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Tall And True Short Reads

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The Tall And True Short Reads podcast features short stories, blog posts and other writing written and narrated by Robert Fairhead from the Tall And True writers' website. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-reads. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

The Tall And True Short Reads podcast features short stories, blog posts and other writing written and narrated by Robert Fairhead from the Tall And True writers' website. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-reads. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Location:

Australia

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The Tall And True Short Reads podcast features short stories, blog posts and other writing written and narrated by Robert Fairhead from the Tall And True writers' website. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-reads. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Language:

English

Contact:

+61 408 154 070


Episodes

Kurd Friends in the Mountains

10/4/2022
My wife and I visited Turkey in 1988. We had endured our first English winter and spent two weeks hugging the coastal sites and sunny beaches. We returned in 1990, venturing far from the coast to the mountains of eastern Turkey, where Kurds befriended us, and we learned a little of Kurdish culture. Kurd Friends in the Mountains is a travel memoir blog post from the Tall And True writers' website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead. Read the post:...

Duration:00:10:21

Once Upon A Time

9/16/2022
This story begins at the end. But my time spent observing your planet has taught me humans like to process events and information in an orderly, if not entirely predictable, sequence. So forget the first sentence, and I'll serve you a linear tale. Just don't skip to the end and spoil it. Once Upon A Time is a short story from the Tall And True writers' website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead. Read the story: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/short-stories/once-upon-a-time Podcast...

Duration:00:07:10

Tall And True Short Reads - Season Three

9/9/2022
Tall And True Short Reads is a storytelling podcast featuring short stories, blog posts and other writing written and narrated by Robert Fairhead from the Tall And True writers' website. Launched in September 2020, Season Three starts in September 2022 with a "story that begins at the end", Once Upon A Time. Podcast website: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.com Support the podcast: https://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-reads Buy Robert's short story collections online: •...

Duration:00:03:04

My Marxist Philosophy Class

8/28/2022
In February 1998, I started an eight-week evening college course, Introduction to Philosophy. I was in my mid-thirties, and while I was aware of philosophers, I hadn't read their works and knew nothing about critical thinking. Our text was Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder. And our tutor was a Marxist. My Marxist Philosophy Class is a blog post from the Tall And True writers' website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead. Read the post:...

Duration:00:08:42

Thanks Ian St James Awards

8/8/2022
In their heyday, the Ian St James Awards offered the biggest fiction prize in the UK and Ireland. Launched by the thriller writer Ian St James in 1989 to encourage new writers, the awards were open to 5,000-10,000 word short stories by unpublished writers. Thanks Ian St James Awards is a blog post from the Tall And True writers' website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead. Read the post on Tall And True: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/blog/thanks-ian-st-james-awards Podcast website:...

Duration:00:06:36

The Lost Hour

7/26/2022
You know what it's like when you lose something. It's always in the last place you look. So I write down all the possible places the lost thing could be and work through the list in reverse order. But how do you find a lost hour? It's not like it can slip down the back of a sofa like coins or keys! The Lost Hour is a short story from the Tall And True writers' website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead. Read the story on Tall And True:...

Duration:00:06:21

Cloudstreet by Tim Winton - Omen or Inspiration

7/10/2022
In May 1992, the Sydney literary news was full of Tim Winton's success and his novel, Cloudstreet. And I thought it an omen. Winton was thirty-one, and I was thirty. He'd grown up in W.A., and so had I. He'd just won his second Miles Franklin Award. And I was having a second crack at being a writer! Cloudstreet by Tim Winton - Omen or Inspiration is a blog post from the Tall And True writers' website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead. Read post on Tall And True:...

Duration:00:06:23

Stuck in Time

6/22/2022
It's 1997. I'm fifteen, and Dad's delivering another lecture on my poor prospects: "If you carry on like this, son, you'll end up in prison." I won't admit it, but he may have a point. Because today on the drive home after catching me shoplifting again, the local cop issued a "last warning". Stuck in Time is a short story from the Tall And True writers' website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead. Read Stuck in Time on Tall And True:...

Duration:00:07:02

Six Weeks in Teal

5/31/2022
In 2018, I shared a blog post about My Week in Politics, handing out how-to-vote cards for Dr Kerryn Phelps, an independent candidate for Wentworth. Kerryn won that by-election but lost the seat in the 2019 Federal election. Three years later, I spent six weeks in teal helping another independent, Allegra Spender. Six Weeks in Teal is a blog post from the Tall And True writers' website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead. Read Six Weeks in Teal on Tall And True:...

