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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.

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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

Finding Inspiration

2/28/2024
While sorting through storage boxes at home, I found an old notebook belonging to my son. It wasn't a school exercise book but something he'd jotted and doodled in as a twelve-year-old. Among its random pages was a short story he'd written in 2014 about a father who doesn't have "great ideas". Trigger warning: This episode mentions teenage self-harm and death. Lifeline Australia: https://www.lifeline.org.au/ Finding Inspiration 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/finding-inspiration Podcast website: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.com Episode 60, Kurd Friends in the Mountains: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.com/kurd-friends-in-the-mountains/ Episode 69, Two Visits to the Berlin Wall - Part One: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.com/two-visits-to-the-berlin-wall-part-one/ Episode 70, Two Visits to the Berlin Wall - Part Two: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.com/two-visits-to-the-berlin-wall-part-two/ Episode 78, Taking a Bow: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.com/taking-a-bow/ Support the podcast: https://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-reads Buy Robert's short story collections online: • Amazon Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Robert-Fairhead/e/B086HZ36NM • Apple Books: https://books.apple.com/us/author/robert-fairhead/id1436773436 • Rakuten Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/au/en/author/robert-fairhead Podcast Theme and Sound Effects Royalty-free music from Pixabay.com: Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major, Op. 28 'Pastorale' – IV. Rondo. Allegro ma non-Troppo, performed by Karine Gilanyan. Sound effects licensed under Creative Commons 0 from FreeSound.org: • Cardboard Boxes: https://freesound.org/people/RavenWolfProds/sounds/503661/ • Clock Ticking: https://freesound.org/people/gecop/sounds/522119/ • Ship Horn: https://freesound.org/people/monotraum/sounds/208714/ • Metal File: https://freesound.org/people/14F_Panska_Dittrichova_Diana/sounds/420107/ • Footsteps City: https://freesound.org/people/Rico_Casazza/sounds/538949/ • Police Siren: https://freesound.org/people/conleec/sounds/159744/ • Metal Stairs: https://freesound.org/people/conleec/sounds/148462/ • Applause: https://freesound.org/people/Breviceps/sounds/462362/ • Computer Keyboard: https://freesound.org/people/D4XX/sounds/567266/ • Baby Chuckling: https://freesound.org/people/jodybruchon/sounds/459458/ Production Notes Tall And True Short Reads produced using Audacity. Podcast episodes recorded in Sydney, Australia, on the traditional lands of the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation. Acast Podcast Supporter Page Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-reads. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:07:45

The Lonely Moon

2/15/2024
If you ask me, the Moon is the best object in the night sky. And you don't need an expensive telescope to observe it. A pair of binoculars does the trick. I'm looking at the Moon now, leaning against a wall to steady my hands, and it's a beautiful sight. No wonder it inspires poets and lovers. The Lonely Moon is a short story from the Tall And True writers' website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead. Read the story on Tall And True: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/fiction/short-stories/the-lonely-moon Listen to Some Things Change: Episode 79 – Perth, Western Australia, 1979: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.com/some-things-change-perth-1979/ Episode 80 – London, England, 1992: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.com/some-things-change-london-1992/ Episode 81 – Perth, Western Australia, 2023: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.com/some-things-change-perth-2023/ 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: • Amazon Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Robert-Fairhead/e/B086HZ36NM • Apple Books: https://books.apple.com/us/author/robert-fairhead/id1436773436 • Rakuten Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/au/en/author/robert-fairhead Podcast Theme and Sound Effects Royalty-free music from Pixabay.com: Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major, Op. 28 'Pastorale' – IV. Rondo. Allegro ma non-Troppo, performed by Karine Gilanyan. Sound effects licensed under Creative Commons 0 from FreeSound.org: • Owl Hoots: https://freesound.org/people/Breviceps/sounds/465697/ • Wind: https://freesound.org/people/mario1298/sounds/181248/ • Footsteps: https://freesound.org/people/Yuval/sounds/205817/ Production Notes Tall And True Short Reads produced using Audacity. Podcast episodes recorded in Sydney, Australia, on the traditional lands of the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation. Acast Podcast Supporter Page Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-reads. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:07:07

