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  • 87. The Lonely Moon

    07:07
    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-moonListen 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.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• Apple Books:  https://books.apple.com/us/author/robert-fairhead/id1436773436• 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:• 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 NotesTall 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

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  • 86. A Knock at the Door

    07:18
    "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-door2020 blog post about my first Furious Fiction, A Song on the Radio: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/blog/furiousfiction-writers-centre-competitionEpisode 4 of Tall And True Short Reads: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.com/a-song-on-the-radio/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• Apple Books:  https://books.apple.com/us/author/robert-fairhead/id1436773436• 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:• 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 NotesTall 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
  • 85. Kris Kringle - Xmas 2023

    17:05
    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-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• Apple Books:  https://books.apple.com/us/author/robert-fairhead/id1436773436• 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/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 NotesTall 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
  • 84. In Her Head

    06:36
    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-headPodcast website: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.comSupport the podcast: https://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-readsNot 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-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:• Owl Hooting: https://freesound.org/people/Breviceps/sounds/465697/• Morning Bird Song: https://freesound.org/people/ken788/sounds/386732/Production NotesTall 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
  • 83. Tall And True Microfiction Anthology

    10:01
    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-anthologyBoth Sides of the Story blog post: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/blog/both-sides-of-the-storyTwelve Furious Months post: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/blog/twelve-furious-months-ebookTwelve More Furious Months post: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/blog/twelve-more-furious-monthsReview of Loopholes by Susan McCreery: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/reviews/books/loopholes-by-susan-mccreeryPodcast website: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.comHer (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-readsBuy 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-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:• 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 NotesTall 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
  • 82. A Better Poem

    06:15
    "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-poemPodcast 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• Apple Books:  https://books.apple.com/us/author/robert-fairhead/id1436773436• 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:• 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 NotesTall 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
  • 81. Some Things Change - Perth, Western Australia, 2023

    09:09
    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-changePodcast 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-readsBuy 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-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:• 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 NotesTall 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