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Tall And True Short Reads

Short stories, blog posts and other writing

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.
Latest Episode10/4/2022

Kurd Friends in the Mountains

Season 3, Ep. 60
My wife and I visited Turkey in 1988. We had endured our first English winter and spent two weeks hugging the coastal sites and sunny beaches. We returned in 1990, venturing far from the coast to the mountains of eastern Turkey, where Kurds befriended us, and we learned a little of Kurdish culture.Kurd Friends in the Mountains is a travel memoir blog post from the Tall And True writers' website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead.Read the post: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/blog/kurd-friends-in-the-mountainsPodcast 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:• Turkish Bus: https://freesound.org/people/supersnd/sounds/610536/• Seagulls: https://freesound.org/people/plantmonkey/sounds/377107/• Clock Ticking: https://freesound.org/people/blukotek/sounds/412751/• Engine Stopping: https://freesound.org/people/chlund/sounds/500193/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 Page
10/4/2022

Kurd Friends in the Mountains

Season 3, Ep. 60
My wife and I visited Turkey in 1988. We had endured our first English winter and spent two weeks hugging the coastal sites and sunny beaches. We returned in 1990, venturing far from the coast to the mountains of eastern Turkey, where Kurds befriended us, and we learned a little of Kurdish culture.Kurd Friends in the Mountains is a travel memoir blog post from the Tall And True writers' website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead.Read the post: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/blog/kurd-friends-in-the-mountainsPodcast 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:• Turkish Bus: https://freesound.org/people/supersnd/sounds/610536/• Seagulls: https://freesound.org/people/plantmonkey/sounds/377107/• Clock Ticking: https://freesound.org/people/blukotek/sounds/412751/• Engine Stopping: https://freesound.org/people/chlund/sounds/500193/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 Page
9/16/2022

Once Upon A Time

Season 3, Ep. 59
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 Page
7/26/2022

The Lost Hour

Season 2, Ep. 56
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 Page
7/10/2022

Cloudstreet by Tim Winton - Omen or Inspiration

Season 2, Ep. 55
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 Page