A Knock at the Door

1/18/2024
"In space no one can hear you scream. But what if you're deep in the backwoods, in an isolated cabin on a dead-end trail?" Karen set aside the book. A horror story was not ideal reading for the off-grid log cabin Peter had booked for their thirtieth wedding anniversary weekend, especially as she was alone in bed, listening to wind from a storm whistle through cracks in the doors and windows. A Knock at the Door is a short story from the Tall And True writers' website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead. Read the story on Tall And True: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/fiction/short-stories/a-knock-at-the-door 2020 blog post about my first Furious Fiction, A Song on the Radio: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/blog/furiousfiction-writers-centre-competition Episode 4 of Tall And True Short Reads: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.com/a-song-on-the-radio/ 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: • Amazon Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Robert-Fairhead/e/B086HZ36NM • Apple Books: https://books.apple.com/us/author/robert-fairhead/id1436773436 • Rakuten Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/au/en/author/robert-fairhead Podcast Theme and Sound Effects Royalty-free music from Pixabay.com: Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major, Op. 28 'Pastorale' – IV. Rondo. Allegro ma non-Troppo, performed by Karine Gilanyan. Sound effects licensed under Creative Commons 0 from FreeSound.org: • Door Knock: https://freesound.org/people/anagar/sounds/267931/ • Storm: https://freesound.org/people/2887679652/sounds/164921/ • Car Interior: https://freesound.org/people/devy32/sounds/439252/ • Thunderclap: https://freesound.org/people/Dave%20Welsh/sounds/194364/ • Creaky Door: https://freesound.org/people/deleted_user_7146007/sounds/383816/ • Applause: https://freesound.org/people/Breviceps/sounds/462362/ Production Notes Tall And True Short Reads produced using Audacity. Podcast episodes recorded in Sydney, Australia, on the traditional lands of the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation. Acast Podcast Supporter Page Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-reads. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:07:18

A Knock at the Door

1/18/2024
"In space no one can hear you scream. But what if you're deep in the backwoods, in an isolated cabin on a dead-end trail?" Karen set aside the book. A horror story was not ideal reading for the off-grid log cabin Peter had booked for their thirtieth wedding anniversary weekend, especially as she was alone in bed, listening to wind from a storm whistle through cracks in the doors and windows. A Knock at the Door is a short story from the Tall And True writers' website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead. Read the story on Tall And True: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/fiction/short-stories/a-knock-at-the-door 2020 blog post about my first Furious Fiction, A Song on the Radio: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/blog/furiousfiction-writers-centre-competition Episode 4 of Tall And True Short Reads: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.com/a-song-on-the-radio/ 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: • Amazon Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Robert-Fairhead/e/B086HZ36NM • Apple Books: https://books.apple.com/us/author/robert-fairhead/id1436773436 • Rakuten Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/au/en/author/robert-fairhead Podcast Theme and Sound Effects Royalty-free music from Pixabay.com: Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major, Op. 28 'Pastorale' – IV. Rondo. Allegro ma non-Troppo, performed by Karine Gilanyan. Sound effects licensed under Creative Commons 0 from FreeSound.org: • Door Knock: https://freesound.org/people/anagar/sounds/267931/ • Storm: https://freesound.org/people/2887679652/sounds/164921/ • Car Interior: https://freesound.org/people/devy32/sounds/439252/ • Thunderclap: https://freesound.org/people/Dave%20Welsh/sounds/194364/ • Creaky Door: https://freesound.org/people/deleted_user_7146007/sounds/383816/ • Applause: https://freesound.org/people/Breviceps/sounds/462362/ Production Notes Tall And True Short Reads produced using Audacity. Podcast episodes recorded in Sydney, Australia, on the traditional lands of the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation. Acast Podcast Supporter Page Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-reads. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:07:18

