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Memoria

Literature

Inspired by flash fiction and the narrative non-fiction form, Memoria is a show which explores slices of life; moments in time that have transformed people and shaped who they have become. Whether it was the moment leaving a destructive relationship or the joy of discovering the taste of Wizz Fizz sugar packets, these 400-word snapshots will be adapted into audio stories with actors, music, and sound. Hosted by Nat V with illustrations by Peta Manning.

Location:

Australia

Description:

Inspired by flash fiction and the narrative non-fiction form, Memoria is a show which explores slices of life; moments in time that have transformed people and shaped who they have become. Whether it was the moment leaving a destructive relationship or the joy of discovering the taste of Wizz Fizz sugar packets, these 400-word snapshots will be adapted into audio stories with actors, music, and sound. Hosted by Nat V with illustrations by Peta Manning.

Language:

English

Contact:

+61 4 8116 7170


Episodes

S5 E6 - Between Two Worlds by Lucia Benavides

10/31/2021
Between two worlds Podcast flash story by Lucia Benavides The story is about the struggles of identity many migrants face; and the regret of having left home. It took place during a visit to my home country of Argentina. I had been living in the U.S. for 17 years at that point - after moving at the age of 9 - and had largely accepted my life in the U.S. by then. But it was during my uncle's wedding, watching family members dance around me and seeing them so grown and happy and different...

Duration:00:05:22

S5 E5 - About You by Jennifer Crane

10/3/2021
About You Podcast flash story by Jennifer Crane This piece relates to a dream I had shortly before the unexpected passing of my husband at our property. I ask myself every day what I could have done to prevent an outcome that devastated our young family forever. 'If only' is hard to live with and writing the words doesn't answer the questions but expresses the pain. Jennifer Crane holds a Master of Letters, lives in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland and has been published in a number of...

Duration:00:07:21

S5 E4 - Silent Sisters by Jay Alter

9/5/2021
Silent Sisters Podcast flash story by Jay Alter I wanted to explore a moment in my life that fills me with regret to this day. It was life-changing, not only for myself but for my entire family. I'm just sharing my story. About the author Jay Elle Alter is an Australian based creative studying Journalism at Charles Sturt University. Living in Armidale in the New England Region of New South Wales with her husband, cats and german shepherd Vader, she has a passion for the creative...

Duration:00:06:32

S5 E3 - Dr Who in the Kitchen of my Childhood by Marina Byrne

8/1/2021
Dr Who in the kitchen of my childhood Podcast flash story by Marina Byrne I come from a family of 8 kids. We had very little money and I always had the sense that I needed to walk on eggshells to avoid triggering simmering tensions. With so many kids to feed, the kitchen in my childhood house was always in use and was the backdrop to a lot of conflict. Winner of the 2018 QWC Flash Fiction prize, I have been writing for many years. I write and edit blogs, books and articles for businesses...

Duration:00:05:15

S5 E2 - The Rollerskaters by Suzanne Hermanoczki

7/4/2021
The rollerskaters Podcast flash story by Suzanne Hermanoczki The Roller-skaters is a short memoir piece about roller skating. My best friend’s dad used to take a whole bunch of us kids either to the rink or the drive-in. The rink was one of those 80’s Terminator and Stranger Things all-ages kids’ with big hair hang out kinda place; with video games, a DJ and a disco ball – and skating. Suzanne Hermanoczki is a writer and teacher of creative writing. Her writing has been published in...

Duration:00:07:09

S5 E1 - The L-shaped Room by Maria Griffin

6/6/2021
An L-shaped room Podcast flash story by Maria Griffin This is about processing a profound life transition. I was a chronic insomniac and operated on about 3-4 hours of sleep for the first 9 months of my daughter's life. I had very low coping resources and found the first year of being a mother very hard. Recently, I recalled these half-awake hallucinations experienced while breastfeeding her in the night. Maria's work appears/is forthcoming in Southerly, Not Very Quiet, Right Now,...

Duration:00:08:10

S4 E13 - Danube Dreaming

1/3/2021
This piece was written while I was working as a tour guide in Europe and essentially questioning what the hell I was doing there. The piece moves back and forth between Budapest and Melbourne and is about missed opportunities and missing home. Patrick's first word was ‘No’ and he's spent the majority of his life attempting to remedy that attitude. When he's not writing he's walking, be it across countries, through mountains or to his local pub, taking curious baby steps to wherever it is...

Duration:00:10:46

S4 E12 - The Joint Before Xmas

12/7/2020
The joint was artfully constructed with three Tally Hos; a sort of stoner oragami. I sparked it behind Grandpa’s old shearing shed and it smouldered in the stifling Christmas Eve sun. Inhaling deeply, I felt my eyes droop and my brain numb. As a teenager on Christmas Eve, I escape the watchful eyes of my relatives for a moment of solitude. However, when a fire breaks out, the family must come together in a collective effort to save the farm. Nick Orchard is a Melbourne-based writer,...

Duration:00:07:13

S4 E11 - I Carried Him

11/2/2020
I was in labour - 20 weeks too early. The doctor was hopeful that they could slow the contractions and delay labour as my membranes had not yet ruptured. He did an ultrasound, sending images of our baby boy onto the small monitor. The baby was okay but if he was born they wouldn’t be able to do anything to save him – viability was still three weeks away. What happens when a baby is stillborn? It isn't something that is often discussed and we are rarely prepared for it. In April 1999, my...

