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Once Upon A Time

Once Upon A Time

2022-09-1606:57

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-timePodcast website: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.comSupport the podcast: https://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-readsBuy 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-fairheadPodcast Theme and Sound EffectsRoyalty-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:• Slow Clock Ticking: https://freesound.org/people/Julien%20Matthey/sounds/457651/• Conference Noise: https://freesound.org/people/shazam118/sounds/83788/• Glasses Clinking: https://freesound.org/people/KenRT/sounds/319994/• Applause: https://freesound.org/people/Breviceps/sounds/462362/Production NotesTall 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 PageSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-reads. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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.comSupport the podcast: https://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-readsBuy 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-fairheadPodcast Theme and Sound EffectsRoyalty-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:• Canned Laughter: https://freesound.org/people/Evil_Ear_Recordings/sounds/524775/• School bell: https://freesound.org/people/13FPanska_Stranska_Michaela/sounds/378394/Production NotesTall 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 PageSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-reads. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/blog/my-marxist-philosophy-classPodcast website: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.comSupport the podcast: https://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-readsBuy 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-fairheadPodcast Theme and Sound EffectsRoyalty-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:Clock Ticking: https://freesound.org/people/blukotek/sounds/412751/Production NotesTall 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 PageSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-reads. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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-awardsPodcast website: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.comSupport the podcast: https://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-readsBuy 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-fairheadPodcast Theme and Sound EffectsRoyalty-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:Champagne Cork Popping: https://freesound.org/people/KenRT/sounds/392624/Clock Ticking: https://freesound.org/people/blukotek/sounds/412751/Production NotesTall And True Short Reads is produced using Audacity. The podcast is recorded in Sydney, Australia, on the traditional lands of the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation.Acast Podcast Supporter PageSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-reads. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
The Lost Hour

The Lost Hour

2022-07-2606:09

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: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/short-stories/the-lost-hourPodcast website: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.comSupport the podcast: https://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-readsBuy 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-fairheadPodcast Theme and Sound EffectsRoyalty-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:Rummaging: https://freesound.org/people/gyzhor/sounds/52097/Bird Song: https://freesound.org/people/ken788/sounds/386732/News Jingle: https://freesound.org/people/Tuben/sounds/272044/Phone Ring/Vibrate: https://freesound.org/people/SamuelGremaud/sounds/456399/Computer Keyboard: https://freesound.org/people/D4XX/sounds/567266/Key jangling: https://freesound.org/people/anational/sounds/443956/Slot Machine Jackpot: https://freesound.org/people/JoannaLuna/sounds/448842/Production NotesTall And True Short Reads is produced using Audacity. The podcast is recorded in Sydney, Australia, on the traditional lands of the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation.Acast Podcast Supporter PageSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-reads. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/blog/cloudstreet-timwinton-omenPodcast website: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.comSupport the podcast: https://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-readsBuy 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-fairheadPodcast Theme and Sound EffectsRoyalty-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:Clock Ticking: https://freesound.org/people/blukotek/sounds/412751/Computer Keyboard: https://freesound.org/people/D4XX/sounds/567266/Production NotesTall And True Short Reads is produced using Audacity. The podcast is recorded in Sydney, Australia, on the lands of the traditional custodians of the Eora Nation.Acast Podcast Supporter PageSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-reads. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Stuck in Time

Stuck in Time

2022-06-2206:50

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: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/short-stories/stuck-in-timePodcast website: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.comSupport the podcast: https://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-readsBuy 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-fairheadPodcast Theme and Sound EffectsRoyalty-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.Clock Ticking: https://freesound.org/people/Julien%20Matthey/sounds/457651/Production NotesTall And True Short Reads is produced using Audacity. The podcast is recorded in Sydney, Australia, on the lands of the traditional custodians of the Eora Nation.Acast Podcast Supporter PageSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-reads. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Six Weeks in Teal

Six Weeks in Teal

2022-05-3109:08

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: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/blog/six-weeks-in-tealPodcast website: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.comSupport the podcast: https://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-readsBuy 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-fairheadPodcast Theme and Sound EffectsRoyalty-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 NotesTall And True Short Reads is produced using Audacity. The podcast is recorded in Sydney, Australia, on the lands of the traditional custodians of the Eora Nation.Acast Podcast Supporter PageSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-reads. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
The Special Tree