Kris Kringle - Xmas 2023

12/21/2023
I'm taking a short break from podcasting because I'm going on a long road trip with my son from Sydney to Western Australia to spend Xmas and New Year with our WA family. But as I did in 2022, I've put together a Kris Kringle collection featuring three episodes from the Tall And True Short Reads archive: Too Late, Lenny, Stuck in Time and Family Reflections. The Kris Kringle - Xmas 2023 stories first appeared on the Tall And True writers' website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead. Read the stories on Tall And True: • Too Late, Lenny: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/fiction/short-stories/too-late-lenny • Stuck in Time: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/fiction/short-stories/stuck-in-time • Family Reflections: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/fiction/short-stories/family-reflections 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: • Amazon Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Robert-Fairhead/e/B086HZ36NM • Apple Books: https://books.apple.com/us/author/robert-fairhead/id1436773436 • Rakuten Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/au/en/author/robert-fairhead Podcast Theme and Sound Effects Royalty-free music from Pixabay.com: Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major, Op. 28 'Pastorale' – IV. Rondo. Allegro ma non-Troppo, performed by Karine Gilanyan. Sound effects licensed under Creative Commons 0 from FreeSound.org: • Santa’s Sleigh Bells: https://freesound.org/people/BrianJamesLong/sounds/330415/ Too Late, Lenny: • Cafe/Restaurant Ambience: https://freesound.org/people/lunchmoney/sounds/380200/ • Comedy Laughter: https://freesound.org/people/Evil_Ear_Recordings/sounds/524775/ • Hanging Up Phone: https://freesound.org/people/DrNI/sounds/164035/ • Clock Ticking: https://freesound.org/people/FlashTrauma/sounds/398275/ Stuck in Time: • Clock Ticking: https://freesound.org/people/Julien%20Matthey/sounds/457651/ Family Reflections: • Door Closing: https://freesound.org/people/soundmary/sounds/117614/ • Washing Face: https://freesound.org/people/lolux/sounds/181355/ • Hairdryer: https://freesound.org/people/ryanharding95/sounds/272446/ • Footsteps in Hall: https://freesound.org/people/Anthousai/sounds/398782/ • Toilet Flushing: https://freesound.org/people/lorenzgillner/sounds/274448/ • Tap Running: https://freesound.org/people/14G_Panska_Kaminkova_A/sounds/419990/ • Banging on Door: https://freesound.org/people/splatbot/sounds/337528/ • Kids Laughing: https://freesound.org/people/Iamgiorgio/sounds/371342/ • Drum Roll: https://freesound.org/people/bigjoedrummer/sounds/77305/ Production Notes Tall And True Short Reads produced using Audacity. Podcast episodes recorded in Sydney, Australia, on the traditional lands of the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation. Acast Podcast Supporter Page Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-reads. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:17:05

In Her Head

12/9/2023
Cassie lay perfectly still in bed, staring at the shadowy shape on the ceiling overhead. A bulky body and eight legs, a spider, but this wasn't Incy Wincy. It was a huntsman with long hairy legs, needle-sharp fangs, and a jump so powerful that if human, it could win gold at the pole vault without a pole. In Her Head is a short story from the Tall And True writers' website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead. Read the story on Tall And True: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/fiction/short-stories/in-her-head Podcast website: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.com Support the podcast: https://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-reads Not Quite Write podcast: https://notquitewritepodcast.com/ Buy Robert's short story collections online: • Amazon Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Robert-Fairhead/e/B086HZ36NM • Apple Books: https://books.apple.com/us/author/robert-fairhead/id1436773436 • Rakuten Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/au/en/author/robert-fairhead Podcast Theme and Sound Effects Royalty-free music from Pixabay.com: Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major, Op. 28 'Pastorale' – IV. Rondo. Allegro ma non-Troppo, performed by Karine Gilanyan. Sound effects licensed under Creative Commons 0 from FreeSound.org: • Owl Hooting: https://freesound.org/people/Breviceps/sounds/465697/ • Morning Bird Song: https://freesound.org/people/ken788/sounds/386732/ Production Notes Tall And True Short Reads produced using Audacity. Podcast episodes recorded in Sydney, Australia, on the traditional lands of the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation. Acast Podcast Supporter Page Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-reads. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:06:37

In Her Head

12/9/2023
Cassie lay perfectly still in bed, staring at the shadowy shape on the ceiling overhead. A bulky body and eight legs, a spider, but this wasn't Incy Wincy. It was a huntsman with long hairy legs, needle-sharp fangs, and a jump so powerful that if human, it could win gold at the pole vault without a pole. In Her Head is a short story from the Tall And True writers' website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead. Read the story on Tall And True: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/fiction/short-stories/in-her-head Podcast website: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.com Support the podcast: https://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-reads Not Quite Write podcast: https://notquitewritepodcast.com/ Buy Robert's short story collections online: • Amazon Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Robert-Fairhead/e/B086HZ36NM • Apple Books: https://books.apple.com/us/author/robert-fairhead/id1436773436 • Rakuten Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/au/en/author/robert-fairhead Podcast Theme and Sound Effects Royalty-free music from Pixabay.com: Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major, Op. 28 'Pastorale' – IV. Rondo. Allegro ma non-Troppo, performed by Karine Gilanyan. Sound effects licensed under Creative Commons 0 from FreeSound.org: • Owl Hooting: https://freesound.org/people/Breviceps/sounds/465697/ • Morning Bird Song: https://freesound.org/people/ken788/sounds/386732/ Production Notes Tall And True Short Reads produced using Audacity. Podcast episodes recorded in Sydney, Australia, on the traditional lands of the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation. Acast Podcast Supporter Page Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-reads. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:06:37