Duration:00:05:30

S4 E10 - I Can See Through your Lululemons

10/4/2020
My Chinese herbalist is coming down off E She drinks diuretic tea on weekdays / on Sundays takes MD She talks the walk / connect the dots / as she aligns my chi Dysfunctional / functional / holistic / ballistic This lifestyle’s feeling so sadistic In my quest for health, I became sicker and sicker. I followed the advice of people in the fitness and wellness industries and ended up with chronic hives. My poem is a rant against the world that's more interested in creating a "picture of...

Duration:00:06:32

S4 E9 - Do you hear what I hear?

9/7/2020
I heard the creak as our bedroom door was opened, very slowly, and left ever-so-slightly ajar. The thin shaft of light revealed the shadow of a man moving towards the bed behind the door. The bed of my eight-year-old sister. In the late 1960s, family structure was largely uncomplicated: hardworking dad, stay-at-home mum and a couple of well-groomed kids. Parties were invitation-only and probably as well structured as the families who held them. I wouldn't know – our family wasn’t invited...

Duration:00:08:19

S4 E8 - The Undelivered Eulogy

8/3/2020
75 years, 8 months and 19 days seems like a very short life, doesn’t it? I stand here and see hundreds and hundreds of you here to grieve my father, a man so widely loved and admired. When my father died, my brothers and I talked about what, if anything, we would say at his funeral. For reasons that this piece hopefully makes obvious, we chose not to say anything. But while we were talking about our childhood, I kept mentally composing phrases and sentences that I would have used if I'd...

Duration:00:10:57

S4 E7 - Jack

7/6/2020
The story of my grandfather and how mean he was has been like a family echo for many years. This poem is my attempt to capture what it must have been like for my father, the burden of the farm debt, and the way this story is part of us all. Sherryl Clark is a writer and poet, who has published children's books, poetry and been the co-editor of Poetrix magazine for 20 years. After teaching writing for many years, she is now focusing on her own writing, and especially her crime fiction. You...

Duration:00:07:08

S4 E6 - I died before I was born

6/1/2020
I have died. I have died many times—before I was even born. After my birth, they still wanted me gone, but they failed. They pressured my parents to sign me away for adoption, but my mother held onto me for dear life. The story of my birth defined my personality early on, and it continues to inform who I am. When I tried to write about walking across Kyrgyzstan, I realized that a more pressing story needed to be told. I needed to first understand myself before I could write about my...

Duration:00:10:27

S4 E5 - My grandmother

5/4/2020
I wrote the poem Yiayia mou (My grandmother) on the day my grandmother died. I was estranged from my family having recently separated from my husband. When I was told she died it was as if the generational pain of women in my family was crashing down on me, that my grandmother lived a life dictated to her by patriarchy, and I broke out of it. The poem is from my book, Just Give Me The Pills, and my theatre show, "Saying the wrong things" Koraly Dimitriadis is a Cypriot-Australian writer...

Duration:00:09:33

S4 E4 - Rage

3/30/2020
My childhood was filled with animals. Domestic and native - from stray cats and roaming dogs to backyard magpies, blue tongue lizards and more exotic, deadly tiger snakes. We co-existed in a haphazard kind of way. Mostly because of my parents I grew up feeling intrigue and respect for other creatures rather than fear. My piece circles a moment when, although I was striving to be responsible and do 'the right thing', my actions went against my nature. Polly Watkins has written and directed...

Duration:00:08:44

S4 E3 - Holes in my Sunhat

3/2/2020
Tweenage angst. A first sexual awakening. So many hopes and so many regrets. My first kiss was about to happen and - stupidly, stupidly, I tried to outsmart it. Because I felt so smug, being able to spy through some holes in my straw sunhat. Oh, how I regretted doing that. I would never have this opportunity again. I thought immediately after the moment was gone. I was 12. And of course, I did have that opportunity again. And while it hurt so deeply for so long that I'd sabotaged a...

Duration:00:12:57

S4 E2 - Spirit of Punk Live Storytelling - Part 2

2/3/2020
Spirit of Punk Live storytelling The final part of our two-part series of live stories we recorded in conjunction with the Spirit of Punk at the end of last year at Buck Mulligan's bar in Melbourne. The principle of Spirit of Punk is simple. All you need to do is show up and read a piece of your work no longer than the duration of a Ramones song. How easy is that? The recordings are live so there are some little mic disturbances here and there. But more than anything there is the...

Duration:00:13:46

S4 E1 - Spirit of Punk Live Storytelling - Part 1

1/6/2020
Spirit of Punk To begin our new season, we have something very special for you. A series of live stories we recorded in conjunction with the Spirit of Punk at the end of last year at Buck Mulligan's bar in Melbourne. The principle of Spirit of Punk is simple. All you need to do is show up and read a piece of your work no longer than the duration of a Ramones song. How easy is that? The recordings are live so there are some little mic disturbances here and there. But more than anything...

Duration:00:17:48

S3 E6 - Your Big Hands

12/1/2019
his piece was written the day after my grandpa's funeral. He'd been dying for such a long time that his actual passing seemed somewhat routine. This story explores the ceremony and banality of life ending. Zoë's writing has been recognised in the 2017 and 2016 Grace Marion Wilson competition, the 2017 Rachel Funari Prize and the 2016 Overland Story Wine Prize. Acknowledgements: Memoria is written, produced, edited and presented by Natalie V. Your Big Hands is written and read by f The...

Duration:00:11:33