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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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out 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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out 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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Language:

English

Contact:

+61 408 154 070


Episodes

Signed Stark by Ben Elton

10/18/2021
In October 2017, I attended a premiere screening of Three Summers. After the film, there was a Q&A session with the writer/director, Ben Elton. As I commented in a film review on the Tall And True writers' website, I have admired Ben's work since watching him do stand-up comedy on TV in England in 1987. Signed Stark by Ben Elton is a blog post from the Tall And True writers' website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead. At the end of the episode, Robert provides additional insight on...

Duration:00:07:07

Lagermind

10/5/2021
“Ladies and gentlemen, though I use that term loosely,” the pub laughed, and the MC smiled. Laughter signalled the crowd was well lubricated. The publican would be happy. Lagermind is a short story from the Tall And True writers’ website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead. At the end of the episode, Robert provides a Writer’s Insight into the story. The show notes include links to Lagermind on Tall And True and the podcast's theme music and sound effects. There are also links to...

Duration:00:06:33

Days of Gentle Rejections

9/22/2021
In these days of instant gratification, it’s hard to believe once upon a time, wanna-be writers would type and print their manuscripts, post them to publishers with a reply-paid, self-addressed envelope. And then wait and wait and wait, for an offer to publish or, more likely, a feared rejection letter. Days of Gentle Rejections is a blog post from the Tall And True writers’ website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead. At the end of the episode, Robert provides a Writer’s Insight into...

Duration:00:07:07

The Last Book That Made You Cry

9/13/2021
Penguin Books Australia posted a question on Facebook in August 2017: What is the last book that made you cry? The books could evoke tears of joy or sadness, and I immediately thought of three books, all for the latter category. And here are my top three tearjerkers. The Last Book That Made You Cry is a blog post from the Tall And True writers’ website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead. At the end of the episode, Robert provides a Writer’s Insight into the post. The show notes...

Duration:00:07:29

Tall And True Short Reads - Season Two

9/6/2021
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. At the end of each episode, Robert provides a Writer’s Insight into the featured writing. Support the podcast: supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-reads Writer and Podcaster’s Insight for Season Two In September 2020, I launched the Tall And True Short Reads podcast, featuring short stories written and narrated by...

Duration:00:02:46

Both Sides of the Story - Bad News - Part Two

8/23/2021
Bad News - Part Two (England, 1993): I woke in the middle of the night with a full bladder from the beers and more than a little aroused from a dream I’d just had. As I sat in the bathroom, waiting to pee, the dream replayed in my head. I was glad my wife was asleep. She’s a mind reader, and I’d be dead if she knew what I’d been dreaming. Both Sides of the Story is a short story collection written and narrated by Robert Fairhead. Written in 1994 for a major UK writing competition and...

Duration:00:08:02

Both Sides of the Story - Bad News - Part One

8/12/2021
Bad News - Part One (England, 1993): The evening news was depressing—all bad as usual—and the weekend weather looked just as gloomy. I got up and went to the kitchen. "Do you want another wine?" I called back to my wife. No response. I'd swear she's going deaf, but she hears everything I mutter under my breath. Both Sides of the Story is a short story collection written and narrated by Robert Fairhead. Inspired by Phil Collins’s hit song and initially written for a UK writing competition in...

Duration:00:09:28

Both Sides of the Story - The Gym

7/27/2021
The Gym (England, 1993): "Come on, Winnie, push." Winston arched his back and strained against the bar. "Push!" The muscles in Winston's arms and chest burned. He closed his eyes, let out a primal roar and fully locked his arms. The weights rattled for a moment before Winston steadied the bar. "Yes!" Both Sides of the Story is a short story collection written and narrated by Robert Fairhead. Inspired by Phil Collins’s hit song and initially written for a UK writing competition in 1994, the...

Duration:00:09:46

Both Sides of the Story - A Council Flat

7/14/2021
A Council Flat (England, 1993): The sound of the twins fighting in the bedroom filled the flat. Their screams drowned out the drone of sport on the TV and the sizzle and bubble of dinner on the kitchen cooktop. ‘For Christ’s sake, Ruth,’ Stu bellowed over the TV, ‘shut those bloody kids up, will you!’ Warning: This podcast episode contains strong language and themes that may be distressing for some listeners. Both Sides of the Story is a short story collection written and narrated by...

Duration:00:10:38

Both Sides of the Story - Bosnia

7/1/2021
(Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1993): The roar of explosives devastated the peace of the valley. Tibor had covered his ears with his hands before Milo flicked the detonator switch, but the thudding explosion set off the bells in his head again. He dropped his hands as dust and grit rained down on him and his men. When the dust cleared, it revealed the shattered shell of the century-old farmhouse. Both Sides of the Story is a short story collection written and narrated by Robert Fairhead. Written...