Tall And True Microfiction Anthology

11/28/2023
I discovered microfiction when I reviewed Loopholes by Susan McCreery in 2017. By definition, brevity is the key to good microfiction. The stories in Loopholes range from several paragraphs over one or two pages to only three short sentences. With no room for plot and character development, every word must count. Tall And True Microfiction Anthology 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/tall-and-true-microfiction-anthology Both Sides of the Story blog post: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/blog/both-sides-of-the-story Twelve Furious Months post: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/blog/twelve-furious-months-ebook Twelve More Furious Months post: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/blog/twelve-more-furious-months Review of Loopholes by Susan McCreery: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/reviews/books/loopholes-by-susan-mccreery Podcast website: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.com Her (Episode 11) on Tall And True Short Reads: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.com/her/ Three Minute Microfiction - We Need To Talk (Episode 16): https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.com/three-minute-microfiction/ Signs of the Second Coming (Episode 25): https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.com/signs-of-the-second-coming/ Support the podcast: https://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-reads Buy Robert's short story collections online: • Amazon Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Robert-Fairhead/e/B086HZ36NM • Apple Books: https://books.apple.com/us/author/robert-fairhead/id1436773436 • Rakuten Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/au/en/author/robert-fairhead Podcast Theme and Sound Effects Royalty-free music from Pixabay.com: Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major, Op. 28 'Pastorale' – IV. Rondo. Allegro ma non-Troppo, performed by Karine Gilanyan. Sound effects licensed under Creative Commons 0 from FreeSound.org: • Computer Keyboard: https://freesound.org/people/D4XX/sounds/567266/ • Seagulls: https://freesound.org/people/plantmonkey/sounds/377107/ • Hospital Beeping: https://freesound.org/people/iluminati_2705/sounds/536706/ • Classroom: https://freesound.org/people/craigsmith/sounds/480708/ • Church Bells: https://freesound.org/people/Audeption/sounds/425172/ • Lord's Prayer: https://freesound.org/people/BeeProductive/sounds/380359/ • Clock Ticking: https://freesound.org/people/Julien%20Matthey/sounds/457651/ Production Notes Tall And True Short Reads produced using Audacity. Podcast episodes recorded in Sydney, Australia, on the traditional lands of the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation. Acast Podcast Supporter Page Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-reads. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:10:01

A Better Poem

11/13/2023
"Roses are red, violets are blue, I spend my day, thinking of you." Davey reviewed the poem in his exercise book. "Thinking" is what you did at school. It wasn't romantic enough to attempt Mission Impossible with the girl of his dreams. That's it! "I spend my day, dreaming of you." A Better Poem is a short story from the Tall And True writers' website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead. Read the story on Tall And True: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/fiction/short-stories/a-better-poem 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: • Amazon Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Robert-Fairhead/e/B086HZ36NM • Apple Books: https://books.apple.com/us/author/robert-fairhead/id1436773436 • Rakuten Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/au/en/author/robert-fairhead Podcast Theme and Sound Effects Royalty-free music from Pixabay.com: Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major, Op. 28 'Pastorale' – IV. Rondo. Allegro ma non-Troppo, performed by Karine Gilanyan. Sound effects licensed under Creative Commons 0 from FreeSound.org: • School Bell: https://freesound.org/people/deleted_user_7020630/ • Torn Paper: https://freesound.org/people/rucisko/sounds/241638/ • Car Interior: https://freesound.org/people/OneTwo_BER/sounds/474195/ Production Notes Tall And True Short Reads produced using Audacity. Podcast episodes recorded in Sydney, Australia, on the traditional lands of the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation. Acast Podcast Supporter Page Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-reads. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:06:15