The Special Tree

2022-05-0806:41

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: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/short-stories/the-special-treePodcast website: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.comSupport the podcast: https://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-readsBuy 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-fairheadPodcast Theme and Sound EffectsRoyalty-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:Birds Song: https://freesound.org/people/ken788/sounds/386732/Computer Keyboard: https://freesound.org/people/D4XX/sounds/567266/Door Slammed: https://freesound.org/people/TiesWijnen/sounds/455540/Chainsaw: https://freesound.org/people/piwilliwillski/sounds/548411/ Production NotesTall And True Short Reads is produced using Audacity. The podcast is recorded in Sydney, Australia, on the lands of the traditional custodians of the Eora Nation.Acast Podcast Supporter PageSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-reads. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Departure

Departure

2022-04-2407:32

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: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/short-stories/departurePodcast website: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.comSupport the podcast: https://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-readsBuy 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-fairheadPodcast Theme and Sound EffectsRoyalty-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:Public Address Beeps: https://freesound.org/people/stib/sounds/493697/Airport Announcement: https://freesound.org/people/Tito%20Lahaye/sounds/319406/Cheering/Applause: https://freesound.org/people/JacksonMiller0/sounds/371602/Airport Terminal: https://freesound.org/people/dkaufman/sounds/387565/Production NotesTall And True Short Reads is produced using Audacity. The podcast is recorded in Sydney, Australia, on the lands of the traditional custodians of the Eora Nation.Acast Podcast Supporter PageSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-reads. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Milestone Reflections

Milestone Reflections

2022-04-1107:14

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: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/blog/milestone-reflectionsPodcast website: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.comSupport the podcast: https://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-readsBuy 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-fairheadPodcast Theme and Sound EffectsRoyalty-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:Happy Birthday: https://freesound.org/people/theuned/sounds/391869/Production NotesTall And True Short Reads is produced using Audacity. The podcast is recorded in Sydney, Australia, on the lands of the traditional custodians of the Eora Nation.Acast Podcast Supporter PageSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-reads. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
A Night Out

A Night Out

2022-03-2606:51

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: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/short-stories/a-night-outPodcast website: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.comSupport the podcast: https://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-readsBuy 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-fairheadPodcast Theme and Sound EffectsRoyalty-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:Cocktail Glasses Clinking: https://freesound.org/people/KenRT/sounds/319994/Loud Voices in Bar: https://freesound.org/people/Zac_Gist/sounds/457286/Woman Laughing: https://freesound.org/people/sagetyrtle/sounds/33658/City Sounds: https://freesound.org/people/AApolo/sounds/590763/Production NotesTall And True Short Reads produced using Audacity. Podcast recorded in Sydney, Australia, on the lands of Gadigal people, traditional custodians of the Eora Nation.Acast Podcast Supporter PageSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-reads. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Judgement

Judgement

2022-03-1406:35

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: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/short-stories/judgementPodcast website: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.comSupport the podcast: https://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-readsBuy 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-fairheadPodcast Theme and Sound EffectsRoyalty-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/Production NotesTall And True Short Reads produced using Audacity. Podcast recorded in Sydney, Australia, on the lands of Gadigal people, traditional custodians of the Eora Nation.Acast Podcast Supporter PageSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-reads. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/blog/memories-of-tuesdays-with-morrie Podcast website: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.comSupport the podcast: https://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-readsBuy 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-fairheadPodcast ThemeRoyalty-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.Production NotesTall And True Short Reads produced using Audacity. Podcast recorded in Sydney, Australia, on the lands of Gadigal people, traditional custodians of the Eora Nation.Acast Podcast Supporter PageSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-reads. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
The People Were Happy

The People Were Happy

2022-02-1807:10

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: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/short-stories/the-people-were-happyPodcast website: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.comSupport the podcast: https://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-readsBuy 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-fairheadPodcast Theme and Sound EffectsRoyalty-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:Rocket: https://freesound.org/people/LimitSnap_Creations/sounds/318688/Production NotesTall And True Short Reads produced using Audacity. Podcast recorded in Sydney, Australia, on the lands of Gadigal people, traditional custodians of the Eora Nation.Acast Podcast Supporter PageSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-reads. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
The Winner's Toast

