The Tall And True Short Reads Podcast

Tall And True Short Reads is a storytelling podcast featuring 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

Alice Nannup and my Nan

Henry Rollins said, “A great way to learn about your country is to leave it.” And I learned a lot about Australia while living overseas from 1987 to 1996. Books like Alice Nannup’s When The Pelican Laughed (published by Fremantle Arts Centre Press in 1992) helped my education. And from her memoir, I learned about the Stolen Generation and a connection with my Nan.

Please note: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are warned this podcast episode contains the names and words of people who have passed away.

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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 his 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 lands of the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation.

Recent Episodes

The New Fifty

Eighty is the new fifty, or so I’m told. But my back wasn’t this dodgy when I was fifty, and my knees lasted longer than a circuit of the park with the dog before seizing up. And I wasn’t caught short so often that I needed to memorise the location of the nearest public toilet for emergency pit stops!

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Kris Kringle – Xmas 2022

I’m taking a short break from writing and podcasting over the Xmas/New Year holiday period. But as a special treat for podcast listeners, I’ve put together a Kris Kringle collection featuring three “festive” episodes from the Tall And True Short Reads archive: The Gift, The Special Tree and The Spirit of Xmas.

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Memories and Imagination

The writer John Banville observed, “Memory is imagination, and imagination is memory. I don’t think we remember the past, we imagine it.” I have vivid memories of my early childhood (I believe they’re memories, not imagination), which is why the #5YearOldSelfie hashtag challenge on social media caught my eye.

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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.

Along with Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, you can follow Robert on the popular Mastodon social media platform.

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