Some Things Change - Perth, Western Australia, 2023

10/22/2023
It's only early spring, but I'm starting to sweat in Mum and Dad's back garden. I wore my dark English suit for Dad's funeral, and if etiquette permits at wakes, I'd like to slip off the coat. Looking around the garden for guidance, I struggle to recognise elderly aunts and uncles or my fellow middle-aged cousins. And I have no hope of placing their children and grandchildren. Some Things Change is a short story from the Tall And True writers' website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead. Read the story on Tall And True: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/fiction/short-stories/some-things-change Podcast website: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.com • Episode 79, Perth, Western Australia, 1979: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.com/some-things-change-perth-1979/ • Episode 80, London, England, 1992: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.com/some-things-change-london-1992/ • Episode 81, Perth, Western Australia, 2023: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.com/some-things-change-perth-2023/ Support the podcast: https://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-reads Buy Robert's short story collections online: • Amazon Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Robert-Fairhead/e/B086HZ36NM • Apple Books: https://books.apple.com/us/author/robert-fairhead/id1436773436 • Rakuten Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/au/en/author/robert-fairhead Podcast Theme and Sound Effects Royalty-free music from Pixabay.com: Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major, Op. 28 'Pastorale' – IV. Rondo. Allegro ma non-Troppo, performed by Karine Gilanyan. Sound effects licensed under Creative Commons 0 from FreeSound.org: • Kids playing: https://freesound.org/people/cognito%20perceptu/sounds/61503/ • Glasses Clinking: https://freesound.org/people/KenRT/sounds/319994/ • Car Interior: https://freesound.org/people/devy32/sounds/439252/ • Sipping Wine: https://freesound.org/people/bbrocer/sounds/382656/ Production Notes Tall And True Short Reads produced using Audacity. Podcast episodes recorded in Sydney, Australia, on the traditional lands of the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation. Acast Podcast Supporter Page Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-reads. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:09:09

Some Things Change - London, England, 1992

10/4/2023
It's a chilly winter morning, and the central heating has barely warmed my flat. I'm rugged up in a jumper and Ugg boots, and the kettle's boiling. There's a knock at the door, and I know who's there without checking the peephole because I've learned to mark events on a calendar to help remember things. Some Things Change is a short story from the Tall And True writers' website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead. Read the story on Tall And True: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/fiction/short-stories/some-things-change Podcast website: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.com • Episode 79, Perth, Western Australia, 1979: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.com/some-things-change-perth-1979/ • Episode 80, London, England, 1992: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.com/some-things-change-london-1992/ • Episode 81, Perth, Western Australia, 2023: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.com/some-things-change-perth-2023/ Support the podcast: https://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-reads Buy Robert's short story collections online: • Amazon Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Robert-Fairhead/e/B086HZ36NM • Apple Books: https://books.apple.com/us/author/robert-fairhead/id1436773436 • Rakuten Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/au/en/author/robert-fairhead Podcast Theme and Sound Effects Royalty-free music from Pixabay.com: Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major, Op. 28 'Pastorale' – IV. Rondo. Allegro ma non-Troppo, performed by Karine Gilanyan. Sound effects licensed under Creative Commons 0 from FreeSound.org: • Kettle boiling: https://freesound.org/people/cupido-1/sounds/433538/ • Door knock: https://freesound.org/people/anagar/sounds/267931/ • Door open: https://freesound.org/people/dossantosbarbosa/sounds/482293/ • Pouring tea: https://freesound.org/people/florianreichelt/sounds/469701/ • Footsteps: https://freesound.org/people/Anthousai/sounds/398782/ • Sipping tea: https://freesound.org/people/bbrocer/sounds/382656/ • Mugs clanking: https://freesound.org/people/jakobhandersen/sounds/133824/ Production Notes Tall And True Short Reads produced using Audacity. Podcast episodes recorded in Sydney, Australia, on the traditional lands of the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation. Acast Podcast Supporter Page Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-reads. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:09:15

Some Things Change - Perth, Western Australia, 1979

9/26/2023
It's a hot summer afternoon, with no sign of the Freo Doctor. Despite the heat, I'm climbing the tree in Gran's backyard with my brothers and boy cousins while our girl cousins chat in a circle in the shade of the back veranda. Like the other boys, I'm in shorts with no shirt or shoes. Our tomboy cousin's up here, too. And though she's wearing a dress, she's also barefoot. Some Things Change is a short story from the Tall And True writers' website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead. Read the story on Tall And True: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/fiction/short-stories/some-things-change Podcast website: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.com • Episode 79, Perth, Western Australia, 1979: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.com/some-things-change-perth-1979/ • Episode 80, London, England, 1992: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.com/some-things-change-london-1992/ • Episode 81, Perth, Western Australia, 2023: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.com/some-things-change-perth-2023/ Support the podcast: https://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-reads Buy Robert's short story collections online: • Amazon Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Robert-Fairhead/e/B086HZ36NM • Apple Books: https://books.apple.com/us/author/robert-fairhead/id1436773436 • Rakuten Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/au/en/author/robert-fairhead Podcast Theme and Sound Effects Royalty-free music from Pixabay.com: Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major, Op. 28 'Pastorale' – IV. Rondo. Allegro ma non-Troppo, performed by Karine Gilanyan. Sound effects licensed under Creative Commons 0 from FreeSound.org: • Kids playing: https://freesound.org/people/cognito%20perceptu/sounds/61503/ • Women laughing: https://freesound.org/people/Martina_Leitschuh/sounds/582751/ • BBQ sizzling: https://freesound.org/people/BenjaminNelan/sounds/353124/ • Rustling leaves: https://freesound.org/people/giddster/sounds/437356/ • Gunfire: https://freesound.org/people/C-V/sounds/523404/ Production Notes Tall And True Short Reads produced using Audacity. Podcast episodes recorded in Sydney, Australia, on the traditional lands of the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation. Acast Podcast Supporter Page Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-reads. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:07:36