The Winner's Toast

2022-02-0706:24

"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: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/short-stories/the-winners-toastPodcast website: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.comSupport the podcast: https://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-readsBuy 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-fairheadPodcast Theme and Sound EffectsRoyalty-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:Chinking glasses: https://freesound.org/people/13GPanska_Gorbusinova_Anna/sounds/377989/Gulps: https://freesound.org/people/Wizage/sounds/418853/ Production NotesTall And True Short Reads produced using Audacity. Podcast recorded in Sydney, Australia, on the lands of Gadigal people, traditional custodians of the Eora Nation.Acast Podcast Supporter PageSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-reads. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Writing Can Be Lonely

Writing Can Be Lonely

2022-01-2606:02

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, Terry and Jacquie. Life was less lonely chatting and sharing a laugh with you guys and our fellow "Maxim muckers" over a few pints before the last orders bell in a warm English pub.Read Writing Can Be Lonely: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/blog/writing-can-be-lonelyPodcast website: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.comSupport the podcast: https://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-readsBuy 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-fairheadPodcast Theme and Sound EffectsRoyalty-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:Shop Doorbell: https://freesound.org/people/775noise/sounds/494565/Last Orders Bell: https://freesound.org/people/Sojan/sounds/353232/Production NotesTall And True Short Reads produced using Audacity. Podcast recorded in Sydney, Australia, on the lands of Gadigal people, traditional custodians of the Eora Nation.Acast Podcast Supporter PageSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-reads. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
A Free Spirit

A Free Spirit

2022-01-1206:22

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: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/short-stories/a-free-spiritPodcast website: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.comSupport the podcast: https://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-readsBuy 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-fairheadPodcast Theme and Sound EffectsRoyalty-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:Storm: https://freesound.org/people/2887679652/sounds/164921/Wind Whistling: https://freesound.org/people/pavelvon/sounds/396533/Moth Hitting Light Bulb: https://freesound.org/people/kaonaya/sounds/131339/Busy Street: https://freesound.org/people/iankath/sounds/220890/Production NotesTall And True Short Reads produced using Audacity. Podcast recorded in Sydney, Australia, on the lands of Gadigal people, traditional custodians of the Eora Nation.Acast Podcast Supporter PageSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-reads. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
The Spirit of Xmas

The Spirit of Xmas

2021-12-2806:19

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 who spent Xmas 2021 separated or in isolation due to COVID.Read The Spirit of Xmas: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/blog/the-spirit-of-xmasPodcast website: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.comSupport the podcast: https://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-readsBuy 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-fairheadPodcast Theme and Sound EffectsRoyalty-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/Production NotesTall And True Short Reads produced using Audacity. Podcast recorded in Sydney, Australia, on the lands of Gadigal people, traditional custodians of the Eora Nation.Acast Podcast Supporter PageSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-reads. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Cancelled

Cancelled

2021-12-1906:13

The shitstorm hit the Twitter fan overnight. Deeman had thought his followers would laugh at his sarcastic tweet. He'd watched a news clip about refugees from a COVID ravaged continent. And before setting aside his phone for the night, he'd retweeted it with a tongue-out emoji, "Let them eat COVID. In their own country. LOL!"Cancelled is a short story from the Tall And True writers' website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead.Read Cancelled: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/short-stories/cancelledPodcast website: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.comSupport the podcast: https://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-readsBuy 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-fairheadPodcast Theme and Sound EffectsRoyalty-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:Canned Laughter: https://freesound.org/people/Evil_Ear_Recordings/sounds/524775/Tweet Tweet: https://freesound.org/people/f.anthony_shepherd/sounds/565946/Production NotesTall And True Short Reads produced using Audacity. Thanks to Josh (VoiceOverMaster) Meyer for Audacity recording tips and tricks.Podcast recorded in Sydney, Australia, on the land of the traditional custodians of the Eora Nation.Acast Podcast Supporter PageSupport 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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