Duration:00:09:21

The Special Tree

5/8/2022
The tree stood in front of a vacant block at the end of the street. It had thick, leafy branches and was easy to climb. It was Matty's special place. And then, one day, he saw a sign on it. Matty couldn't read the big words and went to find his sister. Jess was a school captain, so she'd know what the sign said. The Special Tree is a short story from the Tall And True writers' website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead. Read The Special Tree on Tall And True:...

Duration:00:06:55

Departure

4/24/2022
Airports are the same the world over. Full of frenetic activity, people coming and going, joyful reunions and teary-eyed farewells. Though not in the middle of the night. And apart from the passengers sprawled across and under the international airport's departure terminal chairs, it was empty and silent. Departure is a short story from the Tall And True writers' website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead. Read Departure on Tall And True:...

Duration:00:07:42

Milestone Reflections

4/11/2022
My parents separated in 1967 when I was five, and my younger brother and I went to live with our grandparents. Nan looked old to my young eyes, and leathery Pop ancient. But born in 1907, Nan was only sixty when we moved in, a cause for reflection when I reached my milestone sixty in March 2022. Milestone Reflections is a blog post from the Tall And True writers' website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead. Read Milestone Reflections on Tall And True:...

Duration:00:07:28

A Night Out

3/26/2022
Their eyes locked across a crowded room at the cocktail bar. He looked well-heeled and handsome, and his brazen gaze told her he knew it. But she was his equal with pert features and confidence. They raised their glasses to each other and soon found themselves shoulder to shoulder at the bar. A Night Out is a short story from the Tall And True writers' website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead. Read A Night Out on Tall And True:...

Duration:00:07:03

Judgement

3/14/2022
The policewoman at the front of the Court is trying to catch my eye. I have a thing for women in uniform. It's what attracted me to my wife. That night we met at the pub across the road from the hospital where she worked as a nurse. I couldn't stop fantasising about the front zip on her uniform. Judgement is a short story from the Tall And True writers' website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead. Read Judgement on Tall And True:...

Duration:00:06:48

Memories of Tuesdays With Morrie

3/4/2022
I post a #bookcovers and #firstsentences homage series on Instagram (as @tallandtrueweb) featuring fiction and nonfiction from my bookcase. Sharing the posts has brought back fond memories of dusty books I haven't read in years. And I recently shared a favourite tear-jerker, Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom. Memories of Tuesdays with Morrie is a blog post from the Tall And True writers' website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead. Read Memories of Tuesdays with Morrie:...

Duration:00:06:14

The People Were Happy

2/18/2022
A long time ago, poverty, floods, droughts, famines and war blighted a pale-blue planet. But the people endured the hardships and were happy. They believed life in the Here and Now and Ever After was predetermined and fixed like the stars in the sky. And the people found solace and solidarity in their faith. The People Were Happy is a short story from the Tall And True writers' website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead. Read The People Were Happy:...

Duration:00:07:23

The Winner's Toast

2/7/2022
"And the winner is–" Zoom freezes on my laptop. But I don't care. From the gallery director's opening comments in her awards speech, praising this year's portraits, it's clear my landscape has not caught the judges' eyes. Again! However, I've learned to channel disappointment into creative energy. The Winner's Toast is a short story from the Tall And True writers' website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead. Read The Winner's Toast:...

Duration:00:06:37

Writing Can Be Lonely

1/26/2022
Writing can be lonely, especially if you're living on your own in a cramped flat, in another country, far away from family and friends. So when I lived in Brighton in the early-1990s, I volunteered to work one afternoon a week at an Oxfam op shop. I needed to get out and meet and mingle with people. Writing Can Be Lonely is a blog post from the Tall And True writers' website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead. Please note: I dedicate this episode to my dear friends from Brighton,...

Duration:00:06:15

A Free Spirit

1/12/2022
Nadine lies on her mattress on the floor of the attic. She stares up at the naked light bulb hanging from the ceiling and the moth circling it. Wind gusts through cracks under the doors and windows, whistling down hallways and upstairs, carrying with it the storm-muffled moans of Paul and the new housemate. A Free Spirit is a short story from the Tall And True writers' website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead. Read A Free Spirit:...

Duration:00:06:34

The Spirit of Xmas

12/28/2021
When I was a boy, I thought the spirit of Xmas was receiving: from my overflowing Santa Sack and gifts under the Xmas tree. Then I grew up, and for me, especially after I became a dad, it's giving. I like choosing gifts for family and friends, which is why I say bah humbug to the modern Kris Kringle. The Spirit of Xmas is a blog post from the Tall And True writers' website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead. Please note: I dedicate this podcast episode to my family and other families...

Duration:00:06:32