The Tall And True Short Reads Podcast

Tall And True Short Reads features short stories, blog posts and other writing from the Tall And True writers’ website. Stream from Acast or follow and listen via Apple Podcasts and all popular podcast apps.

Latest Episode

The Special Tree

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 the tree. 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.

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About the Podcast

Tall And True Short Reads

Tall And True Short Reads 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 — when, why and how he wrote it.

The podcast is recorded in Sydney, Australia, on the land of the traditional custodians of the Eora Nation.

Recent Episodes

Departure

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.

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Milestone Reflections

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.

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A Night Out

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.

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About Robert Fairhead

A middle-aged dad and dog owner, Robert Fairhead is a writer and editor at the Tall And True writers’ website, and blogs on his website, RobertFairhead.com. He also writes and narrates for the Tall And True Short Reads podcast.

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