Duration:00:11:11

Both Sides of the Story - Westminster

6/23/2021
Westminster (England, 1993): "Madam Speaker, I —" Baxter groaned and lifted the pen. He stuck the end in his mouth and sucked on it, searching for a better opening line. He crossed out the first words and started again. "Madam Speaker, the —" His pen froze again. "Damn it, why won't the words flow?" Both Sides of the Story is a collection of short stories written and narrated by Robert Fairhead. Written for a UK writing competition in 1994 and inspired by Phil Collins’ 1993 hit song, the...

Duration:00:11:05

Both Sides of the Story - Introduction

6/13/2021
Phil Collins released Both Sides of the Story in October 1993. It was a catchy song, but I remember it more for the music video. Scenes of homelessness, domestic violence, military patrols on streets and a ghetto kid mugging a white man, juxtaposed with Collins crooning, ‘We need to hear both sides of the story.’ Both Sides of the Story is also a collection of short stories written and narrated by Robert Fairhead. Written initially for a UK writing competition in 1994, the collection...

Duration:00:07:50

Signs of the Second Coming

5/31/2021
At primary school in Perth, Western Australia, in the 1970s, I had a teacher who was also a lay preacher on the weekends. Before schoolwork, he started the day at our (supposedly) secular state school with the Lord's Prayer and gospel readings. And his favourite scripture topic was Signs of the Second Coming. Signs of the Second Coming is a short story from the Tall And True writers’ website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead. At the end of the episode, Robert provides insight into...

Duration:00:06:25

Memories and Marshmallows

5/19/2021
The sky-blue swell pounded the breakwater at Borthel on Sea in a steady rhythm. John gazed out at the mountains across the broad bay and drew a deep calming breath. The anxiety that had built up and wracked him in recent months and on his spontaneous long drive from the city eased its intensity. Memories and Marshmallows is a short story from the Tall And True writers’ website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead. At the end of the episode, Robert provides his insight into the story,...

Duration:00:06:58

Back to School - Chapter Six

5/9/2021
The headmaster sighed and shut out the old memory. He leaned forward on his desk. “Edwards, your marks and behaviour this year have been poor enough to earn expulsion several times over.” Hamilton watched the boy's chin drop. He shook his head and sighed again. Back to School is a short story from the Tall And True writers’ website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead. The podcast version of the story is presented in six instalments, one per chapter. At the end of each episode, Robert...

Duration:00:06:43

Back to School - Chapter Five

5/1/2021
Hamilton leaned back, tapping the tips of his fingers together in contemplation. “An interesting dream, Edwards. What do you make of it?” Charlie shifted nervously from leg to leg. “Well, sir, I’ve been giving it a lot of thought since last night, and I think it was a premonition.” Back to School is a short story from the Tall And True writers’ website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead. The podcast version of the story is presented in six instalments, one per chapter. At the end of...

Duration:00:05:27

Back to School - Chapter Four

4/25/2021
Hamilton held up a hand. “You mean to tell me, Edwards, you dreamed about the house where you live with your parents?” The boy shook his head. “No, sir, I’ve never seen this house before, but in my dream, I knew it was mine. And I’m not married, sir, and I don’t have any kids.” Back to School is a short story from the Tall And True writers’ website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead. The podcast version of the story is presented in six instalments, one per chapter. At the end of each...

Duration:00:06:07

Back to School - Chapter Three

4/18/2021
Charlie took another deep breath to calm himself. “Well, Mr Hamilton, it was the weirdest dream I've ever had. It was more like watching TV than a dream. Only, it was me on the TV.” Scenes started replaying through Charlie's head as he recounted his dream to the headmaster. Back to School is a short story from the Tall And True writers’ website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead. The podcast version of the story is presented in six instalments, one per chapter. At the end of each...

Duration:00:05:29

Back to School - Chapter Two

4/10/2021
The headmaster tapped his pen on the punishment column in the discipline file. "I'm waiting, Edwards. Why do you want to come back to school next year?" Charlie's mouth still felt dry. "Because I want to sit my exams, sir." "Yes, but why?" "Um, err—" Charlie struggled to find the words. Back to School is a short story from the Tall And True writers’ website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead. The podcast version of the story is presented in six instalments, one per chapter. At the end...

Duration:00:05:27

Back to School - Chapter One

4/4/2021
The wooden bench in the hallway outside the headmaster's office was hard. It made you squirm. But once you'd sat on it, you daren't wriggle to relieve the creeping pins and needles. Because if you did, old Heavy-Handed Hamilton would look up through his glass office door and note your fidgeting. Back to School is a short story from the Tall And True writers’ website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead. The podcast version of the story is presented in six instalments, one per chapter....

Duration:00:07:49