Introducing Season Four

9/19/2023
Season Four will start with a multi-part, longer short story I wrote in June 2023, Some Things Change, consisting of three vignettes set in different locations and times but with a common thread: a pair of cousins from Perth, Western Australia, exploring Australia's troubled history and relationship with Indigenous peoples. Tall And True Short Reads is a storytelling podcast featuring short stories, blog posts and other writing from the Tall And True writers' website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead. Podcast website: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.com Listen to Two Visits to the Berlin Wall: • Part One: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.com/two-visits-to-the-berlin-wall-part-one/ • Part Two: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.com/two-visits-to-the-berlin-wall-part-two/ Support the podcast: https://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-reads Buy Robert's short story collections online: • Amazon Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Robert-Fairhead/e/B086HZ36NM • Apple Books: https://books.apple.com/us/author/robert-fairhead/id1436773436 • Rakuten Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/au/en/author/robert-fairhead Podcast Theme and Sound Effects Royalty-free music from Pixabay.com: Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major, Op. 28 'Pastorale' – IV. Rondo. Allegro ma non-Troppo, performed by Karine Gilanyan. Sound effects licensed under Creative Commons 0 from FreeSound.org. Production Notes Tall And True Short Reads produced using Audacity. Podcast episodes recorded in Sydney, Australia, on the traditional lands of the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation. Acast Podcast Supporter Page Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-reads. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:02:56

Taking a Bow

8/31/2023
I fell in love with live theatre when I saw my first London West End play as a newly-arrived backpacker in 1987. Over the next eight years, living in Brighton and Windsor, I attended countless professional and amateur productions. But I didn't think in 1987 that one day I'd be up on stage, too, taking a bow. Taking a Bow is a memoir 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/taking-a-bow Podcast website: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.com Episode 77, My Dreams: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.com/my-dreams/ Episode 40, My One Night Stand: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.com/my-one-night-stand/ Support the podcast: https://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-reads Buy Robert's short story collections online: • Amazon Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Robert-Fairhead/e/B086HZ36NM • Apple Books: https://books.apple.com/us/author/robert-fairhead/id1436773436 • Rakuten Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/au/en/author/robert-fairhead Podcast Theme and Sound Effects Royalty-free music from Pixabay.com: Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major, Op. 28 'Pastorale' – IV. Rondo. Allegro ma non-Troppo, performed by Karine Gilanyan. Sound effects licensed under Creative Commons 0 from FreeSound.org: • Applause: https://freesound.org/people/Breviceps/sounds/462362/ • Pub: https://freesound.org/people/BurghRecords/sounds/415974/ • Clock Ticking: https://freesound.org/people/gecop/sounds/522119/ • Canned Laughter: https://freesound.org/people/Evil_Ear_Recordings/sounds/524775/ Production Notes Tall And True Short Reads produced using Audacity. Podcast episodes recorded in Sydney, Australia, on the traditional lands of the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation. Acast Podcast Supporter Page Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-reads. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:09:44

