returns after a few months unanticipated break. This episode features Komi Sellathurai's story of an Indian-Singaporean woman who has escaped one overbearing relationship only by entrapping herself in another.
12 minutes | Aug 24, 2018
The Union Buries Its Dead
This tale illustrates a bleak but mundane moment of the Australian past in the company of a thoughtful and humorous narrator. The work of Henry Lawson, an icon of early Australian writing, gives an insight into the countries literary tradition.
24 minutes | Aug 10, 2018
A Punjabi migrant to Melbourne aspires to bring better things into the lives of himself and his wife. Balli Kaur Jaswal is an award-winning novelist who can be found at https://ballijaswal.com. Thanks to Leigh Stewart for the reading.
17 minutes | Jul 27, 2018
All Hollows by Ben Walter is an insomniatic flight of fancy through the Australian bush. Lyrical language and a road-narrative drive this captivating story of a man who cannot sleep. Read by Angus Curnow. You can find more of Ben Walter's writing at ben-walter.com.
16 minutes | Jul 13, 2018
The Gap and Dave
Lucia Moon reads two of her own stories. In the first, The Gap, we meet a child who exists in the space between life and what is beyond. In the second, Dave, two freedom seekers fall in love.
25 minutes | Jun 29, 2018
Zahid Gamieldien's 'Pyrene' is a chilling, deft bush-gothic that follows a reporter who is employed to interview a local politician speaking in support of a dark and mysterious gentleman's club in rural New South Wales. You can find more of Zahid's work at zahidgamieldien.com. This story was first published in Overland Journal, an excellent home of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and art.
32 minutes | Jun 14, 2018
The Terrible News
The Terrible News follows the thoughts of a nameless narrator who aspires to write stream-of-consciousness prose poetry about gum leaves and stormy seas. He rides the rollercoaster of his own tenuous vanity right until the final crash.
40 minutes | May 31, 2018
Highways and Jacko's Lid
This episode contains two stories, Kelly Palmer's 'Highways', a first person perspective of a single mother struggling to get by financially, and Jamie Derkenne's 'Jacko's Lid', a story about a man trying to raise his son to respect his culture in a town that wants him to fail. Highways is read by Vick Harden and Jacko's Lid by James Walsh.
38 minutes | May 17, 2018
Kathrine Clarke reads her story 'The House.' Two friends discover a house they've never seen before, in a place they've often been, and find themselves returning to it, allured by its mystery.
50 minutes | May 3, 2018
I Said Nothing
Alex Cameron reads his own story 'I Said Nothing', about a man who moves to rural Victoria to find it isn't as idyllic as he hoped.
29 minutes | Apr 18, 2018
The Ocean of Lost Things and Bad Time Bar
Two short stories, both spoken aloud by their author. The first is Sally Naylor with The Ocean of Lost Things, in which a grandmother contemplates youth and the passing of time. The second is Georgina Waters with Bad Time Bar, a dark comedy about the dynamics of depression.
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