My Dreams

8/8/2023
I'm in the middle of a dream, though it might be nearer the beginning or end. Who can tell with dreams? I'm on a rocket, and the final countdown's begun. "10, 9, 8 ..." Then I look down at myself strapped in the seat and see I'm wearing pyjamas. "It's only a dream," I reassure myself. My Dreams is a short story from the Tall And True writers' website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead. Read the story on Tall And True: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/fiction/short-stories/my-dreams 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: • Amazon Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Robert-Fairhead/e/B086HZ36NM • Apple Books: https://books.apple.com/us/author/robert-fairhead/id1436773436 • Rakuten Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/au/en/author/robert-fairhead Podcast Theme and Sound Effects Royalty-free music from Pixabay.com: Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major, Op. 28 'Pastorale' – IV. Rondo. Allegro ma non-Troppo, performed by Karine Gilanyan. Sound effects licensed under Creative Commons 0 from FreeSound.org: • Snoring: https://freesound.org/people/170134/sounds/407705/ • Rocket: https://freesound.org/people/LimitSnap_Creations/sounds/318688/ • Kids laughing: https://freesound.org/people/Ben%20Keaton/sounds/430815/ • Bus Stopping: https://freesound.org/people/13FPanska_Sychra_Petr/sounds/379373/ • Eagle: https://freesound.org/people/kaydinhamby/sounds/381200/ • Electric Guitar: https://freesound.org/people/alexnekita/sounds/333247/ • Applause: https://freesound.org/people/Breviceps/sounds/462362/ • Waves: https://freesound.org/people/floating%20tree/sounds/253607/ • Underwater: https://freesound.org/people/felix.blume/sounds/209459/ • Medical Beeps: https://freesound.org/people/iluminati_2705/sounds/536706/ Production Notes Tall And True Short Reads is produced using Audacity. Podcast episodes are recorded in Sydney, Australia, on the traditional lands of the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation. Acast Podcast Supporter Page Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-reads. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:06:05

My Most Memorable Wimbledon

7/14/2023
I was weaned on Wimbledon in Australia. Year after year, I'd stayed up half the night to watch the finals on TV. And here I was in the northern hemisphere, able to witness the match in broad daylight for the first time, with an Aussie in the final, for goodness sake, and Mrs B wasn't interested in tennis! My Most Memorable Wimbledon (originally titled Wimbledon Lost in Translation) is a travel 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/wimbledon-lost-translation 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: • Amazon Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Robert-Fairhead/e/B086HZ36NM • Apple Books: https://books.apple.com/us/author/robert-fairhead/id1436773436 • Rakuten Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/au/en/author/robert-fairhead Podcast Theme and Sound Effects Royalty-free music from Pixabay.com: Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major, Op. 28 'Pastorale' – IV. Rondo. Allegro ma non-Troppo, performed by Karine Gilanyan. Sound effects licensed under Creative Commons 0 from FreeSound.org: • Door Knock: https://freesound.org/people/anagar/sounds/267931/ • Tennis Sounds: https://freesound.org/people/jamesdrake89/sounds/662256/ • Crowd Cheering: https://freesound.org/people/craigsmith/sounds/486205/ • Door Closed: https://freesound.org/people/TiesWijnen/sounds/455540/ • Badminton: https://freesound.org/people/14FPanskaBubik_Lukas/sounds/418533/ Production Notes Tall And True Short Reads is produced using Audacity. Podcast episodes are recorded in Sydney, Australia, on the traditional lands of the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation. Acast Podcast Supporter Page Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-reads. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:07:03

Past Demons

6/25/2023
Dylan woke with jackhammers pounding in his head and a tongue so furry it felt like it needed waxing. "Last time," he croaked, rolling onto his back and resolving to quit drinking again or, at least, to stop bingeing. He stared up at the low ceiling of his studio apartment and replayed the office drinks. Past Demons is a short story from the Tall And True writers' website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead. Read the story on Tall And True: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/fiction/short-stories/past-demons 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: • Amazon Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Robert-Fairhead/e/B086HZ36NM • Rakuten Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/au/en/author/robert-fairhead Podcast Theme and Sound Effects Royalty-free music from Pixabay.com: Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major, Op. 28 'Pastorale' – IV. Rondo. Allegro ma non-Troppo, performed by Karine Gilanyan. Sound effects licensed under Creative Commons 0 from FreeSound.org: • Jackhammer: https://freesound.org/people/fauxpress/sounds/42097/ • Party Voices: https://freesound.org/people/Zac_Gist/sounds/457286/ • Bottles Chinking: https://freesound.org/people/jawbutch/sounds/344401/ • Glasses Chinking: https://freesound.org/people/13GPanska_Gorbusinova_Anna/sounds/377989/ • Kettle Whistling: https://freesound.org/people/keweldog/sounds/181718/ • Bottle Whistle: https://freesound.org/people/Anthousai/sounds/447746/ • Sipping Drink: https://freesound.org/people/Sheyvan/sounds/471078/ • Pouring Drink: https://freesound.org/people/FillSoko/sounds/257957/ Production Notes Tall And True Short Reads is produced using Audacity. Podcast episodes are recorded in Sydney, Australia, on the traditional lands of the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation. Acast Podcast Supporter Page Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-reads. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:05:31

Writing True Sentences

6/7/2023
The brief for October 2021's Furious Fiction was to set the short story in a COURT, include a character who measures something, and the words BALLOON, ROCK and UMBRELLA. So recalling Ernest Hemingway's advice to write one true sentence, I wrote, "The policewoman at the front of the Court is trying to catch my eye." Writing True Sentences 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/writing-true-sentences Read the Judgement short story on Talll And True: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/fiction/short-stories/judgement Listen to Judgement on Tall And True Short Reads: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.com/judgement/ Read The Al-Rabie Hotel on Tall And True: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/fiction/short-stories/the-al-rabie-hotel Listen to The Al-Rabie Hotel on Tall And True Short Reads: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.com/the-al-rabie-hotel/ Read Signs of the Second Coming on Tall And True: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/fiction/microfiction/signs-of-the-second-coming Listen to Signs of the Second Coming on Tall And True Short Reads: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.com/signs-of-the-second-coming/ 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: • Amazon Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Robert-Fairhead/e/B086HZ36NM • Rakuten Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/au/en/author/robert-fairhead Podcast Theme and Sound Effects Royalty-free music from Pixabay.com: Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major, Op. 28 'Pastorale' – IV. Rondo. Allegro ma non-Troppo, performed by Karine Gilanyan. Sound effects licensed under Creative Commons 0 from FreeSound.org: • Judge's Gavel: https://freesound.org/people/theneedle.tv/sounds/376667/ • Keyboard/Mouse Click: https://freesound.org/people/D4XX/sounds/567266/ • Guitar Strumming: https://freesound.org/people/Upright/sounds/131928/ Production Notes Tall And True Short Reads is produced using Audacity. Episodes are recorded in Sydney, Australia, on the traditional lands of the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation. Acast Podcast Supporter Page Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-reads. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:09:28

Family Reflections

5/9/2023
Mum's up first, though she doesn't like looking at her reflection nowadays. She splashes her face and turns away from me with a towel. Over her shoulder, I watch Mum gaze out the bathroom window. And when she turns back, Mum's wearing her pained expression again, like she's failed to solve the riddle of life. Family Reflections is a short story from the Tall And True writers' website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead. Read the story on Tall And True: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/fiction/short-stories/family-reflections 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: • Amazon Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Robert-Fairhead/e/B086HZ36NM • Rakuten Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/au/en/author/robert-fairhead Podcast Theme and Sound Effects Royalty-free music from Pixabay.com: Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major, Op. 28 'Pastorale' – IV. Rondo. Allegro ma non-Troppo, performed by Karine Gilanyan. Sound effects licensed under Creative Commons 0 from FreeSound.org: • Door Closing: https://freesound.org/people/soundmary/sounds/117614/ • Washing Face: https://freesound.org/people/lolux/sounds/181355/ • Hairdryer: https://freesound.org/people/ryanharding95/sounds/272446/ • Footsteps in Hall: https://freesound.org/people/Anthousai/sounds/398782/ • Toilet Flushing: https://freesound.org/people/lorenzgillner/sounds/274448/ • Tap Running: https://freesound.org/people/14G_Panska_Kaminkova_A/sounds/419990/ • Banging on Door: https://freesound.org/people/splatbot/sounds/337528/ • Kids Laughing: https://freesound.org/people/Iamgiorgio/sounds/371342/ • Drum Roll: https://freesound.org/people/bigjoedrummer/sounds/77305/ Production Notes Tall And True Short Reads is produced using Audacity. Episodes are recorded in Sydney, Australia, on the traditional lands of the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation. Acast Podcast Supporter Page Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-reads. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:06:21

My Good Dog and Muse

4/19/2023
I met Harry when he was six months old. He was the last of his litter, hiding under a kitchen table. And when the breeder dragged him out, Harry flopped his head on my leg and looked up at me with worried, brown eyes. At that moment, a bond formed between us, which lasted for just over twelve years. My Good Dog and Muse 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/good-dog-muse Robert's other articles on dogs: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/nonfiction/animals The Dog Collective: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/blog/the-dog-collective 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: • Amazon Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Robert-Fairhead/e/B086HZ36NM • Rakuten Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/au/en/author/robert-fairhead Podcast Theme and Sound Effects Royalty-free music from Pixabay.com: Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major, Op. 28 'Pastorale' – IV. Rondo. Allegro ma non-Troppo, performed by Karine Gilanyan. Sound effects licensed under Creative Commons 0 from FreeSound.org: • Dogs Barking: https://freesound.org/people/Mafon2/sounds/676407/ Production Notes Tall And True Short Reads is produced using Audacity. Episodes are recorded in Sydney, Australia, on the traditional lands of the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation. Acast Podcast Supporter Page Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-reads. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:05:16